Δευτέρα, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

Artist Pay-to-Play Galleries, Exhibitions, Publications




If you receive solicitations to participate in any for-profit exhibitions, galleries, publications, websites, contests or competitions where you have to pay to be included, first read the article Art Contests, Competitions, Shows and More Where You Pay Up Front-- Will They Get You Somewhere? Or Are They Dead Ends, Time Wastes or Scams? 

Then THOROUGHLY research any such offer-- BEFORE you pay-- and evaluate it on its own merits. The article explains how to do this research right. No matter how marvelous an opportunity sounds, get the facts, get informed, and then make your decision.
Artists often find out about these offers through various forms of advertising, particularly mass emailings. The more agressive senders relentlessly bombard artists with emails and sometimes even contact them directly by phone. Costs to participate can range anywhere from under $100 to thousands of dollars, especially if you factor in incidental expenses like shipping, travel, insurance or accomodations. Whatever the circumstance, make sure you are aware of all costs and potential benefits or drawbacks in advance. Does everyone benefit... or is it more like you pay, they play? Here is a partial list, in no particular order, of publications, venues, and other situations where you have to pay to expose your art, and that you should fully research-- before you pay-- in order to understand exactly what you're getting for your money:


• Internationale Kunst heute  (scam!)
Hidden Treasure art magazine  (scam!)
• Agora Gallery, New York City (related solicitations: Chelsea International Fine Art Competition) (scam!)
•  Florence Biennale
• Gallery Gora, Montreal, Canada
• Artists Wanted (scam!)
•  World Art Media
• Artoteque
• Masters of Today
• World Wide Art Books (related solicitations: International Contemporary Masters, International Masters of Photography) (the BIG scam!)
• Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City
• Art & Beyond Publications  (scam!)
•  World Art Vision
•  American Art Awards
• Artist Portfolio Magazine
• Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
• The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
• Queen Gallery, Toronto, ON
• Manu Sol Publications
• Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 

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