Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Jason Horejs shares some great tips on art festivals and art shows

How to Succeed at Art Shows and Festivals

The summer art show season is upon us again. Each summer, tens of thousands of artists have the opportunity to show and sell their creations to the art-loving public. Participating in these shows can be exhilarating, terrifying and exhausting, all at the same time. [...]

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Don't miss this very informative post on the best social media for artist by Carole Rodrigue

Which Social Media Platform is Best for Artists?

In this post, I'll explain a bit more about why I feel Pinterest and YouTube are the best social media platforms for artists, or any business person for that matter, as well as touch on Facebook and Instagram. I'll save the best two for last, so be sure to read all the way. [...]

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Ketih Bond shares some tips on how to bridge the conversation with potential art collectors

Bridge the Conversation

There are countless opportunities when you will be asked specific questions about your art (whether by the media – including local newspapers or national magazines; curators; gallery owners; collectors; students; or Joe Neighbor). I recently learned a few principles that I wish I had realized long ago. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses should artists post online about their sold paintings

Ask a Gallery Owner | Should Artists Brag About Their Sales?

What do you think – is it a good idea for an artist to publicize recently sold artwork? How do you let your followers know about these sales? [...]

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Tina Garrett shares some great advice, on why you should enter art competitions

It Is Competition Season! Are You Ready?

Competitions however, are not the end-all be-all on whether or not your work is 'good'. YOU must determine that and one of the best ways to do that is to put your work side-by-side with the work of your favorite masters and determine the differences and then work to fill those gaps. [...]

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Don't miss the 1st article in Jason Horejs' series on the Benefits and Challenges of Marketing Your Art Through Social Media

The Benefits and Challenges of Marketing Your Art Through Social Media

Social media marketing isn't going to work for everyone, but my hope is that I can share insights that will help those of you who want to better understand what it takes to succeed. [...]

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Kim VanDerHoek shares "Why Artists Should be Using Instagram to Share Their Artwork"

Why Aren’t You Marketing Your Art On Instagram? Why Artists Should be Using Instagram to Share Their Artwork

Before you write off Instagram let me ask you this, how often have you logged onto Facebook and been frustrated by all the junky, time-devouring, click-bait content you see there? How often have you thought, “Where’s the art? [...]

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Daybreak Over The Grand Canyon 12x12 Oil/Linen SOLD

FASO'S Always Trying to Promote Our Art

I've been with FASO for over 10 years and they keep changing, improving tweaking and trying to market our art!! Does your website have all of these perks?? You can tell I'm a great believer!!! [...]

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Don't miss Jason Horejs discussion on "Should you Use your Name or a Business Name?"

Branding: Artists, Build your Brand Around Your Name

Unlike other businesses, as an artist, you are your brand. [...]

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Luann Udell discusses how to trust what works for your art business

LEARNING TO FLY Part 4b: Trust and Verify

But the best way to really know how our customers find us is to ask them. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares how to be proactive in your art business during the off season

Utilizing the Off Season

I think perhaps the greatest challenge of the off season is that it’s very tempting to let momentum slip away. I try to work just as hard during the summer as I do the rest of the year. [...]

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Luann Udell shares important tips for your next art show

It's The Little Things That Count

Trust me--it’s those little things that help your art biz grow big! [...]

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Keith Bond shares how excuses can lead to missed opportunities

Excuses are the Enemy of Opportunity

What excuses do you struggle with most? What fears do you have? What excuses were you able to overcome and what successes came from that? [...]

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Clint Watson shares some tips on how to treat your art collectors

You're the Rock Star

You're the Rock Star. And you should be doing the things I described above. If you didn't know that...well, now you do. [...]

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Your Artful Amplifiers

Do you monitor worry about your website's traffic? Do you encourage beg people to "like" you on Facebook? Do you wonder if hope search engine marketing will ride in on a white horse and hand you new buyers? [...]

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Clint Watson discusses how real world activities, can help your online demand

Real World Activities Drive Online Demand

You are going to struggle if you aren't participating in real world activities. If you are only ensconced in your studio and your entire marketing plan consists of posting to your website, posting to social media, and relying on search engines, then it's going to be very difficult to truly generate new demand for your art work. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses how to get your art in front of potential collectors

Capitalizing on Boredom

If you've built your list correctly, your subscribers want to hear from you. They love your art. They're craving for interesting, beautiful, human connections. [...]

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Don't miss Keith Bond's follow up article on workshops.

Workshops -- Should You Organize Your Own?

On the other hand, if you have the skills to handle the logistics and are willing to do the work, you could earn all the profits - 100%. Yes, you will incur expenses you otherwise wouldn’t. If you begin local - preferably in your own studio - you can minimize many of those expenses. If you have a decent mailing list already, then advertising can be minimal as well. Play with the math and see what the projected expenses and profits are. Look at best and worst case scenarios. Then decide for yourself which route you want to go. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses how to build your subscriber list

Your Hidden Email Subscriber List

If you don't have anyone on your mailing list, you don't have an exposure problem - you have an organization problem. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares the advantages of advertising on Facebook

An Introduction to Facebook Advertising for Artists

So what tools does Facebook offer that are useful to me as an art advertiser? [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses what's best to market your art: Personal Profile or Facebook Page

Marketing Art on Facebook: Should Artists Use Their Personal Profile or Create a Facebook Page?

Do You Share Your Art on Your Personal Profile, or Have You Set Up a Business Page? [...]

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Jason Horejs' shares 5 strategies to help you market your art on social media

5 Strategies for Successfully Marketing Art on Social Media

We are still in the early days of social media marketing, and I feel that we have a lot to learn about using social media marketing to best effect. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses how to gain art collectors on social media.

How to Get Collectors To Follow You on Social Media

Not everyone you invite is going to become a follower, but some percentage will. It’s your persistence and consistency in inviting that will lead to a strong follower base. [...]

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Don't miss Jason Horejs' discussion on the Advantages and Disadvantages of working with a Traditional Gallery

Does it Make Sense To Show Your Art in Commercial (Consignment) Galleries?

As in my previous posts on fee-for-representation galleries and co-op galleries, I’d like to lay out some of the advantages and disadvantage of working with a traditional gallery. [...]

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Eric Rhoads discusses the value of repeated exposure.

How to Kill an Ad Campaign

Why Getting Sick of Your Ads Will Hurt Your Business [...]

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Don't miss Clint Watson's final post in his 6 part "What Collectors Want"

What Collectors Want, Part 6: Exclusivity

What art collector doesn't want to feel special and part of an exclusive club? And who's in a better position to offer exclusive access to an artist's work or an artist's time than the artist herself? [...]

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Lori Woodward discusses the importance of Marketing your own Art.

Marketing Art Is a Do-it-Yourself Job, Like it or Not

We artists can no longer depend on someone else to do our "fishing" for us. If we don't know how to effectively market our work, our careers may not survive. [...]

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Don't miss Jason Horejs' discussion on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Showing in a Co-op Gallery

Is Showing your Art in a Co-op Gallery Worthwhile?

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about the advisability of showing your work in a “vanity”gallery... So, is it worthwhile for an artist to show in a co-op gallery? [...]

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Eric Rhoads' discusses the power "branding" can have on your art career.

The Ultimate Power of Branding: Why a da Vinci Sold for $450.3 Million

Never underestimate the power of a well thought-out marketing strategy. It can make an unknown artist known, or take an artist whose work isn’t selling and make it sell. It can get an artist invited to events and get people buzzing. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses the benefits of a Spillover Effect in the next part in "What Collector's Want"

What Collectors Want, Part 5: Spillover Effects

When an art gallery carries the works of a famous artist, it creates a huge spillover effect of attention that benefits all the other artists hanging in the gallery. Ask yourself how you can re-create a similar spillover effect in your own marketing. [...]

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Jason Horejs' shares his thoughts on a "Vanity" Gallery...

Should Artists Show their Art in “Vanity” Galleries?

In a recent interview, I was asked where I saw the art gallery business going in the next ten years. This is a very interesting question... [...]

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Clint Watson discusses the importance of Curation as the next part in "What Collector's Want"

What Collectors Want, Part 4: Curation

How is an art collector supposed to find art to consider? You can't expect a collector to look through thousands of websites. Curation is and has always been the solution. [...]

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Adventures With Instagram: Search Shortcuts

One of the aspects I love most about using Instagram - I can experiment with types of images and quickly take note of how well my work connects to my followers. [...]

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Adventures With Instagram: Become Hashtag Detectives

With just an hour a day on Instagram, I’m gaining new followers daily, many who are seeing my artwork for the first time. [...]

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Adventures With Instagram: Designing Your Profile Page

Don’t ruin the experience for them by presenting your work as though it is manufactured and sold as a commodity. Present yourself and what you make in an intriguing way. [...]

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What Collectors Want

True art collectors form the backbone of an artist's career. [...]

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How Instagram Works

If we artists are to entice and create a new generation of art collectors, we will do best if we meet these folks where they already live (and post). [...]

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Gain New Collectors With Instagram

It’s been easier to find and target groups who are interested in the things that I paint with the Instagram platform. [...]

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Your Art Business Is Personal

Today, running a business is more personal than ever - Especially when your interests and art resonate with like-minded folks [...]

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Smart Art Marketing: Build Your Network

Want more fans and customers? Reach out and develop relationships with them. Two artists share strategies and results. [...]

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