Since my last post I have had a series of four rejections to quilt shows. This has made me rethink my focus on building my resume. As I looked over the list of calls for entry I did not get into, I came up with a couple of insights.
After looking at the work accepted to these exhibits; it was clear that two of the exhibitions "favored' abstract or abstracted compositions. These shows also focused on artists who have a experimental approach to materials. My work was not a good fit because it is figurative and more closely associated with traditional art mediums (photography and painting) .
The other two exhibitions asked entrants to respond to a specific theme. Of the work I have seen accepted into these shows, it was clear my submissions were out of sync - a little too edgy or provocative. I also was creating something for the show and not pulling something from my portfolio to enter. This is a mistake I have made before and yet I did it again!
As luck would have it, a good friend and fellow artist came to visit. We had a great time visiting Kenyatta Art Village and some local galleries downtown.
She explained how she was heading in a new direction with her art business. Her plan was to limit her teaching schedule to spend more time creating for a studio sale with a few other artists. After sale is over, she will work on becoming a member of local gallery or co-op.
Now I have a new direction.
- Target my submissions to limited number of exhibitions. This will allow me more studio time to focus on creating. Then I focus my efforts of finding somewhere locally to sell my work.
Until next time.....