How to display your artwork for sale without a fancy gallery

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How to display your artwork for sale without a fancy gallery
Determine which pieces in your art studio you'd like to sell. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Although the publicity gained and business connections made by displaying and selling art in a high-end gallery can raise your profile as an artist, waiting for a gallery manager to discover you or offer to display your work can take years. In the meantime, you can get your work into the public eye by displaying it at venues other than a gallery.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Display and sell your art out of your garage, shed, barn or other structure on your property. Clean up the interior of the structure and then hang or display your pieces on tables as you would in a booth or professional gallery.

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    Set up a booth, tent or table of your artwork at one or more local craft or flea markets or at an art or craft fair or festival. In addition, check if you can set up a display at a local antique mall. Many of these malls have a crafter's building or area where local artists can display and sell artwork.

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    Show your artwork at your local library. Many libraries display the artwork of community artists and permit artists to display sales or contact information for people interested in purchasing the art.

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    Sell your art through local art clubs and associations. Although this method can require you to pay a membership fee, you can gain exposure and art connections similar to those you would find through a "fancy" gallery.

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    Present your artwork to your community through local businesses, such as art stores, restaurants, malls or doctor's offices. Even if a business accepts your art but won't display the price of the piece, most businesses typically allow an artist to display the work with contact information.

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    Photograph your artwork, upload it to your computer and then display the images on a Website that permits or promotes the sale of artwork such as deviantART, Etsy or Imagekind. On these types of sites, you can create a virtual gallery of your art and display it.

Tips and warnings

  • To promote your artwork, hang or set up signs or flyers at nearby roadways, pay for local media advertising, send e-mails to people in your e-mail address book or alert people of your enterprise through social networking sites.
  • You may have to pay for a permit to sell items from your home. In addition, check with your state to confirm whether you need a business license.
  • Place a "watermark" -- a mark that partially obscures the image or code that an unauthorised user can't remove -- on digital artwork.
  • Costs involved with displaying and selling your artwork include paying to set up or rent a tent, booth or table; online account membership or membership through in an art club or association; fees associated with exchanging virtual money or setting up virtual stores or galleries and using a third-party site to display your work; and taxes.

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