-When I left my corporate job in 2018 to pursue a career as a visual artist, my immediate goal was to bulk up my resume. I had been doing well at local art shows but wanted credentials at the national level so I submitted my artwork to open calls for themed exhibits and juried art shows across the country. At first my acceptance rate was not great and those first rejections really got under my skin. Intellectually I knew that artists face rejection all the time but emotionally it was hard to see artworks that represented the best of my abilities denied.
The High Road
-With experience I've learned to take a more targeted approach - I have a much better sense of where my artwork belongs and my acceptance rate has gone up dramatically. I also have a thicker skin - it still stings if an entry is rejected but I no longer lose sleep over it. I take comfort in past successes including a morale-boosting "Best in Show" prize awarded at a juried exhibit last summer. I also try hard not to compare myself with other artists or ask why their artwork and not mine. After all, jurors, curators and buyers are individuals with distinct preferences and points of views. Art is extremely subjective - it really does come down to apples and oranges. Now with galleries closed and exhibits canceled I have pivoted to online sales and marketing (I'll be announcing my move to Art Storefronts soon!). It's is liberating to to not have to worry about acceptances and rejections but I do miss the feedback so please drop me a line and let me know your thoughts.
The 4th quarter is traditionally the biggest quarter for fine arts. Please get your original artwork orders in early and keep in mind that commissions take 2 - 3 months to complete and to allow time for the paint to dry.
"Vulnerability" Original Monotype on Arches Paper 30"H x 21"W $725
In the News: "Monarch Sunset Start to Finish" a 24 second YouTube video .
Current and Future Exhibitions:
June 18 - December 15: "JAM at MAM" Jersey Artist Marketplace at Montclair Art Museum was created to help our artist community, NJ agencies that serve human needs and MAM. My entries are #356 "New Hope" and #358 "Coastal Sunset"
September 4 - ?: "JAS16 - The Juried Exhibit", online exhibition. Belmar NJ Arts Council.
With sincere wishes for your health, safety and sanity,
Available artwork at www.emilygilmanbeezley.com
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