Guidelines for Gallery Exhibitions at the Spirit
Normally, a potential exhibitor is recommended to the Spirit Room Galleries by someone in the local arts community or we have seen their work and are inspired to contact them. Many times artists contact us requesting an exhibit. Sometimes, an out of town gallery will contact the Spirit Room recommending an artist that they have shown recently. In some cases, we have exhibits traveling through the North Dakota Association of Art Galleries. In other cases, a grant application is written to bring the works of a well-known artist to the gallery such as the Bremer Foundation underwriting Bright Bird: the art of Sister Corita Kent. Another type of exhibit is tied to grant funding such as Carving a New Life: Izudin Becic, from the Bosnian wood carving tradition. Another was God Given: Cultural Treasures of Armenia, the metal repousee work of Norik Astvatsaturov. Both exhibitions were underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Exhibitors are asked to submit visual images electronically. After a review, an interview is conducted and arrangements are made. (See Exhibit Protocol and the Arts Contract).
Several factors come into play because artists come from various backgrounds. Generally speaking, we like to have recently completed works, produced within the last three years.
Because the Spirit Room has several galleries, larger work and more prolific artists exhibit in the Lotus Studio, Gallery I or in one of three galleries at the Avalon. Gallery II, a smaller gallery, is especially good for young artists who may not have a large body of work or artists that would have difficulty with the costs of framing.
The work is scheduled as far out as six months or to a year ahead of time. That means that the artists usually must plan ahead to both have the work completed and be available at the time of the exhibition.
In planning for exhibits, biographies, artist’s statements and visual images are required to be submitted. The Spirit Room has a good marketing plan in place with radio, print display, postcards, Constant Contact, electronic marketing, a website, and Facebook.
29 February 2014