How to Successfully Find Gallery Representation as an Artist

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For most emerging artists, seeing their work hung in a gallery for the first time is a major milestone. Even though the art market is shifting, there is something about the intangible prestige of working with a gallery. The best gallerists not only know how to make collectors fall in love with their artist’s work, they can also serve a fundamental role in helping an artist grow and reach their potential.

These long-term relationships—with the gallerist often acting as an artist’s mentor, critic, and biggest champion—can help bring an artist’s creativity to new heights, and new countries. One need only think of historic gallerists, such as Ileana Sonnabend. Her gallery Paris was paramount in introducing American art into Europe throughout the 1960s, and when it relocated to New York, it helped make SoHo one of the hottest art districts in the United States. By helping unearth hidden talent or making underground trends go mainstream, gallerists have an undeniable influence on the art world.

But for all these lofty dreams, entering into a relationship with a gallery can be obtuse. If, as a creative, you are trying to work with galleries that support their artists, how do you get yourself on their radar? As with many things in the art world, it’s not straightforward. If you think that simply emailing a portfolio or some links will get you an exhibition—think again. Well-established galleries are inundated with these messages, most of which find their way into the trash.

So where to begin?

Finding the proper gallery—and gallerist—takes careful consideration. Understanding your niche and who you are as an artist will be fundamental in ensuring you know who to approach.

We chatted with three different gallery owners, each with their own specialty, to see what they look for when scouting for new talent. Remember, here we are speaking about galleries who do not rent their spaces to artists for exhibitions, but gallerists who invest their time, money, and energy in helping artists bring their art into homes and institutions, as well as help them push their creative vision. In the end, no matter what the gallery specialty or location, some clear trends emerged that can help you before you approach a gallery with your work.

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What’s the key to getting gallery representation?

Do Your Homework

Just as understanding who you are as an artist will help you identify your artistic niche and allow you to properly market your artwork, it will also naturally lead you to understand what type of gallery might best suit your needs. Why waste their time, and yours, if the artists they represent are completely off target with what you create?

In order to properly network and approach galleries, you need to be prepared—just like you would be for a job interview.

“The biggest mistake many artists/photographers make is not understanding the focus and purpose of galleries,” Sid Monroe of the Monroe Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico tells My Modern Met. “Each gallery is different, each has a point of view and a focus for what the gallery exhibits. Way too may photographers take a shotgun approach and do little or no investigation as to what a particular gallery’s concentration is.”

A good starting point is to think about artists in your niche, both at your same career level and at a slightly higher level. What galleries are they working with? Once you know this, investigate the gallery’s website to see the other artists they work with and what type of exhibitions they are putting together. This will help you understand if it’s a gallery you’d want to eventually approach—as well as give you something to reach for—and help you understand what the gallerist might be looking for.

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Sid and Michelle Monroe, owners of the Monroe Gallery of Photography, which specializes in photojournalism and historical documentary photography. (Photo: R. David Marks)

How to Get Gallery Representation as an Artist

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Get Out and Network

If you have a grand dream of waltzing into a major gallery, portfolio in hand, and waltzing out with a solo show, you may be in for grave disappointment. Some overeager artists feel that if they knock on enough doors and show up unannounced to abruptly display their work, they’ll get an in. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

Most gallery relationships begin by networking and getting an introduction at the right time. This is why good communication and networking skills are key for an artist, as often times it might be a collector, journalist, or curator to first mention an artist’s work to a gallerist. In fact, gallerists often consider who an artist’s collectors are or if they’ve worked with public institutions in the past when looking at how a new relationship may fit into the gallery’s existing roster.

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Magda Danysz, owner of the Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai, Paris, and London, in front of artwork by Vhils. (Photo: Céline Barrere)

Magda Danysz, of the Magda Danysz Gallery in London, Shanghai, and Paris has worked with some of the top contemporary urban artists today, such as Vhils, JR, and Liu Bolin. For her, the gallerist-artist relationship is an important coming together of a team, and as such, she is sure to observe an artist from afar well before they may ever work together.

“The gallery and the artist are supposed to be a team, so the most important is to be able to find right introductions and the right moment on how to meet. A gallery and an artist can only do wonderful things if they work together.”

And remember, many galleries also have group shows, where they may test out new talent before making a commitment to a larger working relationship. These are opportunities for both parties to put their best efforts forward and use the situation to test if you and the gallery are compatible for future projects.

Keep reading to find out what else gallerists look for when seeking out emerging talent.

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5 College Skills That Have Lasting Value

Between writing essays, going into interviews, and managing deadlines, you refine several skills while you’re applying for college. Those skills are important because not only do they help you get into your dream college, but they can also help you find jobs and manage your career.

Here are some of the best college skills that can help you achieve success in your life.

Creative Writing

KudosWall recently conducted a survey and found that creativity is king. In fact, 72% of admissions professionals say they accepted applicants who submitted creative admission essays over those who have better academic qualifications but failed to convey passion.

To put it simply, if you can learn how to think outside the box and effectively convey your passion and tell stories, you will improve your odds of getting into the college of your dreams. Better yet, you’ll also be able to impress potential employers with cover letters and resumes.

In fact, the Job Outlook 2017 survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 75% of employers look for communication skills (written) on resumes.

Creativity goes hand-in-hand with writing skills. According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, creativity will be the third most important work skill by 2020.

So, even after the college application process, you should continue improving your creativity and writing skills. You can take courses online through websites like Udemy and Coursera. You can also sharpen your skills by visiting writing centers and working on projects with a tutor or coach.


improve communication

Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is vital to building your career. As the same survey found, 71% of admissions professionals say they’re more likely to accept those who convey outgoing, friendly personalities.

Being outgoing doesn’t come naturally to many. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn basic communication skills. You don’t need to be a boisterous people person. You just need to know how to express yourself and tailor your style to different audiences.

In addition to that, you should also know how to follow up. 94% of admissions professionals who responded to the survey said they prefer applicants who follow up during communications.

Bottom line: When you exhibit strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills, you will ace interviews and thrive both in your academics and future profession.

According to a Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) 2017 survey of nearly 1,000 employers who recruit on business school campuses, good communication skill tops the list of abilities employers look for when hiring graduates.

A simple way to cut your teeth in communication is by putting yourself out there. Join professional and student organizations and attend events. Shake hands, meet strangers and build meaningful relationships with the community around you.

See Also: How To Boost Your Communication Power

Active Listening

Active listening is a skill you can develop on a daily basis. It refers to your ability to fully concentrate on someone who is speaking and to understand the information they share.

During the college application process, you will be in contact with admissions professionals for a series of interviews. Half of those professionals conduct the interviews to assess your character as well as your personality.

Use this as an opportunity to let yourself shine and to become a great listener. Build this skill by giving your full attention, making eye contact, and ignoring your surroundings. Don’t plan out your response. Instead, hold onto your thoughts and focus on their ideas.

Show you’re listening by nodding in acknowledgment and provide feedback on what the speaker is saying when it’s your turn to speak. The best part about this skill is that you can practice it in daily conversations.



Networking is always valued in the professional world, but it can also benefit students looking to land their dream school. Six in 10 admissions professionals who responded to the survey said that people with large networks are more likely to fit into a college’s culture.

If you have a large network, you demonstrate that you can start and maintain meaningful relationships with others. With strong communication and active listening skills, you’re well equipped to start building your network immediately.

A big network pays off throughout your career because you will have more people to turn to for advice and guidance. You might even earn job referrals. An astounding 80% of professionals consider professional networking to be important to career success, according to a 2017 Linkedin survey.

Why? Because it leads to amazing opportunities.

The Linkedin survey also found that 70% of people in 2016 were hired at a company where they had a connection.

Networking is easier now than ever before, thanks to online communities. In fact, 61% of professionals who participated in the Linkedin survey agree that regular online interaction with their professional network can lead to possible job opportunities.

Be strategic in how you make connections and interact with them. Organize your network in a way that makes sense for you and plan outreach. Schedule check-ins with people you’re close with and consider how you can add value to their lives, like sending them an article they might enjoy or congratulating them on a new project they started.

Personal Branding

Personal branding defines how you manage your online presence and how you present yourself to colleges and potential employers.

In the survey, 71% of admission professionals state that people who already have a personal brand have a major advantage over others. In other words, start defining your brand now.

Once you know what your strengths are, begin creating content that showcases your skills and share that content through social media. This helps you stand out during the college application process and throughout your career.

As a 2017 CareerBuilder survey found that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates. They are looking for information that supports their job qualifications (61%), if the candidate has a professional online persona (50%), and what other people are posting about the candidate (37%).

See Also: How Building Your Personal Brand Can Affect Your Job Prospects

The best part about starting your personal branding strategy before college is that your brand evolves with you. As you learn new skills or even change areas of expertise, you can update your online presence to reflect how much you’ve grown.

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The Nunes Memo Kremlinology

On this black Monday, congressional Republicans undermined generations of legislative history and precedent to help a president who then, before the sun had set, undermined the will of Congress in its battle to rein in the Russians. Some will call this treason. Others, obstruction of justice. I’d rather call it giving aid and comfort to the enemy. The really bad news of the day was the inescapable conclusion that the real enemy America faces is not foreign, but domestic.

Does this look like your normal morning meeting? It seems like…

Does this look like your normal morning meeting? It seems like these Steller sea lions at the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex have a lot to talk about. Maybe they’re discussing the quality of the fish they’re hunting or the immense size (11 feet long and 2,500 pounds) of the largest males. Each one seems to have an opinion. Which Steller sea lion are you? Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

4 Useful Tips For Managing Millennials In The Workplace

Many millennials and recent college grads are opting for remote working positions. Working remotely provides a better work-life balance for them, along with the freedom to work where and how they please. It offers some great opportunities, too. Millennials can be great assets to remote teams, but managing them can be a difficult task. You have to know how to manage them without stepping on their toes or their fresh perspectives. To help you out, here are some tips for managing millennials in the workplace.

Set Clear Expectations

Since a remote position doesn’t require team members to check in daily at the office, job expectations can sometimes be a little muddled. So, once you’ve welcomed a new remote worker to the team, be clear with your expectations right away. Explain the daily tasks you expect to be accomplished, like doing a routine Skype meeting in the morning or summarizing finished tasks at the end of each day. Lay out clear communication plans and processes to make things easier. Be transparent about the opportunities the job can create for your employees. Millennials generally feel uncertain about the future of the economy. They will surely appreciate the idea of having a job that will allow them to continuously pay their bills. Be candid about the experience that they will gain as a remote employee, along with the possible promotions that lie ahead.

See Also: How Millennials Measure Success At Work

Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Tech

millennials latest tech gadgets Millennials have gotten a bad rap as lazy, entitled, and under-ambitious workers. In reality, however, most of them are just interested in finding a better way to do things. They like utilizing the latest technology and processes to make their efforts more efficient. In fact, Deloitte’s 2016 Millennial Survey found that one of the top considerations of the generation in choosing a career was whether or not the company invested in the latest technology. Millennials are into the freshest and greatest technology available. Many young people welcome innovation and are more comfortable with emerging tech than other generations, especially in the workplace. As an employer, you should understand that millennial workers may prefer to use newer tech over traditional practices. 41% of millennials prefer electronic communication, such as IM’ing or texting than phone calls for work. Many of them are completely comfortable with an entirely virtual office with no pen, paper or filing cabinet in sight. Since remote positions often rely on online tools for the job, integrating technology isn’t so much an issue. If you’re not sure what online tools to invest in, be open to suggestions from your younger team members.

Keep Employees Accountable

Since remote workers don’t have to check in to the office every day, it can be tempting for them to take advantage of the freedom their job provides. Keeping employees accountable is one of the number one remote management problems for all age groups, not just millennials. However, this generation does tend to seek autonomy and independence over micro-management, so finding the balance can be tricky. One study found that 75% of millennials had no idea whether or not their performance was up to par and 90% wished that their managers would let them know how they were doing. With that, be sure to provide regular feedback on areas of improvement or jobs well-done to encourage millennials to keep up the good work. Using time tracking tools is one way to keep employees more accountable. Using a project management tool that offers specific task assignment and project progression can also help team members and leaders make sure that everything gets completed on time.

Cultivate Meaningful Culture

millennials in the workplace Company culture is a huge deal to millennials. The majority of them are even willing to take a $7,600 pay cut for a job with a better workplace environment. While running a remote workplace makes it difficult to achieve that, it is still quite possible. Prioritize in-person meetings as often as possible, along with phone calls and Skype meetings, to create a more concrete connection between team members. Celebrate milestones or accomplishments by acknowledging these things during virtual meetings. Encourage each team member to participate in large meetings and share their inputs and suggestions. Millennials need to feel connected with their co-workers and business, so focus on creating a culture that they can participate in and enjoy.

See Also: Adulting Isn’t Just Instagramming Your Dinner – Soft Skills For Millennials 

In Conclusion

While millennials certainly don’t need special treatment, keep their concerns and questions in mind. Be open to their suggestions and communicate everything clearly to avoid frustration and confusion. Millennials appreciate genuine concern from their superiors and remote peers. As much as possible, try to create an inviting culture that prioritizes teamwork and personal connection.

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The Nonbinary Gender Trap

California legislators, and progressive lawmakers in other states, may be acting from the best of motives, but this swath of new legislation rests on a dangerous mistake. I say this as a nonbinary person, one who identifies as genderqueer and uses the gender-neutral pronouns they and them. Adding “nonbinary” to the list of legal gender options does not address the core problem: any legal system that requires a person to record their gender perpetuates government control over our bodies and identities.

Becoming A Skilled Worker In Canada: What You Need to Know Before Immigrating

In Canada, there are plenty of work opportunities. If you are thinking of becoming a skilled worker in Canada, this article can help you learn a lot about the guidelines and the procedures you have to go through in applying for Canadian citizenship.

The Programs

One of the main objectives of Canadian migration is to allow people to contribute to Canada’s growing economy. Workers who visit Canada are highly important not just for the country’s economy but its workforce as well. People who have successfully passed the Skilled Worker Immigration project will get a chance to possess a Canadian Visa, which will allow him to bring his family to Canada. You have a lot of options when it comes to processing your application. For example, if you plan to work in Quebec, you can go through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. You can also go through one of the Provincial Nominee Programs of the country Underneath, you will discover a rundown of the programs you can consider:

  • Federal Skilled Worker: This is a good option for people who plan to work in any area or region outside of Quebec.
  • Quebec Skilled Worker: This is for those who would like to move to and work in Quebec.
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): These are quick track Canadian migration programs that enable one to get a common selection testament. Most of the time, a selection testament works faster than other Canadian migration programs.

Numerous Canadian bosses are currently looking for remote gifted specialists to be with their team as fast as possible. On the off chance that you get an offer, you should consider a quick track Canadian movement application.

Criteria of the Canadian Government

canadian government Before you actually become a skilled worker in Canada, you need to fit the following requirements:

  • Possess proficiency in the English and the French language
  • Educational background
  • Related work experience
  • An existing valid employment in Canada
  • Ability to adapt quickly

Once you can show that you fulfill all of those requirements, you can start completing the requirements you’ll need for your application.

Download the form and submit it

You need to download your application form from the internet. For skilled workers, you can download the application from the skilled worker’s application module. Complete the form and answer all the questions truthfully. Avoid all sorts of discrepancies which can make your application invalid. Remember, do not send incomplete forms.


Once you have finished filling your form up, be sure to make the fee payment. If you do not qualify for your application, the fee will be refunded to your account. After fulfilling all the requirements, you have to send your application form to the Canadian centers. You can’t submit your form to the Canadian high commissions of your own country. The total process should not take too long if you meet all the requirements.


workers in canada For skilled workers, Canada indeed has many opportunities. However, there are specific guidelines which you must adhere to for a successful immigration process. Hopefully, this article helped you understand a bit about the immigration process and how you can get started.

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How Networking Can Make You More Productive

Hard work plays a huge role in the way your career unfolds, but it’s not the only thing that can make you successful. It turns out that social networking and productivity are closely related to a person’s success. How? Here are the four major ways socialization can make one more productive.

Shared Goals

shared goals networking “You are what you eat.” You’ve probably heard this saying before. In the context of professional productivity, it carries a great weight. How? Replace “what you eat” with “who you hang out with.” When you build a network of professionals in the same field as you, you’ll have a group of individuals working toward the same goals as you. This can be incredibly motivating. While it’s easy to get burned out in any job, even one that you’re passionate about, having colleagues and friends whose passion remains will help you stay on the right track. And when their motivation wanes, you can do the same for them.

See Also: 4 Cheesy But Effective Tips To Set Goals And Achieve Them

Professional Accountability

When you’re regularly in touch with other professionals in the field, it makes it impossible to ignore any career-oriented goals that you set for yourself. This makes it important that you actually set aside time for people who are on the same network as you. For instance, pick one or two people to check in with every month. Choose people who have a bit more experience in the field than you do. Ask them to hold you accountable for reaching a goal at work or taking a professional step within a given time frame. When you have someone else cheering you on from the sidelines, you’ll have a much harder time putting off that difficult conversation with your boss about a promotion or stepping back from launching your own business.

Sound Advice

networking sound advice Your network of like-minded people won’t only help you meet your goals, but they can also help you make them. If you’re wondering if you should take a new job or make another career move, your peers will be able to offer some advice. Since they work in the same industry as you do, they’ve probably encountered a similar situation already. And if not, they, at least, have a better understanding of the job than you do.

Social Stimulation

Having a traditional network of colleagues and friends in place can boost your productivity, but did you know that checking Facebook can, too? Some recent studies have discovered that employees who take occasional breaks with social media are nine percent more productive than employees who keep their noses to the grindstone all day. The brief escape from work helps the brain recharge and gives one a boost. Some companies are also starting to use social media networks internally. It’s easier for you to engage with other employees and the company as a whole when you can use a medium you’re already familiar with, like Twitter or Facebook. So, in this setting, social media can help you get involved with and invested in what’s going on at a higher level and that can motivate you to work much harder. With so many positive aspects of networking, it’s impossible to deny that meeting more people in your field positively affects your work. Whether you’re bouncing ideas off a seasoned colleague or taking a break from crunching numbers to check Instagram, the connection between social networking and productivity is undeniable.

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5 Easy Steps to Be Happy and Start Living Now

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Do you find yourself moving from day to day just wishing the weekend was here already?  Or maybe you think if you could just hit the big lottery numbers you’d be set for life!

Let’s face it, we all have been guilty of working in the present while wishing for the future.

We say things like, “Well, maybe next year I’ll lose some weight.”  Or “Next month I’ll stay on my budget.”  

But next month and then next year come and go yet nothing ever changes. 

Why is that?  Why can’t we just be happy and start living right now?  Just because there is a saying that “the grass may be greener on the other side” doesn’t make it so!

We do not have to simply let time pass by and hope that one day we finally arrive at the perfect place for us. 

No, no, no!  We can be happy!  We can live a life of abundance! Starting right now!

Let’s look at 10 easy steps to be happy and start living today!

#1: Count your blessings.

Whenever any of my friends or colleagues travel overseas to a third world country they all seem to make a statement about how content people seemed to be even though they had less of everything.

It seems a mystery of sorts.  How can one have so little yet be so happy?  

I think it’s because they have learned how to count their blessings.  Their easy step is to count blessed what they currently have.  

They have a roof over the heads and food to eat, and that is enough!  

#2: Embrace your current season of life.

Life is a constant change of seasons.  And get this, no season is a “bad” one or “better” than any other.

Rather, each season is necessary and vital to life.  So, if you are in a winter season of life, learn to take it slower and trust that what you’ve stored up will last until spring breaks forth.

If you are in a summer season, push yourself to continue to plant and get ready for a fall harvest.  

And a side note, begin to enjoy the actual seasons in the area you live.  Is it cold and snowy outside?  That’s so wonderful!  Is it hot and sticky? Thank goodness for that!

#3: Celebrate the small victories.

Were you able to wake up, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, and get to work safely?  Consider it a victory!

Maybe that’s not good enough for you, so how about this.  Did you work out this week at all?  Victory!  Did you eat some extra vegetables during dinner this week?  Celebrate!

There are so many small wins that we need to learn to celebrate instead of only waiting for the really big ones.  Big wins come few and far between.  

A sports team doesn’t just show up and win the championship.  They win each practice, each game played, and take every thought captive to propel them to victory.

#4: Love others.

A life devoid of loving others is miserable and lonely.  Start living now by loving others.

I suggest you start with your immediate family.  You only get one physical family, so make sure to love them well!  

Then make sure you love your friends and appreciate them.  Good friends are indeed a gift and the relationship needs love.

Last, love people you meet regardless.  One simple act of kindness can ripple love into eternity and literally bring life to a human being.

#5: Accept that you are growing, not failing.

Everyone must “fail” at things in life in order to get better.  There is no one who comes into this world already the best at their craft or talent.

If failure sounds like a negative word to you, start replacing it with the word growing.  

In life, we are always growing or rotting. You get to decide.

I’m Johnny Miller, the founder of Finding Your Fit, a blog about finding margin and career direction in life.  Come check out my blog and see how you can begin designing a career roadmap that actually fits your life.    

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Map Reveals Where Modern Countries Would Be Located If Pangea Still Existed

Modern Pangea Map by Massimo Pietrobon

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When we think about the world as we know it, and how humans developed from pre-historic times, inevitably the word Pangea enters the discussion. This supercontinent, formed approximately 335 million years ago, slowly started to break apart around 175 million years ago into the continents we now know. In a day and age where borders are constantly on our mind, just who would have been our neighbors—and how would the world be different—if Pangea existed today?

It’s a question Massimo Pietrobon had on his mind when he created Pangea Politica, a conceptual map demonstrating where modern countries would fall within Pangea if it still existed today. “Joining the world into one piece of land represents a return to unity with the planet and within the human race, in spite of the divisions that make our rulers quite comfortable,” Pietrobon writes.

And so, in Pietrobon’s world, the United States cuddles up to Russia, while Africa dominates the map. Neighboring North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and the Middle East, Africa’s imposing stature reminds us of just how large the continent really is. While the designer notes that the scale of some countries could be better—see this true size map to verify dimensions—for him, it is the concept that counts.

Where do you think we’d be today if Pangea had stayed together?

Modern Pangea Map by Massimo Pietrobon

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All images via Massimo Pietrobon.

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