Artists–are you looking for wider recognition? Collectors–are you looking to buy interesting work from new and emerging artists around the country before they have been picked up by a retail gallery? Here is a site you might find worthwhile: Light Space and Time Gallery.
It is an online resource that hosts monthly competitions and marketing ideas for new and emerging artists. In its own words, winners of their monthly contests are promoted . . .
” . . . in a series of direct mail pieces to [a] list of art galleries, artist representatives and corporate art representatives throughout the World. In addition, Light Space & Time issues press releases announcing the achievements of the finalists to 50+ news outlets. These press releases will provide excellent publicity for the artists and can be linked to the artist’s website for further promotional purposes by the artist. The press releases contain artist information and links to the gallery and also to the artist’s personal website for further promotion and marketing exposure. Light Space & Time also maintains an archive of competitions, along with the finalists artwork and biography on the gallery website. The gallery archive helps the artists to promote and market their work on an ongoing basis.”
Light, Space & Time charges a nominal fee ($10) for artists to enter two works in the competition and $15 for 3-5 works. Works need not be physically submitted–digital images are required. Each competition is themed and the site founder, John Math, forwards buyers’ inquiries to submitting artists.
Artists & collectors–check it out! If you do, please report back here on your experience with it. I’d love to hear your thoughts!