Category: Gallery

Drawings in a Time of Social Distancing

Drawing in a time of social distancing poster

How does isolation affect artists and influence their art?  Does it cause stagnation or new works of imagination? Jorge Posada, the curator of the Drawing in a Time of Social Distancing exhibition, sought to answer these questions. “What a line can become is amazing! As a delicate traverse of space, as the delineating edge of form, or as a gathering of energy to shape a visual metaphor, in the hands of an artist, it becomes mesmerizing,” states Jorge.

One hundred thirty-six artists have put their hands to create these lines.  View the new online exhibition hosted by Long Island City Artists on their website, www.licartists.org, from June 12 – August 12, 2020.

A wide variety of approaches to the discipline of drawing are displayed, separated into three basic categories, ​traditional, non-traditional, and interior/exterior​. My ink and watercolor sketch, Irises, is displayed in the traditional category area.

View the Online Exhibition

Do you miss going to galleries and museums?

Stratum mixed media collage NCS National Collage Society

Not to worry. You can take these gallery tours from your couch. Many venues are putting up online shows free to the public to enjoy. I currently have work in the following two online art exhibitions.

National Collage Society’s 23rd Annual Small Format Exhibition

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the National Collage Society Small Format Exhibit. This Postcard Exhibit is an invitational exhibition comprised of small format 4″ x 6″ postcard-sized collages. The Society defines collage is any artwork created with another layer glued onto the surface.

Click the link to Visit Nat’l Collage Society Exhibit

 

Long Island City Artists’ Spring National Collage Exhibition

One hundred eight of our artists are represented here, in LiC-A’s first online Members’ Exhibition.  Our regular exhibition venues, including the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, are shut down temporarily due to the current health situation. So we are using our website to provide a public space in which both artists and visitors can share in the appreciation of these incredibly exceptional and diverse talents of Queens artists.

Click the link to Visit LiC-A Spring Exhibit

Ocean Tidbit Kathy Ferguson collage mixed media
Ocean Tidbit, 1 of 9, 6″ x 6″, mixed media

 

Have you ever wanted to see your art published in a magazine?

Colorful Kathy Ferguson artwork published art on magazine of Wild Apple Wall Decor

Of course!  I dreamed of getting my artwork published in a magazine but always thought of it as a long shot.  And making the cover?  Impossible.

So, I was surprised and thrilled to have my artworks, Jeweled Forest One and Two, featured on the cover of Wild Apple‘s Art Decor February 2019 Issue.  Wild Apple Graphics is my B2B art publisher and licensor.  These two original paintings are still available if you’re interested. See them in detail on my website.

A spread of art magazine publications
A spread of art magazines that might be a good fit for publishing your artwork

How to get your work published in magazines

“Congratulations,” you say.  “But how can I make this dream happen for me?”  There are lots of ways to get your artwork published, both online and print magazines. The key is to start with a MEDIA KIT.

The first step to getting your artwork published in magazines is to assemble a compelling media kit. This kit is a digital portfolio that will allow magazines to take a quick look at your artwork and profile. It’s a glance at your best and most relevant pieces. The media kit should contain two things, artwork images and a text introduction.

Collect your Artwork Images for magazine publication

10-15 images of your work. Make sure the pictures are high-quality, with no background or frames—just images of the artwork themselves. Lighting must be professional and uniform, so there is no skewing of the colors. It’s a bonus to include photos of artworks hanging in-situ, in beautifully decorated rooms to help show the size and proportions of your work.

Ideal file dimensions for web viewing (and quick load time) are JPEGs at 72 dpi – 2000px max – less than 1.5MB. 

write a Text Introduction to that will interest writers

Though you are a visual artist, images are not enough. Magazines and bloggers want to know more about your background and the inspiration behind your artwork. 

A simple, compelling story is what you should be providing. Don’t use art-talk or excessive detail. The language should be approachable and straightforward. Include information about previous, current, and future work, as well as your important achievements and exhibitions. Avoid long lists; this is not your resume. Keep the text short and captivating (300-500 words), covering the key aspects of your artist persona: Who, what, why, when, how.

Submit your text in an unformatted, editable form like plain text (not a pdf or standard word document), and include your contact information and social media links.

 

Published Kathy Ferguson article in Art Haben magazine
The first page in an article about my artwork in Art Haben’s Magazine’s biennial issue
Correctly format your Magazine Submission documents

Magazines and bloggers have a tremendous need for quality content but don’t have the time to write it all. If you can provide writers with quality content, you have a good chance of getting published. However, even quality content isn’t enough to get you published if not delivered in the correct format. If they have to contact you to get a photo file or editable text document, they will likely discard your work in favor of someone else. Time is money, and editors have none to spare.

The simpler your work is to publish, the more likely you’ll see it in print. Send your images as individual JPG’s and your text in an editable document without formatting (like plain text).

Once you have the artwork images and artist press text:

  1. Place these files into an online folder on GOOGLE DRIVE or DROPBOX.
  2. Set the privacy setting of your media kit folder to PUBLIC. 
  3. Copy the share link for this folder. That is the link that you will send to the magazines/bloggers. It allows them to browse the images and text without needing to download anything.

With your materials prepared, it’s time to analyze the right magazines for your work and how to approach them. Don’t have a list, check out this list of art magazines to get you started.

A feature about Kathy Ferguson Artwork published in the magazine Not Random Art
A page from an article about my artwork in the magazine “Not Random Art.’
Step 1: Research Art Magazines and Writers who will be interested in publishing your artwork

Doing research will help target your efforts towards magazines/blogs where you are a good fit and could be published.

  1. Narrow down those magazines where you can see a good fit with your style of artwork.
  2. Make a list of the writers that are actively publishing content. Magazines can have a large team of contributors, and it’s useful if you contact one of them personally rather than going through the magazine’s direct contact email.
  3. Search these writers’ latest articles and evaluate which one would be the best fit to contact about your work.
  4. Look for their email or social media link and start a conversation. Comment on a recent article that they shared. (Generally, only personal contact with writers will get you published. Bulk emails rarely gain results.)
Step 2: Delivery your Media Kit to the Magazine Writer for Publication
  1. Now it’s time to send your material for publication. Write a short and direct email telling a little bit about the project that you want to get published and why you think it’s a good fit for the publication. Don’t forget to include the link to the download folder with the images and text.
  2. Once published, be sure to share on your newsletter, social media sites, and blog. I like to personally mail copies of any articles with a note to my VIP collectors.

Magazines and blogs can be powerful channels to gain new followers and get valuable visibility. Just remember the formula: Quality content delivered correctly to the right magazine, equals new followers.

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