My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.


Lets get stARTed!

 This past year I curated an art show for the first time, and the show just closed at the end of December.  One of my goals for 2010 was to curate an art show and I still can't believe we were able to organize a group of over 120 artists and by the end of the show some of the art even found new homes.  Last night I had the opportunity to get together with a group of passionate artists about possibly organizing another art show and I am thrilled. 

Tips on how to get started in curating (organizing) an art show.

1.  Have an idea of what type and kind of art show. - Sounds simple right? Well if you are organizing a group show, you need an idea that the artists can really be affected by the theme and in turn there will be amazing work.

2.  One of the hardest thing is venue.  Finding the perfect space is critical because all the art has to be hung so that it looks amazing and you are really highlighting the art.  :) If you put the time into finding a great space, usually the person who runs the space will lend you a helping hand in hanging and you will get lots of visibility for the art.

3.  Team up with a friend or even couple of friends, it always makes everything more fun when you have a friend to help.  Also after you have a theme and venue- assign tasks.  I know that when I first started trying to get into art shows I was and am still super shy about meeting new people.  Just remind yourself that you are passionate about what you do, and sometimes it's ok to step out of your fuzzy bubble. (that's what I tell myself)

4.  Don't be afraid. If your hearts in it, it will all happen.
Here is my previous post- if you want more in depth tips on curating.  I know that when I first started thinking about wanting to organize something- I was a little lost in how to just get started.  So if you are thinking about getting out there, I hope this helps.
If you are in the Portland area- this is where I will have work up for January.
January/February/March- I have a piece in a group show at the Portland Center of Performing Arts.
January/February- I have about 10 pieces up at Bridge City Counseling Offices
PS Winston had a very busy day.. so sleepy!


sarah said...

that's really cool! hosting an art show was one of my twenty by twenty goals, but I wasn't really in one place long enough to put it together.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

I cannot imagine being able to organize such a thing! That's awesome that you were able to do it! I'm totally impressed! Congrats!!!! Keep us posted on your next one.

Mandy Crandell said...

Awesome! I was an acting curator for several months at a small art gallery. I loved it! Although, I never had to work with that many artists at one time.

and flowers pick themselves said...

how awesome! can't wait to hear more about your next one.

xo Alison

ColeAndJosephine said...

Great tips! I'm already tired :)

elan said...

Great post! I really enjoyed attending your event also, you guys did a great job!

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Fantastic good for you!
Portland has so many creative & talented people!

ps: noticed your cups; do u know Starbucks is changing its logo to celebrate its anniversary? Just saying...


Unknown said...

that is a lot of hard is a good thing you enjoy it! :)
Winston is adorable. I knew another pug named winston. cute name!

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

I am a starbucks addict- and I look the old classic logo. If it aint broke.. :)

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

i like.. i can't spell today.

theappletea said...

cool and great!!! awesome idea

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Felicity said...

This is so inspiring and motivating- Thank You!

Samantha said...

Your art is amazing! Congrats on your featured pieces! :o)


jenna said...

this is great - thanks for posting - and congrats!

Laura said...

Congrats on a successful first curation and for achieving one of your 2010 goals! And thanks for all the helpful tips for the rest of us!

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