Artists need to approach galleries for exhibition and representation. What’s the best way to do it? The best way is with a mind and feelings that are open to learning. If an artist cannot learn from galleries they will not be able to improve their chances of success.

Rejection comes in many forms and for many reasons. Even the best artists in the best galleries get bad remarks, critic disapproval and are often ignored by major annual exhibitions or magazines. But artists must start somewhere. Learning from these starts is difficult if the artist does not understand gallery rejections.

What can the artist do about these 10 top reasons most artists get rejected by galleries? That will be the focus of this article – giving you some real answers to these kinds of rejection. Many of these answers contain attitudinal as well as behavioral components for adjustment. The purpose of these answers is to help you learn more and feel rejection less. So read and send me feedback if you wish at Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine.

  • Your style is not what the gallery wants – Let’s face it, every style is different and reflects the personal progress of your work. It must be shown in a gallery that wants your personal style.


  • Your quality is not what the gallery offers – You have a choice here, either: find out how to improve your quality and do it – or – look for a gallery that is not as worried about quality.


  • Same style as other gallery artists – You can’t help this one. Just understand that other galleries may not carry such similar styles.


  • Different style from other gallery artists – Again, you can’t help this one, just keep looking.


  • Your prices are too low – Ask what a realistic price should be for your work at every gallery you talk to. Pricing is based on many factors, ask which factors matter at each gallery.


  • Your prices are too high – Again ask a lot of questions, and remember that low-end galleries can’t handle top end artists.


  • You don’t live in the right location – Maintain several addresses in different states or countries. Many people have different addresses and phones or they travel a lot.


  • Your work is too difficult to deal with – If your work is very large or heavy or delicate you must have a gallery that can deal with these limitations.


  • Hard to deal with – Personality can be a major factor for artists and people who know artist behavior. Just remember a little quirkiness goes a long way, and few reps begin with a personality quirk.


  • Group dynamics – Some groups are not easy to fit into. Remember that some gallery groups are so tough that no one actually wants to be there anyway.

In short, remember that the 10 top reasons most artists get rejected by galleries are seldom a personal rejection when you break it down. And if you break it down you can learn a lot.