Monday, February 8, 2010

Entering Artwork: Proper labels aren’t just for food!

One of the best ways not to get art into Momentum as well as any art venue is simple. Make everything as easy as possible for the juror, curator, hanger, gallery, etc. If the juror has lots of trouble finding out what media was used, can’t read the hand writing, or can’t even find the required label, then the artist shouldn’t be surprised when the piece isn’t selected.

I like to use the standard return address labels. Typed labels are quick to make, look more professional, and will save lots of time on people having to figure out what your handwriting really says.
In extreme cases, printing out your label sheet on a regular piece of paper is a great make shift inventory sheet, too. I use Microsoft Word to create a sheet with 30 labels. I like to buy the label sheets in bulk to save a little money.

Open Word > Tools > Letters and Mailings > Envelopes and Labels > Options > select Avery 5160 > select New Document

Next you can begin building your label sheet with the required information set out by each exhibition. Momentum requires Artist Name, Title, Primary Media, & Price. I always put my name in bolded font, and italicize my title.

Print out the labels and follow the rules: Each piece must be labeled on the back, upper right hand corner of the artwork.

-Guest Blogger: Kristin Gentry
Sample label sheet from Microsoft Word

View, Purchase and Experience Artwork from Oklahoma’s Emerging Young Artists at Momentum OKC on March 5 & 6, 2010 at 410 SW 3rd in Oklahoma City. Deadline to submit art is February 20. See the full call for artists here.

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