Visual Artists – 30 Ways to Get More Art Collectors

Here are a few things I’ve been thinking nearly any artist can do without spending very much money to do them. Succeed at a mere handful of these suggestions and watch your business grow.

Here are a few things I've been thinking nearly any artist can do without spending very much money to generate more interest and sales. Succeed at a mere handful of these suggestions and watch your business grow. I'm not saying they don't take effort, or some money, but what successful program doesn't? This is neither the time to sit it out nor to hope someone will come along and make things magically happen for your career.

  1. Ask a family member to buy or introduce you to someone who might.

  2. Ask a friend or colleague to buy or introduce you to someone who might.

  3. Befriend an interior decorator.

  4. Seek influencers. You know who they are. The people everyone goes to for advice.

  5. Write a column for your local newspaper.

  6. Give a talk at an upscale 55+ housing development.

  7. Put art on consignment in alternative spaces, e.g., salons, spas.

  8. Paint your car.

  9. Do a series of targeted postcards campaign.

  10. Get listed in every local phone book and local directory.

  11. Go to Chamber of Commerce social meetings.

  12. Be involved in a local charity.

  13. Start a meetup group to visit local galleries or wineries.

  14. Have an annual party for collectors and friends.

  15. Never leave home or studio without business cards and something to show anyone who asks what you do.

  16. Arrange interviews with local radio hosts on a relevant subject you've studied, e.g., the benefit of the WPA arts projects and how it relates to today.

  17. Send a personal thank you to every one who shows an interest.

  18. Get the email address of every one you meet. Send them note and offer to put them on your mailing list with the chance to get an advanced purchase discount on your next new print or free quarterly drawing for a print.

  19. Host a an hors d' oeuvres, wine and art party at someone else's home or office.

  20. Have an ecommece means of selling your art that you control fully, i.e., sell direct from your Web site or blog.

  21. Start a newsletter about art events in your area. Get every email address you can get. Be relentless.

  22. Rent an empty retail space and have an "art happening" with other artists and musicians.

  23. Let your imagination run free and do something you would never do.

  24. Find those talented people who are not interior design professionals, but who always seem to be helping others with working on their home.

  25. Pitch ideas for stories or decorating or other themes involving your art to local morning TV talk shows. Do you have any idea how many people they need to book each week to keep the content fresh and audience interested.

  26. Be interesting. Learn to tell some art related stories. Talk about how Picasso was eccentric, or anecdotes about artists you admire and why.

  27. Learn to talk about how you come up with ideas for your art and how it makes you think and feel to produce the result.

  28. Don't be shy about asking someone to buy. Often they need to be reassured it is a good suggestion.

  29. Get local framers to carry your work and recommend it.

  30. Be your own best agent and marketer. No one can talk about your art the way you do.

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Barney Davey

I help artists and photographers find buyers, sell more art and operate profitably.

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