Monday, May 14, 2007

Portland Oregon, thanks me for my efforts... but passes

"Dear Suzanne,
The Art exhibit committee a our Portland gallery has reviewed your submission for the first and second galleries. We appreciate the opportunity to view your selection of artistic work. However, we are unable to offer you a show at this time. Thank you for your time and interest. We encourage you to submit work to this and other galleries in the future. If you have any questions regarding our juried selection process, please feel free to call our office at (555) 555-5555.


The Gallery Assistant"

Typically, you don't get a phone number encouraging questions, but kudos to them for being so willing to do so.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your blog.

There's a certain strength in numbers knowing that there are other artists out there getting rejection letters.

I got blind sided with a recent rejection for a solo show from an art association where I'm a member. I didn't see it coming.

Oh well. Onward...

9/25/2007 7:54 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

That's how it goes sometimes. All you can do is pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on along to the next opportunity.

9/27/2007 9:46 AM  
Anonymous worthyofa9b said...

You must get these kind of comments a lot, but I feel your situation! I am an emerging artist applying to everything I can find and racking up those rejection letters. I love that you posted them. It's always interesting to see how the wording is carefully phrased.

11/21/2007 7:06 PM  
Blogger Slim Johnson said...

Thanks for sharing these -- I've received many myself -- the kind ones, the rude ones and the nonsensical.

4/13/2008 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your blog, which I chanced upon while looking for inspiration to write a sensitive rejection letter. I'm looking after a competition in Australia for women artists from a regional area.The comp is in its 11th year in and this year we've received so many entries that for the first time we'll have to reject about 60 artists.I thought there's no way we can write a personal letter to everyone, but it's been great to read your comments & be really aware of the recipient of my letter. Barbara

8/06/2008 11:31 PM  
Blogger John G. said...

Brilliant Blog!

Your work is beautiful.

8/31/2008 2:25 AM  

cried my heart out ysday,in deep doubt with myself as an artist.
but life still goes on,i shall emerge, conquer and stike back with pure art at every rejection.

9/05/2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I love, love, love that you post your rejection letters! I have experienced much of the same and appreciate the sharing and the fun of it all. There are so many wonderful artists out there. Only a few can be accepted into shows, but it still dampens one's enthusiasm to be rejected. So, we just keep trying, be persistent and rejoice when the acceptances come. It is an adventure. Happy painting. Susan Gutting

6/02/2010 1:57 PM  
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9/24/2010 11:51 PM  
Blogger Colleen Patricia Williams said...

I live in Portland, OR and you didn't miss a thing. Let me tell ya how the art market is NOT doing...
and that is well. Many galleries have closed in PDX, and more are close to it.
Also, to be perfectly frank, the art collector in PDX wants the art for dirt cheap. They want high quality and are NOT willing to pay for it. I have my stuff in a gallery in Seattle, WA, because the galleries I was in in PDX, expanded into craft to be able to keep going. Portland is supportive as long as they can get the art for super cheap. Not me, I won't do that. In my opinion, as my gallery owners know, galleries are storage with a chance of sales, so you didn't miss a darn thing. Besides, if you could take a good look at the Portland, OR art scene, you'd see that the art is not so good. Most of what gets one into a gallery in PDX, is who you know, not how talented of an artist one is.

9/14/2011 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you are getting a thanks-but -no-thanks letter! I just submitted to and had to learn of my rejection by checking the list of who was in the show and not seeing my name on it. I think that is simply rude as I created a piece specific to the theme, took the time to write a letter, prepare the piece, submit, etc. I actually know and work with the gallery owner and understand that maybe I put him in an uncomfortable position to submit what apparently was weak work, but he was not the person to whom I submitted, neither was he the juror. Rude. And, that you recieve sooo many submissions is NOT an excuse. A form letter type of email takes only seconds and is free. I do not expect personalized correspondence or critique, nor do I want it. I just want common courtesy. Shame on 17Cox!

10/17/2012 9:45 AM  
Blogger lynn ponto-peterson said...

THANK YOU for this blog. I was starting to feel alone in this ordeal. I am starting to wallpaper my studio with these e-mails. I am having to hold myself back from asking, WHY? Is it really that you are not expanding your artists or do you just not like my work? I honestly would rather just have the raw and blunt truth. You know that if they thought they could sell you they would make room on the wall. It is so discouraging not knowing for sure if you should re-think your style or subject or what? I know they get too many inquiries to give any sort of critique but I can wish.
PUSH ON fellow emerging artists. Sometimes the long hard battle makes the victory all the sweeter!

7/30/2014 6:38 PM  

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