We were both showing our works at the 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank along side other notable 3D print artists like Gil Burvel, Joshua Harker and Bathsheba Grossman.
During the show, Bridgette organized a round table meeting for some of the artists to exchange ideas and get to know each other.
One of the questions asked of Bridgette was, "What advice would you give artists who want to get into 3D printing shows and exhibitions?" I found her answer interesting and a bit surprising at how concise it was. Her reply: "Just Ask".
Her answer didn't strike me at first. But it stuck with me. As I reflected on how I got into the different shows both in the US and abroad, I found that she was right.
To put my situation into context, I am based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii is so isolated from...everywhere that there isn't a flow of art work and ideas in or out of the islands. Our geographic isolation creates an isolation for the arts as well.
The 3D Printshow NY, the first show that I did outside Hawaii, how did I get in? It was late one night, early December that I happened across an article about the NY show. I searched, but couldn't find information about exactly how to submit work to be considered for their Art Gallery.
I almost turned off the computer to go to sleep figuring that I was a small town boy, on a tiny island in the Pacific who probably didn't stand a chance of getting in anyway.
Well, just before giving up, I found an email address, drafted a letter, attached some pictures of my work and sent it off.
A couple of weeks went by and I forgot about the email. No responses, so I figured that was that. Just before heading off island for the start of the New Year, an email popped up from the 3D Printshow. It said: "congratulations your pieces were accepted."
Bottom line, I asked. After that, as I went to different shows and networked with different people in different places, I kept asking. So, Bridgette's two word advice...works.
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Would love to hear any thoughts or advice you have on promoting yourself as an artist.