Steep Cost of Exhibiting at Famous Art Exhibitions (example Miami, FL)

As a self representing artist with the dream of one day owning my very own gallery it's depressing to find out the cost of exhibiting at world famous venue. In order to have a presence at some of these art exhibitions you have to have really deep pockets. Here are examples of what I'm talking about.

Scope Miami 2013 cost for the exhibitor/artist gallery:
200 sq.ft. (18.6 sq.m.) US $10,600
300 sq.ft. (27.9 sq.m.) US $15,900
400 sq.ft. (37.2 sq.m.) US $21,200
500 sq.ft. (46.5 sq.m.) US $26,500
600 sq.ft. (55.8sq.m.) US $31,800
700 sq.ft. (65.0 sq.m.) US $37,100
800 sq.ft. (74.3 sq.m.) US $42,400

Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 5-8, 2013), can cost a gallery over $100,000 for a large booth and other associated costs.

Art Miami (Dec. 4-8 ,2013) just the minimal size booth is 300 sq. ft./27.9m2 and costs $16,000 (this does not include all the extras you need to pay for).

AQUA 13 Art Miami (Miami Beach) December 4 - 8, 2013, cost minimum space of 240 sq. ft./27.9m2 is $6,800 (again there will be extras that are not included).

Miami River Art Fair (Miami, FL)December 5 - 8, 2013, cost of min. 100 sq. ft. booth is $4,500

The above is just an example of the exuberant cost of participating in the most renowned art exhibits. Considering that most small or up and coming art galleries barely make a profit, to participate in these types of venues are out of the question.

As an artist if you want a presence at one of these venue you would have to research one of the galleries that are represented at the venue and try to get them to choose at least one of your pieces.
To read more about galleries and exhibitions check out these articles.

- The gallery scene

- So You want to Open an Art Gallery?

- Ask A Gallery Owner: Why do Galleries Get Such High Commissions?

- The Art of the Business of Art

- Common Misconceptions Artists Have About Galleries

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