Over the years I have made 100′s of submissions and like you I have had gallery rejections way to many times. This isn’t a article about how to handle rejection. We all know that we just pick our selves up and dust ourselves off and try and try again.
This is a list of my all time favorite rejection letters, emails. Here goes…
“We are not accepting any submissions right now because we have too many artist.
If they have “way too many artists” would this not be a disservice to the gallery artists. Okay; moving on…
“I wish I had the space, you would not believe how jammed up my backroom is!
We damaged two pieces this morning just trying to move things around… : (“
Good to know how you handle the work in your care…moving on.
“Are you doing a new series of encaustic work for the summer in a brighter palette?”
Not the right question (see my post Paint, sculpt, print what you want)
“Thank you for the update, but yours is not the work for me. Best of luck to you.”
Straight and to the point.
“Please remove us from your mailing list. Many thanks.”
One of my favorites:
“Thank you for your submission but upon review we feel your work does not fit with the curatorial vision of the gallery as we are looking for landscape artists.”
I submitted my encasutic landscapes.
My all time favorite:
“Thank you for contact. We love your work and hope to farther talk with you on your preferences for an exhibit in our space.”
“We would be interested in knowing if you are comfortable with showing single pieces or if you favor the all story with the all number in the series. Either way we would set dates with you for exhibiting in the coming year !”
“If this is conciliatory with your vision let us know and would be rather exciting if you were to send an example of your work for our tactile appreciation of it.”
I know it reads as an acceptance but here’s what happen:
I was thrilled that I received such a quick response, like the next day and in response to my email requesting their submission guidelines. It wasn’t a formal submission yet but I do send out all my emails with a link to my website in my signature. So I thought that they clicked through to my website and voila. Also I know that one of the gallery artists recommended me so I thought perhaps they prescreened me.
I decided rather than email back and forth that I would start the relationship off on the right foot and phone the gallery to talk in person. Which I did but was put through to voice mail. So I left a message thanking them and asking for a call back to discuss which series and which piece they would like me to send.
Nothing – no response.
So I sent an email, still no response.
Well anything could of happened. Maybe they went on vacation the very next day. Maybe (god forbid) someone died. I waited a week, still no response. I tried again to phone; voice mail and I left another message. Nothing.
Finally I sent one last email and to this day have never heard back. I can only guess about what happened and it is my guess is that they sent their email to the wrong artist and didn’t have the courage to fix or admit the error. Obviously I will never submit to this gallery again.
Do you have a favorite rejection letter you would like to share?