Writing Exhibition Proposals


I believe that art must be seen in person in order to be fully appreciated.

In fact, I believe that your art is incomplete until others experience it. Live and in person.

Since you probably don't want to open your studio doors to strangers for long periods of time, you need venues to show your work so that people can interact with it and, we hope, purchase it.

And because the venues don't always seek you out, you must find them.

If you're waiting for the knock on the door, I wish you oodles of good luck. If you're ready to be proactive … 


Writing Exhibition Proposals is about taking charge.

You might write an exhibition proposal for …

Non-profit Organization | Retail Space | Library | Business Lobby

Or … or … or…. Your options are limited only by your imagination.

This is for you if you are interested in learning to write exhibition proposals for non-profit spaces or non-art spaces.

I'll walk you though the following.

Woman Writing in Note Book

The proposal you helped me with went over very well. The venue has accepted our proposal and we are scheduled to have an exhibition next year. In fact, they liked our proposal so much that they want to use our proposal as a “how to” example for other artists wishing to submit.

Yay! Big thanks Alyson. I couldn't have done it without you!


Need to learn how to write an exhibition proposal?

I will walk you through the process.

We won’t cover proposals for commercial fine-art galleries or museums. I’ll tell you why proposals aren’t for those spaces during the session.

Writing Exhibition Proposals is just $40 $30*.

On demand, introductory price discount. Start immediately!


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Want to rewatch portions? Speed it up? Slow it down? No worries.

Watch again and again or download and keep forever. 

We catch things in writing that we might miss when we hear or see it.

I give you my complete set of edited notes, which is easier to read than a transcript. It gets right to the point.

Use these email templates to inquire about …

  1. Exhibition opportunities at a restaurant, bank, or other public space
  2. A venue's programming
  3. Opening a dialogue

Everything is yours to download and keep forever!

Writing Exhibition Proposals is just $40$30.

On demand, introductory price discount. Start immediately!

Alyson Stanfield sitting in a yellow chair with a white shirt and jeans

Hi. I'm Alyson Stanfield.

For many years I reviewed artist and exhibition proposals when I worked at various art museums.

I'm sure some things have changed since then, but the basic information you need to include in a proposal haven't. The venues still have the same spaces and require the same information. 

I'm the host of The Art Biz podcast, author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion, leader of the Art Biz Connection community of ambitious artists.

I love to work with clients with a growth mindset who challenge themselves with increasingly prestigious goals.

Is that you? 

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Writing Exhibition Proposals is just $40 $30.

On demand, introductory price discount. Start immediately!

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