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Is Your Art Just Free Decor?

Showing your artwork in salons, business offices, and coffee shops is a common first step to an art career. It can teach you much about the business, in ways art school doesn't: how to prepare and hang your work; how to curate pieces that go well together; how to price and display your art; and how to approach, sell, and negotiate with business owners. But it also has down sides, and you don't want your work to turn into permanent restaurant decor for free.'s Alyson Stanfield offers suggestions for how to make sure the arrangement is one that benefits you and your career.

Is Your Art Just Free Decor?

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