Exhibition Placement Services
Faced with the unprecedented challenges brought on by economic, social, and political shifts, cultural and educational institutions presenting contemporary art are reinventing themselves. Survival for many is based on the ability to adopt and embrace new paradigms and ideas and to establish new partnerships. The entire art support structure is changing in ways that appear somewhat threatening to the old guard and its traditional operating procedures. For instance, a recent feature article in the New York Times Magazine explained the virtues of the “do it yourself” art dealer and the “do it yourself” artist. Also, recent developments in the museum world have major museums charging their peer museums enormous fees, upwards to $250,000, for installation and premiere of their traveling exhibitions.
To change with the times does not require drastic or even desperate measures. However, changing without compromising the quality of the services and programs desired and demanded by audiences and patrons does require being open-minded, resourceful, and innovative.
Katharine T. Carter & Associates, founded in 1985, has over 27 years experience as an art services organization for the benefit of the individual artist, has established Exhibition Placement Services to help visual art presenters uphold and advance their roles as a communities’ leader in aesthetics and education. To that end, the Exhibition Placement Services provide museums and galleries with high quality visual arts exhibitions. This generous support provided to art presenters is a result of Katharine T. Carter & Associates’ efforts to pool the resources of the art community; to have each participant in the process of presenting high quality exhibitions work interdependently.
Katharine T. Carter & Associates has recognized and actualized the alliance among artists, art presenters, art scholars, critics, essayists, curators, educators, and commercial art businesses. This interdependency is carefully focused in ways that directly serve each partner’s respective needs. The artist gains exhibitions. Art scholars, critics, and writers gain more opportunities to provide discourse. Museums, gallery directors, and curators gain the opportunity to provide audiences and patrons with innovative and stimulating art and impressive catalogue/brochure documentation. The museum and gallery staff gain enhanced educational materials. Art dealers and artists gain monetarily from the enhanced pedigree established as a result of inclusion in an important museum and gallery exhibition. Quality and integrity is exercised and controlled by all participants.
This model has proven very effective, especially in a period of dwindling resources and opportunities. The effort has been so effective that within the first decade, well over 400 exhibitions have been placed within important museums, galleries, and art centers.
Exhibition Placement Services provides a wealth of cost-effective, high quality exhibitions, and an array of possibilities. Each exhibition is rental free and is accompanied by: 200 complimentary catalogues with essays by leading art critics, 1,000 color announcement cards and pre-written press materials. Working mid-career artists, Katharine T. Carter and Associates provides many distinctive exhibitions as an alternative to the high cost of rental exhibitions.