Do you ever dream of curating your own art exhibition, whether you're an emerging artist or a budding curator, but believe it's an expensive and unattainable endeavor? Let's dispel those myths and explore how you can make your dreams a reality without breaking the bank.

Option 1: Start Local

One of the most accessible ways to showcase your art is by connecting with local businesses. Many small businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, or corporate lobbies, love hosting community events. They might have empty walls and space just waiting to be transformed into your art gallery.

The key here is collaboration. Offer these businesses a win-win situation by bringing traffic and potential customers to their venue in exchange for exhibition space. It's a mutually beneficial partnership that can make your show a reality.

Option 2: Non-Profit Spaces

Non-profit spaces can be a hidden gem for emerging artists. Many of them actively seek proposals for exhibitions. While they may ask you to contribute to their cause, either through fundraising or helping to promote their mission, the good news is that it won't cost you an arm and a leg.

These spaces often have a strong sense of community and a commitment to supporting local artists. It's a fantastic way to gain exposure and experience while contributing to a meaningful cause.

Option 3: Crowdfunding

If you're planning a group exhibition with fellow artists, consider crowdfunding as an option. Your community and art enthusiasts can chip in to cover the exhibition expenses. It's an excellent way to share the costs and responsibilities while showcasing your collective talent.

Crowdfunding platforms make it easy to create campaigns and share your vision with potential backers. With effective storytelling and outreach, you can garner support from people who believe in your art.

Don't Let Myths Hold You Back

These options are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to realizing your art exhibition dreams. Don't let myths about cost deter you from showcasing your creativity. Your artwork deserves to be seen and celebrated.

Remember, it's all about creativity, resourcefulness, and collaboration.

If you want to learn how to create professional and well-attended exhibitions, join our on-demand online course "Your Own Art Show" by Gita Joshi and Ekaterina Popova.

Watch our free masterclass here on how to uplevel your art career with exhibitions.

Students who create their own art show get a blog post from both of our platforms and get to learn all the essentials from our combined 20+ years of experience curating shows. Visit to get started on your art exhibition journey today!