Working with Galleries 101

with Heather Darcy Bhandari

Wednesday, November 15, 6 – 8 pm

Cost: Free for current Keyholder Residents
$12 for LESP Studio Renters and current Members
$15 for all other artists


Unlike other creative professionals, visual artists don’t have agents or managers — you have to do it all yourself. This lecture will help to demystify the negotiations between galleries and artists. We’ll discuss how to research galleries and the often complicated relationships from courtship to representation, including group shows, back rooms, flat files, solo exhibitions, and sales. Expectations from the gallery’s and artist’s point-of-view will be discussed in depth. Common business practices and the power of the artist will be emphasized.

Heather Darcy Bhandari is an independent curator, adjunct lecturer in the Visual Arts department at Brown University, and a consultant to several for-profit and nonprofit arts institutions. She is a co-founder of THE REMIX, a new curatorial collective founded by herself, Courtney Colman, and Steven Sergiovanni. She is also the co-author of ART/WORK, the definitive, must-have guide to pursuing an art career, now in its fourteenth printing. First published in 2009 by Simon and Schuster, it was fully revised and updated in October of 2017 and shares the tools artists of all levels need to make it in this highly competitive field.

Bhandari lectures and participates in portfolio reviews and panel discussions across the country. She is on the board of directors of visual arts at Art Omi (an artist residency in Ghent, NY) and the advisory boards of artfcity (an art-related publishing platform) and Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. She was on the board of NURTUREart for nearly a decade. From 2000 to 2016 she was a director of Mixed Greens, a commercial gallery where she curated over one hundred exhibitions while managing a roster of nearly two-dozen emerging to mid-career artists. Most recently, she was the Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, a nonprofit in Brooklyn supporting emerging and underrepresented mid-career artists. Bhandari received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Her career began at contemporary galleries Sonnabend and Lehmann Maupin, both in New York City.

Online Registration has Closed. Tickets are still available at the door!