Framing can be an Achilles heel for an artist. They spend hours, weeks, months, years perfecting their art practice, but few know the art of framing. Who can blame them? Most of their energy is spent on making the art, followed by - or in conjunction with - applying to shows, collecting likes on social media, updating their website, participating in art fairs: there is no shortage of things to do! Once they get the good news that their work has been accepted into a gallery or a collector wants to buy a piece of their work, they must ensure the art is protected and properly framed.
If you're an artist who just completed a piece, you may be asking yourself: How do I frame this masterpiece?!
There are many options. Too many. And such a range in cost. From DIY efforts to affordable options from big box craft stores to specialty art stores to professional framers, what is an artist to do?
Here are a few resources to help you on your framing journey.
For an interesting look at the history of framing in museums, check out this article on the Guggenheim, What's in a Frame?
Curious about working with a framer? Here are 10 questions between an artist and her framer.
Want to learn more about framing on a budget? Hear the folks over at Art Prof discuss the ins and outs of framing on their popular YouTube channel.
We also think it's important to point out a way to get around the whole framing debacle. If you are a painter who works on canvas, consider making your work gallery wrapped. Gallery wrapped means using a canvas that is stapled on the back only and finishing off your work by painting the edges of your canvas neatly. It gives your art a modern look, saves you money, and takes the hassle out of framing. This won't work for everyone or every medium, but it can be a great alternative.
Written by Jaimie Kelley Choi
Our Body of Work exhibition features artwork inspired by the human form: its beauty, its suggestions, and of course, its imperfections. Some work is alluring, some brutal, and some doused with humor, but all deal with the human figure.
This exhibit boasts a large number of figurative works, but also includes creative interpretations and abstracted concepts. The exhibition was juried by commercial artist and illustrator, Mark Miltz, a representational oil painter who specializes in figurative art.
Body of Work is on view September 2 through October 2. The exhibit will conclude with an Artist Talk, Sunday, October 2 from 3-4pm at the Art Center, where exhibiting artists can discuss the stories and processes behind their work. This event is free and open to the public.
Photos by Chris Tolton and Jaimie Kelley Choi.
Written by Jaimie Kelley Choi.