Artist Submissions

We welcome submissions from artists anywhere in the world working in craft disciplines like glass, ceramics, fibers, wood, leather, metal, paper, and more. Please email info@dayinthelifegallery.com with "Artist Submission - [your name]" in the subject line.
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(Please note: we will do our best to get back to you in a timely fashion, but we are a tiny team in the midst of finalizing our brick-and-mortar build-out, launching this website, and more, so it might take some time.)
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Please include: a short statement of interest; links to relevant examples of your work; and a short note about any past or current gallery representation. We are also committed to representing individual artists (or collaborative projects by artists), so please include an explicit statement that you are indeed an artist and describe the setting in which you work (i.e., we are not currently interested in representing design companies or factories/workshops).
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While we are a new gallery and hope to grow and evolve over time, we do have some concrete goals and preferences in our curatorial approach from the outset: 
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(1) We welcome and commit to seeking out under-represented artists, especially including artists of color. While we will have fairly specific aesthetic tastes about the work we represent, we will concretely prioritize under-represented artists in our consideration process. Similarly, if you are an under-represented artist or aspiring artist who simply wants feedback or to brainstorm about ways to evolve your career, we welcome and will always carve out time for those conversations and we will do anything we can to leverage our network and connect you with other valuable resources.
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(2) While not every object in our gallery has a concrete "function," we will prioritize in our curatorial approach the most skilled and artistic of fine craft with at least arguable function: vessels, tools, lighting, furniture, wearable fiber-craft, jewelry, and the like. That said, we also welcome a more whimsical approach to the concept of function, like the handblown glass hammer that Andy Paiko jokes "could be used... once!" And while our priority will be to focus on and play with the concept of function, we will still welcome some accent pieces of great skill in the craft disciplines we represent; e.g., purely sculptural work in bronze or glass.
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(3) We are not afraid to "aim high" on price. One of our concrete goals in creating this venue was to provide a place where fine-craft artists could dream big and where we can price objects at whatever is needed to coax artists' highest and best work into existence. We do not aim to charge large sums of money simply because we can, and plan to avoid words like "luxury," which to us connotes conspicuous consumption and a certain arbitrariness of price. Rather, we have worked hard to create a venue (including investing in highly-skilled in-house photo and video work) where visitors look around and say "wow, this work is stunning, and I assume and hope it is expensive." That strategy has worked well in our bespoke tailoring studio we founded in Portland in 2015, Wildwood & Company (hidden behind Day in the Life) and we anticipate it working well in this gallery.