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Shipping artwork is like putting your kindergartener on the bus for their first day of school. It’s exciting, stressfull and somewhat expensive. All you can do is be prepared, trust the professionals and be fairly confident that they’ll get where they need to go.

This series of blogs shows the behind-the-scenes activities of entering an art competition. My painting “New Shoes” was accepted into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition and now it’s time to ship.

OPA’s national exhibit is hosted by Southwest Gallery in Dallas Texas. After being juried into the exhibit, OPA sends the artist information about the exhibit activities, schedules, shipping guidelines and deadlines. Included in the information is an identification card that the artist attaches to the back of their painting. The gallery staff must take the current artwork off their walls, receive and unpack the new art, and then hang the OPA exhibit. The gallery will have 210 paintings arriving between April 20 – 26.

The back of my painting has: the identification card, a check to the gallery (unpacking/packing costs), Terri’s Frame Shop sticker and my business card.


Back of “New Shoes” with info.

My shipper is Pkgs. in Clive. Owner Dave weighs the painting, measures it and calculates the insurance based on the painting’s value. He’ll make a box sturdy enough for shipping the artwork to and back from Dallas.


Dave weighing “New Shoes”

The gallery will store 210 shipping boxes and reuse them to ship the paintings back to the artists.

Next time: Road Trip