Tips for Wall Labels for Your Artwork Exhibition

A lot of art exhibitions initially put the statement by the artist. The lengthy texts provide a disclaimer about what color labels the art viewer is about to see to the art. The individual labeling just next to every artwork follows that. The art labels should consist of the artist’s name, title, the name of the artwork, and the medium or technique used to create it.

Here are some helpful tips on how an artist can improve the wall labels on their artworks:

One-person Exhibition

If the exhibition is for one artist only, the artist’s name does not need to be that emphasized, but instead, the title of the artwork should be larger and must be put before the name. It will also be much easier if you will not manually write the text, printing labels will make it easier, and all the font style and sizes would be uniform.

Exhibition with Other People

If the exhibition involves other people, the artists’ recognition is much more important, so their names should be put first on the label.

Multiple Rooms

If there are many rooms in the exhibition, and the artwork’s title does not show in any area next to the art, putting the name on each label is a must.

Social Places

If the artwork is shown on social places like coffee shops, restaurants, or hotels where someone could look at it for a longer amount of time, your name should be found on the label.

Small Room

If the exhibition is held in a single or small room, and large signage already has your name on it, you would most likely no longer need to have your name included on every label.

3 Different Ways of Putting Labels

Before printing labels, you should make sure that your texts are legible enough for the viewers because it would be strange if the viewers would stare longer at the label instead of the artwork just because the texts are not readable enough at one glance. The font size can be at 14 points, at least. Here are different appearances for the labels:

The titles of artworks are italicized in tradition. You can also make the title’s text bold, in all caps, or even larger than the other texts. Emphasizing the title’s text is important because it catches the viewer’s eyes and is the main driver to provide hints about the artwork’s content.

Should I use ‘Mixed Media’?

In fact, that cannot be called a medium. You should enumerate the different media you used if it is a combination of different media – like acrylic, poster paint, and etc. The curator of the exhibition will still ask you about it anyway. If you are selling your artwork, you should also put the price next to it.

Other Important Information

  • The artwork viewers should be able to find your name when they look at the label.
  • Do not give the viewer a hard time guessing what your artwork is made from, so you should specify the medium you used.
  • The price of the artwork should be legible.
  • The labels should be properly made without crooked edges, and printing labels allow you to give the texts a more attractive appearance.

Final Thoughts

Your artwork is a masterpiece, and its label makes the work look even better. It adds to the artist’s professionalism, and it may contribute to the results of the exhibit – to become a successful one. Think of it this way – the artist will not initially speak about the artwork’s details when the viewers arrive, but the label will.

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