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Artwork Display Panels For Artists

I have been marketing my artwork through art fair venues for well over 20 years. In that time I have used a variety of display units starting with a home made version and then progressively swapping them out for better, more user friendly and sturdy units. Creating an effective and rugged display will factor largely in how successful you will be.

On this page you'll find some of the professionally designed artist units and I'll discuss a little bit about each, as well as a few thoughts regarding some home made ideas.

A quality display will help you sell effectively. Depending on what you create will factor into what kind of display you choose. A jeweler, a potter, a fabric artist or a two dimensional artist will all seek something different for displaying their product.

This page was created to show the various options and to answer some of the most commonly asked questions. If there is something that isn't covered here feel free to leave me a comment in the guestbook at the bottom of the page.

Display Panel Topics Covered On This Page

  • What To Ponder BEFORE Buying
  • Display Options
  • The Major Display Companies
  • Thoughts About Home Made Displays
  • Lighting & Hanging
  • Accessories

Image is a Armstrong System which is the display company that I use for all of my events.

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All copyrights are retained by the artist, Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery.

The artwork or content in this lens may not be used or reproduced, either in part or in whole, without the express written consent from the artist.

What Kind Of Artist Display Do You Use? - A Quick Artist Poll.

example of a flourish panel

example of a flourish panel

4 Things To Consider Before Buying Your Artist Display Units

Choosing The Right Display Unit For You

1. Are You Doing Primarily Indoor or Outdoor Events?

For indoor events I recommend getting covered units as they will have more of a gallery look. Also most companies offer matching accessories like print bins, pedestals and seller table. This creates a wonderful gallery look.

For outdoor events I recommend mesh as it will breathe with the wind, not fight against it. I use the Armstrong mesh panel system which sadly they no longer make. I love the rigid structure of their panels over the more fabric like mesh from other companies. I can zip tie them to my tent legs to make a truly superior structure that still allows for the winds to pass through while holding the artwork securely.

2. What Color Carpet Is Best For You?

Whatever color choose be sure to imagine what you artwork will look with the color you've selected. Different artworks will be set off by different background colors. Also imagine it in less than ideal lighting as both indoor and outdoor events may have less than ideal lighting. Particularly outdoor events are far less likely to offer electricity for your own lamps so you will have weaker early morning and dusk natural light.

Black While black looks really sharp you should remember that black absorbs light. Be sure you will have plenty of lights to showcase your art. Also black will show dirt, rubs and lint more easily. Additionally when used outdoors during any kind of heat black displays absorb heat and may make your booth uncomfortable to be in. Not a good thing when the goal is to keep people in your booth. Black makes a stunning statement indoors though, where heat and lighting are under controlled conditions.

Dark Gray is the most common used color. It's dark enough to have a gallery quality look but hides dirt much better than black. They still eat the light on overcast days when doing outdoor events but don't radiate the heat like black does.

Light Gray is my personal favorite. It's light enough in color that it doesn't eat too much light but also dark enough to hide smudges and rubs.

3. The Size Of Your Vehicle

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Most professional artists have vehicles big enough to haul all their wares but the average full sized panel may not fit in most mini vans. So be sure to measure your vehicle before purchasing. All the companies listed here make half panels that fit in almost any vehicle and after assembly create a full wall. Also be aware the some of the more rounded style vans don't pack display units as well as the more boxy vans.

4. The Type Of Artist You Are Will Determine What You'll Need

Most companies offer a couple of size and construction options so you can select the option that is right for you whether you be a potter, glass artist or painter. Also all of them come with various accessories like shelving units, pedestals and baskets to accommodate any product.

The 4 Types Of Artist Display Panels Are:

* Carpet Covered

* Wire Mesh Or Grid

* Raw Metal Tubing with no Insert

* Non-rigid fabric mesh

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The Major Artist Display Companies

The Various Companies Make Panels Which Showcase Different Art Or Artists

If you're an artist who participates in art fairs or are planning to, you'll need something to display your work. As with all things there are many companies which makes units to fill this function but here are the four most used by the professionals that I know.

All these companies offer pretty much the same thing, which are panels that can be joined to together to form a gallery-like look in your booth. Some are carpet covered with various colors to choose from. While others are fabric or wire mesh. All come with various accessories like print bins, shelves, height extenders, half walls and podiums.

The carpeted version really pulls off a gallery look which is pretty amazing when your trying to create a gallery in the middle of a parking lot during an art fair.

Pro Panels are probably the most used company among artists.

Armstrong Panels are pretty much the same thing as Pro Panels, but additionally they offer a wire mesh version which is the one I use.

Graphic Display This is the more economy minded version which only comes as a wire grid system.

The Flourish Company They make the non-rigid fabric mesh panels that require little space for storage.

Pro Panels

Pro Panels

Pro Panels

Artist Displays For Every Kind Of Artist

Pro Panels

This is probably the most widely used company for this type of product.

This is an excellent company for carpet covered panels as they have an excellent selection of carpet colors and accessories.

Pro Panel Options

* Extensive Carpet Color Selection

* Wide range of Accessories including pedestals, stands, desks, baskets and shelving.

* Variety Of Panels Sizes including half panels and extenders.

* Pro panels sells only carpet covered panels.

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Armstrong Panels

Have Both Mesh Wall and Carpet Covered Options

UPDATED: Armstrong has quit making their wire mesh panels. I am sorry to hear it as it is my panel of choice. I have left this section intact however because there are other companies who make them so the information provided below still bears some useful applications.