Organizing an exhibition is a big task. First, the artist must decide whether to exhibit alone or with others. If it is a joint exhibition, all the contributors must agree on a theme and a title for their show. They must then find a suitable venue and organize a schedule.
After the initial planning stage, the artist or artists must finalize the budget. There are many costs to take into consideration, including renting the venue, buying materials and equipment, and promoting the event. If any of the contributing artists are well known, they may also expect to be paid.
In the past, exhibitions were promoted by word of mouth or through printed materials such as posters and leaflets, but these days social media play an equally large part. It is also common to invite reporters from the local press to the opening of an art show.