My first year of art school was chock full of gallery visits all over the City. And of course everyone’s natural goal was to have his or her very own gallery showing, maybe for fame, maybe for money, but always for art. Of course only a percent of students would go on to have their work shown and sold on a sterile wall in some upscale boutique. It wasn’t all too long ago that I was in school but things have certainly changed since then.
20x200 is an online platform for Artists, Photographers, Graphic Designers, and art collectors alike. Founder and CEO Jen Bekman set out to make affordable art fun and available to a broader audience than any brick and mortar gallery could ever hope for. Jen encourages people to “Buy what you love,” curating a vast mix of museum quality artwork for customers.
In 2005 Jen kicked off Hey, Hot Shot, an international photography competition that quickly gained critical acclaim, and flash forward two years later to the launch of 20x200 and voilà, you’ve got yourself a pretty heavy duty platform for artists to reach an audience otherwise untended to.
This year 20x200 plans to feature unique pieces for sale in every room of the luxury Hotel Alexander in Indianapolis and looks to expand partnerships with other retailers as well. Certainly an avenue of interest for any up and coming artist looking to build a fan base and reputation, not to mention a possible second income aside from your part-time job at Peet’s Coffee.
Cover Image Courtesy: 20x200
Response to Print of Vulture Roost, Texas, Courtesy of Laura Plageman and 20x200
Grab You, Courtesy of Austin Kleon and 20x200