Budget Framing Options for Artists

Explore options for framing and hanging your artwork in an exhibition on a budget! This video provides many cheap options for installing artwork other than custom framing.

46 min. video

Formats like plexiglass + L pins, push pins and clips can all be used for a clean, professional presentation.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch.

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Video Walkthrough

  • Using standard size frames
  • DIY custom frames?
  • DIY custom mats?
  • Should I learn framing?
  • Custom framing
  • Small scale framed artwork
  • Paintings on stretchers
  • Panels
  • Oversized, framed artwork
  • Brackets
  • Hanging works on paper without a frame
  • Pushpins, map tacks, binder clips
  • Magnets
  • Velcro
  • Gator board + Command strips
  • Mat + plexiglass

Prof Lieu’s Tips

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Basically, clients only know what they don’t want. If they claim to “know” what they want, they have no clue how to communicate that with you.

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No artist can get a slam dunk with any client, that’s impossible! I got to the point where the client not having a nuclear meltdown was a win…

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