In this post I provide step by step instructions on how to use your blog for Exhibition History. By using your blog posts for listing your exhibition history you will not only have something to blog about but also have a way to share more about your work.
To see a live example of what I mean by an expanded CV please visit my exhibitions category at Kim Bruce Fine Art
STEP 1 Create a new category
Go to Posts > Categories and create a new category named “Exhibitions”. Don’t forget to click the big blue button the says “Add New Category” (I know goes without saying).
STEP 2 Create a new blog post
Go to Posts > Add New and create a blog post with the name of your exhibition.
Add the invitation as the featured image or any other good quality image that represents the show. I set the invite from my last solo show at Dade Art & Design Lab as the feature image of this post.
You”ll find the “Set Feature Image” to the right of the editor near the bottom
If you use one of the David themes this image will appear full width across the top of the page as long as the image is at least 640 pixels wide. If it is a smaller image then will still appear above the post title only smaller. For other themes insert the image on the page. If your theme will show a thumbnail with excerpts then make sure you set a feature image as well as inserting on the page.
Now for the content. Add the exhibition details, date, opening reception, etc; just like a regular invite. If you have an exhibition statement you can use it here or write something about the show and the work. Other content to consider would be reviews, links to reviews, interviews, anything to do with the show.
Post images from the exhibition. These can be images of the work using a tag gallery from your NextGen Gallery. You can find full instructions on creating a tag gallery in NextGen Gallery here.
Alternatively you can generate a Nextgen Gallery specifically for the exhibit and simply add the gallery short code to the post. Also include installation shots, pictures from the opening and images of people interacting with your work.
STEP 3 Select a publish date
Produce a number of posts to include in the new exhibition category by selecting from your past exhibitions and making a new post for each. In WordPress you can back date your publish day to be any time in the past, so back date to a week or more before the scheduled opening. If you prefer not to create a bunch of new posts and do all the backdating just start from your most recent exhibition and go forward from there.
Don’t forget to select the new category and add some tags before publishing, otherwise your post is going to be filed as “uncategorized” and won’t show up in the “Exhibitions” category.
STEP 4 Add the category as a menu item
The Last step is to put the new category into your menu. You can add a category as a menu item by selecting it under Appearance > Menus. Once it is in the menu it looks like a regular menu item only it goes to your blog category archive.
Below is a screenshot snippet of the “Exhibitions” category in my menu at KimBruce.ca. See the entire screen at my fine art site.
That’s it, you now know how to use your blog for exhibition history and there by have content to blog about and an exhibitions archive.
If you create an exhibition history using a blog category please come back here and post us a link in the comment area so we can all come and visit your exhibition history.