Why buy art?

Recently a friend congratulated me on my success over the past year in having my work invited into juried shows across the country, and said words to the effect of my “hard work paying off.” To which I replied, “Not yet, at least not if you mean ‘money.’” Here’s how it works: Galleries and museums put out a “call” to artists to submit works to be considered for a show. They use emailing lists they have accumulated, or they use an online platform where artists can go to find out what shows are planned and how to submit work to…