Starting your career as an artist : a guide for painters, sculptors, photographers, and other visual artists

Wojak, Angie

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  • Creator Angie Wojak and Stacy Miller
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication
    • New York : Allworth Press, [2011]
    • ©2011
  • Physical Details
    • 283 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781581158533, 158115853X
  • OCLC ocn668188532


  • Overview: Starting Your Career as an Artist is a comprehensive manual full of sound advice for artists seeking to advance their professional careers. Veteran art career professionals Angie Wojak and Stacy Miller show aspiring artists how to evaluate their goals, create a plan of action, and use their talents to build a productive life in the art world. Chapters cover topics essential to the emerging artist, such as building community through networking, collaborating, and finding mentors; setting up a studio; health and safety for artists; artist's resumes and CVs; developing marketing plans; finding alternative exhibition venues; and refining career aspirations. In addition, the book includes inspiring and insightful interviews with professional artists and well-known players in the art scene.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • pt. I. Self-assessment and developing a career plan. 1. Myths about artists : The Guerrilla Girls' guide to behaving badly -- 2. Assessing your goals as an artist : Take an honest inventory ; Using your inventory ; Taking time to reflect on life and work ; Interview with Jerry Saltz, Senior art critic for New York magazine -- pt. II. Exhibition opportunities and community building. 3. Galleries and museums : Galleries -- Interview with Elizabeth Heskin, gallery owner of Heskin Contemporary, New York ; Interview with Don Porcaro, Associate Professor in the Fine Art Department at Parsons The New School for Design ; Juried shows ; Art fairs ; Museums ; Interview with Claudine K. Brown, Director of Education for the Smithsonian Institution, formerly Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation ; Interview with Sharon Louden, Exhibiting Artist and Educator -- 4. Alternative spaces: breaking the rules to break through : Examples of alternative spaces -- Interview with Radhika Subramaniam, Director and Chief Curator, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design ; Alternative funding models ; Interview with Kat Griefen, Director, A.I.R. Gallery -- 5. Creating a strategy for exhibiting your work / Rhonda Schaller : Embracing an alternative mind-set ; The art world is changing ; Working with dealers and curators ; Alternative models vs. commercial models ; Alternative venues that use commercial models ; Online galleries, art registries, art files, juried shows, and open calls ; Do you want to pursue an alternative or commercial route? ; The power of creating your own opportunities -- 6. Community building and networking for artists : Building your community ; Assessing your current contacts ; Networking as a mind-set ; Activating your network: an artist's perspective ; Networking basics ; Interview with Melissa Potter, multimedia artist and educator ; Mentors ; Interview with the Guerrilla Girls --
  • pt. III. Setting up and maintaining a studio practice. 7. Setting up a studio : Studio considerations ; Interview with Thomas Wojak, master printer and exhibiting artist ; The studio visit ; Excerpt from an interview with Sharon Louden, exhibiting artist and educator ; Pricing your work ; Open studios ; Interview with Noah Davis, exhibiting artist -- 8. Health, safety, and emergency relief for artists / Monona Rossol : How green is your studio? ; Historical background on artists' health and safety ; Dangerous materials and equipment in the studio ; Legal responses to hazardous art materials ; Issues for schools ; Studio safety 101 ; Interview with Craig Nutt, Director of Programs for Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) ; Interview with Monona Rossol, Founder and President of Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety ; Resources and additional information ; Insurance resources -- pt. IV. Career planning and job search : 9. Writing resumes, CVs, and artists' statements : Resumes and CVs ; What all resumes and CVs require ; Most common mistakes on resumes and CVs ; Sample artist's resume ; Cover letters ; Artists' statements -- 10. Making your alma mater work for you : Utilizing alumni relations ; Career services ; Career resources for teachers and college faculty -- 11. Graduate school : Degree programs ; Interview with Bill Barrett, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design ; Teaching options ; Professional goals ; Choosing the right time ; Things to consider when selecting an MFA program / graduate school ; Alternatives to graduate school ; Interview with James Ramer, Director of the MFA photography program at Parsons The New School for Design -- 12. Gaining experience and earning income: internships, jobs, and studio assistant positions : Internships and artists' assistant positions ; Interning in galleries and museums ; Where to find internship opportunities ; Interview with Carol Warner, exhibiting artist ; Jobs: earning income and supporting your art ; Interview with Dennis Kaiser, Technician at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ; Interview with Misty L. Youmans, Manager of Institutional Giving at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; Interview with Nate Fredenburg, Art Director at Tippett Studio ; Interview skills -- 13. Exploring teaching options : Teaching options ; Excerpt from an interview with Simone Douglas, Director of MFA Fine Arts Program, Parsons The New School for Design ; Finding jobs ; Creating a teaching packet for job applications ; Teaching philosophy ; Interview with Alexi Rutsch Brock, artist and teacher --
  • pt. V. Your artistic practice. 14. Your studio practice as a business / Carol Overby ; Why wear only one hat? ; Keeping records ; Making ends meet ; Conclusion -- 15. Getting the word out: promoting your work : Business cards ; Postcards ; Press release ; Inventory list ; Tracking and sales sheets ; Web sites and social media ; Emerging media ; Managing your digital profile ; Creating a mailing list ; Determining who you want to reach ; Portfolios and submission materials ; Interview with David C. Terry, Senior Officer / Curator, Artists' Fellowships & AAE, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) ; Interview with Jason Goodman, Executive Director / Cofounder of 3rd Ward -- 16. Legal resources, contracts, and gallery relationships : Artists and the law ; Artists' groups ; Lawyers for the arts ; The visual artists information hotline ; Basic contractual terms for the sale of original art ; Taxes: income and expenses ; Record keeping ; Schedule C-EZ ; Forms of doing business ; Moral rights ; The Visual Artists Rights Act ; Copyright: gaining and keeping protection ; What is copyrightable? ; Artist-gallery partnerships and consignments ; For further legal information -- 17. Fund-raising for artists / Kay Takeda : The funding ecosystem: what you need to know before you start fund-raising ; The landscape: types of funders ; Considerations for individual artists ; Applying for funding -- 18. Residencies: space and time to think and work : Benefits of residencies ; Studio programs and equipment programs ; How to make the most of residencies ; Resources for seeking residencies and artists' colonies ; Interview with Erin Donnelly, Special Projects Consultant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ; Interview with Angela Ringo: artists' residency at Skowhegan -- 19. Lifelong learning for artists : Interview with Theodore S. Berger -- Interview with Chuck Close, originally published as "A Career in Art: An Interview with Chuck Close" in CAA NEWS, College Art Association, Volume 30, Number 6, November 2005 ; Interview with Robert Thill --
  • pt. VI. Refining your goals: balancing life and work. 20. Inspiration for refining your goals : Interview with Tim Gunn, chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and host of Project Runway ; Recommended books ; Web sites and online resources
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