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Hot Tips for Emerging/ New Artists from other Artists:Views: 583
Jun 17, 2008 4:02 pmHot Tips for Emerging/ New Artists from other Artists:#

Mehul Patel
Best Practices for Artists:

A cross-section of painters, sculptors, and other fine artists share business advice.

Send Out Postcards

What works: "No one is going to make your career for you. As an artist, you need to get your work out there to the public. I send out postcards for all my shows, and people seem to collect them. I update my own Web site, put together address lists, and do the postcard designing myself. I also show in non-traditional places. This month, my work will be featured in the luxury furnishings shop ABC Home in New York City, in celebration of Earth Day. I also enter juried shows constantly and participate in artist residencies, which afford me time to concentrate on my art."

-Callie Danae Hirsch, 43: Paintings

Web site: www.callieart.com
Studio: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Day Job: Telecommunications analyst at New York University

Hit the Art Fairs

What works: "Putting up a Web site is not only a promotional tool, but it acts as a catalog of my work for prospective buyers. Collectors can't buy directly from the site, but they can see what kind of work I have available. "Participating in art fairs has given my work a major boost in terms of visibility and sales. For the last two years, I've participated in the Aqua Art fair in Miami by way of Brooklyn's eyewash gallery. As a result, I was able to place a large-scale sculpture in a private collection in Texas. This sale helped finance many months of art-making, as well as an unpaid maternity leave from my day job."

-Linda Ganjian, 37: Sculpture and drawings

Web site: www.lindaganjian.net
Studio: Queens, N.Y.
Day Job: Part-time graphic production artist for Lucky magazine

Studio Space

What works: "Working and showing with different galleries and art consultants helped boost the sales of my work a lot because I was able to branch out my work to different geographic sites. Since 2000, I've had studio space at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. This allows me to keep in touch with other artists. These connections are further strengthened by the open studio the foundation holds annually, an opportunity for new collectors and galleries to see my work."

-Jung Hyang Kim, 53: Paintings

Web site: www.junghyangkim.com
Studio: New York City

The Technical Stuff

What works: "The best thing I've done to boost my career has been learning to do technical stuff myself, like taking my own photos and figuring out the software to update my Web site. It's not just that it saves on paying somebody else, but it means I can take the time to get things looking exactly the way I want. Explaining to curators that my Web site isn't current is a waste of everyone's time. I've invested a lot of time in applying for grants, which can allow me a way to focus on my art full-time. I just received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship for 2008."

-Nava Lubelski, 39: Sculpture and painting

Web site: www.navalubelski.com
Studio: Asheville, N.C.

Day Job: No current day job; previously worked on film sets, temped, and taught. Also wrote the book The Starving Artist's Way (Three Rivers Press, 2004).

Forget the Money

What works: "I have found success by forgetting that my work is for sale and just concentrating on making the best artwork I can make. I donate all the money that I make from my artwork to environmental charities, so I think this helps people know that I am serious about my message."

-Jenny Kendler, 27: Drawings, photographs, sculpture

Web site: www.jennykendler.com
Studio: Chicago

Day Job: Helps run OtherPeoplesPixels.com, an artists' Web site service

Brand Identity

What works: "Opening an online shop on Etsy.com has significantly boosted my sales. By offering lower ticket-items such as digital prints and small sketches, I am able to appeal to younger collectors. I believe maintaining a strong Web presence is an integral part of my art career. The key is to promote yourself in a unique way by providing interesting content (on a blog, portfolio Web site, or both) and creating an overall brand identity to keep visitors coming back for your unique Web site experience. No one buys art impulsively. Collectors like to look and learn as much as they can before they purchase."

-Molly Schafer, 30: Paintings, drawings, videographs

Web site: www.mollyschafer.com
Studio: Chicago

Day Job: Administrative assistant at an advertising agency. Teaches drawing and continuing education classes.

Mehul Patel
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Private Reply to Mehul Patel

Nov 21, 2008 12:01 pmre: Creative help for artists#

U V Umesh
Hi artist folks!
Saw this mailer on one of the forums and hope it will be of help to our artist fraternity:



"If any of you struggle with promoting your art and could do with professional creative help, please get in touch. My introduction, posted on here last week lists the services available.

If you require professionally designed flyers, invitations, brochures, catalogues, a strong logo, and business cards, just give me a call or send an me an email. I also offer a professional photo/image manipulation service to improve digital images. If you take your own photos, I can transform them into more saleable images.

Any of you that have online galleries could benefit from my manipulation services, and greatly improve your chances of gaining sales.

If your holding an exhibition in the future, ideo-sync can produce eye catching signage, graphic panels and pop up stands.

You will received a friendly but professional service from an award winning creative studio, that has produced work for many artists, craftspeople, writers, film makers, and photographers.

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Private Reply to U V Umesh

Nov 22, 2008 3:50 amre: Hot Tips for Emerging/ New Artists from other Artists:#

Amit Deshpande
Thanks a lot, Mehul!

This definitely is the to-do list for emerging and new artists like me.

Thanks again,

Amit Deshpande

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Nov 24, 2008 5:28 amre: re: Hot Tips for Emerging/ New Artists from other Artists:#

Snigdha Sheel

This is a very usefull post. I have started painting after a gap of 12 years and was looking for a group of art enthusiasts. Would write soon to get tips for holding an exhibition.

Take Care


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