Like many, I use the Internet for information gathering, sourcing, and inspiration. I read news articles, find new art blogs, follow leads, and look at a lot of images. Here is a short list of what crossed my monitor this week.
Today my searches for information have centered around how to find support to sustain being an artist. This may take the form of grants and residencies, or advice on how to work with a gallery. Below are some of the most interesting sources I found this past week.
- Alliance of Artists Communities
“The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists’ communities and residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work”
- Res Artis
“We are an association of over 300 centers and organizations in over 50 countries. Our members are dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people a time and place away from their every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.”
- Creative Capital
“Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. Our pioneering approach combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for our grantees.”
- CAA Opportunities (College Art Association). Nice long list.
- Art Contests, Competitions & Shows Where You Pay Up Front. Time waster, scam, or true opportunity. You only know for sure after you do your homework. Don’t take it for granted that the exciting offer you received is real until you sort out all the details. Good article from ArtBusiness.com.
- Artist Pay-to-Play Galleries, Exhibitions, Publications. A short article from ArtBusiness.com. Provides 32 resources to look into thoroughly before committing: “a partial list, in no particular order, of publications, venues, and other situations where you have to pay to expose your art, and that you should fully research– before you pay– in order to understand exactly what you’re getting for your money…”
- For more great information, take a look at the list of over 100 interesting topics on the ArtBusiness.com site, Articles for Artists. Here are the newest topics-inspiring and informative. Worth the time to read:
- Common Artist Misconceptions & Realities
- What to do When You Damage Your Own Art
- Facebook and Social Networking for Artists
- How to Self-Publish a Book or Catalog of Your Art
- What Makes Good Art
- Make Effective Use of Your Studio Time
- Hopeless Artist Emails-And How to Make Them Better (This article is about using emails to contact a gallery)
What are your strategies for finding the best venues, competitions, and related artist opportunities? Post your ideas in a comment!