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    The Art of Getting an Artist Grant

    The Art of Getting an Artist Grant
    A grant in the hand is worth two paintings on the easel. One refrain in the e-mail we got was the amount of work involved in locating grants. [widget:3597] "Everything I've heard about grants indicates that filling out the proposals takes a minimum of 40 hours of work, for a few thousand dollars (which in this day and age really doesn't ...
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    Finding Your Signature Style as an Artist

    Finding Your Signature Style as an Artist
    Do you have a memorable style to your work? In other words, do you have a signature style? Can viewers distinguish your work from any other artist? If they can, there is a better chance they will not confuse your work with other artists, and will remember you. Try this simple test: Display 10 pieces of your work amongst 10 pieces ...
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    How to Amp Up Your Art Sales in 2011

    How to Amp Up Your Art Sales in 2011
    The most common complaint I hear from artists after an exhibit is that they did not make any sales. That's like going to the gym once and expecting to have muscles where once there was flab. Anyone who has started a fitness program knows that you don't go from couch potato to athlete without basic training and lots of determination. There ...
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    Why Does an Artist Need an Art Rep?

    Why Does an Artist Need an Art Rep?
    "An effective art rep is like a film agent; each performs a similar function. If you were an aspiring movie star, rather than a visual artist, one of your greatest assets would be your agent. Your agent would be contacting people on your behalf who could help advance your career, and gain you opportunities that you would never otherwise enjoy. Your ...
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    Helpful Hints in Applying for Grants and Residencies

    Helpful Hints in Applying for Grants and Residencies
    I’ve recently started a new round of applications for grants and residencies, and in doing so I find myself depending heavily on the advice I’ve gotten from the new book Art/Work: Everything You Need To Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career (Free Press/Simon & Shuster, Inc, 2009). Written by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber (a gallery director ...
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    How to Be a More Productive Art Professional

    How to Be a More Productive Art Professional
    If you're an artist, you might want to consider how you can use the Pareto Principle to your advantage in your art business to make a quantum leap in your finances. The Pareto Principle says this (via Wikipedia) “The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, ...
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    How To Price Your Artwork

    How To Price Your Artwork
    How do you price an original painting or drawing? You’ve just completed a new work and – lucky you! – there’s someone interested in buying it. But how do you price your work in a way that’s fair to both you and your collector? There are very few hard-and-fast rules in the art world, except when it comes to pricing, and ...
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    Is Working for Free Good for Your Art Career?

    Is Working for Free Good for Your Art Career?
    Most professional Illustrators believe spec work to be a bad idea. And in most cases, they’re right. More often than not, working on spec hurts your business and wastes your valuable time and talent as a creative professional. However, there are times when it’s okay, or even beneficial, to work for free. Before you start booing, here are 3 examples of ...
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    Art Rep 101 – Are You Desirable?

    Art Rep 101 – Are You Desirable?
    Your most important job as an Illustrator is to be the best artist that you can possibly be. Your second most important job is to find work. This means that promotion plays a big part in the success of your freelance business. In fact, you may find yourself spending more time on this task than any other, even creating art. After ...
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    How to Grab the Attention of an Art Rep

    How to Grab the Attention of an Art Rep
    In your search for an Art Rep, it is important to remember that Art Reps are searching for the same things that Art Directors seek out when hiring an Illustrator for their next project. This is because agents are in the business of connecting their artists with the right clients, which requires a solid understanding of the industry and a history ...
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    7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent You

    7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent You
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. After the following the 3 Steps to Find Art Gallery Representation, you should be ready to approach your ‘target gallery’ and sell yourself! There are a number of ways to approach an art gallery for representation. I have broken it down into 7 creative ways… 7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent ...
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    7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent You

    This article was originally posted on FineArtTips.com. #1. Specific Gallery Requirements Check your ‘target gallery’ (this is the gallery you think is your best match) website and see if it has a specific protocol for artists’ submissions. • If it does have guidelines, follow them (or be a rebel and do it your own way, but you might get shut down). ...
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    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?

    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?
    This post is a little different from the kind of thing I’ve been writing lately, but I thought it might be helpful to young artists out there. Some of my absolutely favorite students have graduated over the last couple of years, which means that I’ve been getting pleas for advice on how to navigate through this crazy art world of ours. ...
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    The Starving Artist Myth — Debunked!

    The Starving Artist Myth — Debunked!
    Aletta de Wal calls herself an “Artist Advisor”. She is actually a powerhouse of a coach who guides artists from starving to successful, and helps them do this while feeling great about their careers. Aletta’s gift is teaching artists how to structure their lives and activities to get the most out of every plan, think in new creative ways and celebrate ...
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    How To Price Your Artwork with Confidence

    How To Price Your Artwork with Confidence
    Are you tired of playing guessing games to price your art? Pricing is more than costs plus a profit margin. Pricing is a marketing strategy. Clear justification for the pricing of your work is simply good business practice. Assigning prices for your art is more than throwing down numbers and hoping you get it right. Pricing helps position you and your ...
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    Why Do People Buy Art... From You?

    Why Do People Buy Art... From You?
    Why do people buy art, and why will they buy from you? The truth is that in order for people to be motivated to make a purchase, there has to be a connection between your work and something that they need, love or want. That connection can take many forms, but an artist who is a smart businessperson will know this ...
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    No Excuses! Make Art a Serious Career Now

    No Excuses! Make Art a Serious Career Now
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com Are you an artistic person who loved to draw as a kid or took art classes in college, but was discouraged away from art as a serious profession? Or maybe you are a frustrated or struggling artist who has to work a ‘real’ job, or rear children with no time to create. Obviously, we ...
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    How to Put a Price on Art

    How to Put a Price on Art
    Artists spend days, if not months, creating the pieces they bring to shows. Figuring out what to put on the price tag can be just as tricky. "That's just so tough," Marguerite Swope said her inside her booth along Fairmount Avenue, where she is selling hand-sewn scarves for $20 and cowl tops for $47. "And it's hard because you know what ...
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    How To Sell Your Art on Facebook

    Interested in using Facebook to sell your art, but not sure how? Artists know relationships sell art. And, social media is a great way for artists to market and promote their work, connect with buyers and ultimately make the sale! ArtBistro partner, Lori McNee got the scoop from two successful artists who‘ve transformed Facebook into their very own profitable gallery ...
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    How to Win Public Art Commissions

    How to Win Public Art Commissions
    One lucrative way to make money as an artist is to win public commissions. Artists are commissioned for public art usually in connection with a new building or construction project. Most states have a law that mandates 1% of the total construction cost for a public building go to art for the building. Usually, state and city art groups have the ...
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