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Artists Draw on Facebook to Connect or Sell Their Work

Artists Draw on Facebook to Connect or Sell Their Work

Established collage artist Michael Anderson with his work on display at the Claire Oliver Gallery in Manhattan, where he currently has a solo show. (Photo By Todd Plitt, USA TODAY)

USA Today

March 21, 2011


An ‘interesting’ downside


“It raises a lot of interesting questions,” she says. “Sometimes an artist will discover a YouTube video of their work — something someone else shot and posted — and it wouldn’t have been something they’d wanted up there. … All of a sudden you have people evaluating work that you didn’t want out there.”

How artists define themselves online and how they interact with others can be important in terms of future success, says John Sisson, assistant director of Career Services and Alumni Relations at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which offered its first social media course this semester.

“You have to be concerned about how you’re presenting yourself — although that’s open for debate. But things stick around,” he says.

El Mac says he wonders whether he should be spending more time honing his professional image and being available online, but "if I spend a couple days just doing computer stuff, I start to feel bad, depressed.

“I have to be painting,” he says. “I’m not going to be a happy person when I’m not creating and making art.”

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