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What Does It Take to Turn an Art School Education Into a Successful Career?

F. Scott Hess | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

A faculty that exhibits in important markets and that is willing to share their hard-won art world network helps short-cut the process. Ignore networking and an art career is nearly impossible.

Collecting Art: Philanthropy or Self-Glorification?

Olivier Berggruen | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Olivier Berggruen

The last few years have ushered in a new era in the craze for contemporary art, with prices reaching such dizzying heights that many feel inclined to predict its collapse. Yet, the bubble shows no sign of bursting. Art buying has become the favorite playground of a super-rich elite isolated from the economic realities that shape the lives of most humans.

Taking Endowment Earnings: How Much Is Too Much?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While reading the financial reports of numerous arts organizations recently, I have been alarmed at how many of them are taking large percentages of their endowment as income each year.

Technology Driving Arts Attendance, Engagement and Fundraising

John M. Eger | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

While new technology has presented its share of challenges to arts organizations, the opportunities technology has opened far outpaces the challenges. Indeed, the new and innovative solutions social media offers to the arts is unparalleled.

When the Business of Art Gets Too Much, Artists Get Themselves a Manager

Daniel Grant | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

To prosper as an artist, career counselors to visual artists continually advise that one has to devote as much serious attention to the business aspects of this work as creating it. To some people, the business part of art may take precedence over anything else.

Fundraising Without Writing Grants

Karen Atkinson | Posted 04.14.2012 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Fundraising can be a daunting task. Coming up with other strategies to raise capital is essential for contemporary artists. The more diverse your funding sources, the more stable your practice will be.

The Artist as Advocate

John M. Eger | Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

Picasso once complained: "Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don't they try to understand the song of the birds?" He once is alleged to say he...

Reasons for Rejection and What You Can Do About It for Artists

Karen Atkinson | Posted 03.26.2012 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Whether you are asking for a show, a pot of money, an in-kind donation, a fellowship or a residency, a few thoughtful considerations will go a long way towards less rejection.

The Benefits and Costs for Artists Hiring a Publicist

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.24.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

If you were to create a job description for an artist, the list of responsibilities might be very long. There's making art, but then comes the part of letting others know it exists and is worth buying. (This is where the list lengthens.)

Home-Based Business 'Champion' Tells All To Entrepreneurs

Jerry Chautin | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Working at home can drastically reduce your business' overhead. And during this tough economy, it can mean the difference between success and failure.

Artist-Run Businesses Matter

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Some say artists are not good for anything but making art. Others believes artists should leave the business of art to dealers. They're both wrong.

Ask GYST: Aging as an Artist

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Ageism is the new bigoted response to what's not selling, right up there with the racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia that have marked art world snobbery and greed for decades.

Where Can Fine Artists Receive Career Help?

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artists' advisors can be distinguished from business managers, who run an artist's career, reps, who sell work, and public relations firms, who publicize, in that their goal is to set the artist on a career path.

Old Friends for Sale

John Gascot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Gascot

Most of us are familiar with the old adage "If you love something, set it free." This is not only a lovely sentiment but also a constant practice for artists.