About a month ago, I chose to create a blog, hoping to supplement income as I am for now a stay at home mom. I had hoped trying to post a couple of times per week would motivate me to do some new artwork. However, so far, not so good. One of my first posts was going to be my favorite websites about art. In the interest of doing things correctly, I e-mailed that authors and webmasters of ten of my favorite sites. I wanted to be sure it was okay to recommend and review their sites. However, not everyone got back to me.
So I want to move on and post the article, it has already been a month. Too long. I am posting reviews of the sites that responded to me and I would like to thank the wonderful authors and webmasters who took the time to answer me. For the others, I am not reviewing the site, but I am supplying a link.
There are random subjects, including the business end of art, deadlines for juried shows, individual artist websites, and art centers that promote the arts. I would like to thank the wonderful and talented writers, designers, etc. for allowing me permission to refer you to their websites.
ArtBusiness.com provides complete art services, art appraisals, art price data, news, articles, and market information to art collectors, artists, and fine arts professionals. ArtBusiness.com services include appraising all works of fine art; consulting on buying, selling, donating, and collecting fine art. ArtBusiness.com contains over 3,000 pages of free content, regularly posts art business articles, reviews art gallery openings, critiques art, covers art market news, and critically evaluates specialized technical art reference books, CD-ROMs and online databases. For artists at all stages in their careers, ArtBusiness.com consults on marketing, promotion, public relations, website construction, internet selling, selling at online auctions, and career development. The articles are informative and updated regularly. I read it quite often.
The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit contemporary arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York. DAC’s mission is to catalyze interaction between visual artists, the local community and the wider public, in order to preserve the neighborhood of Dumbo as a springboard for new art. DAC produces the annual multi-site D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, presents a year-round program of new exhibitions in its gallery, commissions site-specific art and provides educational programs for artists and high school students. Founded by artists in the wake of the first festival in 1997, DAC was the first non-profit arts organization in Dumbo, Brooklyn. By attracting thousands of visitors and media attention to the once abandoned manufacturing area, DAC’s role has been pivotal in the establishment of Dumbo, Brooklyn as a recognized neighborhood and cultural destination.
Katharine T. Carter & Associates is primarily involved in securing one-person museum exhibitions nationally for our artist-clients, and has successfully secured over 400 such exhibitions in the last decade. Our thrust and mission is the serious development of the artist’s professional career and reputation in the not-for-profit sectors. Successful gallery representation becomes more probable and profitable in conjunction with a museum exhibition, which offers the ideal venue for introducing an artist in a new market in a specific geographic region. We also focus on seeking gallery representation for our clients in New York City and nationally, but are not in the selling end of this business. Foremost, Katharine T. Carter & Associates secures the museum or gallery exhibition; the Company then educates the artist on how to effectively embark on a media and commercial marketing effort surrounding the exhibition. Through a balanced approach of shared responsibilities and realistic goals, the artist becomes a “practical visionary’’ with the necessary survival skills to sustain a successful and thriving career.
Art contests and competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, art festivals, call for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities, in all disciplines, for art students, art teachers, and artists of all ages.It’s not sectioned out so it takes some time to get through all the listings, but it’s worth it.
Kim Jensen developed a site called colorblender.com for the Danish 5 KB web design competition in 2001. It shows so many great color combinations. It’s great for designers who are indecisive about color like me. I even used it to paint my living room and dining area. Kim e-mailed me to tell me that ColorBlender.com was sold approximately six months ago. However, it’s still a good site. And, Kim has started colorexplorer.com which is colorblender.com on speed. you have got to check it out for coming up with great color combinations. It includes palettes that you can save, libraries, analysis, etc. I love it and use it all the time.
Art Calendar is the industry’s foremost business magazine for visual artists. Founded in 1986, Art Calendar acts as a beacon to guide artists on their journey toward making a living with their art. Written by knowledgeable industry pros and successful working artists, Art Calendar offers artists practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as advanced technical applications of photography, computer and Web tools. It also offers the most extensive and recent listings of Calls to Artists, including galleries reviewing portfolios, juried competitions, grants, fellowships, festivals, publishing opportunities and residencies. Best described as “The Artist’s Guide to Making It,” Art Calendar is the only subscription-driven, business-oriented magazine published specifically for visual artists. There are no “how-to-paint” articles — Art Calendar readers have already found their voice and established their own unique style. Art Calendar enables professional artists to make a living doing what they love, providing them with fresh and innovative ideas, along with the all of the necessary tools to sell their work and further their careers. Offering professional artists more than any other art publication, Art Calendar has established itself as the ultimate resource for visual artists. I have gotten the print version of Art Calander for several years, and got gallery representation because of the listings. I look for it every month in my mailbox.
I hope you like my choices. It’s always great to find something new to enjoy.