This week we are sharing a great DELVE interview with Alix Sloan, a gallery owner, gallery director, curator, consultant, author and educator. She supports artists in many ways and is the author of “Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists” and maintains the website PracticalArtists.com where she posts helpful information and resources for artists. Alix opened Sloan Fine Art, one of the first galleries in the now vibrant Lower East Side arts district of NYC, in 2008. Today she continues to mount pop up shows under the Sloan Fine Art banner, guest curate exhibitions, work with freelance clients, teach, coach artists and consult for artists, collectors and businesses. Plus, she's kind, funny, and down-to-earth! Read the interview by clicking on the link in profile! #practicalguideforartists #AlixSloan #artistasentrepreneur
Working hard on our next #delvecourse ! Stay tuned: Crafting a Powerful Artist Statement launches very soon!! #writingforartists #creativeentrepreneur #artist #professionalpractice #professionalskills #artscourse
WRITING TO WIN OPPORTUNITIES: Writing effective project proposals/statements for residencies and other opportunities is a difficult task – especially if you haven’t experienced the opportunity in person or it could be months or years away. We’ve all been there. It’s a tough one, but we've run down some productive ways to think about this conundrum on our blog.
First, make sure that the opportunity you are applying to is a good fit for your work and your practice. If you don’t fit the criteria, then applying will be a big waste of time... Read more by clicking the link in profile! #writingforartists #writingforapplications #writingforopportunities #creativeentrepreneur #delveblog
Feeling Stuck? Writing is the most effective tool in articulating what you do as an artist.
When you feel stuck, here are some prompts to get your brain shifted into writing mode:
• Write about the last thing you worked on. • Pick up any art book and start writing about the first piece you see. • Make a rambling list of words that relate to your work.
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Looking forward to the ArtWorks Benefit for Arts Gowanus. If you're interested, a ticket will get you a work of art from a Gowanus artist! Thursday, May 11, 7pm. Visit artsgowanus.org for info. #Repost @artsgowanus with @repostapp
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We’ve found that there always seems to be a tension between the important urgent stuff and the non-urgent crucial stuff that needs to get done on a weekly basis.
The important urgent stuff is usually made up of the tasks that have a deadline imposed upon us. Commissions or applications that are due, getting documents together for a meeting with your accountant, planning an upcoming exhibition. Someone is usually waiting on you to get something done. Whether the task is pleasant and easy or not, it gets done because you’re accountable to someone else.
Then there’s the non-urgent crucial stuff. These are usually tasks that are hard to do, like writing about the work, goal setting, marketing plans, and regular networking. It’s the stuff that you wish someone else would just do for you! So, it gets put off. Our question to you is: What tasks irk you because you know they’re vital, but you hate doing them? Comment here and let us know! #irksometasks #artistasentrepreneur #creativebusiness #professionalpractice
One of the hardest things to do as a busy artist is to set aside time to visualize your big career goals. It can be much easier to focus on the tasks at hand than to push ourselves outside the comfort zone and dream big. It can also seem easier to think and fret about making progress and not actually do anything about it. Well, it's time to just take action and make amazing stuff happen. Sign up for this challenge, and we'll help you make a plan in a week. Daily prompts, plus a free check-in at the end! Link in profile. #IWillDELVE #artistempowerment #creativeentrepreneur #goalsetting
We've created an online course that is perfect for you if: you have trouble writing about your work, you don’t have the time or motivation to prepare written work to apply for opportunities, or even if you love writing about your work but aren’t sure if it’s working to enlighten your audience in the right way. Course launches in May, and link in profile for more info and to sign up for giveaways and sales! #artistempowerment #writingforartists #artiststatements #creativeentrepreneur
Alice Neel. #inspiration #aliceneel
Writing an artist statement is usually the last task on your list. It’s a necessary evil for your practice: you need one for all of your professional endeavors, but it seems like your work should speak for itself. we think your work is the most important part of all, too. So why are we advocating for the artist statement?
Because the act of writing about your work helps you not only achieve a well-written statement that serves practical purposes, it helps you clarify your goals, identify actual words that can help you communicate your practice, and these words will help you represent yourself and your work in the most professional, genuine way. In other words, writing helps you have your shit together. Writing will help you be articulate about your work, and you’ll have a much easier time speaking about what you do. Download your free Artist Statement Blueprint and get started! (link in profile) #writingforartists #writingforvisualpeople #artistempowerment #artiststatements