Many of the artist’s biographies I write are for artists who are just getting started in their professional career or returning to it after a hiatus. They may feel embarrassed about not having enough professional experience. This article offers several enjoyable ways to expand your art career credentials and artist’s resume and biography. I hope you’ll discover something here that inspires you to try it. All of these rewarding activities will add credibility to your career and offer other benefits, valuable experience, connections and enhance your reputation. You can use them during every stage of your art career.
Join an arts organization
In fact, join a few. One should specialize in your medium, such as the watercolor society of your state or the photography club in your community. Another organization should be a national or international arts organization. And, the third one could be an online membership organization. Most organizations offer their members exhibitions and other benefits. If you want to enhance your career connections serve on a committee in the organization. Read Helpful Art Organizations and Resources, Valuable Art Organizations for Artists, and Organizations That Advance The Status of Women Artists.
Get involved with an art fundraiser
There are many charitable agencies that provide a mutually rewarding relationship with artists. Many already have annual events that include an art auction. If you have a favorite organization that you want to help, suggest the idea to them. Find something in your art niche, for example, if you’re a nature painter suggest a collaboration with an environmental organization. Read The Many Rewarding Ways Artists Help Charities.
Teach, lecture or give a demonstration
Clubs that hold monthly meetings for its members are always interested in discovering new topics, speakers and presentations. You have a skill so share it. Offer to present a talk about how you started as an artist. Or, give a painting demonstration. Educate the audience about how you create something from an idea, sketch or blank canvas. You may attract a new crop of admirers and buyers.
Suggest an interview for your community newspaper or blog
If you also have writing skills, and enjoy writing about art, put them to use. To get your byline in print is a wonderful way to build your reputation and biography. If writing an article intimidates you, you could suggest to the local community newspaper or blog an interview with a leading artist, museum curator or gallery owner. You could conduct the interview in person or via email. By doing this you’ll make a new connection, add this credit to your biography and lean something in the process.
Submit your art to a juried exhibition
There are many calls for artists to choose from. A few online resources where you can find them include: Professional Artist magazine; Artjobs; and Artshow. You can also enter theme exhibitions presented by Manhattan Arts International and Light Space & Time online galleries.
Get involved in a public art project
There are many ways to share your art and creativity and also help your community. Contact your local schools, public art associations, and nonprofit organizations that make decisions about public murals and other community projects.
Sell or donate your art to a healthcare facility
There are many hospitals, healing centers, rehabilitation centers, senior homes, chemotherapy treatment centers, and many more healthcare facilities, around the world. Contact these facilities directly or go through a corporate art consultants. Many of them are interested in hearing from artists for their projects. Read Resources for Artists Interested in the Healthcare Art Market
Some More ideas
* Launch a Youtube channel
* Curate an exhibition
* Conduct an art workshop
* Launch an art group
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