The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

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Da Capo Press, Jun 9, 2009 - Art - 400 pages
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Using a “tough love approach” to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.

Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online promotion, building professional relationships, grant writing, and portfolio development.

Each chapter ends with an insightful “Reality Check” interview, featuring advice and useful information from high-profile artists and professionals.

The result is an inspiring, experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can easily apply to their own career.

 

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Contents

Section One Taking Charge of Your Professional Life
1
one How to Assess Plan and Take Action 3
3
two How to Assemble the Essential Tools to Support Your Work 24
24
Section Two Circulating Your Work
71
Peer Networking Readiness and Creating Your Own Opportunities 73
73
Researching and Exhibiting in Nonprofit Spaces 95
95
five How to Build LongTerm Professional Relationships 123
123
Section Three Supporting Your Work
157
Contracts Legal Issues and the Art of Negotiation 241
241
Section Four Maintaining Your Practice
281
nine How to Structure Your DaytoDay Operations 283
283
ten How to Build Community to Survive Being Alone 311
311
Epilogue 341
341
Acknowledgments 347
347
Biographies 349
349
Index 363
363

six How to Earn and Manage Money 159
159
Grants Residencies Gifts 197
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About the author (2009)

Jackie Battenfield's work is represented in over a thousand collections worldwide. She teaches a course in professional development in the visual arts at Columbia University.

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