Welcome to ART 293 Professional Practices: The Business of Art   

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In this class it is VITAL that you read through to the end of every post. 

Questions: If you have any questions, you may email me or find me in the Museum Monday – Friday, 9am- 5pm.  As stated on the syllabus, I will respond within one business day. However, what I think will be most helpful is to bring your questions to the class. If you have a general question, please ask publicly for the benefit of all. If you have a question, it is likely someone else does as well. If your question is about your particular project, it is best to email me directly.

Class Information:

This class will be a practical exercise in the business of art. Throughout the course of this class, you will work together and individually to create a completed application for one of the following:

  • Residencies
  • Graduate school
  • Post-bac program
  • Exhibition
  • Grant/ fellowship
  • Employment/ internship
  • Apprenticeships

Completed applications are due on the last day of class, ready to submit to your choice. Completed applications will be turned in, with your completed checklist and a link to the prospectus.

Once you have assembled this information, it will become easier for you to tailor this information for other applications, making you ready to apply for many opportunities in the future. You will also become aware during this course, what you will need to work on improving- whether it is photographing your work, honing your writing skills, or clarifying your vision of what it is you would like to do next.

What does it take to be an artist in the current market? There is a romantic notion that if one is passionate enough, or works hard enough, artists can be “discovered” and spend life engrossed in the studio. While this might happen for a small percentage of artists, the likelihood of this possibility is smaller than ever. Nevertheless, it is true that if one is passionate and works hard, you may create your own success.

The art world is shifting and the burden of doing business is more often in the artist’s hands. Today’s artist indeed needs to become proficient as a maker, but also in PR, marketing, as agent, accountant and business owner. There are huge benefits to this situation because if navigated well today’s artist can have a great deal of autonomy making them far less likely to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous agents, gallery owners or organizations. It may seem to some that the burden of work is too much – to balance business and time in the studio. I would argue however, that developing this discipline along with your studio practice will prepare you for the many doors available to you.

This course is designed to be an introduction for the emerging artist, to supply artists with the tools to make a beginning at developing an understanding and a discipline in the business of art.

The question for so many is what next? Whether you are finishing your undergraduate or graduate degree, or have been working as an artist outside academia for a while, you may find yourself asking how do I take the next step? Or for that matter- what is the next step? There are multiple options, methods, and strategies related to career choices, practice and professional development.

In this class you will prepare the following (regardless of the need for your specific project):

  • Request for Refernece/ Recommendation
  • Artist Statement (short and long version)
  • Biography
  • CV, Resume and Artist Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • images
  • packing/shipping project
  • *Teaching philosophy (graduate students)

*Some of you may need to prepare budgets

We will also discuss the following over the course of the class:

  • Building crates/ packing work for shipping
  • Finding and setting up a studio
  • Sharing studio space
  • Storage
  • Preparing and installing the exhibition


  • Social Media
  • Websites/ online sales
  • Printed materials

Numbers/ Basic Bookkeeping

  • Budgets
  • Inventory
  • Sales
  • Sales tax/ taxes
  • Creating a budget for studios projects and grants
  • Pricing
  • Reading/ creating contracts invoices and receipts

Communication (with galleries and other professional relationships)

  • Who does what and how; ethics of installation
  • Insurance
  • Responsive emails
  • Thank you notes

Interviews and public events

  • Personal presentation



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