Both pragmatic and motivational, this book addresses what it means to have a successful long-term career in the arts, taking stock of the current landscape of the art world, introducing new venues in the field, reflecting on issues of social media and exhibition, and ultimately encouraging artists to take control of their professional lives.
Weaving conversations from a range of internationally based artists who have negotiated alternative paths to success, lauded artist and teacher Stacy Miller provides a practical, lively reflection on what it takes to be an artist in our new global landscape. This book covers practical needs, different approaches, and philosophical ways of creating a life and career in the arts. It lays out conventional and nonconventional means to representation, describes being an entrepreneur versus funding independent creative projects, and examines social media for the potential powerhouse it is. Most importantly, it gives artists a way to think about being a professional and the different paths to a successful career in the arts.
Perfect for emerging, mid-career, and experienced artists, this book encourages readers to redefine personal success and to act locally, nationally, and internationally in an expanding art world.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Foundations: A Basic Tool Kit 2. Creating a Life in the Arts on Your Own Terms 3. Representation of Your Work: Conventional and Nonconventional 4. Connectivity: Networking and Technology 5. Entrepreneurship and DIY (Do It Yourself) Movements: Models for artistic production, collaboration and socially engaged practice 6. The Whole Artist: Art/Work/Life A Selected Resource List for New Ideas, Strategies and Actions
Stacy Miller, Ed.D., is an exhibiting artist, arts educator, and startup innovator with over 25 years of experience. She has worked as the first Curator of Education at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum USA; as Director of Research and Professional Development at the College Art Association USA; and as the Director of Art and Design Education at Parsons School of Design, New School University, USA. She currently teaches in the photography department at Parsons and is co-author of Starting Your Career as an Artist.