Website For Artists is based in Brooklyn, NY... so
this section tends to be a bit New York-centric. If you know of
a resource that will help artists nationwide or worldwide, please
e-mail me your suggestions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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for a complete list of resources.
Notes from DAC: Survivor,
an artist's opportunity workshop
I attended the Survivor workshop this weekend (May 30-June 1 2008)
offered through the Dumbo Arts Center, and wanted to share my notes.
Make your site work
Information on how search engines work and what you can do to increase
traffic to your site and promote your work.
Very short article outlining the most common phishing techniques
and how to avoid falling victim.
20 tips for a good
Designing a good website seems to require an endless checklist of
chores: organize and select the materials, photograph the artwork,
write a bio, an artist statement and an updated resume, etc. Don't
give up! I have compiled 20 important points that Artists should
keep in mind when designing their website.
is the threat real for Artists?
Many artists have asked me recently about protecting their images
from online theft. Learn what can you do to protect your work, and
more importantly, if you should be worried about it.
Getting ready for
This article gives basic information about how websites are made
to help you make an informed decision about what is right for you.
Should you use HTML, Flash or a combination of both?
Preparing your images
for the web
Definition of common graphics terms and how images should be prepared
for a website.
For Artists Newsletter
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free service to send large files that email cannot handle.
tips for website promotion: tips to promote your
website, and increase web presence
offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing
free information, resources, and support.
for online jobs.
Sharpen Filter: this filter can turn blurry
photos into focused ones. It has some limitations so if a photo
is a blurry mess, it might have to be re-shot!
Levels: If you are unhappy with the contrast
of a photo, use the levels tools instead of the Brightness/Contrast
tool. Under the menu "Image", go to "Adjust",
"Levels". The levels are the basic distribution of the
light to dark in any image. Use the sliding scales to make the darks
darker or the lights lighter or use the automatic feature
Clone tool: this can help eliminate small scratches
especially in old photos. The clone tool takes a starting point
in any image, and start to paint the image again using that starting
point, in essence, reproducing the image. Holding the "Alt"
key will select the area the tool will use, releasing the key with
paint with that area. For small scratches, select the area right
above or right below and use a soft brush to blend the image. It
is best to select a cloning area several times so you don't have
any visible patterns
Perspective tool/Skew tool: if your photo was
taken at a slight angle, you can adjust it to make it look like
it was taken straight on with the perspective tool, or the skew
tool. Under "Edit", "Transform", select "Skew"
which let you manipulate each corner of the image independently,
or use "Perspective" which is a one point perspective
Color Balance: if you are unhappy with your
photo's overall color balance, go under "Image", "Adjust"
and choose "Color Balance". You can re-balance the photo
with more red, blue, green, cyan, magenta or yellow...
Probably the best site for New York Artists. You will find lists
of jobs, opportunities, grants and residencies, and useful articles
for working artists.
in Embassies program: promotes the cultural identity of
America's art and artists by borrowing original works of art by
Rotunda Gallery: aim to increase visibility and accessibility
of contemporary art (Brooklyn).
Waterfront Artists Coalition. BWAC is the largest artist
run, not for profit art organization in Brooklyn. The exhibition
space is located at 499 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Art Foundation: non profit forum for contemporary artists.
Center: focuses on the exhibition of drawings.
Arts Center: non-profit contemporary arts organization,
located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York.
technology center providing tools for digital research and experimentation
an annual arts event on Governors Island, with artwork in every
medium, from installation to performance to music to games and many
things in between
Art Museum / Carriage House: project space for contemporary
Center for Arts and Learning: offers diverse programs to
artists of Queens and greater metropolitan area.
lower Manhattan Cutltural Council.
NY State Council on the Arts. Offers grants to organizations, and
a great resources section with lists of very useful websites.
business magazine for visual artists. Also see their webinar listed
Art List- Monthly e-Newsletter and searchable database
listing upcoming Art Contests, Art Competitions, and Opportunites
for visual artists and photographers.
A searchable database and magazine that lists local and national
juried artist competitions, grants, call for submissions, art jobs,
art festivals, residencies, fellowships, & more.
A monthly newsletter (via email or paper) with several hundred announcements
information about community festivals, including film, visual arts,
music, and other cultural events
Grants and Funding
Academy in Rome: 11 month prize fellowships in visual arts.
Capital Foundation: acts as a catalyst for the development
of adventurous and imaginative ideas.
Television Center: provides completion awards to NY state
Furnace: privides awards grants to emerging artists to produce
2 internships to young digital media artists at the post-graduate
level in NYC.
Foundation: grants to support new works for artists living
in Minnesota and NYC.
grants to visual artists.
Arts Council: grants to support cultural activities in Queens.
and Work Space
OMI: 3 week residency in upstate NY.
Alliance: affordable working space for professional artists,
focus is on downtown NYC.
for Photography at Woodstock: residency program to support
artists of color working in photography.
Donne Papermill. offers 6 annual residencies to emerging
artists to create work in handmade paper.
visual arts residency that aims to connect its resident artists
and curators to local institutions.
One: not-for-profit art center devoted to the convergence
of visual, performing and digital arts.
East Side Printshop: studio space, career services for printmakers.
Walsh Sharpe Foundation: studio space and financial assistance
for visual artists.
Space: 20 artists awarded residencies each year.
nine week summer residency in Maine.
Mellon: free studio space for 1 year in Brooklyn.
Sculpture Park: six month residency in outdoor studio in
Museum Harlem: 12 month residency for 3 emerging artists.
Arts Association: free studio space for six months in NYC.
Independent Study Program: variety of art practices with
emphasis on installation, film and video.
Studio Workshop: specialized studios in printmaking, ceramics,
photography and book arts.
Byrdcliffe Guild: Founded in 1903, Byrdcliffe is one of
the older artists colonies in the country. It is home to a national
the largest site for contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary
artist and gallery portfolios, online since 1995.
Arkansas Arts Council: this online Artists Registry is a
free service provided to the Arkansas arts community. Registry members
have the opportunity to post contact information, a link to their
website and display up to 10 images of their work.
One of the first alternative spaces in New York, Artists Space was
founded in 1972 to support contemporary artists working in the visual
arts, including video, electronic media, performance, architecture
and design. The mission of Artists Space is to encourage experimentation,
diversity and dialogue in contemporary arts practice, provide an
exhibition space for new art and artists, and foster an appreciation
for the vital role that artists play in our community.
Art is listed in a blog format, latest listing first. The artwork
must represent art of the nude
Arts Council: Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), an arts
and services organization founded in 1966, is the umbrella for Brooklyns
range of cultural groups and individual artists working in the visual,
performing, media, and literary arts.
& Erie County Arts council: online directory is for
members of the Arts Council
chashama has become a major force in the NYC arts community by supporting
the work and ideas of an increasing number of emerging artists every
of Las Vegas Arts Commission National Registry: the Artist
Registry was established in 1988 to act as a resource for local
and national artists who wish to be included in any notifications
of opportunities released by the Las Vegas Arts Commission in conjunction
with the Office of Cultural Affairs. The Artist Registry is open
to the public and may be viewed upon appointment by contacting the
Arts Commission office at 702-229-6844
Visual Arts Slide Bank: Artists residing in Connecticut
who wish to register in the Slide Bank should complete a simple
registration form accompanied by 10 to 19 slides of their work.
visual Images registry: The Visual Images Registry, located
in the Division's office in Wilmington, contains digital images
and information about Delaware visual artists. Download the application
form from the website.
Springs Artists Registry: The Eureka Springs Artists Registry
is a full service artist registry, dedicated to increasing opportunities
for the visual artists of Arkansas.
$25 fee for 3 slides. Hand Papermaking's artist registry serves
the papermaking community as a means for artists to have their work
available for critical review; for archivists and historians to
see artworks from any particular time period; and for scholars,
publicists, curators, and others to view current handmade paper
Artists, Inc: founded in 1986 and incorporated in 1989 with
a mission to increase the visibility of professional visual artists
working in the Long Island City area
Maryland State Arts Council Visual Artists' Registry.
Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program: unique organization
that is run by and for Minnesota artists.
Percent for Art in Public Places: The Minnesota Percent
for Art in Public Places program acquires works of art to be exhibited
in and around state buildings in areas regularly accessible to the
State Council on the Arts: Created as an agency of state
government, the NJSCA operates as a division within the Department
of State. Its purpose is to encourage and give financial support
to artists, arts organizations and projects throughout New Jersey.
All emerging visual artists committed to developing their professional
careers are invited and encouraged to join our Artists Registry.
There are no fees to participate and all complete submissions following
the guidelines will be accepted. Only artists with exclusive commercial
gallery representation are ineligible. While NURTUREart cannot guarantee
inclusion in future exhibitions, the Registry is in constant use,
providing excellent exposure for participating artists.
Visual Arts Coalition: The Virtual Gallery is a dynamic,
non-juried resource of work by Oklahoma visual artists working in
all media, which is the only statewide resource of this type. OVAC
member artists may submit up to 20 images and their biography.
Artist Registry: The Pittsburgh Artist Registry is a resource
for promoting visual, literary, performing and multi-disciplinary
artists living in southwestern PA.
Island State Council for the Arts: submit a listing to their
directory for Rhode Island artist, group, or arts venue
online: innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting
work by largely unseen young artists or by established international
artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.
Center: image library for sculptors.
Artists' Registry: registry for the Visual, Literary and
Performing Arts in Siskiyou County
Artist Registry: free and open to all artists with disabilities,
ages 18 and above, who are committed to their artistic progress.
Registration is free and entitles artists to numerous resources
Art Registry of Minnesota: Current WARM members are invited
to become a part of WARM's Online Registry. (You can become a member
for as little as $1). WARM appreciates a reciprocal link to our
website for those of you who have a website
and their Work: a collection of images from artists who
are supporters of Women & Their Work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on support and participation.
Art Forums and Art
Sharing news and tips about bringing arts to market
Robert Genn Twice-Weekly Letter. These are great newsletters about
anything related to art: inspiration, other great artists, art education,
you name it. They're short and quite fun to read, and best of all,
it's free to subscribe!
Art marketing secrets, resources, and motivation from Alyson B.
Lynn Dunham' s blog on blogspot.
online art community for Art Calendar magazine.
one of the largest artists forum, with over 100, 000 members! Great
place to share ideas or ask for technical advise on projects.
Mailing List Management
This software is intended to help bands manage their fan base and
book gigs. I found it extremely useful for an artist: you can send
personalized emails to a larger group of people, and no one will
see the other people's e-mails: no more mailing list theft! It also
has a "to do" list where you can plan all your grant and
database program to help artists keep track of their artwork, business
aspects, proposals, mailing lists, etc.
Contact: an alternative to IndieBandManager. This e-mail
service lets you send html e-mail to your mailing list.
WRITING SERVICES FOR ARTISTS
The passion and creativity you bring to your art should
be reflected in the language you use to represent it. Let an experienced
writer help you create powerful written communications that will
advance your work: Artist Statements, Bios, Catalog/Grant Essays,
PR (press releases, pitch letters), etc.
Online portfolio: www.AdamEisenstat.com
(see "Art Writing")
web portal for practical marketing information in a format that
is easily accessible to novice, intermediate and expert marketers,
and is targeted towards arts administrators at small to mid-sized
not-for-profit arts organizations in the U.S
Field: membership organization offering programs that help
independent artists create new artwork, manage their careers, and
develop long-range strategies for sustaining a life in the art
Help Network: from the author of "How to Survive
and Prosper as an Artist". Links to resources helpful in an
list of hundreds of web directories that will give you a one way
text link Increase your site's ranking by adding your link to web
search for your favorite art, rate listed websites, submit your
site, show your artwork!
Web Design Schools
Design Colleges: one of the most extensive listings of web
design degree programs being offered across the country.
Printing and Scanning
- UK Digital Printing Company. Cestrian, the digital printing
company. UK's leading large format digital printing company offering
a comprehensive range of digital printing services.
printing services based in Chicago. City of Chicago-certified Women's
Tech: transfer digital files to slides or slides to digital
Business Cards, Postcards and MiniCards
online printing services. Pretty affordable, and has a greater choice
of sizes than Vista Print.
an online printing service that is very affordable for postcards
and business cards. The printing results are a good quality for
Katrin Grotepass is now offering high resolution
digital photography of artwork in the New York City/Tri State
Katrin is an artist, and was Tom Otterness's main
assistant for eight years. She photographed and documented all
of the artwork in his studio, and designed catalogues, brochures,
cards, full page ads in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery
for the Arts: for non-for-profit arts groups only. Materials
are gathered from companies and individuals that no longer need
them and redistributed to the artists and educators that do
it Green! sells salvaged and surplus building materials.
(in Brooklyn, Rochester NY and Woburn, Massachusetts):
A division of Admirals Metals, Metal Source sells pretty much anything
in small quantity:
Rod Bar Tube Sheet
Plate Full Lengths & Randoms
Aluminum Brass Copper Bronze
270 Nevins St (R train to Union St or F/G to Bergen St)
11 Forbes road
1046 University Avenue
SoHo Art Materials
127 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
DaVinci Artist Supply
132 West 21st St
New York NY 10011
Taking the Leap by Cay Lang
This book got me through the first year post graduate school. It
takes a step by step approach to launching your art career. Click
on the icon to get it directly from amazon.com
How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist by Caroll Michels
Great marketing ideas, and full of resources at the end of the book,
such as finding interior designers and architects, useful art organizations,
how to find affordable health care, how to write a press release.
A must in your library! Click on the icon to get it directly from
Fine Art Publicity, 2nd Edition: The Complete Guide for Artists,
Galleries, and Museums (Business and Legal Forms) by Susan
This resource helps artists generate the publicity that keeps their
artwork in the public spotlight. Provided are practical tools for
attracting the media's attention and building bridges between artists,
their galleries, and collectors, and between museums and their audiences.
Artistic Anatomy (Practical Art Books) (Paperback)
by Dr. Paul Richer
This book was actually required when I attended the New York Academy
of Art. This is one of the best anatomy books for the price.
Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form by
A great anatomical reference books for figurative artists.
Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet
Another fantastic anatomy reference, Sarah Simblet shows photos,
and the skeletal structure underneath, which is an amazing tool
to understanding the human figure.
Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure by Edouard
A must-have reference for figurative sculptor!
Art Related Sites
Atlas: membership organization providing services,
resources and support to artists and arts organizations nationwide,
including health care, publicity, fiscal sponsorship, legal assistance,
and grants for creative and organizational development.
a massive, largely non-annotated International links database for
dance, theater, music, visual arts, film, writing and poetry, arts
advocacy, arts therapy/empowerment, arts education, arts administration,
and arts employment
Glass: UrbanGlass offers a comprehensive education program
of classes, workshops and intensives at every skill level - from
novice to professional - in a wide variety of glassworking techniques,
including glassblowing, hot casting, kiln casting, lampworking,
fusing, slumping, neon, mosaics, stained glass and coldworking.
3rd Ward is a 20,000 sq. ft. workspace and studio facility for artists
& creative professionals, located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP) provides research
and analysis on difficult censorship issues, and seeks free speech-friendly
solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns
lists all the openings in several different cities, and is a great
resource to plan your gallery-hopping night
links to galleries, appraisers, dealers, blogs, etc...
School of Fine Art: David Klass holds a drawing workshop
in his studio every Wednesday night, long pose, alternating male
- female models each week, $10.
Chelsea School of Fine Art, 136 W 24 th Street, between 6 &
7 aves, 212 243 7633.
at 3rd Ward in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Every Wednesday. 3rd Ward
provides the beer and the model.
Cross Pollination, Long Island City, Queens. A monthly event for
sketch artists to draw dancers as models-in-motion and for dancers
to improvise with one another, while being inspired to move by the
art in the making! Check their site for the schedule.
Alan's drawathon: started as an alternative to conventional
figure drawing in 2005, the Drawathon Troupe is a collective of
art models, artists, musicians, performers and poets who collaborate
through improv, open ended narrative, hand crafted props and live
music. Every Saturday in the East Village in Manhattan.
York Academy of Art: one of the only schools left in the
country for figurative training. They have a great continuing education
program for those who want to keep up or improve their skills, as
well as regular open drawing sessions on the weekend. In Tribeca.
of Illustrators: 2 on 2 Jazz & Sketch. Every Tuesday
Of The Month. The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East
63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues). New York, NY 10021-7303
Studio: Spring Studio is a professional art studio offering
ongoing life drawing sessions 7 days a week. Located in downtown
Manhattan. Check the site for the schedule.
Government site with all the information necessary for copyright
issues, forms, FAQs, etc. Click here
for the answers to the most common copyright questions.
self help legal information.
Lawyers for the Arts: pro bono and low cost legal services
and information for the arts community
Great blog about art and law by artist and lawyer Sergio Muñoz
in smashingmagazine.com: this is a great compilation of
facts and articles about copyright, especially online content
non-profit gallery dedicated to promoting the arts as a tool for
union: national nonprofit organization that represents
the needs and concerns of independent workers through advocacy,
information and service.
Health Insurance Resource Center: provides the arts
community with the information necessary to make informed choices
about individual and small business group health insurance options
available in each state