“It is vital to stay connected with the art community. You need to know what’s out there and to view it in person whenever possible.”
“Professional opportunities in the art world almost always come out of personal connections, and community is the way to make them.”
Maintain a public presence / social media presence of some kind.
“Not having a website is like not having a phone number.”
Maintain a website — The world of technology has invaded the art scene, and made it impossible to succeed without being somewhat tech savvy – or having someone to do the tech stuff for you.
One of the most important things to do as an artist is to document and record everything, and attempt to keep it all as organized as possible.When filling out paperwork of any kind, having an updated archive of one’s work and life can make the process much simpler and less time consuming. Keeping track of one’s own work (value, location, etc.) and keeping articles, show programs, and other documentations can make life much easier when doing taxes, or when helping a curator show/exhibit your work, and especially applying for grants and fellowships. A resume only goes so far.
The Gallery Courtship — artists ‘date’ various galleries, but it’s important not to two-time too many times, at least without consent 😉
The difference between showing at multiple galleries, and showing at a gallery and a museum, is most likely because of the difference in what the institution actually does. Both expand the artist’s audience, but the museum seems to hold a higher prestige, and the museum is not attempting to sell the artwork, merely honoring the artist or work.