Finding and Applying to Art Opportunities + Free Download

One of the best ways to get your name out there and your art on the walls is to start applying to calls for work. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities out their. The hard part comes with trying to sort through them to find ones that you're actually interested in and are qualified for. And even when you find something that you want to apply to, it's even more difficult to remember to submit your application before the deadline!   I can't tell you how many times I've missed an opportunity by mere days — hours even — because I lost...

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The Job-Seeking Artist’s Resume Reference List


At some point in time, even the best artists have to go out and find a day job to supplement income from their creative practice.Then there are artist like me who like to have a steady income so they don’t have to worry about art sales.
Whatever the reason may be, entering the job market is no easy task, especially when you have an unorthodox background of creative experiences. To make things more difficult, jobs in the arts industry are usually pretty competitive and hard to come by, so we often have to look outside our field to gain employment.
This can make it really challenging to write an appealing resume, which is why artists often under-sell themselves and end up in jobs they’re unhappy with. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way if you know how to translate your creative skills into language that employers are looking for.

Pursuing a Creative Live — Interview with Clare Benson

Nearly a year ago, I had an opportunity to do just that during an interview with Clare Benson! At the time, Clare had just published her first monograph, The Shepard’s Daughter, was featured in PDN Magazine’s 2017 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, won Photolucida’s book prize, and was Arizona State University’s Visiting Artist/Faculty in Photography. And that only scratches the surface of what she’s achieved in a relatively short career!

What happened to aftrART?

I’ve spent the last week reading, writing, and reflecting in preparation for the New Year. And despite all of the schedules I’ve drafted and the resolutions I’ve made, I still don’t know what to expect from 2018 — but I think it’s going to be a great year, and I hope you’ll stick around for the journey.

Wasted Ink Zine Distro: Community Building through Creative Expression


What does it take to turn your passion for DIY publications and community-building into a business?


I sat down with Charissa Lucille and Marna Kay, Co-Owners of Wasted Ink Zine Distro in Phoenix, Arizona to find out.


In 2015, Charissa and Marna opened up the first and only Zine shop in the Valley to create a space for people to learn about, look at, create, and buy self-published zines. Between full-time jobs, personal projects, and life, they’ve managed to create a special place for people to come together and express themselves and share individual perspectives.


Beyond the shop, they regularly organize poetry readings, open mic nights, pop-up zine shops, and workshops for zinesters of all ages.


So if you’re looking for a place filled with openness, acceptance, and creativity, look no further than Wasted Ink Zine Distro. To learn more about their journey, from when they first fell in love with zines to the struggles and rewards of running a business, be sure to check out the video!

Learn how to document your 2D and 3D artwork with just an iPhone or smartphone!

Video Tutorial: Documenting your Artwork with an iPhone

In an ideal world, we’d all have fancy DSLR cameras, powerful lighting equipment, and the skills to document our own artwork. But the truth is… that stuff is expensive. Honestly, unless you’re planning on reproducing your work as prints, you probably have all the tools you need in your own home.


You just need to know how to use it correctly.


So for those of you who’d rather spend money on art supplies than photo equipment, look no further!


The National Endowment of the Arts: Why It Matters & How to Protect It

I’m sure you’ve heard, but the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, along with other useful government agencies might be eliminated from the federal budget.


This isn’t the first time, and if these programs survive the current administration’s budget cuts, I’m sure it won’t be the last…


Federally funded or not, the arts will always survive. It might get more difficult for artists and organizations to sustain themselves, but we’ll persist.


However here’s the thing that really breaks my heart: many of those that oppose the NEA are saying that art is “elitist”; it’s something that only the wealthy get to enjoy. And by taking a mere $0.46 from each American taxpayer and putting that money towards art and culture means that we’re just funding pastimes for the rich.


But really, funding the NEA and other agencies that promote the humanities and culture does the exact opposite. These agencies help arts communities all across the country to flourish. By allocating just .004% of the federal budget to the arts, the NEA helps bring art to those that need it most.

Caroline Hudson-Naef: From Art School to Art Career

In the arts, we often perceive an art administration career as a practical, steady alternative to becoming a full-time, independent artist. But the skills and experiences required to pursue such a path can greatly differ from a studio art discipline.


However, with dedication and persistence, some artists are able to make the transition and excel in a position at an arts organization.


Not only do they have to adapt to new situations and develop a new skillset, but it also requires a shift in perspective.
So if you’re interested in making that shift, you’ll definitely want to hear what Caroline has to say!


Caroline Hudson-Naef is the Photography Arts Lab Manager at Art Intersection, “a place where creative individuals gather to learn, create, and exhibit.”


Located In Gilbert, AZ, Art Intersection offers gallery space, workshops and classes, a darkroom and digital lab, and one-on-one instruction to their community. And Caroline’s responsibilities encompass all the diverse functions of the business.


In this video, you’ll learn:


  • What kind of prior experiences helped Caroline get her job
  • What she enjoys most about working at an art center
  • Advice for early-career artists looking to for an arts administration position
  • The difficulties of balancing a full-time, arts-related job with her own creative practice


So watch the interview or read the full transcript in this blog post!

10 Optimistic Facts and Statistics about the Art Industry in 2017

If you’ve ever thought about becoming an artist, then you might find yourself worrying about what your future could potentially look like. You obviously don’t want to become the cliche starving artist.
Or maybe you have a child or friend that is considering an education or career in the arts, and you’re worried about their financial prospects or job security.
Well, your concerns aren’t unusual, but are they entirely necessary?

Social Media for Artists: Mistakes, Myths & How to Avoid Them

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion about  Social Media Marketing for artists at the Phoenix Art Museum.


I got to hear from award-winning artist Clare Benson, world-renowned art advisor Mary Virginia Swanson, chief photography curator Becky Senf, and established commercial photographer Paul Mobley.


But I must say, as someone who spends ~40 hours a week working in digital marketing and most of my free time thinking about how digital marketing can be applied to the arts, the talk left something to be desired…


Of course, with industry leaders like that, there were a many instances of great advice! I really appreciated hearing some words of wisdom from experienced professionals.


But when it came down to it, there wasn’t a whole lot of concrete information about social media today.