Top Art Career Tips & Articles

Pursue your dream and learn how to sell your art with tips from our experts. If you want to take your hobby to the next level you must learn how to market through social media,
generate referrals
, build relationships with galleries and, apply for art grants. Becoming a professional artist or entering an artistic job can be exciting & challenging, so learn how to navigate the legal, technical and social elements with our art career columns and articles.

2014 Photographer's Market

The Business Mind-Set by Ilise Benun

Most people who go into business do so because they want, first and foremost, to be a business owner. That’s not usually the case with creative professionals. You see yourself as a creative first, and you love the creative work. You’re in business, whether as a freelancer or running a larger entity, by accident...

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A Labor of Love | Making a Living as an Artist

Is creating art, work? If you ask someone a passionate painter, the answer will be a definitive yes. Conversely, much of the world around us sees what we do as play. Recently I overheard a fellow artist sharing how frustrating it was when someone asked, “When are you going to get a real job?”...

Cornucopia (2013; 6,700 square feet) can be seen at 2800 Fox Street in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Brown family, Shoprite, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; Courtesy of muralist Jonathan Laidacker

Giving Greenlancing a Go

Every day people are discovering more ways to be “green,” by reducing, reusing, and recycling, in the office, at home, and even specifically in art studios. Read Tom Tumbusch's article "Giving Greenlancing a Go: Make Sustainability a Core Value of Your Business," on how to incorporate green practices into your own business.

Is an MFA for You?

Have you ever wondered whether the cost of getting a Master of Fine Arts degree is worth the cost. Read comments from those who advocate pursuing the MFA and those who have decided to follow another route.

Masquerade of Wits by Lisa Cyr

Lisa L. Cyr: Embrace Inspiration, by Neely McLaughlin

Lisa L. Cyr’s mixed-media fantasy-inspired work invites the viewer to participate in her imaginative vision. That vision inspires both Cyr’s paintings and her desire to encourage others in creative pursuits. “Create from the heart, innovate without boundaries, strive for greatness and speak to the culture in ways that inspire and motivate,” she says, explaining,...