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.

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Your Art Career | Posterity versus Prosperity

There is an unrelenting sentiment among some artists, collectors, and critics that making money from making art robs the “artiste” of the purity of making art for art’s sake. Those who think this way seem to think it’s not possible to create art that is aesthetically pleasing, if not perfect, while also making art...

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Can Selling Giclées Enhance Your Career?

Paul Dorrell, owner of Leopold Gallery, has clients that include Warner Bros., H&R Block, the Mayo Clinic, the Kansas City Chiefs, and more than 1,000 private collectors. He’s a public speaker and the author of the guidebook for artists, Living the Artist’s Life, Updated & Revised. Recently, he contributed to The Artist’s Magazine’s “Ask...

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The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 Annual Competition | Meet the Jurors (Part 1)

The 30 paintings that won awards in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 annual competition are splendid; wonderful, too, were the finalists in each category, which made our jurors’ decisions extremely difficult. We are grateful to our exacting jurors: Douglas Atwill, Ron Monsma, Amy Weiskopf, John Agnew, and Judith T. Greenberg. Read their comments on the...

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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?”...