Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Business of Art

As an artist, do you need help marketing yourself and your artwork? Do you have questions about how to interact with galleries, write artists statements and apply for funding?

iMOCA and IDADA have partnered in an initiative to reach out to local artists and create an on-going dialogue to answer these questions and more.

The Art of Business is designed to foster a dialogue and gauge the needs of the various individuals. The focus will be on strategies for thinking about the work using a process/content/context strategy. The exact amount of ground covered will depend upon what needs artists identify stemming from their own work -- and this will be an ongoing process. We have planned an initial three meetings, with the idea that unless there is feedback to the contrary, there will be a regular monthly meeting of this type.

The sessions will be discussion-oriented among local artists, who should come prepared to talk about their work and answer questions. Materials will be provided to stimulate critical thinking about their own and others' work. Participants will conduct an inventory of the ideas, materials and content of their work and receive suggestions about how to market themselves. All sessions will be held at the iMOCA galleries located at 340 North Senate Avenue and are FREE and open to the public.

Artists should bring…
5-10 slides or digital images of your work
Current resume
Biographical statements or other writings about your work.

Session times:
Wednesday, April 26
Wednesday, May 24
Wednesday, June 28
All sessions are from 5: 30 p.m. – 6:30pm

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Mix at to sign up for time slots during each session. Time slots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Come and join the discussions.

4 Responses to “The Business of Art”

Anonymous said...
April 21, 2006 at 6:34 AM

Having just been accepted into decent galleries in 3 other cities after years of trying for ones in Indy, I'd say the best advice one could give a local artist is to stop trying for galleries locally, you're wasting your time.

It has nothing to do with resume, CV or what's on the canvas in Indy, it's more about who you know and how fond you are of kissing the asses of spoiled, petulant, sometimes alcholic, and mostly desperate local gallery owners. (note: buy lots of chapstick.)

Whereas, once you leave the "sports capital", you get a higher degree of respect for your chops in a setting where history, culture and oddly, what you create, seem to mean something.

Ahhh, such a refreshing change.



Liriodendron said...
April 21, 2006 at 7:24 AM

Really!!Wow! That's encouraging news! No problem then gramps :) ....and congratulations!

Christopher said...
April 21, 2006 at 10:35 AM

It doesn't matter if you're trying to get into galleries in Indy, NY or Chicago. Presenting yourself and your portfolio is pretty universal.

Anonymous said...
April 22, 2006 at 10:38 AM

Sorry, not true. Indy is different somehow.

I can prove it, having shown my work here over the last 6 years, only to branch out a bit with the SAME EXACT PRESENTATION and style of work and suddenly I get good responses. Hmmm...

Hey, I like Indy, I just can't get a break here.



PS: thanks, lirio.

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