Business of Art

Authenticating and Archiving Your Artwork

Artists who treasure their work need to consider the quality of the materials they use and the completeness of the records they maintain.

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Artists and Apprentices

Today, aspiring professional artists have many ways of gaining hands-on experience while gaining insight into the field in which they will eventually be working.

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Assistance for Artists in Need

Numerous accolades can be heaped upon an artist during his or her lifetime, including awards, sold-out gallery exhibitions, a museum retrospective, or rave reviews in an art magazine. Unfortunately, an artist may also experience certain setbacks, including illness or injury, which may prevent him or her from working.

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Bringing Art Behind Bars

Many artists enjoy using their talent to give back to others and, for some, such enjoyment is gained by participating in some of the many prison-arts programs throughout the country.

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Artists and Charity

Artists can often find their hearts and minds in conflict when asked to donate their work. Charity auctions regularly ask artists to contribute a work of art that can be sold to raise money, and certainly there is satisfaction in helping a worthy cause.

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Artist's Web Blogs

Many artists regularly visit the websites of museums, galleries, art magazines, and art-material manufacturers to get information and instruction on their craft, but not everyone is aware of the increasingly popular blogs.

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Prolific Painters: Dealing With the Surplus

0705biz1_427x531_2Most artists want their paintings to be viewed and appreciated by others, and many hope that connection will result in the sale of their work. However, a lot of artists produce more paintings than they sell, and even the most acclaimed artist cannot boast of selling everything he or she ever created.

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Becoming Your Own Publisher

0704biz2_509x434_1Now anybody with a home computer can produce a professional, high-quality, hardbound book with a full-color dust jacket for less than $30, thanks to Blurb.com’s revolutionary online book-design software.

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Critiquing With Tact

The recent surge in organized critique groups around the country reflects artists’ increasing desire for informed responses to their work. Few people like negative criticism, but everyone wants feedback.

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In Focus

John P. Smolko: 70th Anniversary Competition Grand Prize Winner

0712smol70oe1_600x598_20712logo70_525x515 John P. Smolko won the Grand Prize—a new MetroShed, furnished by Blick Art Materials, for use as a stand-alone studio—for his imaginative colored pencil piece, Homage to Klimt (The Virgin). Read more about the artist, and view five online exclusive drawings.

Read about the semifinalists in each category, and vote, by October 30, for the Readers' Choice competition winner on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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