Yesterday’s newsletter on artist ethics prompted these questions from Peggi Habets:
I was wondering what the etiquette would be concerning a positive art review in the paper. Is it acceptable (or expected) to say thank you to the art critic? Or is it a no-no to contact the art critic to thank them?
Yes! By all means send reporters and critics a Thank You note. You will, of course, want to make it a handwritten one. (See Action 10 in I’d Rather Be in the Studio!) Do it as soon as possible after the review or article appears.
It is not acceptable to send a Thank You to a reporter or critic before the review is written. That could be considered an attempt to sway them one way or another as they are writing. So, if you wait to send a Thank You until after the article appears, you’ll be ethical AND thoughtful.
Image ©Peggi Habets, TJ and Tilly.