Who's Who in the Art Museum

Alyson Stanfield at the Milwaukee Art Museum

This post is for you if you’re interested in having a museum exhibition, volunteering or working at a museum, or seeing your art in a museum collection. You need to know how a museum administration is structured. While I haven’t been part of the museum world since 2001, I am fairly confident that what I share below can still be helpful to you.

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Twitter Tweekly for May 3, 2014

@abstanfield on Twitter

A slightly annotated list of my top tweets from the past two weeks. Worth Standing On Its Own >>Online art sales to grow fast — study | BusinessWorld Online buff.ly/1fuNnbm . . . Art Marketing >> Top 10 Tips for being an artist fr award-winning artist Susanne du Toit bbc.com/news/entertain… BBC News

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Yep, It’s Art and It’s for Sale

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Imagine the scenario: A patron visits your open studio event, walks around for a few minutes, and asks, “Are these for sale?” Or this version: A friend shares an image of your art that you posted on Facebook. Hundreds of people see it and a handful wish they could own it. But they think they can’t afford it because there’s no price. So they forget about it and move on.

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When You're Worried About Being Too Commercial in Your Art Career

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I’ve asked about what it means to be “too commercial” before, but this article in Hyperallergic had me thinking about it again. It discusses a limited-edition $2,500 book by Annie Leibovitz for Taschen and the Wu-Tang Clan’s plan to sell access to a pricey album for 1-time-only listening.

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Delight Someone (Everyone)

©2014 Senga Nengudi, Jive. Site installation for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

I had the joy of hearing Senga Nengudi talk about her art. Nengudi makes soft installations and sculptures from pantyhose. When we (about 100 of us) were getting ready to leave, Nengudi said she wanted to give us a gift to remember her by. In line with her work, which transforms a functional item that many women wear every day into art, she considered a gift that we could transform into something new.

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Save Time with Consistent Naming Conventions

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One of the best ways to save time on your computer is to be consistent when naming your files. It not only saves you time, but will be imperative when (not if) you bring someone in to help you expand your art business. It makes no sense to hire an assistant only to spend half of your time trying to find things in the computer for your assistant.

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Tweekly for April 19, 2014

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Before I get to my top tweets from the past couple of weeks, I have something on my mind. . . . Nineteen years ago I was living in Oklahoma City when our museum doors blew open and we simultaneously heard an explosion. The days that followed are both unforgettable and seem like a lifetime ago. I hope we never forget that senseless attack on innocent people or the, sadly, additional ones we hear about every day.

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Impatience Killed the Blog (Revive It!)

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Your blog won’t become popular overnight. Blogging is a process, a commitment. After last week’s article, The Gold Mine in Your Artist Blog, several people commented to the tune of: My blog is no gold mine. I can’t get any traffic or interaction with people. In nearly 10 years of blogging and many years of teaching artists to blog, I have witnessed a large number of artists build successful blogs.

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How to Hire Someone to Help with Your Art Business

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st hired my first employee, other than myself, at Art Biz Coach. Yes, I have other assistants who work with me on a contract basis, but Maeve Eichelberger is a full-fledged employee. I’m not encouraging you to hire an employee. But I do think that most artists can benefit from an assistant. Here are some steps you can take to help move that process along.

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Searching for Content for Your Artist Blog

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In my last post, I made the case that your blog is a gold mine for you. What I didn’t say is that it’s only a gold mine if you are consistently committed to blogging and to improving with each post. You can only fulfill this commitment with rich content.

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