Presentation Tips for Your Art Talk

©Peter Muzyka, Watt a Bird. Egg tempera on handmade traditional gesso panel, 18 x 24 inches. Used with permission.

I recently helped Rob, my husband, with a presentation he was preparing on the topic of virtual reality.

Now, he’s a smart guy. He has a Ph.D. in mathematical physics, so he wasn’t asking me what I thought about his virtual reality angle. He had that covered.

He was seeking tips on how to take what he knew and massage it into a better presentation.

Here’s some advice I gave him, which might serve you.

Make It Visual

Bullet points are okay when your audience needs to write something down and remember it later. Otherwise, opt for visuals.

I use images as much as possible, but sometimes I make fun graphics out of words – sticking to my branding, of course.

You’re lucky! You so have this because your topic is inherently visual.

Most artists need only

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When The Thought Of Talking About Your Art Makes You Cringe

Gigi Rosenberg

Most artists I know cringe at the thought of doing an artist talk. This is what they tell me: I’m not a performer! I’m not a public speaker! I don’t want to explain what my art is about! I don’t know what to talk about! I don’t think it will make sense! I don’t have anything to wear! The list of objections goes on and on.

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Multiply Your Exhibition Audience with Collaborative Programs

Jill Powers’ piece, Color in a Changing Forest, in a Live Motion performance. Photo by David Silver.

We were pitched exhibition ideas daily when I worked in art museums. When trying to decide on an exhibition schedule, we considered things such as funding sources, gallery space, scholarship, budget needs, and audience interest. But one of our biggest concerns was always: Can we program this?

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