Are Your Viewers Looking or Seeing?

This week’s deep thought is courtesy of artist Richard Tuttle. What’s the difference between looking and seeing? Is it your job to get people to see? How do you do that job?

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You Promise Exposure, We Want to See Results

You think you’re doing artists a “favor” by “giving us exposure that we can’t get ourselves.” Artists are all kinds of tired listening to lines like these. We know how the world works and we know you’re trying to make money by – in part – using our art.

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Speed Dating for Artists and Retailers

Annie Salness

Described as “speed dating for artists and retailers,” these Portland, Oregon events match up artists and people who can help them exhibit and sell their work. Would you do it?

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Are you ready to face the judges?

Work of Art on Bravo

Curators, gallerists, and critics will ask hard questions. They expect answers, so you need to be prepared to respond. If you want to play with the big girls and boys, you have to be able to articulate what your art is about.

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Thinking about winging a presentation? Think again

Workshop presentation isn’t rocket science. As long as you act professionally and take a little time to prepare you can easily add workshops and lectures to your art career repertoire. Photographer (and workshop designer) Jacqueline Webster shares her experiences in this guest blog post for Art Biz Blog.

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Implement a Policy for Answering Questions

Nick Pace

Are you someone that other artists naturally trust?

Are you being peppered with questions about how to do this or that—whether it’s an art technique or business practice?

Questions about how to do something usually come from someone with good intentions. You want to help—of course! The problem is that the people who are asking questions don’t realize that you have 14 other people asking the same thing.

Being the Go-To Answer Guy/Gal can be exhausting. The Internet has made it uber easy for us to shoot our questions to anyone . . . So we do! And now your Go-To Answer Guy/Gal inbox is overflowing. These questions can suck the energy right out of you! You don’t mind sharing, but you don’t have time to answer everyone.

You need a policy for these situations.

Nick Pace, Monument

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Deep Thought Thursday: 1 word

Sometimes you cringe at the words people use to describe your art. Other times, you discover new ways of looking at your own art just by listening to people. What one word are you hoping they’ll say?

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Take a deep breath

Rebecca Finch, text

Computers make it so easy for us to type quickly and press Send–perhaps too easy. We get excited about something and want to respond immediately. Ditto for when we’re angry. And there’s enough on the Internet to keep us boiling for years to come.

Never respond in anger

Whether you’re blogging, using Twitter, or emailing, there are professional provocateurs waiting to pounce. These are people who create conflict for the sake of conflict itself. Or maybe they’re just angry, unhappy people. Responding hastily to their bitter messages only escalates the conflict. It does nothing to make you look better, so it’s best just to ignore these types.

But what if the thing that made you angry comes from a non-hostile source? If you type up a response that includes loaded words like “stupid” or could even be interpreted as being

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Podcast: Turn the Conversation Around

Do you find yourself getting defensive when you are asked questions about your art you don’t like? Engaging questions help to educate art viewers and, because they build knowledge and an increased level of comfort, go a long way to turning art viewers into art buyers. Yes! We have winners!

As I say in the podcast, this topic grew from a Deep Thought Thursday contest I posted a couple of weeks ago. It asked how you respond to the question “How long did it take you to make that?” I selected two winners–those whose answers I felt were the best of the 69 responses at the time the contest ended.

The winners are Liz Crain and Quinn McDonald.

In her response to “How long did it take you to make that?” Liz Crain wrote:

. . . because

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