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Jeff Canham

Dr. Art on Studio Visits

by Matthew Deleget, New York Foundation for the Arts

Congratulations! After all the hard work of compiling and sending out your portfolios, you’ve finally got people interested in coming to see your work first hand. Studio visits are the best way to introduce people to your artwork and they allow you the opportunity to discuss your concepts, process, materials, and more. Here are some things to keep in mind for a successful studio visit.

Art and Coffee Shops: An Investigation into the Coffee Shop/Gallery Business

By Ilana Stanger, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

I am sitting at Torreo Coffee shop in Center City, Philadelphia, with Chamyang "Wojo" Uknow, whose photographs — most of lonely men on lonely streets captured in classic browns and whites — grace the chartreuse walls. Wojo is talking about coffee and art, in particular, his own luck at getting shows at many Philadelphia coffee shop/galleries. "I prefer my work to hang in cafes rather than galleries," Wojo says, "I'll put my stuff in galleries, but I'd rather have everyone see my photographs every day than have those closed doors.

The Artist's Guide to Career Self-Assessment and Setting Goals

By Susan Koblin Schear, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

You are not alone! No matter which discipline you work in, you will find comfort in knowing that many artists face the same challenges. These include being able to define their vision, evaluate their career, and set and achieve goals.

Venture Philanthropy and Funding Credits

Ask Artemisia, Melissa Potter, New York Foundation for the Arts

What is venture philanthropy? Do any of these funders make grants in the arts?

Venture philanthropy shares many characteristics with the “venture capital” model of the for-profit sector. With a final goal of sustainability and organizational capacity building, venture philanthropy combines active relationships between funders and grantees with carefully considered investments in initiatives that have measurable potential.

Ten Tips for Those Considering MFA Programs

So you want to be an artist... By Ilana Stanger, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

Here are few things to consider when choosing an MFA program:

1. Consider how many years you want the program to be.

Ten Tips for Success in the Art World

(courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts)

I am always interested to hear how artists succeed in the art world. Most artists don't have an advisor to help them, galleries don't seem to have as much time for career development, and unfortunately the days of being discovered are over. Therefore, I have come up with my ten tips to help artists succeed.

The Etiquette of Getting Grants

Shakurra Amatulla (The Grant Lady), courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

A little grant writing advice can go a long way. In the following article, Shakurra Amatulla outlines some of the basic information necessary for researching and writing grants.

So you want a grant—that chunk of money that’s "out there" just waiting for your request? But you’re impatient, sometimes believing that the road to success must open before you faster than Moses parted the Red Sea. In your search for grants, you buy and read everything about this free cash, continually look for people to guide you to said loot, and still you haven’t gotten any closer to it.

Using the Internet to Market Your Work

By Beth Kanter, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

An artist who wants to get her or his work noticed must enter the marketplace with a good plan and set of tools. The Internet has become an essential channel for distributing traditional artist marketing tools such as résumés, press releases, work samples, and business cards. This essay provides basic advice about using the Internet to enhance your marketing efforts.

Can an artist Website bring you fame and fortune?

The simple answer is no! Artist Websites work best as an extension of traditional marketing efforts and can save time and money.

Ten Habits of Successful Artists

By Geoffrey Gorman, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

By analyzing and looking at the careers of other successful artists I have identified the habits that help them succeed.

Portfolio Development for Artists Working in All Disciplines

By Susan Myers, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

Your portfolio is a valuable tool in your arsenal as an artist, and it is often the first opportunity you have to impress and influence those in charge of making the decisions and choices that affect you and your work. By developing and preparing a professional portfolio, every artist is taking a step towards ensuring her or his own success.

Proposal Writing for Funding Projects

By Yedda Morrison, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

Securing a grant requires organization, research, and follow-through. Below you will find the key components for a successful search and a brief description of the different types of granting organizations.

Gallo Spending Values

Spending Basics

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

In Money Basics, we asked you to figure out a very basic math question. Namely, how much do you spend?

Now, in Spending Basics, you'll get to analyze some of your spending routines. Specifically, you'll be looking at the basics of buying a home, purchasing a car, and the way you use a piece of plastic called a credit card to buy nearly everything else.

Michael Tompsett

The Art World is Bursting Apart

An Art Consultant's Insight into the Myths and Realities of the Artist's Life By Geoffrey Gorman, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

"The art trade is a discreet, unregulated, and highly fragmented industry. Auction specialists and dealers who have been in the business for decades cannot pin down how many art dealers exist or the breadth of worldwide annual sales." -ARTnews, January 2000

The art world is bursting apart. It has literally fragmented into pieces -and turned on its head until it is unrecognizable. All signs predict it will continue its headlong course, exploding well into the next decades.

New York Foundation for the Arts

Money Basics - What is a Budget?

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

A budget is simply a plan for how you earn, spend, save and invest your money. Creating your budget is one of the first things you should do as you begin to organize your personal finances.

Why? Because having a budget is the key to making your money work for you. Until you actually calculate how much money you earn after taxes - and until you figure out how much money you spend every month - it's impossible to establish a savings or investment plan that will work.

The Art of Self-Promotion

Proving your worth in the marketplace

Although most artists, writers, and musicians wish for an agent or manager to help them sell their work, most must first prove their worth in the marketplace.

Legal FAQ

By Craig R. Blackman, Esq., and Brian P. Rothenberg, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens, & Young, LLP, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

1. What is the difference between copyright and trademark?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or combination thereof, which serves to identify and distinguish a source of goods or services of one party from another. A copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works.

2. How do I copyright my work?

Marketing Your Work

(courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts)

The arts stimulate the senses, and the opportunity to create a marketing tactic for your work can be as challenging and fun as creating the work itself.


by Matthew Deleget, New York Foundation for the Arts

From filmmakers to choreographers to graphic designers, the issue of incorporation appears daunting at first, but can be more straightforward than most artists think.

Dr. Art on Emergency Support Organizations

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

in 2002, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) co-hosted a roundtable in New York City of emergency funding and service organizations from across the United States.  Following is a discussion of the issue, as well as a list of organizations that offer emergency assistance for artists.

Dr. Art on Developing Your Artist Portfolio

Matthew Deleget, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

Everything in the art world slows down during the summer months. The number of exhibitions and openings dwindle as many galleries close for vacation. The summer is therefore the perfect time for artists to rethink their presentation materials. With that in mind, the Hotline’s first column is a refresher course on one of the basics: the artist’s portfolio. Here are some answers to questions concerning your portfolio.