Last month we shared our list of 50 Crowdfunding sites for Artists here, so you have plenty of to choose from.
Before launching your crowdfunding campaign you can start expanding your social reach by joining LinkedIn groups and by growing your Facebook and Twitter followers.
Once you have launched your crowdfunding campaign you can find backers and supporters on a new platform called SchmoozBiz! and in the new LinkedIN groups CrowdFunding Backers and Crowdfunding Reviews!
Sign up to ShmoozBiz! and start making requests to friend others within the community. The site has a lot of interesting features, including forums and a marketplace which are all free.
Managing a crowdfunding campaign is a lot of work. But, now we are seeing more groups, forums and platforms where you are welcome to promote your campaign.
If you know of others, please feel free to share in a comment. Thanks!
“Forget the chocolates and sweaters,” says Explosion Luck. “A lot of the gifts that are given to others these days are not sincere and from the heart. But we’re going to change that! It’s time to inject some personality and thoughtfulness into your holiday gift giving by choosing a real Feng Shui gift based on Feng Shui art principles.”
Do follow their Feng Shui Art Holiday Gift Guide for the 2015-2016 shopping season here.
“There’s always that one gift you get on your birthday, for an anniversary or on Christmas day that strikes a chord in your heart and truly means something. You know that the gift was thoughtfully purchased–and because of that, it’s priceless. Gifts like these are very difficult to find, but today, we’re going to change that too, with Feng Shui Art Gifts from the heart!”
For instance, their gift guide suggests real fine art Inuit Sculptures as meaningful gifts for nature and animal lovers–
The Feng Shui gift guide suggests who will benefit most from your gift of Bird Art Paintings–
Still Life Paintings, Water Paintings, Mountain Paintings, Buddha Thankas and more make beneficial gifts for just the right person. Click here for the full gift guide.
Find unique Feng Shui Art and Gifts for All occasions at Explosion Luck here.
For the Best Holiday Gifts give a Feng Shui Art Gift from the heart.
South African artist Lioda Conrad’s expressive oil painting of Cyrus Nganga Kabiru, a Kenyan artist and his eclectic eyewear, began as a drawing–shown below–with the first oil paint and medium the artist added to start her painting.
Ghana artist, Enam Bosokah uses his trademark blue ink ballpoint pen technique to systematically build up layers of line to develop a three-dimensionality in his portraits. It becomes easier to understand his technique by view images of various stages of completion, like in this early stage example–
Here is another stage in the development of his portrait–
Final stage in the development of the portrait–
Five stages of development in Cameroon artist Tangwan Elice’s portrait of a young woman–
Tangwan uses both graphite and charcoal in rendering the skin and hair textures in his portrait–
Here are three more stages of the portrait drawing–
Tangwan Elice, Enam Bosokah, and Lioda Conrad are three of nearly 30 Africa artists represented by the African Portraiture Service. This service connects you with portrait artists in Africa who are experts at creating original art working from your photo selfies. You can work directly with there artists who live in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, and South Africa, with the assistance and guarantees of the African Portraiture Service.
Keep a portfolio of your art on the Saatchi online site and continually add new work. Saatchi Curators continually work to make sales, and put together promotional newsletters and live exhibitions, such as “Pattern Play.”
Originally posted on Marie Kazalia's art:
Thinking way back to 2008, when artists were advised to select one arts sales platform for their art plus set up a Facebook business page. Common wisdom of the time considered that enough to create an online presence, yet, how many artists never had an online sale? (And who were the ones advising artists to stay limited? Successful artists sharing their experiences and wisdom with other artists? Or the owners of art sales platforms wanting to get artists to join exclusively and stay?)
The reality was, that once artists set up their sales sites they quickly realized that they needed to do something to get art buyers and art professionals to come take a look. How could they get them there? Artists had to reach out and connect!
This connection with others online is usually referred to as social reach. That is, the total number of people you are able to reach across all platforms you are active on.
We all have our favorite online platforms. We’re not asking anyone to leave any one in favor of another, or to limit your social reach for any reason. Quite the opposite. Instead, we are suggesting that you expand your online presence across multiple sites. And we have some suggestions, as well as a list of some of the benefits of expanding your social reach.
A really simple way for any artist to increase their online reach and presence is with free account listings. Such a listing on the Flootie site allows you to add your website link and help you get found by those not already in your network. Adding your details to a free Flootie accounts only takes a few minutes. Once set up, your listing acts as placeholder in your genre, increases your name recognition (aka brand recognition), while sending new buyers to your art sales site.
This free listing opportunity is open to artists throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. In your description of your work in your listing, be sure to include searchable keywords. Once your listing is public, right away your work is accessible to a new market of potential buyers and others who are likely to visit your website–such as arts journalists looking for artists to write about, art curators researching artists for exhibitions, and interior designers and art consultants looking for art for their client’s spaces.
Get a free Flootie account by clicking on *Artist* at upper left on the Flootie site here.
Here is our list of some of the benefits of sharing your art across multiple platforms:
1. increase your visibility and reach
2. increase your name recognition or brand recognition
3. find new fans and followers
3. increase opportunities to convert followers / viewers into buyers
4. get found by different markets and audiences
5. boost traffic to your site
6. visibility in multiple time zones
7. reframe the presentation of your artwork presentation and create another online backup of your images
You’ll find the paintings of E. L. Stewart in the art collection of Gonzanga University in Spokane, Washington. Her work is represented by Bozzi Gallery in Spokane, and her paintings have been feature on the pages of American Art Collector magazine. Find out more here.
Her work makes me think of the figure paintings of another excellent woman artist, Jenny Holzer. What draws me to E. L. Stewart’s figure studies, are the elements of the everyday found in combination with the human form, as in her painting STUCK ZIPPER, and, Biting her lip, (below).
Since the painting Stuck Zipper contains connotations of a small stressful incident from life, one might expect E. L. Stewart’s titled work, Biting her Lip to depict something similar, yet the artist describes it as “… a painting of a quiet woman enjoying the breath of wind.”
Stewart’s paintings combine her love of Life Studies in rendering the human figure in the midst of a narrative along with expressive brushstrokes and color that enliven the form.
Find more paintings by E.L. Stewart in her Flootie portfolio here. Her paintings range in price from $850 to $4500.
We received an email from Virginia, who is the Director of the art program offered by the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) that initially began in Paris and will be starting in the fall of 2015 in New York.
Virginia wrote- “I would like to ask you to share our call for applications on your website and social media, if possible, because I believe your network might find it interesting. Enclosed in this email you will find the Iheap brochure with more information about the program and a list of the lecturers for the upcoming Session XI. Iheap is a post-graduate institute for research and experimentation in art that serves as the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris.
The program offers its participants a unique course of study that is not bound to the history of 20th century art but actively encourages the investigation of crucial issues of art in the 21st century.
Iheap is addressing all creative practitioners who have an expectation to engage not only within the art world, but also with the world at large. The lecturers, in fact, are coming from a wide range of disciplines, from the art field as well as from philosophy, economics, history, linguistics and so on. Iheap is a fluid school with the classes taking place at different locations, such as art organizations, schools, galleries, museums, cafés, apartments, parks, public spaces, parking lots and so on.”
The application procedure is online, accessed at http://iheap.fr/en/candidature/ and the deadline for submission is August 15, 2015.
Thank you for your help!
Best Pinning Practices for Artists on Pinterest
Create a business account on Pinterest here and verify your website here. Pick a profile image, such as your logo, an artwork, or a good photo of yourself. Once your website is confirmed, your logo or profile photo will appear on Pins that people pin from your site.
Create Your Boards With Informative Titles
I see so many artists on Pinterest create boards titled “My Art.” How many boards are on Pinterest titled “My Art”? To make a point, we did a search using the Pinterest search feature. You can too. Type in “My Art” and selected “Board.” (As we did). Many hundreds and perhaps thousands of boards on Pinterest are titled “My Art.” (We stopped counting them after one thousand.) It’s simple logic. If you paint rural homes in summer, but label your board “My Art,” how will your work stand out? How will someone looking for your style of art find it?
You can change the name of your board by clicking on the Edit pencil icon at the top right corner of your board. Give your board a title that contains useful information. “Oil paintings of Birds” or “Watercolor paintings of Sand Dunes” or “Abstract paintings on canvas by…” –you can add your name in the board title.
Now you are ready to pin high-quality images of your art. Use high-resolution, professional-quality photographs and illustrations. Don’t use images that are poorly lit, out of focus, or that otherwise appear amateurish.
Size and Shape of Your Images Matter
Have you found teenie tiny postage stamp size images on Pinterest? Did you pin them? Probably not. If your images have a width of 600 pixels and are between 900 and 2100 Pixels tall, then they will have good image quality on Pinterest.
Also, Pinterest says that “Pins look best when they’re vertically oriented.” (From Best Pinterest Practices by Pinterest. )
Include your artist name and title on every pin! Yes, on your own art pins. I won’t pin an artwork if the artist’s name is not on it. Many others feel that way too. I also like to see the title. When uploading your art images, include your name, title, link to your site, and some details, such as materials, year created, dimensions, and retail price. Remember, your images will be Pinned and RePinned! (Use Rich Pins on your site and pin your art images from your own website. That way anyone clicking on your image will be taken to your site. Find out more about Rich Pins below).
Write Thoughtful, Detailed Descriptions on Your Art Pins
Every Pin should have a written description that gives context and provides additional information. Your descriptive text should use correct capitalization and punctuation. According to Pinterest, “…only about 75-100 characters of your description will appear in grid view, [but] you can include up to 500 and they’ll all appear when people click to see the Pin close-up. Generally speaking, more characters mean more helpful details and more opportunities to show up in search results.”
Pinterest says, “use keywords in your descriptions, but don’t use hashtag keywords.” (Hashtag keywords, such as #art, #painting, #drawing are excellent to use on Twitter and Instagram, but should not be include in your Pin descriptions ).
Link to your website–Rich Pins
Make Pins from your website more useful by Making them Rich Pins. Rich Pins can automatically include information like price, availability, materials on your Pins–as long as you have those details on your website images. Rich Pins automatically update, too, like when you change your price on your website, or if you mark an artwork “Sold.”
How Often Do You Pin?
Pinterest recommends that you pin once a day so your followers always see fresh content in your home feed. But don’t just pin your own stuff. Tell a richer story by adding pins from fellow artists and from art blogs such as Artist Marketing Resources. Follow us on Pinterest here.
Stop Talking Non-Stop About Yourself — Pinterest users want pins that educate and entertain them. Engage with your followers and they will be more likely to share your pins with their networks. If you need help with this, or ideas on how to increase your engagement, leave a comment and we will discuss options with you!
Founder David Szendzielarz asked us to publish news about his disruptive fashion design platform FashionReserve.com. It’s a new concept where students and designers can upload and make money from their fashion designs, whilst gaining exposure to industry professionals and peers in an online fashion design community.
David says, “We see the site as a way to bring democracy back into fashion – where people with real talent and creativity gain a platform to showcase their work to fashion houses and industry professionals, without having to jump through the traditional hoops.”
A special package deal from Marie Kazalia, owner of Artist Marketing Resources–I will review your online portfolio and artist website, and chat with you about your art and goals for one full hour via Skype or PopExperts + send you a copy of my Ebook Guide for Artists, all 3 for a special package price of $40.
If you want to take the Skype option, and make payment via PayPal invoice, let me know via an email sent to: MarieKazalia@gmail.com
If you’d like to schedule via PopExperts click here. You will need to do have the Google Chrome web browser to use PopExperts.
Listed below are two calls for art. The first is from Gutfreund Cornett Art on Democracy and is open to all artists as this is an “art as activism” theme. The second call for art is from the Women’s Caucus for Art and is titled “Trending: Contemporary Art Now!” This show is open to self-identified women artists. Let’s change the world through powerful art! Please contact me with any questions at email@example.com and as always, I hope you don’t consider my email notifications “spam”. But we will remove you from our list if you’d prefer not to hear from us.
If you haven’t worked with GCA or WCA before – below is an example of our work. It is the mission of GCA to change the world with art as activism and the mission of WCA to promote women artists who are underrepresented in the art world.
Below are links to the online catalog and gallery for an upcoming show at AIR Gallery, titled “Who’s Afraid of Feminism” from the Women’s Caucus for Art. Enjoy!
Online gallery: http://nationalwca.org/nationalshows/whoseafraid.php#gallery
CALLS FOR ART!
WHAT’S RIGHT, WHAT’S LEFT: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
In the upcoming election year, what does democracy mean in the United States? It’s time for artists to get on their soap boxes – whether it is a conceptual soapbox (Warhol) or direct Statement Art (Jenny Holtzer) and tell us what you think about democracy in America.
What is happening within our borders with the increasing polarization of our political parties and how do our views of democracy affect those outside our borders when we try to spread the American Dream? Have we made progress or are we going backwards? Whether you lean to the right or lean to the left, tell us what you think about the current state of affairs. How does increasing surveillance affect the tenets of democracy? We have both freedom and a lack of privacy in this digital and Patriot’s Act world as drones and wiretaps are commonplace and virtually unquestioned and unopposed; but do we have a voice in any of this Big Brother culture and with voting restriction laws being passed across the country to silence particular demographics of the American public. How does the media portray democracy — truth vs. spin? What is actually news versus entertainment in bombastic, biased editorials? Consider democracy in relation to civil, personal and political rights, economic gain, and the debate over freedom of speech, freedom of choice and freedom to choose to live as you wish. What did our forefathers intend in the Constitution with the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the pursuit of happiness, etc. To whom do these tenets apply in a racially, religious and politically divided country?
GCA is asking artists to share their voices in this art-based conversation about democracy and seeks art that address and interprets these broadly.
TITLE: What’s Right, What’s Left: Democracy in America
VENUE: Phoenix Gallery, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea
548 West 29th Street, Suite 528, New York City
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Must complete submission by Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. in your time zone.
JUROR: Dr. Kathy Battista
Founder and Director of the MA Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media at the Winchester School of Art University of Southampton.
CALL FOR ART: While all media is accepted and there are no size restrictions, we encourage the submission of smaller works, due to the size of the gallery. Works will be chosen for the gallery with additional works chosen for the online gallery and catalog and shown in a looped slide show in the Phoenix Gallery.
DATES OF EXHIBITION: January 6-30, 2016
ARTIST RECEPTION: January 7, 2016
Eligiblity: Open to all artists
Please email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR ART HOSTED BY THE WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART!
TRENDING, Contemporary Art Now!
The Women’s Caucus for Art, hosted by Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory with juror Elizabeth K. Garvey announces a Call for Art: ‘Trending: Contemporary Art Now!’ for January 23 -February 28, 2016.
TRENDING seeks works that are driving the direction of contemporary art. Show us your visually compelling and conceptually exciting work that signal the direction of where art is headed. WCA seeks art in all media that are leading edge and have the potential to go viral. Show us your most interesting work!
This show is non-themed. The juror, Elizabeth K. Garvey, will select the strongest works based on her experience as a Chelsea (NY) gallerist and collector of contemporary art. “Trending…” seeks to promote innovative established artists and nurture promising talent from the next generation of women artists. Share your art with us and the world!
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all self-identified women artists.
DATES OF EXHIBITION: January 23 – February 28, 2016
ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, February 5, 2016 (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
READ MORE AND ENTER HERE (Deadline 9/30/15): http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#show=2305
JUROR: Elizabeth K. Garvey is the co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access. She has been a fine art dealer and advisor in New York City for over 20 years and leverages her professional relationships with galleries, auction houses, private dealers and artists to offer clients a relaxed entry into the often intimidating visage of the New York art world. She is a member of ArtTable, and a founding member of the New York chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers.
ABOUT THE GALLERY: Target Gallery is the contemporary national and international exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery hosts nine exhibitions annually — some juried, some curated — featuring a variety of themes, artists and media. Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. An Alexandria landmark for more than 40 years, it’s the highlight of the Potomac Riverfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.
GALLERY & ON-LINE GALLERY
There are two opportunities to get into this show. The juror will select works that will be exhibited in the Target Gallery and the On-Line Gallery.
The juror will also select additional works that will be shown on the WCA website’s On-Line Gallery ONLY. The On-Line Gallery only works will also be shown on a monitor in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. This allows for more works to be seen beyond the physical limitation of the gallery.
CATALOG: All artwork selected will be included in the exhibition catalog both printed and online. Catalogs will be available for order at the time of the show opening.
NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE
Payment of $35 per entry for current WCA members and $45 for non-members and $20 for full-time students. An entry consists of one to three submissions of images. Credit card payments are made through Paypal only. You do not need a Paypal account to pay through Paypal and may use your credit or debit card instead.
SUBMISSIONS AND MEDIA
Artists may submit up to three works per entry with a total of three separate entries. Multiple views per piece are accepted when uploading 3D images of work.
All media is accepted except giclees of original work. The use of giclees, if part of a larger work/collage or assemblage is acceptable.
ARTWORK SIZE: There are no size restrictions for the artwork.
ABOUT WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART (WCA)
WCA was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA). WCA is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals.
The mission of WCA is to create community through art, education and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national and global art activism and advocating for equity in the arts for all.
To join WCA, visit http://www.nationalwca.org
Questions? Email email@example.com
Northern California TFAP Representative
Ildikó Kalapács is a Hungarian-American visual artist living in Washington state. Her richly layered works, such as her self-portrait, Made In Hungary, reflect her personal explorations of identity through the cultural diversity of her life experiences, and her interest in body language, gender roles, and the human condition.
Her public art project, The Bearing Public Sculpture Project, in Spokane, Washington, is a life-size bronze sculpture depicting a woman carrying a man in a basket balanced on her head. The man in the basket is holding a military rifle. The work is meant to be a thought-provoking metaphor for the strength of the human spirit under the weight of war. The sculpture has the partial funding of a grant from the Puffin Foundation, but more funding is still needed to complete the project.
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Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray 20 x 13 inch stretch canvas Giclee printed –buy on Amazon.com here.
Once the order came in, artist Chris Osborne had this Jimi Hendrix Giclee canvas art print custom printed, stretched and varnished, to ship to the Amazon buyer. She snapped iPhone photos as she packaged the artwork for shipping.
Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray- Limited Edition Poster available here.
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The Red Files’ Open Call 27.08.15 – 12.09.2015
Curated by Ismail Erbil Deadline for applications: Friday 7th August 2015
The Red Files is the fourth and final Open Call exhibition at Schwartz Gallery for 2015. The Open Call format has created exhibition opportunities throughout the year for emerging contemporary artists and tested curatorial concepts within the space. Juxtaposing ideas of colour and order The Red Files investigates psychological versus physical space within concepts of the contemporary. Occupying the abstract yet being rooted in a physical ordering The Red Files invites artists to submit work that responds to ideas of untold stories, latent expressions of the self and inverted systems of classification. The gallery space will be reformed through the use of divisions reenforcing ideas of transition and repetition by concealing and revealing physical and perceptual space.
If you would like to be part of ‘The Red Files’ please continue to the applications guidelines below:
Deadline for applications: Friday 7th August 2015
Selected artists announced on Schwartz Gallery website: Wednesday 12th August 2015
Private view: Thursday 27th August 2015 6 – 8.30 p.m
Exhibition dates: 27/08/15 – 12/09/2015
Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 1 – 6 p.m or by appointment
Application and processing fee: £12 (via paypal) per application of up to two artworks per artist. The fee is non-refundable. Please include your PayPal Payment Reference Number when completing the ‘The Red Files’ application form.
* ‘The Red Files’ is open to artists living and working in London and the U.K only.
* Work across all media will be considered. There is no size restriction.
* Each Applicant can submit up to two pieces of work, saved as JPG files no larger than 1MB per image ( 2 images in total maximum per applicant).
* Each applicant should attach a one page CV when submitting their application (word doc or pdf).
*No late submissions will be accepted.
* The Gallery will not consider artists work with images larger than the 1MB per image limit. These applicants will not be considered.
*All works must have been made since 2014.
*Applicants should be aged 18 and over at the time of applying.
* Number each image to correspond to the work list on the application form.
* Schwartz Gallery reserves the right to not display any artwork that is significantly different from the art that was accepted from the submission.
* Work submitted must be available and remain on display until the end of the exhibition with selected artists signing a consignment form.
* Work will need to be collected at the end of the exhibition (Selected artists will be contacted regarding the delivery and collection dates). The gallery can arrange for work to be posted back to the artists as long as all costs and packaging have been covered by the artists.
* Artists are advised to insure their own works. The gallery will not be responsible for theft, loss or damage to their work.
* Once artists have delivered work, the hanging of the show will be the responsibility of the gallery/curator.
Exhibited works may be photographed for promotional purposes.
The gallery reserves the right to extend the application deadline and re-schedule the exhibition dates.
Please e-mail your completed application form and all required support materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and ‘The Red Files’ in the subject title. Please address your message to Ismail Erbil.