Public Art: Red Bull Skateable Artwork and More/ Calls for Artists

4Culture, Seattle / Red Bull Skateable Artwork / Call for Artists

Deadline June 3, 2013
Submission fee  Free
For more information visit:


Red Bull, in cooperation with the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation is looking for an artist to work in collaboration with a world‐class team of experts to design public artwork that is skateable. This is not a skate park – it is first and foremost a work of art. But this is art that invites interaction and participation.

Red Bull is investing in the Seattle community by creating a truly unique public art experience that explores the creative nexus of public space, athletic skill and individual imagination. Red Bull and the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation have selected a site for the Red Bull SkateSpace in Myrtle Edwards Park, just north of the Olympic Sculpture Park on an elevated knoll with spectacular views to Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountain range. Red Bull SkateSpace will blend art and skateboarding to create unique terrain where the innovation of skateboarders can truly flourish.

Eligibility: Open to professional artists living in WA, OR and BC
Budget: $76,000

Artist Trust / Arts Innovator Awards / Call for Artists

June 10, 2013


The Arts Innovator Award is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State generative artists of all disciplines who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. This award is funded by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.


Philadelphia, PA + Art Along the Avenue of Technology: Public Art Residency

Breadboard is launching a dynamic public art residency program to explore the intersection of Art and Technology. Art Along the Avenue of Technology will engage a diverse range of community groups in the Greater Philadelphia region around an innovative artist residency program that will explore contemporary themes of public space, place-making and technology in an urban environment.
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Date: Deadline to apply: June 21, 2013 (4:30pm)

Seek Art

English: seek truth from facts

English: seek truth from facts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seek Art, a Beta site for what I refer to as high-end art, produced the RAZE site-specific exhibition in Beijing featuring a range of media, including sculpture, installations, sound, and street actions with QR-Codes appearing as part of the exhibition pointing to a media based project online.

For RAZE, the artist Zhang Ding served placebo ecstasy-shaped cakes to the viewing audience during his performance, inviting them to consume and altering their states of mind or experience through participation. The artist then took portraits of viewers.

Seek Art then produced a limited edition DVD of the RAZE exhibition, available in their /Lab.

The Seek Art shop offers limited-edition art objects created by  artists and produced by their /lab.

The network of international artists range in medium and practice.  Michele Thursz, Founder and Artistic Director, is an independent cultural producer and consultant based in New York City. From 1999-2009, Thursz co-founded and directed Moving Image Gallery [MIG], NYC, one of the first galleries to show contemporary artists using electronic and computer-based mediums. You will find her contact information on the Seek Art site.

FUTURGARDE: International Call for Artists!


FUTURGARDE AWARD is a newly created prize for support and promotion of most interesting and promising living artists from all around the world. 
Deadline: May 30th 2013
Application fee: US $20

FUTURGARDE AWARD is looking for innovative and exceptional works of art showing unique creative practices, ideas and personalities.

FUTURGARDE is looking for art which can influence and change viewer’s way of thinking and perception.

There are no restrictions of media, style, age or location. All styles are eligible.

* An international group of 20 creative professionals (art critics, curators, collectors and established artists) will evaluate the proposals considering their conceptual and visual quality and artistic maturity


– US$ 60,000 for grant awards to split proportionally between 3 winners. That means US$ 30,000 for first place, 20,000 for second and 10,000 for third.
– Acquisition of selected works by winning artists and possibly two other not awarded artists, who submitted their applications
– Solo exhibitions for each winner in New York, London and Berlin in one of our collaborating art spaces in 2014

EXTENDED DEADLINES! Registration – May 30th 2013, Work Submission – June 15th 2013

APPLICATION: please visit:

Why Art Published by PoetsandArtists Ends Up In So Many Art Collections

Rory Coyne painting feature on Poets and Artists

Rory Coyne painting featured on Poets and Artists

I asked Didi Menendez –What brings art collectors to your site? Why have so many purchases been made of artworks published in Poets and Artists? How do you account for this since you are not an online art sales site?

Didi replied–“I attribute the success of the publication to quality versus quantity. I only publish artwork based on my aesthetics and not the mass media. I do not accept advertisers or any other monies because I do not want anyone to dictate what I publish. To me publishing is also an art form. It is a creative outlet for me. I make sure to get the publications in the right hands. I also recently started publishing iARTistas which has a different feel to it.”

iArtistas is an iPAD/digital/print publication.  You will find the submission guidelines by clicking on *Submit* in the top menu on both the PoetsandArtists and the iArtistas sites.

Most of the paintings published by PoetsandArtists are figure studies and portraits– also themes of the Howard Tullman Collection. Take a walk-through with the collector in this YouTube video.

Tour of the Loft–The Howard Tullman Collection

LandEscape International Call for Artists

LandEscape is launching the second edition of “LandEscape Now!”, an international contemporary art competition which introduces 12 works of art by twelve international artists working in various fine arts disciplines.

LandEscape aims at presenting innovative and cutting-edge artworks in contemporary scenario and seeks to support contemporary creation worldwide through the advertising of works of art which focus more particularly on the theme of landscape in all the accepted meanings of the word and the recognition of the fundamental role which the landscapes of any kind have in the composition of an artwork. This will be a recurring theme, but not the only one, since LandEscape is open to a large variety of submissions including, but not limited to:

– Photography
– Painting
– Video art
– Interactive art installations
– Audio / Sound
– sculpture
– body art
– street art
– spoken word

The contest is open to all artists or groups of artists and professionals who are at least 18 years old, from any country: selected works will be published in the next issue of our art review LandEscape

Submission guidelines

Prospective participants must submit an artist’s statement (max 700 words) describing their works and short biographical notes (CV)
The statement may include any additional attachments (video, photos) for a thorough evaluation.
Submissions should be written in English.
The abstract must be submitted as PDF (or RTF / DOCX document) to

LandEscape submission does not require entry fee, but selected works will be asked for asymbolic 10€ contribution which includes publication on the next issue of LandEscape Art Review with a personal interview

Deadline: Sat Apr 27th, 2013

Artists List Free at ArtDiscover

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 7.23.03 AMThe ArtDiscover Team sent me an email asking if I would share ArtDiscover with my blog readers. I had not been to ArtDiscover before. It’s an interesting site and worth signing up. On the ArtDiscover home page, at upper right, you will see *List Your Space FREE*, when you click that you will see, in red–

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Click that, and complete the form.

2 Calls for Artist Submissions

Call For Art – Cell Mates

The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University seeks submissions for “Cell Mates,” two distinct group shows that will be on view side by side in adjacent galleries. Curators Jeanne Brasile and Lisbeth Murray will divide the 2,000 sq. ft. gallery in half, creating two separate exhibitions of artwork inspired by cellular forms. The curators seek art that addresses a wide range of topics related to cellular forms to create a discursive exploration into microorganisms and concerns derived from their study.

The goal of the curators is to demonstrate modes of creation inspired by science, in addition to examining how curators using the same narrative framework can come to very different thematic and aesthetic conclusions. While aesthetics are a concern, the curators are particularly interested in how artists incorporate scientific methods into their practice, how artists obscure or pronounce the delineation between artistic and scientific practices, and/or how artists visualize scientific data to create works of art, placing the artist in the role of quasi-scientist. All types of media are eligible.

Exhibition dates are June 2 – July 18, 2013.
$15/5 entries.
Deadline: Wednesday May 1, 2013 (receipt date)




Boston Printmakers
2013 North American Print Biennial
Juror: Dennis Michael Jon, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The exhibition will take place at the 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

Applications link at

June 25, 2013 Final online application submission date

July 27, 2013 Notifications e-mailed

Saturday, August 10, 2013 Accepted work may be shipped to BU
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Accepted work due if shipped to BU
Saturday, September 7, 2013 Accepted work due if hand delivered

Sunday, October 27, 2013 Opening Reception and events

Friday, December 20, 2013 Exhibition closes

Over $10,000 is available in juror-designated purchase prizes and materials awards. In addition, this show generates a large number of sales through Patron purchases. The Boston Printmakers’ Purchase Prizes go into permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA and the Boston Public Library Print Collection.

All artists in North America are eligible to enter.  Original, innovative works in all printmaking media including monoprints and monotypes, books and mixed media prints; large-scale prints, digital prints, three-dimensional prints, and print installations are eligible. We will not consider photographs, offset reproductions, or reproductions of artwork originally produced in another medium.

Entry Procedure
Entries will require digital images submitted online via CaFE system. Artists may submit up to three digital images of original prints completed within the past two years.

To enter, log on to For first time users of CaFE, click on “Register here” and follow the directions for creating a login name and password. To learn more about uploading your images before you apply, click “Media Prep” for a detailed explanation and complete instructions on requirements for the preparation of images. Once registered, click on “Apply to Calls” and select the listing, Boston Printmakers: 2013 North American Print Biennial for information and the application. Click on “My Portfolio” to upload the images for submission. For further help, click on “CaFE Help”. If your question is not answered, contact The Boston Printmakers at with your name and telephone number. Once registered, artists can store images with CaFE and submit to other calls. Accepted artists will be invited to send their chosen work. The juror may decline any print that is not accurately represented by its image. Online digital submissions are to the advantage of all applicants, as the juror will be able to enlarge work to see detail and technique. If you do not have digital images of your work, simply take your slides to your photo center. Ask provider to produce a CD with JPEG images with the longest dimension set at 1920 pixels. (see “Image and Media Prep” under “CaFE Help” at The process is not expensive and can usually be completed while you wait.

To Apply
Go to
Retain for your files:
• Due dates
• Images and titles of work submitted
• Copy of your entry form

Entry Fee
$30 USD Members of The Boston Printmakers with coupon code that is sent after receipt of 2013 dues
$40 USD Non-Members
The fee is non-refundable and entitles the artist to submit up to 3 works. You will be directed through the payment process by the online program and may pay by credit card online or by check or money order payable to the Boston Printmakers and mailed to: The Boston Printmakers at the Art Institute of Boston-Lesley University, Attn: Biennial, 700 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

A 35% commission will be charged on all sales and Patrons’ selections. No commissions will be taken on purchase prizes. Artists must assume the expense and responsibility of supplying to purchasers any additional prints which may be sold. The Boston Printmakers is a non-profit organization that uses proceeds from commissions for exhibition expenses.

Every precaution will be taken in handling entries. The 808 Gallery at Boston University will assume responsibility for those works chosen for exhibition while on view. The Boston Printmakers assumes no responsibility in case of loss or damage to submitted or accepted works.

A catalogue will be sent to all accepted artists. Our catalogue illustrates the entire exhibition and includes a statement by the juror.


Work accepted for final jurying must be sent prepaid with Plexi (please use a fresh pane of Plexi with protective covering removed), hinged window mat, and foamcore backing board, all cut to the same size and slipped into a clear plastic bag. Within this package, your print must be securely mounted to the mat or backing board. The window mat must be 3-4 inches wide, and must be white or off-white. Please note that where appropriate due to size or aesthetics, these directions may be amended, i.e. in pieces that cannot be matted. In that case, special hanging instructions must be included (please be explicit). With your acceptance you will receive standard labeling forms to be attached to the upper right corner of the foamcore backing board.

Work must be shipped in a reusable cardboard container and packing should conform to postal regulations. Prints will be returned to the return address on the box. Accepted artists are responsible for return shipping. The Boston Printmakers endeavors to keep artists’ costs as low as possible and charges fees only as necessary to cover exhibition expenses. If you are accepted into the show, you will be asked to send a check to cover the return shipping. If your work sells, we will return this to you with your payment.

Sending an entry to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions set forth in this prospectus. The Boston Printmakers reserves the right to reproduce work in the exhibit for our catalogue, promotional or educational purposes, and to show accepted work for the 2013 North American Print Biennial on our web site.

For Further Information

This prospectus may be downloaded at and reproduced as needed.


3 International Calls For Art w/January Deadlines

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How are your Italian and German language reading skills for completing some of these submissions? If you need help try Google Translate.


The focus of this edition is on exploring the effectiveness of synergy in contemporary art. Every work of art consists of the *articulation* between varied experiences whose contribution persists in their existence even when the work is finished. But how apparently different techniques are capable of working together in order to create a harmonious artistic composition?

Deadline January 25, 2013   For more information click here.


YICCA Young International Contest of Contemporary Art–register on the site

Deadline: January 31st, 2013


Open Call NORDART 2013

Two New Calls for Artist Submissions To Start Off the New Year


NYLO Hotels announced a competition for artists and photographers to produce original artwork for the new NYLO New York City (scheduled to début in 2013).

The design of NYLO New York City will incorporate a contemporary take on the Roaring 20s, prohibition, jazz, and bohemian lifestyle.

Winners will earn a cash prize of up to $2,500, along with great exposure for their work.

For information on guidelines, rules, and how to enter, please visit:
Direct questions and entries (digital copies) to Deadline is January 4.


Call for Artists Submissions 

Next-Picasso.Com is looking for submissions from emerging and established painters, printmakers, and photographers.

Who We Are: Next-Picasso.Com is a curated site dedicated to presenting quality affordable art to collectors, that will be launching in February.  This is a new site developed by a curator with 18 years of experience tastefully presenting and selling art on the web, as well as experience in making markets internationally for artist’s work. This is not a one size fits all art merchandising site, we value quality, passion, and ideas in a work of art — we’re decidedly not all things to all people.

If your work is considered a good fit, we’ll present it in a sophisticated manner; we’ll be passionate advocates for it. We believe collectors want an engaging online experience that informs about the aesthetics, the ideas, and the process underlying the art, not to just click and buy something that really “ties the room together.”

Our Approach: Affordable Art has become a buzzword in recent years for good reason. The current economic climate has made the traditional gallery model increasingly passé — an inefficient, ineffective “old media” platform for delivering art to collectors. Next-Picasso.Com takes the collector behind the gallery walls and into the world of the artist. Think of it as a virtual open studios tour, with an experienced curator, or a moderated Online Salon connecting collectors with exceptional affordable art direct from the artist’s studio.

What we need from you: A minimum of three digital images of paintings, prints, or photographs, (flat art) that you are willing to digitally, rather than physically, consign to the gallery site for an agreed upon period of time. They need to be works priced to sell at or below certain Affordable Art Price Points: $500 and under, $1000 and under, $1,500 and under, $2,000 and under, and $3,000 and under.

If selected we’ll also need a bio, an artist’s statement, a headshot, and an image of you at work in the studio.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Current Disaster Recovery Information and Emergency Grants for Artists

New York Foundation for the Arts Source is the United States most extensive database of opportunities and resources for individual artists and arts professionals working in all disciplines including dance, folk and traditional arts, film and video, performance, visual, music, creative writing and translation, and theater. Featuring over 10,000 listings of residencies, grants, competitions, workspaces, business and legal resources and other pertinent information (with more being added everyday), Source is a powerful tool for any artist. Additionally, Source features important listings of emergency grants, disaster recovery resources and other information that addresses the needs of artists outside of their practice.

Guest Blog Post: Online artworks and the stories behind them, by Lindsey Davis

“Online artworks and the stories behind them” by Lindsey Davis

Last month a new art gallery popped up online, seemingly just one among the masses. Artsia represents works by more than 500 artists from around the world, and each one has been individually vetted and evaluated by a team of international curators, resulting in thousands of professionally created works that you can scroll through endlessly online. We’re hoping this level of curation will set us apart, and our blog component lets you get to know the artists and the stories behind the artworks. Below you’ll find a snapshot of the kinds of works we showcase, and the wonderfully talented artists who brought them to life: Aixa Oliveras’ In the Dreaming is an oil on linen work that could be mistaken for a photograph: a simple scene of a girl laying on her bed facing the wall, her hand outstretched into strips of light filtered in through the window shades.
Aixa commented on the piece for us, saying, “In regards to that painting, it’s one of the first pieces that I consider to be part of my personal work, since before then I was taking figure drawing and painting classes with two artists who had a local art studio in Old San Juan – Luis Borrero and Amber Lia-Kloppel. I took classes with them under a scholarship program that they were offering at the time. It’s also a special piece to me because it’s one of the first paintings where I felt that I was able to paint skin tones successfully. “Neil Hamelin’s acrylic work “Floating Proud” was made this year, featuring a thick strong tugboat across the water, looking double the size because of it’s reflection in the water. Neil wrote that this old tugboat was brought to the shores of Penticton, BC in Canada to undergo restoration. He continued, “I was drawn to this image due to the sense of pride this old tug seems to portray. It is tied up out in the water, windows smashed, paint flaking, but still remains perfectly afloat, with a sense of capability and eagerness to return to work upon the open waters.”
See more works and the stories behind them at
I’m Lindsey Davis, an arts blogger in New York, also working as editor for Artsia.

Submit to World Art

This interesting new site allows you to submit your artist exhibition news as well as your portfolio.
Gopan, of World Art, wrote:

If you like “World Art” then be a part of it. Here’s what you need to do:


The following details required.
1. Bio-Data / CV
2. Artist Statement
3. Photograph of  Artist
4. Four works of art images (1200px width, 72dpi), Details

Submission eMail:

Submission cost is Free


World Art on Facebook:
World Art LinkedIN group:

Art Butler + Try Selling You Art in Subscriptions?! +

Limited edition three-dimensional album cover

Limited edition three-dimensional album cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Need to get better organized to increase your sales? Art Butler is a software to organize your art. Art Butler turns ten years old this month and offers 50% off their regular prices as part of their anniversary celebration.

Need an innovative idea to make regular quarterly sales of your art? Try setting up a subscription service on your website, in a way that is similar to a quarterly magazine subscription, except buyers subscribe to receive one of your limited edition artworks quarterly.  Spaces, an alternative exhibition space in Cleveland Ohio, has sent up such a subscription service. Review their  Quarter Art program as an example for you to follow and adapt to your needs. At Space an annual subscription is $500. A half-year subscription is $300. That is only $125 – $150 per limited edition art object by some of the artists they represent, including: Aaron KoehnSarah KabotLorri Ott and Michael Loderstedt. At Spaces an annual subscription is $500. A half-year subscription is $300. That is only $125 – $150 per limited edition art object. Subscribers quarterly art objects may be two-dimensional, three-dimensional or digital. Subscribers do not receive an image of the specific object in advance. The surprise is part of the fun for subscribers.

Signed up for to discover art from over 250 of the world’s leading galleries and museums.

Google Art Project and Wikipediart

Google Art Project

Google Art Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love to research artists on Pinterest and online, but what I find is limited to what others have uploaded which can be frustrating when looking for quality examples by specific artists. Other artists have mentioned the limitations of finding art images online. Few seem to know about a couple of comprehensive resources for finding and viewing art online–Google Art Project and Wikipediart.

Google Art Project 

What is the Google Art Project?

The Google Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by their museum partners, users can explore a range of artworks at brush stroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share.

Few people will ever be lucky enough to be able to visit every museum or see every work of art they’re interested in, but now many more can enjoy over 30,000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings and explore over 150 collections from 40 countries, all in one place. We’re lucky that Google has the technology to make this kind of project a reality.

In addition to the incredible artwork from collections around the world, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artefacts, photographs and important manuscripts, there is a wealth of additional material such as expertly narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, and detailed information to provide an invaluable range of content for visitors.

Simply select a museum from the homepage and then either choose ‘Explore the museum’ or ‘View Artwork’. Once you are in the main site use the drop-down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums. You can also create and share your own collections online.

Wikipediart is a collection of art blogs for your to explore and review. Artists can easily create their own free simple blog to share their artwork and artist news on the Wikipediart site. Navigating Wikipedia art is similar StumbleUpon–you click a button at upper left to view the next blog. There is also a Wikipedia Art Shop that opened on May 6, 2012. One artist set up an Ebay + Wikipedia Art Shop and sent me the link.  Very few artists are aware of this new free resource to promote their art. In fact, it seems a bit dead there. But you can be one of the first to start livening things up by adding your art in a blog or as part of the art shop.

ArtWeb: New Curated Site Accepting Artist Members

Art, Plasitic art

Image via Wikipedia

I have been involved in the development of ArtWeb dot net for about two years now and am now part of the new Beta testing team. I have also been asked to write articles on individual member artists.

How is ArtWeb different?

Here are some of the ArtWeb Core Principles:

Quality over quantity – the philosophy is to never compromise or dilute the quality of work on the site–curating and artist selection is the key factor to the success of the site.

Attract the ‘new’ art buyers – there are a large number of potential art buyers who are not engaging with the art industry, as they see traditional galleries as inaccessible, unwelcoming, stuffy and over-priced. – By ‘daring to be different‘ – Artweb aims to offer a totally unique curated environment where art buyers can browse quality art work at their leisure and buy art directly from the artist.

Low commissions – high commissions are detrimental to both artists and the art market, as they push prices to the point that excludes the majority of potential art buyers. ArtWeb will keep commissions low.

Artweb is member driven. They listen and work hard to deliver the best possible resources to help you to exhibit and sell your work online.

Artweb has invested almost $100,000 and a lot of hard work in the development of this platform, and has a great team committed to creating a unique online resource for artists.

If you are interested in membership, visit:

FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING National Juried Exhibition

Caio Fern ( asked me to post this Call. Caio is a juror for this show.


Best of Show $300
Merit Awards (2) $100
Honorable mentions (3)

Oct. 3 Entry deadline
Oct. 8-9 Notification emailed
Oct. 10-28 Shipped works received
Nov. 5 Awards Ceremony – Reception.
Saturday, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Nov. 30 Exhibition closes

All artists over 18 years of age, residing in the United States are eligible. Work must have been completed within the last five years. Works must be ready to hang. We cannot accept free standing sculpture, installation, or video arts. Absolutely no substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted works must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. “Figuratively Speaking” is not limited to the exploration of the human body.

The Artist Project New York

The Artist Project New York, an exhibition platform for unrepresented artists to present and sell their work in New York City, recently concluded the first edition of the show and are already planning for the 2012 fair.

Why You Should Participate

· Like galleries and museums, The Artist Project New York advertising includes printed and electronic promotional material to reach a targeted group of committed collectors, curators and dealers.

· These marketing tools are used in different marketing campaigns designed to reach the local and international art world.

· We have an interactive website designed to be as inclusive as possible and reach out to the many cultural partners New York has to offer.

· Exhibiting artists are provided with complimentary promotional materials for the audience they have developed or would like to reach.

· Co-located next to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, be part of the city’s largest fine art and design event.

2012 Show Dates: March 22-25

Place: Pier 92, New York City

Types of Work Exhibited

The Artist Project New York only accepts original fine art work for the wall and sculpture, and does not display craft, decorative arts, furniture and functional glass or ceramics. Photomechanical reproductions such as offset lithographs, prints run off a commercial printing press, embellished reproductions or giclée (with the exception of photography or digital media categories) are not permitted.

Exhibitor Package

The exhibition stand includes a gallery like space with 10’ high white hard walls, carpet, exhibition lighting and booth signage to ensure the best possible conditions for exhibiting your art works. For detailed booth packages, pricing and application information, please visit the website at

The online applications for the 2012 edition of The Artist Project are available now.  Application requirements include five digital images of the type of work you would present at the show along with an artist statement and bio or cv.  Additionally, we will review your website as part of the review process.  Please contact Reed McMillan, Director, with any questions you may have.

Reed McMillan | Director

The Artist Project New York |

MMPI | 7 W 34 Street, Suite 1027 | New York, NY  10001

646.778.3237 | M 347.753.3609 |

Artists, are you Press Ready?! Can you *pitch* an idea for an article about your art?

Amazingly, artist often do not expect press contact, even when they have a new exhibit or project underway, and many artists are just not prepared to provide information to members of the press, including blog writers and blog contributors.

When you receive a request for information for a possible article for a publication, online or print (including blogs),  take advantage of such free promotional opportunities! Prepare in advance and avoid an on-the-spot scramble for those long forgotten press releases! Keep a *Press or Media Room* on your website or artist blog that you update regularly by continually adding your press. Maintain your project art news items in chronological order with the most recent articles and press releases first. When replying to a query from a member of the press, at bare minimum, provided your direct link to your Press Room, or copy and paste from your Press Room into an email. Blog writers and other members of the press may find your press room first, see that you are Press Ready, and then contact you. If you don’t have one, start your Press Room today!

Once you are contacted for a possible article on your work reply promptly with a positive and courteous note and include information such as PDF or Doc attachments that contain your Artist Statement, CV, interviews you’ve done, press releases and previous articles— in this first contact–don’t wait to be asked. Even a writer for a blog appreciates this courtesy, and it shows your enthusiasm for their “project” to write an article about you and your art work. Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm!

You may or may not wish to attach jpeg images in your first response, but be sure to mention your images and video clips and offer to send them upon request. I *don’t* recommend sending members of the press links to your YouTube videos or Flickr slide shows unless they ask for them, or unless that is all you have available for press viewing. Please be aware that no one is able to take sample images or download video clips from copyright protected image sites such as YouTube or Flickr. Plus how will they tell you which images they want to use? It’s not likely that anyone will take the time to write-up a list of your Flickr art image titles, email that list to you and expect you to send jpegs of those images. It is better to include 5 or 6 jpeg images as email attachments, than it is to send someone off to Flickr or YouTube for a look. An excellent way to offer a selection of images is via MobileMe iDisk or The Cloud where the press writer is easily able to preview and download selected images for one time use in their article. You the artist are giving permission for one time use by sending the jpeg image files and video clips.

Artists, do you know how to *pitch* an idea for an article about your art? Do you know how to tell others what it is that you do?

If you know someone who writes for a blog or print or online publication, why not pitch an idea to them for an article about you and your art?  Send an email. In it  talk about some of your art projects. Enthusiasm counts here too! Be sure that you mention that you  would like to develop an article idea. This may be more conversational at first or turn into a *brainstorming* session. Don’t become offended if your first ideas don’t fly. The blog writer or other media writer has many considerations that have little to do with you or your art. After some back and forth you may agree to provide press releases, write ups, jpegs and video clips featuring a specific aspect of your work or for a particular one of your projects. Consider this a beginning–an open the door to further articles. Try to see this first contact as the start of an ongoing relationship, rather than expect a one time all-encompassing article to result.

If you are pitching an idea as simple as,* post our holiday art sale*–then be sure to include the full formatted details in your email, easy to copy and paste into a blog or other article.

Don’t allow timidity or fear to prevent you from making a pitch. You will learn quickly with your first efforts, and the media contact will likely help you along the way. Once you begin making pitches, you will  recognize many more promotional opportunities for your art.

Marie Kazalia is the owner of this Artist Marketing Resources blog, and welcomes article ideas from artists and art service providers and professionals, via email:

Marie Kazalia is contributing writer  for the *“Transmedia” blog ( on photo, video, digital and sound art, and is especially interested in Video artists, photo artists, digital artists and sound artist in the geographic region that includes Cleveland and Pittsburgh. 
Feel free to email Marie Kazalia, at :