New Book: ART-WRITE, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists

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ART-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists, written by Vicki Krohn Amorose, helps guide artists through the process as they write their artist statements, exhibition announcements, press releases, cover letters, blog posts, biographies, social media posts, and much more. Author Vicki Krohn Amorose has a writing background that includes professional positions as Educational Media Writer, Advertising Copywriter, Art Instructor, and Art Gallery Manager.

I read a print copy of her book, which is also available for Amazon Kindle readers and other readers, and found it an excellent resource guide for artists, and much needed! I glided through the chapters, thanks to the no-nonsense writing style of the author. I will return to the book again and again for the writing exercises and prompts.

Author Vicki Krohn Amorose (VKA) agreed to answer questions about her book for the artists who read the Artist Marketing Resources (AMR) blog—

AMR: Vicki, let me share an excerpt from an artist statement sent to me recently —“My work explores the fragility of the human form to delineate cartography of imagined histories and understand the body as a cynosure.”  The word cynosure is used frequently in contemporary art writing. Should artists use a word because others use it? Besides those *at the moment* words, I sometimes read exhibition announcements written in a style copied and re-copied from decades past. How can artists avoid extremes–the miming of the latest or staying stuck in the past? What is “Art Speak” and how does ART-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists help artists to write about their work honestly and in “plain language.”

VKA: I am wholeheartedly opposed to artists using “Art Speak” in their written communications, and the word “cynosure” falls into that category. Art Speak is the vernacular of elite Art-Worldlings, often invented and repeated to impress each other. When writing about your own art, the question shouldn’t be, “Do I sound erudite?” Rather, it should be, “Does my writing help the viewer to see, and does it encourage them to look again?” Art Speak tends to have the opposite effect on the reader/viewer; people furrow their brows and walk away.

I think artists continue to echo phrases because it’s difficult to find comprehensive, current instruction on this subject. I wrote my book to help fill that deficit, and my “no-nonsense” writing style was very deliberate. We can write about the complex subject of individual art in clear, straightforward language.

AMR: The writing exercises in ART-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists helped me think of new ways to write about my work. Please explain the purpose of the writing exercise for artists who say “I don’t explain my work” or “I can’t explain my work.”

VKA: It’s so common to hear artists resist in this way, and I believe this comes from confusion about what is required of them. An artist statement is not a full translation of a visual concept into a written document! Of course you can’t do that, it’s a ridiculous idea. The exercises are designed to bring about the thinking required to connect with an audience. Thinking about your own work can spin off in a thousand directions, so the prompts are a way to reign-in the confusion and develop truthful sentences.

AMR: When and how should artists “name drop” in their writings?

VKA:  Referencing another artist is tricky, because you always want to direct the viewer’s attention to the work in front of them –your work. If you want to mention an artistic influence, make sure you describe how you were specifically inspired. Don’t just “name drop” to fluff your credibility.

AMR: Do you prescribe a structure for writing an artist statement?

VKA: Yes, structure in writing helps to hold the reader’s attention, and I give examples of 3 different structures. These are not complicated. One structure is storytelling. Both art and storytelling are deeply rooted in the human psyche. People find connection through stories.

AMR:  And how do artists know when to put personal details into their statement or instead put those personal details into their bio?

VKA: Again, we come back to what is directly in front of the audience. The artist statement says: “People, meet my art.”  The artist Bio says: “People, meet the artist.” Unless the work in front of the audience is biographical or humorous, keep those details out of your statement and put them in your Bio.

AMR: Can artists buy a book directly from you?

VKA: Yes, and I welcome comments at http://www.artwritebook.com. Thank you for your interest in my book, Marie. I sincerely want the information to reach the visual artists who need it.

Seep, painting by Vicki K. Amorose

Seep, painting by Vicki K. Amorose

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ArtSlant 2013 Showcase Series: Enter by May 11th

This past weekend, I entered the next installment of the ARTslant Prize – 2013 Showcase Series that has over $20,000 in cash and exhibition prizes. Why not–I only paid the $2. entry fee.I’ve known about the ArtSlant competition series for years, and I know some artists who have come close to winning one of these competitions. Today, you will also find a blog post here on Artist Marketing Resources featuring the recent ArtSlant 1st Place winning artist Kevin L. O’Brien aka kLoB.

1st Prize Winners from the first 7 rounds of the ArtSlant competition will receive a month-long exhibition in a storefront gallery in Chicago’s Loop on the corner of State St. and Adams St. thanks to Pop-Up Art Loop! The Top 3 overall winners exhibit at Aqua Art Miami. NEW this year: Juried Select Winners will all receive a free one-year subscription to the ArtSlant SalesRoom.The are cash prizes of 1-3 thousand dollars + $15,000 in Exhibition Stipends and $5000 in Purchase Awards

How do you enter?

  1. Go to your ArtSlant artist profile. Dont’ have one yet? See how to open yours (here).
  2. Find the Manage My Profile box on the right side of your page. Click on enter Showcase in the box. The entry form opens.
  3. Complete the Showcase entry forms as indicated.
  4. There is an entry fee of $2 for each Round. You must have a Paypal account or a major Credit Card.
  5. Showcase Winners in each round can select the $20 premium placement to enter into the Juried Round. The winner of the Juried Round will have his or her work shown in a storefront in Chicago’s famous downtown Loop. Year’s end winner gets to show their work at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel Miami in December.

If you have not opened your ArtSlant Profile yet, please see our FAQ’s for assistance. Or sign in to ArtSlant and click on ADD on our menu bar, then Add Your Profile.

 

For more information on the ArtSlant Prize Showcase Series and to learn how to enter, please visit our FAQ here. 

Two Art Contests–

Yicca Contest 2013 has started!

A.p.s Moho Association has announced the official opening of the Yicca 2013 contest.

12 (twelve) artists will participate in the final exhibition.

From the final 12 artists participating in the exhibition will be announced first and second ranked who will win a prize of 3000 (three thousand/00) and 1000 (one thousand/00) euro.

The works of selected artist will be published on “YICCA 2013” catalogue which will be distributed free of charge to the finalist and will be available for professionals and institutions invited during the inauguration of the event.

The finalists of the competition will have the possibility to stay in city of the exhibition for free during the opening day, as well.

The contest is open to all artists or groups of artists and professionals from any country of the world.

All information about the terms and conditions of registration can be found on the official website www.yicca.org and Subscribe to YICCA 2013 contest!

&

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We want you to be the #NextBucketFeetArtist!

BucketFeet’s mission is to find a new artist to design each pair of shoes.  Thus, we are proud to launch our first ever Be The #NextBucketFeetArtist Contest.  Anyone with an artistic spirit and a passion to create can enter.  The top 10 will be featured on our website for the world to see.

The first prize winner will receive a BucketFeet artist contract, a trip for 2 to Chicago (including 2 VIP tickets to Lollapalooza), free shoes and $1000 in cold hard cash. 

Head over to www.bucketfeet.com/NextBucketFeetArtist now to learn more and submit your designs by May 3, 2013.

Our next new artist could be you!

The BucketFeet Team

Free Entry Friday Dec 21st ONLY for the It’s Liquid International Art Contest

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ENTER the Contest and SUBMIT your artworks FOR FREE, only for Friday, December 21, 2012!

To to take part in the contest FOR FREE, send all the needed material(in a zip/rar folder containing the filled submission form, a short biography, videography for video artists, CV and your artworks according to the terms in the art. 2 of contest’s rules) by 12:00 p.m. of Friday, December 21, 2012, by wetransfer.com or by e-mail, to info@itsliquid.com or to itsliquidcontest.submission@gmail.com (more info at http://www.itsliquid.com/contest/submit-now).

It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with International ArtExpo, offers to artists, architects and designers from all over the world the possibility to participate with their works to It’s LIQUID International Contest – Second Edition 2012, with a free theme and divided into ten categories:

– painting

– sculpture and installation

– photography

– video-art

– computer graphics

– architecture

– performing art

– product design

– fashion design

– illustration

Official website: www.itsliquid.com/contest 

It’s LIQUID Group

info@itsliquid.com

www.itsliquid.com 

Submit Your Art to Lost At E Minor

I’ve read Lost At E Minor for a couple of years now. Zolton has a knack, and the good taste, to present the most interesting art stuff around.

You can SUBMIT YOUR WORK for a feature!

If you want to submit your artwork, photography, music, website or anything else creative that you do, in the hope that you’ll be featured on Lost At E Minor, please send three images via the form on their website here. Jpegs should be:

* 480pixels wide at 72dpi (height doesn’t matter)
* Less than 70kb each image, or you owe them a soda.

WRITE ABOUT SOMEONE WHOSE WORK INSPIRES YOU
If you’re more interested in writing about someone else whose work you like, then you can post about them under your name on Lost At E Minor via their contribute a post section.

(Any readers of this blog, Artist Marketing Resources, who would like to take this option please let me know–I may be interested in writing an article about your art. Marie Kazalia email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com)

POST ABOUT YOURSELF!
Or now, if you’re an artist, photographer, musician, and you’re not fussed about having one of the Lost At E Minor writers cover you, you can post about yourself on Lost At E Minor and introduce your work to their readers. Hooray! Check out their new(ish) contribute a post section and knock yourself out. Not literally of course!

CLOTHES, CDS  AND PRODUCTS FOR REVIEW
Yes, Zolton love samples, except for Burmese aphrodisiacs and running shoes made of wood. So please, for the love of all that’s good in the world, stop sending those. But send everything else to:

USA
Zolton Zavos
Lost At E Minor
C/O – Link CoWorking
2700 West Anderson Lane (Suite 205)
Austin, TX, 78757
USA

or

Australia
Zac Zavos
Conversant Media
Level 1, 16A Bolton St
Newcastle 2300 NSW
Australia

Sustainable Arts Foundation Accepting Applications from Artists and Writers

Artist Mary Liz Tippin-Moody (https://sites.google.com/site/marylizmoodyart/ ) shared this news with me, and I am passing it on to my blog readers.  The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization providing support to artists and writers with families—http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/   Visit their site to complete applications for 2011 awards.

My Yahoo! National Poetry Month article on artist/poet Mina Loy

In the US, April is national poetry month. Yahoo! gave the assignment to write on a poet, which I accepted as one way to take part this year.

Mina Loy was the most original woman of her generation. The was a painter, sculptor, clothing and hat designer, model, actress, novelist, and poet.

The title of my article and link to the full article:
National Poetry Month: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Mina Loy–All the Rage Now

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7952461/national_poetry_month_an_appreciation.html