The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
You will at various times in your career have opportunities to sell your art directly to collectors or other interested parties– either privately from their studios or publicly at open studios, art walks, art fairs and the like.
Make sure everyone who visits your studio, booth or space feels welcome and comfortable around your art. Be available to answer their questions; give them a feel for how you work and what life in the studio is like. Have your bio, exhibition history, statement and other relevant printed materials available on hand for anyone to read or take with them.
Set aside a portion of your studio or space to show finished work– clean and clear of clutter. The more closely you can approximate an actual gallery setting, the better. People have an easier time appreciating and understanding the impact of finished works when they can focus on them without outside interference. At the very least, have a place where a potential buyer can “be alone” with the art they’re interested in. A painting hanging on a newly painted wall, nicely lit and isolated from other art is far more compelling than that same painting sitting on the floor of your studio or propped on a table surrounded by tons of other paintings.
Anyone who spends money on anything from eggs to art, from you and me to multinational corporations, will be looking for value in what they spend it on. Speculation is out, buying on margin is out, impulse buying is out– the only thing that’s in is what it’s worth now and to what degree of certainty it will continue to be worth at least that amount in the future. What kinds of value will buyers be looking for? Excellence, quality, productivity, dedication, commitment, reputation, pride in workmanship, these sorts of things– the values that made America great– standards that have sadly been lost in the shuffle of our greed-is-good, hard-work-is-for-losers, every-man-for-himself, party-party-party attitude towards life.
As part of my creative endeavor I just finished writing my one-act play. I must say I am very proud of myself as this is my first attempt in being a playwright. Once I put this together my next goal is to find a place to cast and bring to the public this endeavor. Who knows this maybe what I am called to do. Art has no boundaries the more we expand the more we find in the creative field. The object is to create.
Art has changed in resent years from being very contemporary to anything goes. Everything can be made into art even that old computer you have sitting in your closet. When taken apart the parts can be a most interesting abstract piece of art. There have not been many artist who have use objects as art for many years now.
The new generation of artist which I’m apart of not only use objects but use daring colors like bright reds and oranges. We paint outside the lines and use dark blues, we don’t just paint on canvas but we use tree bark, wood, old furniture and anything else we can express ourselves on. We use things people have thrown away and make sculptures out of them.
I am not talking about the taggers who deface private property but real artist who understand the beauty of art and the expression of the artist. These are the new faces of art.
Today I focused my attention on the movement of the clouds in the sky and the different shapes they made from time to time. Each time they moved they created another shape or design. As artist we should be like the clouds in the sky. With each movement of the brush, pencil or whatever medium we are using we should be creating a new shape a new story with our art. Each time someone looks at my art I want them to have a story in their minds from it. I want the viewer to create their own story from my art making themselves apart of the art emotionally. To me this is the foundation of great art when the viewer can become involved emotionally with the art piece. Art should be like music, each stroke should be a new note of feelings from the artist.