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The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist, Enhanced Edition, 2nd Edition

  • Margaret Lazzari Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California
  • ISBN-10: 0495910260  |  ISBN-13: 9780495910268
  • 352 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1996
  • © 2011 | Published
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Primarily designed to help visual art students make the transition from art school to their own practice, THE PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE EMERGING ARTIST is also an excellent resource for practicing artists. This ENHANCED SECOND EDITION continues to focus on all aspects of the emerging artist's career-studio practice, including developing ties in the art world, documenting work, making digital images, exhibiting art, writing about art, taking on curatorial responsibilities, addressing financial and legal concerns, and attending graduate school, with added emphasis on art in the digital age. The text demonstrates how students can make things happen for their careers, in addition to helping them find and approach already-existing outlets for their work.

Features and Benefits

  • The text addresses varied needs of artists, including those in the gallery/museum system and outside that system, those working with traditional media or in new genres, and those making controversial or experimental work.
  • Established art world systems are discussed with respect to the conventions and practices, and how and where emerging artists fit in.
  • Resources include addresses for journals, magazines, agencies and organizations that provide listings of art-related jobs, sample documents (such as an artist-dealer contract) and instructions on researching sources of financial support for making artwork.
  • The text helps artists find places to show their work by laying out options including artist-initiated shows, online galleries, and established art venues.
  • Online resources for artists, including arts organizations, granting agencies, and state art agencies, have been included.

Table of Contents

1. The Artwork Is Most Important.
2. Making Connections.
3. Taking Control of Showing Your Work.
4. Your Show.
5. Documenting Your Work.
6. Presenting Your Work to Art Professionals and Clients.
7. Researching Galleries, Museums, and Other Art Venues.
8. Artist/Gallery Relations.
9. Writing for Art Publications.
10. Curating.
11. Creating a New Art Space.
12. Jobs.
13. Grants.
14. Other Financial Support.
15. The Business End.
16. The Master of Fine Arts Degree.
17. Other Educational Opportunities.

What's New

  • Updated information on documenting work reflects the new ways technological advances have given artists to create a digital portfolio, in addition to effective filing systems with easy cross-referencing between hardcopy and digital documentation.
  • An updated section on creating a personal Web sites as well as standards for presenting video and multi-media work.
  • Emphasis on art in the digital age including online sources for art organizations.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Margaret Lazzari

Margaret Lazzari is an art critic and writer whose books include Art and Design Fundamentals and The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist. An active artist, Margaret's drawings and paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States.