Art Marketing 101 : A Handbook for the Fine Artist
Art Marketing 101 : A Handbook for the Fine Artist by Constance Smith, Allen Hollingsworth Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours. Paperback - 328 pages 2nd edition (March 1997) Must reading for any one seeking to make a living through their artwork. Art Marketing 101 shares the secrets of suc cessful artists, ways to keep customers coming back, alternative avenues for selling art, photographing artwork, creating an impressive image, building name recognition, sales and publicity tactics, pricing artwork, planning an exhibition, the legal aspects of selling artwork, portfolios every artist needs, contacting galleries, succeeding without an agent, publishing and licensing artwork, preparing a marketing plan, and debunking the myths surrounding the art business.
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You can argue that a lot of visual artists and writers have let Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme diminish their economic success. How? Since its first performance in 1896, the opera has celebrated the idea of the starving artist and the tragic struggles that must be endured for the sake of creating art. Not really. In Art Marketing 101, Constance Smith lights the way to financial success through organization and disciplined marketing. She exposes the myth of the starving artist for what it is: self-pitying romanticism. The author correctly maintains that each artist is the means to his or her own success. She takes the artist through visualization, organization, business basics and beyond to taxes, copyright and producing -to name just a few of her topics. There are also sources and references in each section. This is not a book to be read quickly and set aside. Instead, it should be read as a 'road map' to success. It should be followed, referred to, consulted and used. In short order, the tenants of Puccini's garret can move to a penthouse. Smith achieves her goal of providing a clear guide to working artists. This work is a great service to that community. 5 out of 5 stars
A "must read" for all aspiring commercial & fine artists, August 4, 2000 Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (see more about me) from Oregon, WI USA This handbook for fine artists appears in a newly updated version to provide the basics on how to help art reach the buyers of modern times. Chapters provide a wide range of marketing options, from creating presentations and resumes to alternatives to selling art directly. Art Marketing 101 is an outstanding 'must' for any aspiring to make a living by producing art. 5 out of 5 stars
A guide for every level, every need, July 31, 2000 Reviewer: alexandra vernon (see more about me) from Masachusetts, USA This is an invaluable "how-to" book. From the psychology of selling to legal matters, it covers it all. The amount of information is overwhelming...I went through it with a highlighter checking off the sections that were applicable to my needs, and then read those sections in depth. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, you'll gain a lot from this and will maximize your potential and earning power. Being an artist today requires the kind of knowledge contained in this volume, because the competition is fierce. Perhaps you have more talent than the next guy, but if he has the marketing skills, the world will be looking at his art instead of yours. Get this book and make the most of your artistic gift ! 5 out of 5 stars
"Must have" for ANY artist - new or pro!, November 24, 1999 Reviewer: A reader from Santa Fe, New Mexico I have been a professional artist for many years and this is information that I have heard many times, but it's concise, and easy to read. I am always preaching to art students -- any one for that matter -- to take business and merchandising courses! We may want to be an artist but we need to earn a living at it! This book brings it all home. I find myself reading it over again and again, reinforcing the old info and putting even more of the dreaded business / merchandising ideas into practice. It's a must for ANY artist! Great Introduction for the Beginning Artist!, September 23, 1999 Reviewer: A reader from Atlanta, Ga Constance Smith and Allen Hollingsworth have created a wonderful introductory guide for those of us who are entering the art profession. As an art student, I've noticed that many institutions and universities fail to teach the fundamentals of advertising and marketing one's art. Even though we learn the techniques of painting and drawing, many are left clueless as to begin an art career. This guide gives a thorough overview for the beginning art student in an easy-to-read format as well as related suggestions for further reading throughout each chapter topic. I would definitely recommend investing in this guide for the beginning art student to have an idea of what is to be expected when studying art. When compared to Art & Reality : The New Standard Reference Guide and Business Plan for Actively Developing Your Career As an Artist by Robert J. Abbott, this book is a vital stepping stone to Abbott's more thorough explanations and recommendations. Otherwise, one would be lost trying to understand Abbott's in-depth reading material. Both guides are excellent, but Art Marketing 101 is necessary to read first, before you jump to Abbott's "400" level.

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