Being an artist (or any creative professional for that matter) can be joyous and immensely satisfying. If you're trying to pursue a serious career and/or support yourself with your art, it can also be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. Today's artist is forced to master everything from marketing to bookkeeping to time management, all while trying to find new opportunities and navigate the ins and outs of the art world. And then once you’ve “made it” - whatever that means to you - there’s the issue of maintaining "it." Wherever you are in your career, I try to help.
I’ve been working in the arts, as a gallery director, gallery owner, curator, consultant, private dealer, author and educator for over twenty years. I owned my own gallery (Sloan Fine Art) in New York City from 2008 to 2012 and continue to mount exhibitions and work with collectors and artists. I also teach Business of Art courses and lecture on a variety of topics at art schools across the US. Working with so many wonderful artists in so many different roles for so many years I noticed the same questions coming up again and again. I realized there was a lack of practical, straightforward information available to artists and in 2015 set out to do something about it. I wrote "Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists" which became a #1 book in its category on Amazon and is now in it's second edition. In 2017 I founded the Practical Advice for Artists website to continue that work. At PracticalArtists.com you’ll find free checklists and worksheets, links to additional resources for artists, a blog, information about the personalized services I offer and links to our online courses. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive occasional emails with updates, information and recommendations.
Practical Advice for Artists is always evolving. I’m building new relationships and welcoming new artists and arts professionals into the community who are willing and able to share their expertise. New courses are underway. And new ideas are always welcome! If you have any suggestions or recommendations I’d love to hear them.
Thanks so much for your interest. I hope you have an inspiring and productive day!
Founder, Practical Advice for Artists