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- Serving the People Serving the People is a creative incubator and digital platform that provides educational and creative programming to a global audience. Their mission is to provide accessibility to the arts for young and established artists alike, with no bias, encouraging experimentation and expanding means of creative expression.
- Queer Arts Resource: Gay Art and Links to Gay Art Websites Since 1996 we’ve produced over 60 exhibitions that suggest the range, depth, and importance of queer artistic expression. Until the recent advent of Queer Studies, the History of Art has omitted most material of direct relevance to lesbians and gays. Much has been suppressed, much has been lost due to neglect or censorship, and a great deal has simply been overlooked. QAR is expanding the range and depth of knowledge about contemporary and historical queer art, and making this information freely available on our website. We realize that artistic identity is molded by myriad factors, an amalgam of gender, racial, ethnic and sexual, to name a few. But we also know that honest artistic expression by the queer community plays a role in combatting homophobia and advancing the principles of intellectual integrity.
- Art In Context Welcome to artincontext.org – Your Art Blog since 2020. You want to create your own artworks? Or do you want to learn everything about art history? Then you found the right place! We show you how to paint, draw and get creative in every way.
- Skinny Artist This is a collaborative blog. Here, an entire community of artists shares their experiences and knowledge on all matters regarding art business strategies. Anyone in the field is free to join the conversation and share their thoughts.
- This is Colossal Colossal offers wide and in-depth coverage of everything related to art and design. This includes news, artist profiles, interviews, as well as how art comes together with design, science and technology. You can use this site to get inspired, learn something new, and discover different ways of doing things.
- The Best Digital Tools to Boost Your Artistic Practice A list of recommendations published by the Fractured Atlas Blog, on everything from project and financial management tools, to digital portfolios and promotional tools.
- MisterArt MisterArt.com was launched in 1996, in the very early days of online shopping. For over 20 years, we have maintained our status as the world’s largest online source for discount arts and crafts supplies. Whether you’re a diehard painter, sculptor, photographer, scrapbooker, mixed media artist, encaustics guru, student or artisan of any kind, we offer the materials, solutions, and tools you need at the prices you love. Our family-owned business is located in Houston, Texas. We are home to a small team of laid-back, creative spirits – intent on offering the best products, service, and prices in the industry. From our friendly phone agents to our designers and photographers, we take pride in what we do, and we are privileged to serve so many inspirational artists and crafters. With thousands of unbeatable deals, we like to think we assist in bringing art to the masses – and painting our world a bit more colorful in the process.
Artist Support Services
- Getting Your Sh*t Together GYST-Ink is an artist-run company/art project by Karen Atkinson, providing resources, technology and solutions created by artists for artists. Our mission is to support arts professionals, educational institutions, and arts organizations with an integrated program of software, services and information in order to keep artists working. GYST–Ink is dedicated to empowering and educating artists so that they can develop sustainable and successful careers on their own terms.
- Artist Help Network Welcome to the Artist Help Network, an art career resource, based on the Appendix of Resources in Caroll Michels’ book How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul (7th edition, New York: Allworth Press). The Artist Help Network is a work in progress and is continually being updated. Please note that the website is strictly an online career resource, and does not offer advice or feedback. The resources listed on this website focus primarily on subjects of interest to fine artists. People working in the applied arts, arts administration, and arts-related fields will also find the site helpful. Each category on the left unfolds into numerous sub categories, offering an abundance of regional, national and international resources designed to help artists take control of their careers . Use of the site is free. Resources cited are listed for information purposes and are not endorsements
- AR Photo Design Guided by a teacher, with 30 years of professional and teaching experience, who firmly believes that the power of the visual medium must be used to educate, inform and draw powerful emotional response. To use photography to influence public opinion, to bring positive change through the professional, ethical and effective use of this visual medium. Photography is not bound by the barriers of language and communicates through it’s own visual symbolism. People, for the most part prefer seeing things with their own eyes, this is not always possible, therefore photographs must serve as a substitute. The problem that comes with images is that, we inherently tend to take a photograph for what it appears to be, as a sort of truth, but photographs do lie – they can be falsified and manipulated. Nevertheless, a photograph carries a strong measure of unquestioning authenticity and conviction.
- Home Museum This site will serve people who have things they treasure, -things that want, need, and deserve to be protected and/or displayed. Whether these things are the result of a lifetime of dedicated collecting, a single small family heirloom, or a child’s treasures, HOME-MUSEUM will offer ideas, methods, and products to cherish and protect these items.
- Krita Krita is a free and open source cross-platform application that offers an end-to-end solution for creating digital art files from scratch. Krita is optimized for frequent, prolonged and focused use. Explicitly supported fields of painting are illustrations, concept art, matte painting, textures, comics and animations. Developed together with users, Krita is an application that supports their actual needs and workflow. Krita supports open standards and interoperates with other applications.
- Mental Health Resources to Help Prevent Creative and Professional Burnout
- Americans for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
- Arts Extension Service – UMass Amherst AES Resource list during COVID-19
- Artwork Archive Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19
- CERF+ The Artist’s Safety Net
- Common Field COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field
- Creative Capital Coping with COVID Online Workshops
- Creative Capital Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Dramatists Guild COVID-19 Resources
- Fractured Atlas How to Transition to a Virtual Workplace Overnight
- International Documentary Association Applying for Federal Coronavirus Relief as a Filmmaker
- John Hopkins University and Medicine COVID-19 Resource Center
- Music Covid Relief Benefits made available by the CARES Act
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies State Arts Agency Directory
- Digital Tools for Artists to Run a Remote Career During Coronavirus Published by Artwork Archive, this is a timely list of tools for artists to consider as they take their art businesses online, including video conferencing and video making platforms.
- 3D Total Publishing 3dtotal Publishing is a small independent publisher specializing in inspirational and educational resources for artists. Our titles proudly feature top industry professionals who share their experience in step-by-step tutorials and quick tip guides placed alongside stunning artwork to offer you creative insight, expert advice, and all-essential motivation. Initially focusing on the digital art world, with comprehensive volumes covering Adobe Photoshop, Pixologic’s ZBrush, Autodesk Maya, and Autodesk 3ds Max, we have since expanded to offer the same level of quality training to traditional artists. Including the popular Digital Painting Techniques, Beginner’s Guide, and Sketching from the Imagination series, our library is now comprised of over forty titles, a number of which have been translated into different languages around the world.
- Silicon Valley Art Museum The Silicon Valley Art Museum is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) California corporation created to foster online exhibitions and provide online education in the arts. SVAM’s mission statement is to create new experiences for the global community through the interaction of art, science and technology. SVAM offers online education with courses in the arts. In addition, SVAM showcases examples of the intersection of art, technology and science with an ongoing exhibition.
- MetPublications MetPublications is a portal to The Met’s comprehensive publishing program with over 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades.
- Digital Library: Art and Design – Smithsonian Libraries At the center of research across the Smithsonian are the specialized branches and librarians of the Smithsonian Libraries. The collections and staff of the Libraries play a key role in helping the Smithsonian’s research and curatorial staff make sense of the museums’ almost innumerable, often unique, objects and their cultural and historical contexts. The Smithsonian Libraries are a hidden national treasure, where experts come to test and expand knowledge and where America and the world can turn for authentic answers.People walking in the Natural History Library.
- Art Libraries Society of North America ARLIS/NA actively seeks both informal and official collaborative relationships with other arts and information organizations to further the goals of art information professionals. The society encourages its members who belong to other relevant organizations to share information from other professional sources that may be of interest to ARLIS/NA and to convey related society information to peers in other arts organizations.
- Getty Getty is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Getty Research Institute—Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts.
- The Artcyclopedia Great art online, from over 8,000 famous painters, sculptors and photographers, at art museum sites & image archives worldwide.
- The Artchive The images, text and articles included at this site are for private, non-profit use only. Other usage is strictly prohibited. These images are made available for educational purposes; please do not endanger their availability by improper use. I have more extensive information on image use and copyright issues. At the Artchive, the only constant will be change. Each gallery will include new material for your return viewing pleasure, from new scans in the Recent Acquisitions gallery, to additional art criticism excerpts, to new installations of feature exhibits.
- Google Arts & Culture With different museums from all across the world contributing with more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works, the Google Art Project is a great place to examine works ranging from oil on canvas, furniture, and sculptures. Some of the paintings in the collection are also available in a “gigapixel” format, meaning that you can examine them in great detail.
- Art Babble A great platform where you can look at numerous videos on art and artists from over 50 cultural institutions from around the world.
- Kinder Art This particular website is dedicated to helping teachers and tutors by providing a multitude of art lessons for both teenagers and smaller children. The lessons presented here are categorized based on art medium, age, and grade.
- The Louvre Virtual Tour Virtual tours of 8 different collections exhibiting at The Louvre in France.
- The Art Institute Chicago Explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources.
- Harvard Art Museums Ever since their founding, the Harvard Art Museums—the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum—have been dedicated to advancing and supporting learning at Harvard University, in the local community, and around the world. The museums have played a leading role in the development of art history, conservation, and conservation science, and in the evolution of the art museum as an institution.
- LACMA LACMA’s mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods, and through the translation of these collections into meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the widest array of audiences.
- Norway National Museum The National Museum collects and preserves, exhibits and disseminates the country’s most extensive collections of art, architecture and design.
- British Library The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons offer access to millions of public domain images, which we encourage you to explore and re-use. The release of these collections into the public domain represent the Library’s desire to improve knowledge of and about them, to enable novel and unexpected ways of using them, and to begin working with researchers to explore and interpret large scale digital collections.
- The British Museum Collection online has been completely redeveloped, making it much easier to find what you want. It allows access to almost four and a half million objects in more than two million records. The search is more intuitive and now offers suggestions as you type.
- The Isamu Noguchi Museum As the artist’s estate, The Noguchi Museum holds the world’s largest and most extensive collection of Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures, drawings, models, and designs. Available to browse here are works from the Museum’s permanent collection, which consists primarily of works that Noguchi gave his Foundation in the creation of the Museum, and a handful of important acquisitions since. Many of these appear in the The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum catalogue, which Noguchi wrote and published in 1987. His texts accompany the works shown here.
- The Guggenheim Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks. The selection reflects the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day. The Collection Online is continually expanded to include a larger representation of the museum’s core holdings as well as recent acquisitions.
- The Met Collection Online collection of works featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Morgan Library & Museum Pierpont Morgan’s immense holdings ranged from Egyptian art to Renaissance paintings to Chinese porcelains. For his library, Morgan acquired illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.
- MoMA Our evolving collection contains almost 200,000 works of modern and contemporary art. More than 90,000 works are currently available online.
- The National Gallery of Art From Byzantine altarpieces to pop art, learn all about paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and other works in the collection. Browse the collection and make connections among objects you know and newly discovered masterpieces.
- The Paris Musées Paris Musées has grouped the museums of the city and their central services into six departments. Presided by Christophe Girard, Deputy Mayor of Paris for Culture, this public entity under the authority of General Director Delphine Lévy and the Board of Directors has been the driving force behind a global strategy for these museums that is in line with the city’s cultural policy.
- Rijksmuseum The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands. We tell the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from 1200 to now. In addition, we organize several exhibitions per year from our own collection and with (inter) national loans.
- The Smithsonian Institution – Art & Design Online collections from The Smithsonian Institution of Art & Design
- The Tate Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. British art is represented by artists chosen for their contribution to its history and development, rather than their nationality alone. The collection continues to expand its holdings of modern and contemporary art from around the world.
- The Whitney Museum of American Art Explore the Whitney’s collection of over 25,000 works, created by more than 3,600 American artists during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
- The Van Gogh Museum Explore Vincent van Gogh’s famous paintings and drawings, work by his artist friends and contemporaries, French and Japanese prints and more.
- Vermeer Complete Vermeer Catalogue & Tracker
- Informed Immigrant DACA Updates During the Coronavirus Crisis
- National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant program offers various funding opportunities to Latinx artists, arts administrators, ensembles and organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Legal and Health Support Services
- National Association for Music Education NAfME COVID-19 Resources & News
- Photo Bill of Rights Legal Resource for photographers/filmmakers
- Maine Racial Justice Resource Guide
- Creative Justice Initiative
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center Renew DACA and Explore Legal Options
- Immigrants Rising TANGIBLE SUPPORT FOR UNDOCUMENTED COMMUNITIES DURING COVID-19
- New York Foundation for the Arts New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a 501(c)(3) service organization that provides artists, emerging arts organizations, arts administrators, and students with critical support, professional development tools, and resources for defining and achieving career success.
- All Art Schools All Art Schools is a comprehensive online directory of accredited art programs and arts career resources. Since 2004, All Art Schools has helped students returning to school find success by matching them to school programs that fit their unique and complex life needs. We strive to be the finest resource available, allowing prospective students to research creative careers in fields as diverse as the liberal arts, web design, fashion design, filmmaking—and other arts-related areas.
- HTML Dog HTML Dog has been dishing out healthy code treats since 2003. The idea is, and has always been, to take the somewhat convoluted official specifications of client-side technologies (HTML and its relations) and present them in a much more readable, easier to understand, fashion.
- Artnet artnet is the leading online resource for the international art market, and the destination to buy, sell, and research art online. Founded in 1989 with the goal of bringing transparency to the art world, artnet’s comprehensive suite of products offers a variety of art market resources to our audience of collectors, dealers, and art enthusiasts.
- The Art Guide The Art Guide allows you to apply directly to the organization hosting the show without having to deal with any third parties. In addition, this platform also allows you to register and post your events for free. Since The Art Guide is updated daily, you will always have a chance to find new opportunities to exhibit your work.
- Side Arts This is a calls-for-artists listing service that provides useful information on local, national, and international exhibitions, competitions, proposals, residences, vendor events, and grants for various artists and crafters. Side Arts is regularly used by businesses, local governments, galleries, non-profits, and promoters on the lookout for qualified artists.
- The Abundant Artist On the Abundant Artist website, you will find useful advice on how to sell your art online, how and where to find artists’ communities, and how to succeed in running your art business.
- Artsy Shark The Artsy Shark website has an extensive archive of articles, tips, assistance programs, and how-to guides on how to build and maintain your art business. It includes everything from how to create a portfolio to launching a career in the art industry.
- Blurb For designing, publishing, marketing, and selling both ebooks and printed books. You can also use the site to sell your books onAmazon.
- ARTDEX This is both a cloud-based website and mobile app where artists and art collectors can build and manage their online portfolios and collections. It also doubles as a dedicated professional networking platform where artists, art enthusiasts, and arts professionals can come together, share their art and ideas. Whether you’re a freelance artist, a curator at an art museum, or in the business of art, ARTDEX offers free-of-charge services to anyone in the art community as a place to connect with other artists and arts organizations. In the blog section, you can also find great sources of inspiration, as well as various useful tips and online guides and resources on how to make it as a successful artist.
- Call For Open calls in a variety of categories.
- Artshow Calls for entries are listed by region. Also includes an international list and contests/grants section.
- The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing by Gigi Rosenburg Written in a down-to-earth style, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing provides concrete information about how to write winning grant applications and fundraise creatively so that you can finance your artistic dreams. This 224-page book grew out of Gigi’s popular workshops which empower artists to craft winning proposals and fundraise for their artistic dreams. With Gigi’s book, readers are transformed from starving artists into working artists who confidently tap into all the resources at their disposal. Free PDF excerpt available for download.
- Candid For a combined 88 years, Foundation Center and GuideStar each helped change the world by giving people the information they needed to do good. But the world faces growing challenges: polarization, climate change, technological revolution, and poverty and inequality. That’s why we combined our talent, technology, data, and leadership to become a new organization, Candid. Now, it’s easier than ever to get the information you need to create change.
- Grant Writing for Artists: Perfecting Your Proposal (Video) How can you channel your creative energies into a search for funding? Individual artists are encouraged to join us for a special workshop, centered on crafting compelling, persuasive grant proposals for creative projects. Discover how to research funding, decode application questions, and focus artistic career goals during the grant writing process. In this session, based on her book, The Artist ‘s Guide to Grant Writing, Gigi Rosenberg discusses how to enlist colleagues and friends to help write a successful proposal, get organized, persuade the right funders, and emulate the attitudes of successful grant recipients.
- Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts If you are an individual involved in the creative arts and looking for funding to complete a project, mount an exhibition, put on a performance, or anything else arts-related, Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts will show you how to
– Identify funders supporting individual artists
– Explore the option of fiscal sponsorship
– Create a step-by-step plan to find funding for your needs as an individual grantseeker
- Fiscal Sponsorship for Artists and Arts Organizations What is fiscal sponsorship? What are the benefits? How can you find a fiscal sponsor for your artistic endeavors and what should you look for? Is fiscal sponsorship right for you? During this one-hour webinar, Dianne Debicella, program director for fiscal sponsorship at Fractured Atlas, will discuss the fiscal sponsorship arrangement under which a charitable project without 501(c)(3) status might benefit from the tax-exempt status and administrative support of a sponsoring organization.
- How to Write a Good Artist Statement and/or Resume EmptyEasel is a website for artists and art lovers. It has two purposes: first, to bring greater understanding of art through clear, well-written tutorials and articles; and second, to help new or unknown artists reach a wider audience by encouraging ALL artists to use the internet to promote and sell their artwork.
- Building your professional package A resource guide of downloadable pdf’s and videos for career development and portfolio enhancement.
- Artist Sustainability Workshop Series Through the Artist Sustainability Workshop Series (ASWS), the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) seeks to provide resources for artists seeking to build out their skill sets and create sustainable careers. We offer two types:
– Professional Development: which helps artists learn how to structure their artistic practices as a business, with workshops in business planning, intellectual property, marketing, fundraising and more.
– Craft Development: including writing, visual arts, music, and media workshops.
- 6 Tips to Improve Your Art Grant Applications Six suggestions from Fractured Atlas ranging from what works to what doesn’t.
- 7 Essential Tools to Empower Artists as Entrepreneurs Tips about communication strategies, legal issues, digital marketing, fundraising, and more
- Artists Legacy Toolkit (Dance/USA) Free, downloadable toolkit designed particularly for dancers to help performing artists and their organizations save and share the records of their work.
- Artists U Grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists.
- Respectful Audience Surveying Toolkit A free, open-source toolkit designed to demystify and simplify on-site survey research to help small and not-so-small museums, arts organizations, and other public-engagement enterprises gather high-quality demographic information about their audiences.
- Self-Employment in the Arts Conferences, workshops, panels, webinars, etc for artists in all disciplines.
- Work of Art Toolkit A free, online 12-part workbook and video series from Springboard for the Arts that guides artists of all disciplines through every facet of building a successful and sustainable career – from career planning, time management, marketing, and social media to pricing, recordkeeping, funding, and developing a business plan.
- Creative Exchange Creative Exchange is a platform sharing artful ideas for stronger communities. Creative Exchange is the national program of Springboard for the Arts, an artist-led nonprofit based in Minnesota. On this platform we share stories of artists and their impact in community, and free, practical toolkits for artist-engaged programs, from professional development to creative placemaking to fun projects to bring people together. By freely sharing our work and creating connections among artists and communities, we work to make substantial, system-wide change
- Video Tutorial: Documenting your Artwork with an iPhone
- 4 Steps to Photographing Your Art Like a Professional
- Portfolio Basics: Digital Documentation (pdf)
- Applying for Residencies Alliance of Artist Communities
- How to Write an Art Proposal in 16 Easy Steps
- WRITING AN ARTIST PROPOSAL by Chris Sullivan
- Community Grant Program Sample Application Community Initiatives Fund
- 7 Simple Grant-Writing Tips
- How To Write a Grant Proposal With Confidence: Translating Your Ideas on Paper
- How to apply for grants The Creative Independent
- How to write an artist CV
- CV and Resume resource Guide
- The Artist Resume (pdf)
- How to Artist Guide
- Cover Letter (pdf)
- The Artist Resume and CV Columbia CCE
- Artist Statement Guidelines Getting Your Sh*t Together
- The Complete Guide to Writing an Artist Statement in 2020 ARTDEX
- Cover Letter Tips SFAI
- Resume (CV) Tips SFAI
- Artist Statements Resource Guide
- Fees, stipends, and funding for residencies
- The Working Artist’s Guide Artsy Editors Sep 3, 2019
- An artist’s guide to financial planning The Creative Independent
- How to create systems for community support The Creative Independent