"Starting Your Career as an Artist: A Guide for Painters, Sculptors, Photographers, and Other Visual Artists" is a brand new book by Angie Wojak and Stacy Miller.
I was lucky enough to score a review copy this summer and spent quite a few afternoons by the lake in serious reading mode.
This book is no lightweight. Just reviewing the table of contents had me wondering about new strategies to deal with exhibiting, funding, mentoring, etc.
The authors look at the whole picture and examine the viewpoints of all the stakeholders in the art scene, not just the artist. It's filled with interviews with gallery owners, art directors, educators, emerging and established artists, and funders (to name a few).
They also break down all the major areas with practical advice i.e. Eight Steps for Simple Record Keeping and Tax Filing, Common Artist's Statement Mistakes to Avoid, Dangerous Materials and Equipment in the Studio, Lifelong Learning for Artists, and on and on!
Before long my copy was filled with notes to myself, underlined areas, and a plan was emerging in my mind on putting my "artist" house in order.
256 pages and unlike most art books I read and review, no pictures. Just lots of hard won advice, strategy, and relevant content for both the emerging artist and the "established" veteran, cause let's face it "It's not easy out there!".
If you are interested in winning your own copy please leave me a comment or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before midnight on Friday. I will hold a random draw on Saturday.
Good Luck everyone!