The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

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Using a “tough love approach” to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.

Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online ...

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Overview

Using a “tough love approach” to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.

Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online promotion, building professional relationships, grant writing, and portfolio development.

Each chapter ends with an insightful “Reality Check” interview, featuring advice and useful information from high-profile artists and professionals.

The result is an inspiring, experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can easily apply to their own career.

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Editorial Reviews

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Booklist, 6/1/09
“A readable, realistic, and practical field guide to professional success in the visual arts…A wealth of reproduced art and profiles of artists complete this inspiring, useful, and, given the rise in do-it-yourself careers, timely resource.”

Joanne Mattera, ArtBlog: Marketing Mondays, 6/15/09
“This book explains the art world and offers clear and useful steps to setting goals and achieving them—information that until recently most artists never learned in art school…This is one well-timed and well-written book.”

NEWSgrist.com, 6/18/09
“It is an experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can apply to their own practice. With equal parts of practicality, warmth, good humor, and insight, Battenfield demystifies the path artists travel towards a flourishing career.” 

Peggy Payne, Peggy Payne’s Boldness Blog, 6/16/09
“[Jackie Battenfield] knows what she's writing about.”

The Expat Blog, 6/18/09
“Offers clear and useful steps to setting goals and achieving them.”

MyArtSpace Blog, 6/22/09
“Highly recommended…an excellent resource for visual artists at any stage of their career…This book should be on every artists desk!!”

MyArtSpace blog
“Highly Recommended…an excellent resource for visual artists at any stage of their career…This book should be on every artist’s desk!!”

Marketing Mondays blog
“This book explains the art world and offers clear and useful steps to setting goals and achieving them—information that until recently most artists never learned in art school…This in one well-timed and well-written book.”

NewsGrist
“It’s an experimental guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can apply to their own practice. With equal parts of practicality, warmth, good humor, and insight, Battenfield demystifies the path artists travel towards a flourishing career.”

Peggy Payne’s blog
“[Jackie Battenfield] knows what she’s writing about.”

“Offers clear and useful steps to setting goals and achieving them.”

Artist’s magazine, November issue
“Useful step-by-step exercises and helps you assess your career goals, with sage advice from working artists and realistic strategies for tackling what may seem to be insurmountable tasks.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306816529
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 263,154
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Battenfield’s work is represented in over a thousand collections worldwide. She teaches a course in professional development in the visual arts at Columbia University.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    The Artist's Guide; how to make a living doing what you love

    A useful book for the artist and art student, outlining structure for making art, showing, selling, receiving support, and keeping a schedule for making art. Each section has resource listing. Also throughout the book are guidance and inspiring quotes by working artists, with a brief bibliography of each artist. Well indexed. Illustrated in b&w. Inspiring and filled with down-to-earth information.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Loving this book

    This book is the first I have read that really walks you through the steps of being a modern artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    highly recommend - check it out

    will be used as a reference guide to self organizing and as a plan to
    go forward on developing further business opportunity for a artist.
    Lists names and organizations which would be helpful to Artists.
    Material seemed to be well researched and offered knowledge of importance
    to self from a business mind and Artists mind.

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