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

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

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by Jackie Battenfield
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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:
9780786748068
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
591,430
File size:
5 MB

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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The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
buckeye75 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the first I have read that really walks you through the steps of being a modern artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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