Resources for Artists
Explore a collection of resources we have assembled to advance the careers of new, emerging, and established artists. Click each header to expand.
Thank you for the Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation for its support of professional development for artists.
Writing an Artist Statement
/// How to write an artist statement – The Creative Independent
/// 5 Tips for Writing an Artist Statement from Artwork Archive
/// How Do I Write Successfully About My Art Practice? from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
/// This source from The Art League provides multiple examples of artist statements.
/// 10 Artist Statement Examples from Contemporary Artists
/// Click here to view a (~45 minute long) video on artist statements. It includes a slideshow section so you can follow along at your own pace. Under the video are succinct bullet points detailing the important points of the video.
Image: Dana Mendes, Translating Identity: Racial Imposter Syndrome, oil on canvas, 30" x 40", 2020. Exhibited in State of Being: Works by Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty, 2020.
Accounting and Taxes
/// Check out Clara Lieu’s business curriculum on her Art Prof website.
/// The Creative Independent is a free-to-use source for creatives. All of the posts are by working artists that aim to share their experience and wisdom to help young or new artists.
/// A Short Guide to Doing Your Taxes as an Artist
/// Taxes for freelancers, artists, writers and psychotherapists
/// Bookkeeping Tips for Artists
This source specifically discusses bookkeeping and details by quarter what artists should do to maintain their books. The post concludes with several other sources on taxes and other business practices.
/// IndieMade's Top 10 Accounting Tips
This step-by-step guide gets straight to the point. All of the applications that she lists are accessible and easy to grasp.
/// Accounting: The Art of Record Keeping for Artists
This source details tax deductions that artists can claim on their tax forms when they go to file their taxes, and lists deductions.
Copyright and Intellectual Property
/// An Artist’s Guide to Copyrights
/// I'm an Artist--What Do I Need to Know About IP?
/// What Does Intellectual Property Protect?
This source details different types of copyright, including the rights that artists have to their work and how to enforce those rights.
/// Clara Lieu’s Copyright Law for Artists: Fair Use & Protecting Your ART
/// Copyright Law for Artists with a Lawyer
A longer version of “COPYRIGHT Law for Artists: Fair Use & Protecting Your ART".
Image: Chelsea Bradway, Speed Reading, photography, 16" x 20", 2021. Exhibited in Inside Voices: A Members' Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum, 2021.
Photographing Your Artwork
/// ArtsWorcester has compiled a single page of tips for photographing your work.
/// CaFÉ: How to Photograph Your Artwork
/// Maryland Institute College of Art Career Resources: How to Photograph 3D Art (video)
/// Cleveland Institute of Art: Tips for Photographing Your Portfolio
/// 9 Common Mistakes when Photographing your Artwork with an iPhone (and how to fix them)
/// How to Photograph Your Art Using Simple Lighting and Camera Techniques
/// Basics from Empty Easels, with a few useful diagrams for camera angles
Framing and Presenting Artwork
/// Budget Framing Options for Artists
This page features a video (about 45 minutes) about affordable ways to frame your artwork. Bullet points summarize the topics that are discussed in the video.
/// Framing and Presentation Guidelines from The Art League
/// Framing and Gallery Wrapping for Professional Exhibitions from Agora Gallery (NYC)
/// Framing for Art Competitions and Open Exhibitions
Image courtesy of the Fitchburg Art Museum
Pricing Your Artwork
/// ClaraLieu’s video, "How to PRICE Your Art: Artist Tips”
/// How to Sell Your Art Online via ArtProf by Clara Lieu
/// Seven Rules for Pricing Your Artwork
/// Is Your Art Priced Correctly?
/// Quantifying Creativity: How Any Artist Can Price Their Work for Sale
Image: Tess Barbato, Dark Money 1, oil on canvas, 40" x 42", 2018. Exhibited in Material Needs 2019.
Fine Art Dispersal Resources:
What Should We Do With All This Art?
Guidance for artists and collectors
Whether for a move or estate planning, the question of "what should we do with the art?" is one we hear all the time--and one that every artist and collector will have to answer eventually.
Artist member Larry DeJong volunteered to help figure it out. Drawing on months of research and in-depth interviews with regional experts, he created this user-friendly, reality-based guide to the dispersal of a fine art collection. Whether you're thinking about downsizing, have a collection that was left to you, or want to know what kind of studio records will help your next-of-kin, "Art Ashes" is his gift to this community.
While we send this resource out to our members first, Larry invites you to share it far and wide with anyone you think it will benefit. He also invites you to share with him your experiences and any input for future editions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank Larry for considering those questions few want to contemplate, and all his hard work on this resource.
This document gives you some basic options for dispersing a collection, their pros and cons, and requirements. It is not intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney, estate planner, or tax advisor.
/// Assets for Artists at MASS MoCA has compiled a Resource Page.
Featuring educational resources and opportunities for artists, plus calls for artists, grants, residencies, and more. Each link is followed by a description detailing benefits and opportunities artists can gain from that resource.
/// Artist Grants, compiled by Art Prof
A comprehensive and extensive list of artist grant opportunities, broken down into specific categories by medium or vocation.
Here are some quick links you may want to check out to find additional calls for art:
/// ArtSake: Mass Cultural Council's listings for calls for art in/around New England, updated weekly
/// The "Discover" function on Submittable has thousands of creative opportunities, calls, fellowships, grants, and more
/// The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is a municipal body, supported through the MCC. The WAC promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences through grants and artist opportunities.
Image: Eugenie Berg, This Way No That Way, concrete, mokuhanga prints, each 7" x 5" x 4", 2019. Exhibited in Material Needs 2020.