Friday, October 27, 2006
St Barts Church
oil on panel
gold plein air frame
Available from High Springs Gallery- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Listed Procedure
When I was a young artist, I never dreamed that it would be important to save all of my catalogues from shows, certificates of awards, press releases, and the other documents of my work as an artist.
Recently, I went through the arduous process of becoming a listed artist. I had to document my entire career and provide proof and catalogues for all of my exhibitions, museum shows, group shows, awards, judging records and so forth for the last 20 years. As I sifted through piles of papers and catalogues it made me wish I had been a little more careful about saving and recording everything in some sort of order.
Over the last couple of years, I have shortened my resume to 3 pages or one page, depending on the need, because it was getting ridiculously long and cumbersome. I do save the old ones to refer back to and they saved me a lot of searching during the process of filling out the paperwork.
My advice to my friends starting out, is to be meticulous in your record keeping. As you build your resume, keep a file for each year with papers from all your exhibits, awards, press releases, publications, etc.
I now use large 3 ring binders to keep all of my PR materials, past show catalogues , newspaper articles, magazine articles and anything to do with my career. I save a year’s worth in each binder. I have a three hole punch, so anything that I get, gets punched and put in that year’s binder. It is an easy way to save everything chronologically.
Don’t assume that you will never need that sort of thing. I never dreamed that I would get far enough to need them either but thanks to my blessed friends, I am able to be in the position where it matters.
I am listed with:
www.askart.com The bluebook for American Artists