©10.04.2010 Leah Virsik, Mapping My Current State of Affairs.
Found paper, acrylic, thread, muslin, glass, wood 59 1/2 x 46 x 1 1/2 inches.
(middle panel in photo is detail of image on left hand side of window screen)
Below is a list I started on some self-promotion ideas. This is an incomplete list for sure… have any great ones to share? Leave a comment.
Carry around a business card, promotional postcards and/or a mini-portfolio. I’ve used and am extremely happy with the printer PSPrint.
Start a blog. If you’re consistent that’s great… if nothing else, it’ll help you get a sense of yourself and give you writing practice.
Set up a Twitter account. It’s helped me connect with other artists. You can also find out what’s going on in your local art scene. People can be really responsive on Twitter with the short character limit. Sub-Studio Design blog featured me as a result of me following them on twitter.
Ask people how they find out about you.
Write a manifesto and publish it. These are a couple of my favorites: How to Be Creative (pdf download) by Hugh MacLeod and Bruce Mau Design’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth.
Submit your work to be purchased in public places. CaFé is one place to find online calls for entry.
Take classes from other artists whose work you admire. I came across Lisa Kokin’s work in the County of Alameda Clerk-Recorder’s office and I knew I had to take classes from her. Her mentorship and critique group that I’m participating in are making a tremendous difference in my art making.
Teach a class at SCRAP or at Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Or really anywhere… I taught some great classes at Frisbie Street, an alternative art space in Oakland after meeting Lanell Dike through Pro Arts.
If you teach and want people to know, make sure it’s listed close to your art. Ask your students if they might help promote your upcoming show, class etc. by giving them fliers/postcards to put in prominent areas.
Submit your art for Flavorpill’s banner.
Write an article for an art magazine and submit it.
Submit your work to Uppercase magazine or another artful magazine.
Participate in Pro Arts Open Studios. For me doing this made an incredible difference in my work and got me geared up towards teaching.
Participate in art auctions. There’s are a lot of reasons why to do this or not. I’ve found it to be beneficial for me at this stage in my career.
Contact your favorite gallery and ask them to consider doing podcasts of their artists talks. If they’ve never thought of it, they may appreciate your suggestion.
Participate in craft fairs or specialty niche fairs. I’ll be participating in the Book Arts Jam at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA on October 16, 2010. Come meet me there!
Give away your art for free. I was introduced to Jonathan Santlofer via his story of “artistic tragedy with unexpected benefits” that he told on the Moth podcast. It was so compelling that it led me to his website and then to a free podcast of his best-selling book Anatomy of Fear.