Social Networking for Art Collectors Update – artmarketblog.com

Social Networking for Art Collectors Update – artmarketblog.com

social-networkThis is an update of my previous post with a few new additions. Social networks are all the rage at the moment so I thought that I would put together a list of the top social networks that would be of benefit to art collectors and art investors. Joining a social network gives you access to the knowledge of other art collectors and investors as well as the opportunity to view the work of artists from all over the world.  Below is a list of the top ten social networking sights that cater specifically to people interested in visual art.

http://www.openartcollection.com/

Open up your collection — and reap the rewards. By sharing your collection with other members you can nurture a network of fans and followers. As a collector you will benefit from the feedback and input of discerning art lovers, which could raise the profile of your work.

http://www.artween.com/

Register for free and you can link up with all the galleries that enthuse you and receive their latest news, as well as invitations to events. You can also discover artists from close to home or further afield and give international exposure to your own art before a public which is inspired by a common passion: art.

http://artkabinett.com/

Make new art friends from around the corner or globe. Discuss, blog, critique, and interact with other fine art enthusiasts just like you. Join the world’s free and fun social network which allows independent savvy collectors to link up and share their passion for art!

http://fineartamerica.com/communicate.html

FineArtAmerica.com is home to more than 10,000 artists, art collectors, and gallery owners from around the world.   Each day, these members are busy: posting new artwork, participating in online discussions, issuing press releases, advertising upcoming events, forming new art groups, chatting live online, and much more!

http://www.myartspace.com
myartspace is an online community with more than 50,000 artists, collectors, students, teachers, gallerists, curators, critics and art appreciators across the world. myartspace is free and open to all. Members can create a profile of themselves and upload an unlimited quantity of their work including images, music, audio narration and video.

http://www.artreview.com
artreview.com is an exciting new social networking site for the artworld, creating a global forum for discussion, interactivity and debate. artreview.com is a unique blend of editorial and community content, combining the insight and critical weight of some of today’s most important artworld voices with the input and opinions of everyday enthusiasts from around the world.

http://www.artmesh.org
#artmesh is an inspiring and innovative network for those who live and love the fine arts. The difference to other art communities is the fact that – additionally to just showcasing artist’s work – #artmesh focuses on the interests of art lovers and art professionals as well.#artmesh is about communication and collaboration, about inspiration and the exploration of the boundless possibilities of a progressive and innovative virtual art-network.

http://www.artslant.com
ArtSlant.com, the #1 contemporary art network, launched in Los Angeles in February, 2007. It is a sophisticated website that brings a local and in-depth focus to the contemporary art scene. ArtSlant’s profiles put the spotlight on everyone in the art community. Artists, art professionals, art orgs, and art lovers can have their own showcase to exhibit their work, expose their business or talk about their involvement in the scene. In our community you will also find picks and reviews, jobs and opportunities, schools, blogs, and groups.

http://www.artlog.com
Artlog is the place for you to connect with folks, share your work and discover innovative new art & design. Artlog is for art makers, insiders, organizations and art lovers. This global community of art lovers, artists and industry insiders is only as vibrant as you make it. So follow interesting artists, make professional connections, post your work and let your voice be heard – “If you see something, say something!

http://www.independent-collectors.com/
Independent Collectors is an online tool targeted at modern and inquisitive collectors. It makes building a personal network and sharing information about topics like artists, galleries or events much easier and faster. In their personal profiles, collectors can talk about art preferences and present their own collection. Specific search functions help to find like-minded collectors or those living in the same area.

http://www.artselector.com
The artselector contemporary fine art collective was originally set up by MA Fine Art graduates of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. artselector offers an innovative visual directory of international contemporary fine artists, independent curators and galleries

http://www.rhizome.org
Rhizome’s community includes thousands of artists, academics, curators, critics, and other new media art enthusiasts. Profiles is a collection of community profiles that contains artist portfolios, blogs, biographies, and other details on each individual member. Profiles was developed in the hope of sparking connections and collaborations across regional or cultural boundaries and strengthening the new media art scene as a whole.

http://www.labforculture.org/en/labforculture/browse
We work with and for artists, arts and culture organisations and networks, cultural professionals and audiences in the 50 countries of Europe, as well as providing a platform for cultural cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Our mission is both to ensure that all those working on cultural collaboration have access to up-to-the-minute information and to encourage the cultural sector to become more experimental with online technologies.

http://www.artbistro.com
ArtBistro brings members of the visual art community together to network, advance careers, and to foster a community with exclusive benefits where information about artists and designers is provided by artists and designers.

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications

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Latique.com Launches First Product Based Social Media Site for Antique Dealers

Courtesy of prtothetrade.com and latique.com:

Latique.com Launches First Product Based Social Media Site for Antique Dealers

March 25, 2010 (DALLAS) Latique.com, a Dallas start-up, announces the launch of the first product based social media site for buyers of traditional antiques and fine period art.

According to Julie Garrett VanDolen, Latique.com co-founder, Latique.com listed more than 400 traditional antiques and classic home decor items at launch in early March 2010. It currently showcases nearly 700 antiques from 30 top level dealers in the United States. The number of dealers selling through Latique.com is growing daily.

Latique.com uses social media techniques similar to those found on Facebook and Linkedin are being utilized to reach out to the Internet generation, young marrieds and new homeowners.

The format of combining an online marketplace with a social media component offers an experience that both educates and engages.  The ultimate goal of Latique.com is to build a community of antique buyers who appreciate traditional antiques and classic home décor.

By networking users with dealers, designers and like-minded friends, Latique.com fills in where overburdened antique dealers have left off. It teaches new buyers about styles of the past that work with their contemporary lifestyle.

The social media aspect also helps recreate the excitement of retail shopping, where browsing and conversation are integral parts of a successful experience. Both new buyers and seasoned collectors can engage in online dialogs with sellers and knowledgeable experts before making the decision to purchase.

“We believe that relationship between the retailer and client can extend beyond the store,” says the Julie Garrett VanDolen, the 30-something co-founder of Latique.com. “We want information about antiques and decorative arts to be accessible to everyone at any time.”

In keeping with the efforts to broaden the market for antiques through social engagement, Latique.com features an online magazine. The Latique Magazine includes a monthly Founders Letter that updates users on trends, home fashion and the evolution of classic style. Another section offers insights from top designers. Joseph Minton, a Texas designer with an international reputation was featured in the launch issue.  Future interviews will showcase young designers who blend contemporary with traditional for a fashion forward look.

Insider blogs, written by members of the antiques trade, offer yet another level of transparency that is not usually associated with the selling of fine period furniture.  The blogs, although mostly intended to bring dealers into the new era of online selling, also allow users to get a feel for the practical aspects of selling antiques, an area that has often been cloaked in mystery.

Latique.com has other features that set it off from the spate of online antique malls. For instance, the home page changes every time an antique or decorative item is added.  Dealers’ business cards and specialty announcements march across the home page, rotating each time the page is reloaded.

Carol Sims, a visitor to the site left this comment.  “I like the fresh, timely approach to making Latique a social shopping site. It will be nice to see this fun, sociable interaction grow into something really meaningful and fun.”

Dealers are equally excited about being a part of the new community. As retailers have seen a decline of walk-ins during the suffering economy, they are in dire need of new grounds to market their goods.

“This is the future of the arts and antiques community,” said James Eddy, proprietor of Colonial Arts, a San Francisco based antique dealer and a Latique.com dealer. “Buyers let their fingers do the walking in the era of Internet. We (dealers) need to expand our view of our customer base to increase revenue.”

Latique.com, is the first product based antiques site to reach out to new buyers with a social media component that allows users to engage in conversation with dealers and designers.  Latique.com’s tagline is “Traditional Antiques and Classic Home Décor for Contemporary Living.”

Media Contacts:
Julie VanDolen, (800) 891-9409 julie.vandolen@latique.com
Regina Kolbe, (212) 665-6773 regina@prthetrade.com

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications

College Art Online – artmarketblog.com

College Art Online – artmarketblog.com

'Delaware' by Mindy Kober  45.00" x 38.00" $1000.00

'Delaware' by Mindy Kober 45.00" x 38.00" $1000.00

There are many online galleries selling the work of student artists but the recently launched CollegeArtOnline.com is definitely one of the best. Since the site was launched on the 1st of March 2009, CollegeArtOnline.com has attracted plenty of attention by offering a fantastic range of affordable works of art by a group of highly talented student artists. According to their website “CollegeArtOnline.com was developed to bring art to the masses. As its name implies, the website sells original works of student art at affordable prices. CollegeArtOnline.com enables art enthusiasts the chance to buy an original piece of art and collect works from artists who are hitting their prime in the art world. With prices ranging up to $3,000 and the average piece costing around $200, CollegeArtOnline.com is able to offer original artwork at affordable prices to the client”

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the work being sold by CollegeArtOnline.com and was able to identify several artists whose work I am definitely going to consider purchasing. One artist whose work immediately appealed to me was Houston, Texas born Mindy Kober. According to her bio “In her large scale drawings on paper, she juxtaposes stereotypical American characters and icons into foreign or created environments, where they can interact in various ways. These cultural relationships explore themes of politics, colonialism, diaspora, and nationalism, and environmental issues. Sampled images are taken out of context and combined in new ways for the viewer to interpret.” Definitely an artist worth watching.

Making the task of browsing the myriad of available works much easier is the excellent layout of the site which gives potential buyers the opportunity to either search for works using very specific parameters or effortlessly browse through the works on offer. With each work clearly priced and the shipping cost available without having to make enquiries or type in address details, all that the buyer has to do is decide which work they want. CollegeArtOnline.com takes a very reasonable 25% commission from works sold but registration is free for both buyers and sellers.

Check out College Art Online here:
http://www.collegeartonline.com

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Do-Ho Suh at SculptureCenter – artmarketblog.com

Do-Ho Suh at SculptureCenter – artmarketblog.com

 SculptureCenter Home Exhibitions Events Visit Join About Press Store Limited Editions Bookstore Event Tickets Search  All content © SculptureCenter. All rights reserved. Limited Editions Do-Ho Suh Doorknob/Bathroom, 2003   Polyester fabric, lithograph on paper in acrylic box 12" x 18" x 7 3/4" Edition of 20 with 3 artist proofs $4,500.00

SculptureCenter Home Exhibitions Events Visit Join About Press Store Limited Editions Bookstore Event Tickets Search All content © SculptureCenter. All rights reserved. Limited Editions Do-Ho Suh Doorknob/Bathroom, 2003 Polyester fabric, lithograph on paper in acrylic box 12" x 18" x 7 3/4" Edition of 20 with 3 artist proofs $4,500.00

A new auction record was set for a limited edition work by the popular Korean artist Do Ho Suh at Philips De Pury’s June 2nd Editions sale where one of the artist’s limited edition lithographs, “Untitled, 1998”, sold for $7,500 against an estimate of $2000 – $3000. A far more interesting limited edition work by Do Ho Suh titled “Doorknob/Bathroom is available from the New York based SculptureCentre for $4,500.00. An edition of 20 with 3 artists proofs, “Doorknob/Bathroom” is “a full-scale reproduction of the doorknob of the artist’s Chelsea apartment. Do-Ho Suh often works with semi-transparent fabrics that he delicately sews together to represent – and defy – existing and functional spaces and objects. Doorknob/Bathroom exists as an isolated architectural element, separated from Suh’s apartment and therefore abandons its ties with a specific place and becomes a loose abstraction with a new-found flexibility and transparency”

The popularity of Do-Ho Suh’s work and the inclusion of his work in the collections of the NY Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the LA Museum of Contemporary Art makes this limited edition a good investment.

To purchase or inquire about this SculptureCenter Limited Edition, please contact Mary Button at mbutton@sculpture-center.org or 718-361-1750 x111

For more information go here:
http://www.sculpture-center.org/storeLimitedEdition.htm?id=10159

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW !!!! June 09 Update – artmarketblog.com

How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW !!!! – artmarketblog.com

get noticedSince my last ‘How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW’ post several new websites have been launched that can assist artists in the promotion and sale of their work so check out the new additions to the list below.

http://www.artprize.org
ArtPrize is a radically open art competition, giving away the world’s largest art prize. Open to any artist in the world who can find space. Open to anybody in the city who wants to create a venue. Open to a vote from anyone who attends. Part arts festival, part social experiment – this international art contest is decided solely on a public vote. Call for entries ends July 31, 2009. Art festival begins Sept. 23, 2009.

http://foliotwist.com/
Easy & effective online portfolio websites for artists.
Our unique artist websites have been professionally designed to put the focus squarely on your art – and since our design comes with a blog, newsletter list, and integrated PayPal, it’s very easy to promote AND sell your art.

http://www.myartplot.com/
MyArtPlot (MAP) is an art community and empowerment platform – of artists, crafters, and supporters – fighting to create a united, supportive, and non-elitist art world. No more isolation, elitism, and starvation. MAP is an essential part of any creative life. It brings together the art profession into one global point of contact and interaction. Social, professional, and commercial power thrive here.

http://www.artition.com
The social network for all artists. Present your works and explore works of others. Get inspired. Buy and sell art. Get real life exhibitons and be discovered. artition the whole world of art all in one place – totally for free!

http://www.zatista.com
Zatista’s mission is to create an online marketplace that effectively connects buyers and sellers of fine and contemporary original art. Our commitment is to provide an innovative, safe, and comfortable experience to discover and purchase high-quality original art, as well as increase exposure for our artists and galleries.

http://www.illustrationmundo.com/
* Just Illustration – A place where ILLUSTRATION gets all the Love
* Show case all the great Illustrators in the world today and make it easier for Designer,Art directors and others to find them.
* Provide current information about the commercial illustration industry
* Provide a central location where people can get inspired, share information and seek advice.
* Free!! – Participation is absolutely free- The only barrier to entry is that content submitted is relevant to illustration and of great quality.

http://www.dripbook.com
Dripbook offers its worldwide community of professional visual artists the easiest, most stylish way to display, promote and distribute their portfolios online.

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW !!! Update 8 October 08 – artmarketblog.com

It has been a few months since I updated this post so for all those artists out there looking for ways to promote themselves and for all those collectors looking for sources of new artists talent – here you go…

Culture Hall
http://www.culturehall.com
Apply for your free online artist portfolio
Unlike many other online portfolio communities, membership to culturehall is curated. Our community is primarily composed of MFAs, art faculty and other art professionals. We are open to all genres and mediums and it takes only a couple of minutes to apply for your free art portfolio.

Squidoo
http://www.squidoo.com/
Squidoo’s goal as a platform is to bring the power of recommendation to search. Squidoo’s goal as a co-op is to pay as much money as we can to our lensmasters and to charity. And Squidoo’s goal as a community is to have fun along the way, and meet new ideas and the people behind them.

Art Marketing Action by Art Biz Coach
http://artbizcoach.com/newsletter/
Alyson Stanfield’s Weekly Tips for Taking Charge of Your Art Career

Art Slant
http://www.artslant.com
ArtSlant is your spot for the most up-to-date news on art exhibitions and events in your city and the great art cities of the world. Artists can upload their profile and list details of their exhibitions.

Artist Daily Deals
http://www.artistdailydeals.com/
Daily deals on supplies and services for artists

Discovered Artists
http://www.discoveredartists.com/
DiscoveredArtists.com is serious about selling your art. You can effectively promote yourself and your work to thousands of qualified Buyers around the world on this website. Our professional site design, robust search engine, and smart marketing result in generating significant art sales for career Artists.
And, the good news? It doesn’t take serious cash to do it!
You can sell your artwork online for as little as $59 per year.

Ideas for promoting and selling art from the lazarus corporation
http://new-media.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/

artid
http://artid.com/
Artists, Sell Art on ArtId by opening your own ArtId gallery, a simple, easy to manage web gallery that helps you promote your art by providing the necessary online marketing tools to make your business succeed. Also, view and apply to Calls for Art!

How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW !!! Update 7 June 08 – artmarketblog.com

Several new avenues for artists to promote themselves and their work have recently popped up so I thought it was a good time to update this list. Enjoy!!

Seesle
http://www.seesle.com
Seesle is intended for all visual artists (professionals and leisure artists) who wish to bring their work to the attention of a large public. (Private) art collectors may also advertise work.

WebArtEx
http://www.webartex.com
Thanks to WebArtEx you can obtain widespread information on art exhbitions; gain access to artistic data and technical and economic data, as well as locations, services and supplies linked to an event with a view to creating and increasing the opportunities for exchange between the parties concerned. WebArtEx enables sellers to easily identify potential buyers and the latter to know the exhibitions and works-of-art available on the whole national territory.

GoZabo
http://www.gozabo.com
GoZabo gives artists an inexpensive portal to promote and sell their art online whether it’s jewelry, pottery or any mixed media! Gozabo also gives buyers the opportunity to save time from getting frustrated navigating thousands of artists’ individual websites AND the ability to go to one site where they can view products AND purchase them with secure shopping cart capabilities while shopping at home!

Zibbet
http://www.zibbet.com
A ‘Zibbet’ is the name for your art shop on Zibbet.com. When you name your ‘Zibbet’ you will receive a personalized web address. For example http://www.zibbet.com/mybeautifulart. You can fully customize the appearance of your Zibbet with a photo, bio and you can even display a YouTube video if you wish, as well as many other great features.

MutualArt
http://www.mutualart.com
MutualArt.com has a completely new approach to art on the web. Members can track categories of art – even individual artists – and receive new information on these from thousands of sources. They also receive advance notification of art events in the categories they choose – from exhibitions and lectures to opening parties and galas, to auctions offering works by their preferred artists.

MutualArt.com includes the world’s largest online archive of over 150,000 art related articles from over 250 quality magazines, newspapers and journals, as well as providing a conduit for galleries, museums, auction houses, art fairs and publishers to reach their target audiences over a single, global platform.

Time for another list of opportunities for artists to promote themselves and for art lovers to check out some talented artists.

Artist Rising
http://www.artistrising.com/
According to their website, Artist Rising (http://www.artistrising.com) invites you to mingle with emerging and established artists from around the world and browse their fine art and photography. Offering original artwork, fine art prints and limited edition works for immediate sale, Artist Rising allows for the discovery of creations that can express a mood, a space, or an appreciation/;.

Digital Painting Forum
A forum, gallery and shop for digital artists and mixed media artists
http://www.digitalpaintingforum.com/

Art Crazed
Network for photographers, collectors, artists, models and friends
http://www.artcrazed.com/

Pieronymus Art Network
A social network for artists
http://pieronymuskosch.ning.com/

WORLDWIDE ARTISTS Facebook Group
Facebook network for artists
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2258055248

Surrounded Art Competition:

You now have the chance to win signed copies of SURROUNDED’s latest album ‘The Nautilus Years’ and a limited edition poster. All you have to do is submit your favourite artwork/movie footage and the best entries will be included in the bands’ projections at their live shows. They can be works that either you have created yourself, or just admire by other artists. The images will then be taken by the band and sequenced in with their own videos and projected onto the back of the stage.

High resolution images should be submitted via email to info@surrounded.se or via this MySpace. Alternatively you can upload the videos on YouTube and email us the URL link. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to become a part of the band’s performance and be a part of their visual spectacle. Even if you can’t make it to a show, submit something anyway as chances are high it will still appear.

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW !!! Update 5 (April 08)

Time again for another list of websites that can help an artist get noticed. If you are not an artist but are interested in art then you should enjoy checking out all the talent that is being shown on the websites below. Something for everyone !!!

Expat Arts Network
http://www.expatarts.com
Expat Arts is a growing global network for people who live between cultures. Our mission is to bring the world closer together through creative endeavors. We have been developing the network since June 2007.

Art Break
http://www.artbreak.com
Artbreak is a community marketplace for artists and art lovers. It’s a place for artists to share and sell their stuff, tell the world about themselves, get feedback, and make connections with other artists and people who like their work. It’s a place for art lovers to find incredible work from emerging artists from all over the world.

Art Log
http://www.artlog.com/
Artlog is about connecting people through art.
You can break the Artlog idea into four basic parts:
– Catalog: Discover new museums, galleries, alternative spaces and not-to-be-missed exhibitions, parties, openings and lectures
– People: The social layer tying the other parts together
– Focus: Tumblelog- Quick way to stay current
– Portfolios: Allow users to manage their own websites through the Artlog app

Concept Art Forum
http://www.conceptart.org
Conceptart.org is a web community of artists who are here for one purpose. We want to help each other learn about art, provide the best place to showcase work, further our art educations, and to meet other artists from around the world.

Fine Art Studio Online
http://www.fineartstudioonline.com
FineArtStudioOnline is a revolutionary web site creation tool that allows an artist to create his or her own art website in a matter of minutes!

How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW !!! Update 4 Feb 08p1010058.jpg

Well, I have come across some fantastic new promotional tools for artists in the last couple of months so it is time for another installment of “How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW!!!.

Art Review Digital:
http://www.artreview.com

artreview.com is an exciting new social networking site for the artworld, creating a global forum for discussion, interactivity and debate. Our members are artists, galleries, collectors, critics, curators and the curious. As a members of artreview.com, you can:-Post artwork, blogs, videos and audio and have members rate and comment on it
-Find exciting new artists from around the world
-Sniff through last night’s party pics and post your own
-Keep up to date with news and access ArtReview magazine archives
-Find the galleries that represent the artists with ArtFinder
-Create your own discussion groups and forums
-Promote yourself and make friends

Lab For Culture
http://www.labforculture.org

LabforCulture provides services to artists, cultural managers, producers, programmers, researchers and policy-makers.
We provide:
-Information, research and analysis related to cultural cooperation and collaboration, including funding opportunities, critical perspectives, research, news, and contacts (organisations and networks).
-Online networking tools to enable and strengthen the capacity for cultural collaboration within the cultural sector.
-Promotion of the players engaged in cultural cooperation and their activities across Europe and beyond.
-Spaces for connections, exchanges and knowledge sharing between organisations and individuals.
-Platforms for discussion and discourse on current issues affecting the cultural sector.

Artmakr
http://www.artmakr.com

The Goal of artmakr, is to bridge the gap between amateur and hobby artist, and snooty art galleries. Artmakr aims to take the vast and barren middle ground. It is our Mission to provide resource and inspiration to help more people, make art, and get paid for it. As well as to encourage more people to buy original art.

I Send You This
http://www.isendyouthis.com

for the artist we provide:
-Own independent website: artist-controlled image and information upload.
-Promotion within the isendyouthis.com advertised and marketed website network.
-A secure credit/debit card payment facility that can be used in the studio or on-line.
-Art opportunity notification service
-Exhibition promotion service
-Gallery submission service
-Artwork cataloguing and sales recording
-Mailing list and press release services
-Work shown in online art galleries and online art fairs

The Art List
http://www.theartlist.com

Since 2003, TheArtList.com has been a leading online resource for visual artists and photographers
who are looking for income and exhibition opportunities to enter. TheArtList.com’s searchable database of art contest and opportunity announcements includes a wide spectrum of content submitted by art galleries, institutions and art organizations.

Time to get busy!!!

How Artists Can Get Noticed NOW !!! Update 3

I receive many emails from artist’s asking how they can get noticed by galleries and dealers so I created this post to give artist’s some ideas for ways to promote themselves. The popularity of this post has motivated me to update it regularly as I come across new websites that would be of help to artist’s trying to promote themselves. If you have any suggestions for websites for this post then please contact me via the contact form on this blog.Updated 25/12/07 Online Galleries:

Red Bubble:
http://www.redbubble.com

Art Mesh
http://www.artmesh.org
Invite only: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=462506&highlight=artmesh

Folio Snap
http://www.foliosnap.com

Merchandise:

Printfection
http://www.printfection.com

The Art Group
http://www.artgroup.com

Networking:

Digital Consciousness
http://www.digitalconsciousness.com/

Organization of Independant Artists
http://www.oiaonline.org/

Miscelaneous:

Fine Arts Title Registry
http://www.fineartstitle.com/artists.php
-Capture personal commentary about each work of art: collectors will cherish it and the art’s value will be enhanced
-Certify your work was brought to life through your own creative effort; sign the Registered Certificate to use as your Certificate of Authenticity
-Begin provenance in the online record; it is transferred to the buyer and remains with the work forever
-Document and track your entire inventory with offsite, secure records

International Registry of Artists and Artwork
http://www.iraaregistry.org/
The IRAA is an authority in the registration of professional artists and artwork, and as such, serves anyone interested in art – including museums, historians, commercial galleries, educators, collectors, archivists, scholars, fine art publishers, universities, curators, estate managers, students, art insurers, and of course, artists.

Fine Art Adoption Network
http://www.fineartadoption.net
FAAN is an online network, which uses a gift economy to connect artists and potential collectors. All of the artworks on view are available for adoption. This means acquiring an artwork without purchasing it, through an arrangement between the artist and collector. Our goal is to help increase and diversify the population of art owners and to offer artists new means for engaging their audience.

Artist Pension Trust
http://www.aptglobal.org
Artist Pension Trust® (APT) is the first investment program dedicated to the needs of emerging and mid-career artists. APT’s long-term financial planning services allow artists to invest their artworks alongside a community of select artists, thereby providing a uniquely diversified, alternative income stream

Update 9/8/07
I have received several suggestions of other websites where artists can promote their work so I have decided to add the new resources to the list. If you have any other websites that you think should be on the list then send me a message using the contact box.

For The Artists: GET NOTICED NOW!!art-show.jpgart-show.jpg

In response to a large number of artists asking me how to market their art I have decided to write a basic guide for artists on how to get noticed online. The internet has opened up endless opportunities for artists to promote and market their work but with so many avenues of exposure it can be difficult knowing which to utilise and which to avoid. To keep things simple I have created a list of the most important avenues of self promotion for artists and links to relevant resources.

Networking:
One of the most important avenues of self promotion for artists is the involvement in, and interaction with communities of artists. By networking with other artists you get the benefit of their experiences, expertise and contacts within the art market which could lead to opportunities to exhibit your work, sell your work or be represented by a gallery of dealer. The internet has allowed global communities of artists to come together through online forums and groups to promote their work and enhance their marketing skills. There are many online communities of artists the best of which are:

Wet Canvas: http://www.wetcanvas.com
Saatchi Online Gallery: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Surreal Art Forum: http://www.surrealartforum.com
Artists Network: http://www.artistsnetwork.com
Art Span: http://www.artspan.com
Online Visual Artists: http://www.onlinevisualartists.com
EBSQ Art: http://www.ebsqart.com/forum/
Art Forums UK: http://www.artforums.co.uk
D’art Fine Art: http://dart.fine-art.com/MessageList.asp?intBoardID=7966
Deviant Art Forum: http://www.deviantart.com

Online Galleries:
Online galleries allow you to create your own online exhibition space and also offer your work for sale. Even if you don’t sell anything, having your work in an online gallery is great exposure. There are lots of online galleries many of which are not very good so below is a list of some of the better online galleries:

Yessy: http://www.yessy.com
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com
Art By Us: http://www.artbyus.com
Imagekind: http://www.imagekind.com
Absolute Arts: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolio.html
Empty Easel: http://www.emptyeasel.com
Boundless Gallery: http://www.boundlessgallery.com
Ekaweeka: http://www.ekaweeka.com
Fine Art: http://www.fine-art.com

Competitions:
Art competitions are a great way of getting exposure for your work and allow you to compare your work against other artists. Below are some links to websites that list art competitions.

British Arts: http://www.britisharts.co.uk/competitions.htm
Art Deadlines List: http://www.artdeadlineslist.com/
Art Show: http://www.artshow.com
Saatchi Gallery Showdown: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/showdown/

Art Marketing Websites:
Art Biz Blog: http://www.artbizblog.com
Art Biz Coach: http://www.artbizcoach.com
Art Business: http://www.artbusiness.com
About Art: http://painting.about.com/

Blogs:
Another fantastic way to gain exposure is to create a blog that documents your career as an artist. Below are some links to free blog platforms:

WordPress: http://www.wordpress.com
Blogger: http://www.blogger.com

Merchandise:
Get your artwork printed on everything from mugs to t-shirts and even create prints of your work using these great customer merchandise creators
Cafepress: http://www.cafepress.com
Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com
Finer Works: http://www.finerworks.com
Art Cards Wanter: http://www.artcardswanted.com

Happy Creating!!!

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Buying Urban and Street Art Online – artmarketblog.com

Buying Urban/Street Art Online – artmarketblog.com

'Not For Nothing' limited edition print by Borf available from lazinc.com

'Not For Nothing' limited edition print by Borf available from lazinc.com

Urban/Street art is a great genre of art for collectors on a budget with such a wide variety of works by very talented artists available for very reasonable prices. What makes collecting Urban/Street art even easier is the huge number of online galleries that are dedicated to Urban/Street art. The big names such as Banksy, Nick Walker, Keith Haring, Adam Neate, Antony Micallef, Faile, Blek Le Rat, D*Face, Paul Insect, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Jef Aerosol etc. command pretty high prices for their original works but limited edition prints by most of these artists can be purchased for relatively reasonable sums of money.  If you want to buy a work by an emerging artist there are plenty of fantastic emerging urban/street artists who are producing fantastic work that just might be the next big thing. Because original works are, for obvious reasons, more desirable than limited editions, if your budget doesn’t stretch to an original work by one of the big names it is worth considering an original work by an emerging artist. At 1loveart.com, for instance, a range of original works by emerging artists are available for less than 500 pounds which is amazing considering the quality of work available.

To help those interested in buying or collecting Urban/Street art I have compiled a list of the best Urban/Street art online galleries. What ever your taste or budget you are sure to find something that interests you.

http://s-editions.co.uk/home.html

http://www.stolenspace.com/

http://www.blkmrktgallery.com/

http://www.airmonkey.co.uk/

http://www.papermonster.net/home.php

http://www.newimageartgallery.com/

http://www.lazinc.com/available-art/

http://www.handmadeposters.com/

http://printcave.co.uk/index.html

http://www.vegasstreetart.com/index.php

http://www.hanguppictures.com/

http://www.picturesonwalls.com/

http://www.urbanuprising.com.au/

http://www.blackratpress.co.uk/

http://www.1loveart.com/index1.html

http://rarekind.co.uk/category/shop

http://www.thebricklanegallery.com/

http://www.stelladore.com/

http://www.urbanangel.com/

http://stealfromwork.org/

http://www.littleartbook.com/

http://www.mutatebritain.co.uk/

http://www.prescriptionart.com/

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.