Friday, September 5, 2014

Looking for Opportunties to Show Your Latest Work? (Sept-Oct 2014 Deadlines List)

It's that time again.  Fall is upon us.  

Time to get down to Art business!

Monday morning I landed in Paris after a 6-week, 6 city, cross-country tour of the US.  Even though I’m a bit road weary and still suffering from a severe case of “Summer Brain”, I managed to pick a few interesting exhibition opportunities for you.

Checking out “Your Feast Has Ended” at The Frye Art Museum in Seattle.

As always, I’ve taken the time to weed out the fluff, high entry fees, and time-wasters.

No nonsense.  Just the good stuff:

International Print Center New York is looking for new limited edition and unique works and videos, installations and other projects that use printmaking as a major component. Deadline: Sept. 15th.

The Morris Graves Museum of Art is accepting Exhibition Proposals for new and innovative work that promotes community engagement for it’s 2015 and 2016 exhibition calendar. Deadline: Sept. 20th.

‘The “F” Word: Feminism Now’ - ARC gallery is seeking new engaging work for an upcoming exhibition exploring what feminist art was, what it has come to be, and where it is going. Possible submission topics: Ideals of feminism, Feminist aesthetics, Feminism’s presence in contemporary society and Feminism in popular culture / Celebrity Feminists. Deadline: Sept. 20th.

SOIL Artist-Run Gallery in Seattle is currently accepting proposals for shows that will take place between April 2015 – March 2016. Deadline: Sept.  27th.

Purdue University Galleries are accepting Exhibition Proposals in all media including new and emerging technologies for the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center Gallery and the Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette. Deadline: Oct. 1st.

The City of Auburn Washington is seeking artists and/or artist groups working in two-dimensional media to exhibit their work at two City of Auburn gallery spaces during 2015. Artists and/or artists groups of diverse mediums are encouraged to apply. Deadline: Oct.6th.

Women In Art ~ An Exhibition on Herstory and Themes of Identity. LH Horton Jr Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College is seeking work by women artists that reflects women’s stories, culture, and themes of identity. Deadline: Oct. 6th.

Central Booking - Artist’s Book Gallery accepts submissions for upcoming exhibitions.  Themes presently open for submissions: Criminology/Forensics, Psychology/Memory/the Mind, Archeology, Technology Now and Then, Paleontology, Entomology, Mineralogy.

The Kansas City Artists Coalition is currently accepting Exhibition Proposals and applications to its International Residency Program.  Proposals may be for solo, two-person or group exhibits in 3 galleries and the Project Room. Deadline: Oct. 15th

Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is currently accepting solo Exhibition Proposals for its 2015-2016 exhibition schedule.  Deadline: Oct. 24th.

BIG Hair+ BIG Dreams + BIG Love,

p.s. Not sure how to write a strong exhibition proposal for your work?
Get help here:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dig Deep. Take Risks. Get Awkward.

For the month of August I’ve jumped continents for another cross-country U.S. summer trip, but I wanted to share the work of an amazing artist you should know about.

Joy Mckinney is a NYC based artist who explores contemporary social and cultural ideas about gender and race through photography and video. 


Folks, this is emotionally dense and surprisingly intimate stuff!  I actually felt my heart rate speed up during parts of the video. 

Her work is a reminder that sometimes the big rewards come from digging deep and being brave enough to take risks in both your work and in your career.

Big Brave Love,


Friday, June 20, 2014

The ART-FIX Podcast is Back! Send in your Questions for Podcast #5.

Just in case you missed the memo...The Art-Fix Podcast is back!

That means I'm standing by to take your art marketing and career questions for upcoming episodes.

The whole point of the ART-FIX podcasts is to get you the help you need. In each podcast I offer up advice, stories, and opinions so you can learn from my personal experiences.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it a million more times: Other artists are one of your most powerful resources.

Send me your questions so I can fit them into Podcast #5.

So don’t be shy about getting the help you need.  

I’m here to help.

Big Love,


Friday, June 13, 2014

Advice for Artists who don't live in an "Art City".

When artists ask me about ways they can build a solid foundation for their art careers, one the biggest pieces of advice I give them is to make sure they spend time looking at art.  And I don’t just mean wandering around the Museum of Modern Art.

Contemporary Artists  need to spend a considerable amount of time discovering work by other contemporary artists.

You know, artists who are still alive and making stuff.

More importantly, you've got to make a habit of sticking your nose into new places and seeing what other artists are up to in other parts of the world. 

You need to know what other contemporary artists are making, what international galleries are showing, and what collectors are buying.

Last fall I wrote about why artists should make it a point to attend at least ONE international art fair every few years so they can stay informed on what's happening in the world of contemporary art. 

After I wrote that post I immediately got 3 email replies that basically asked the same question:  

“Traveling to an Art Fair is expensive! How am I supposed to afford that?”

So without further ado I give you…

How You and a Friend can go to Art Basel Miami Beach for under $700!

Here's a simple cost breakdown:

Flight: Des Moines International Airport to Miami $259 ( + $10 for your checked suitcase)  $269

Airport shuttle:   Taxi or Super Shuttle (Round trip for 2 adults) $70.

Hotel:   Save yourself a small fortune by skipping the over-priced Miami Beach hotels. Book yourselves 2 nights in a room through Air BnB for $69 a night. Like this one:

Food & Tasty Beverages: Since you’re on a tight budget, it’s unlikely you’ll be hitting the very popular pool scene bars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to at least one nice meal while you’re in town. This is Miami, baby!  You gotta live a little!  Splurge and allow yourself $50 a day.

Transportation:  Either hoof it or take the bus.  The South Beach Local, #123 will become your new best friend.  
Only take taxis when absolutely necessary.  Bus: $2.25/ ride or 1-Day Pass - $5.65

Fair Tickets: If you’re only in town 2 days, chances are you won’t have the time or energy to hit more than a couple fairs each day.  

My Top 5 Fair Picks:

Art Basel Miami Beach-- $42 (One Day)

(Tip: After 4PM the ticket price is discounted to $32. 

If you hurry from the airport to drop your bags off at your crash-pad, you can arrive to ABMB by 4PM, save yourself $10, and still enjoy have 4 hours of viewing time at the mother of all art fairs. Which is probably about as much as your brain can absorb in one go anyway.)

AQUA Art Miami -- $15 One day fair pass –OR- $70 Multi-day fair pass (Aqua, CONTEXT and Art Miami)
CONTEXT  -- $35 one day pass.

NADA (free!).

So.... that comes to a per person total of around $700.

It is a huge investment?  Yes.

But it’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to spend 2 or 3 days in the absolute epicenter of the a contemporary art world.

There’s so much to be learned from looking. 
There's so much to be gained by simply "showing up". 

When you're an artist that doesn't live in an "art city" it's easy to fall into a nearsighted view of what's happening in contemporary art. 

It's easy to forget just how big and diverse the contemporary art world is. More importantly it's too easy to forget just how many options are out there for showing, promoting, and selling your work.

The “Art World” is your world. It's time for you to take an active part in it.

If you start planning TODAY you have a little under 6 months to figure out how to get yourself to Miami.

What are you waiting for?

Over to you:  

Are you planning on going to ABMB this year?  

Which art fairs have you visited?  Which fairs are your favorite? 

What's your opinion of the whole art fair phenomenon?

Share your thoughts in comments.

Big Love,


Friday, June 6, 2014

What Risks Are You Willing to Take for Your Work?

At the end of 2006 I took a break from painting. 
The break wasn’t really by choice.  

I didn’t have a studio space and I was getting really frustrated with painting in the corner of my tiny dining room.

So instead of painting, I started working on some small collages. One day, out of boredom, I started taking photos of the images and photographs I was working on. In a matter of hours I’d created over 200 images. At the end of the day I filed the images away on my computer and didn’t think much about them again... until I heard about the En Foco New Works PhotographyAward.

At the time, I didn’t really think of myself as a photographer, so I didn’t feel very confident about applying. After all, painting had always been my primary medium. 

In my mind I made up a million excuses for why I shouldn't bother sending my work in for this opportunity:  

"What business do I have entering a competition at this stage in my career?" 

"What if my work isn't a good fit for the organization?"

"What if my work doesn’t measure up to the work being submitted by the other artists?"

Sound familiar?

In the end I decided to take a chance and submit my work. That one decision changed everything...

Dancing for joy as I accept my En Foco New Works Award of $1000 at the Opening Event at
Taller Boricua Gallery in New York City.

A few months later I was standing in a New York City gallery being awarded an En Foco New Works Photography Award. Not only did becoming an En Foco Fellow help me find the motivation and courage to complete what would become the (Re)calling and (Re)telling series, it was an opportunity for guidance and exposure that truly helped push my entire art career forward.

In the years since receiving the En Foco New Works Award, the (Re)calling and (Re)telling series has been exhibited in numerous international galleries, museums, and art fairs and went on to become one of my most popular and most recognizable bodies of work.  At the end of 2013 the series was acquired for the permanent collection of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Moral of the story:  
If you want to get your work out into the world, 
you have to take chances.

Sending out your work for exhibition opportunities is an important and absolutely necessary career step for artists. Not only does it build your artist resume, but it also builds confidence and good professional work habits. 

Are you ready to take some chances?

A few opportunities you should know about:

En Foco's New Works Photography Fellowship helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area.  Deadline: July 7.

21 Artists is excited to announce their next project for artists based in Chicago and London. OVERHE(a)R(e) is an international arts collaboration that will explore how artists can take inspiration about place, memory and community from artists across the world to inspire their own practice.  Deadline: July 15.

Hudson Gallery in Sylvania Ohio is now reviewing portfolios from artists seeking representation. Submissions will be accepted in all media including painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and the fine crafts. Deadline: June 30.

The Arts Center Gallery at Delaware State University is seeking artwork that directly or metaphorically examines and responds to the Civil Rights Movement. Deadline: August 4.

The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo is accepting submission for the upcoming exhibition “The Landscape Today and Tomorrow”, a juried exhibition that scrutinizes the land and the environment, as it currently is, and possible unanticipated reformations. Deadline:July 25.

Center for the Arts in Rockport Texas is accepting exhibition proposals for solo and group exhibitions:  Deadline: August 2.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento California is now accepting solo and group exhibition proposals of cohesive bodies of work for its 2015 exhibition season.  Deadline: August 2.

Lanesboro Arts Center Residency Program offers  2 - 4 week residencies for emerging artists, working in all media,  to create new work that integrates with the local community.  Deadline: Jun 30.

The American Institute of Indian Studies in Chicago is offers 4-9 month Creative Arts Fellowships for artists who demonstrate study in India would enhance their skills, develop capabilities to teach in the US, enhance American involvement w/ India’s artistic traditions, and strengthen links w/ peers in India. Deadline: July 1.

The Santa Fe Art Institute Residency Program offers artists 1 - 3 month residencies to take risks, experiment on new projects and/or continue on works in progress.  Deadline: July 5.

Marlin & Regina Miller Gallery at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is now accepting proposals for its 2015 Residency Project from artists who wish to create site-specific installations in the gallery from Jan. 20 - Feb. 5, 2015.  Deadline: July 18.

Don't let your fear rob you of an opportunity that might change your life forever.

Wayne Gretzky was right:  

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." 

Big Love,

p.s. A few more resources for you:

Need help crafting a polished, professional Exhibition Proposal for your work?  

Wanna research more Artist Residency opportunities?  
Go here:

Looking for more Open Calls?  Go here:


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ARTISTS: How to Snap Out of "Desperation Mode."

“Waiting for permission, waiting for help, waiting for understanding, is not doing.  
So you gotta knock it off.”

Last year I came across an amazing keynote speech given by writer/producer/director/filmmaker Ava DuVernay about the mental shift an artist must make in order to "cast off the coat of desperation".

And although DuVernay was specifically addressing filmmakers, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities in how I see many visual artists approach the making and promotion of their work.

Too many artists are waiting for their “big break”, holding themselves back because they don’t know the right people, or somehow waiting to be invited to “the big dance” rather than taking the leap and creating their own opportunities.  

As DuVernay tells it like it is:  

There are no keys to the kingdom.  
There is no secret password for access.

Watch DuVernay’s entire speech here:


What excuses have held you back from really sharing your work with bigger audiences and making more sales?

What are some steps you could take today to go from simply thinking/hoping/dreaming about a project to actually doing a project?

Share your ideas in comments.

Big Love,


Monday, May 19, 2014

ARTISTS: Having Trouble Finding Shows? Check out these Opportunities.

This month I have a nice handful of  promising exhibitions opportunities I thought you might be interested in.  

As always, you can be assured that you won't find any insane application or  jury fees  in the following Open Calls I've listed below. I only pass along opportunities I believe are actual opportunities for you to show and/or sell your work.

No nonsense.  Just the good stuff:

Buffalo Arts Studio is currently accepting Exhibition Proposals from emerging and mid-career artists for the 2014-2015 schedule. Each year, Buffalo Arts Studio hosts solo and group shows by local, national, and international artists. Solo exhibitions focus primarily on emerging artists who have not had previous solo exhibitions in Buffalo.

The Kennedy Heights Art Center in Cincinnati is currently accepting proposals for its 2015 exhibition season. The center is offering group and solo exhibitions to emerging artists whose work is socially-conscious, stimulates conversation, or involves community collaboration.
Deadline: May 23rd.
Open Call for Women Artists-  Open call for entries for artwork The 11th Biennial  Exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn.  Open to All Women Artists.  Deadline: May 30th.
Women's Caucus for Art Colorado- Call for Entries:  Juried show of works that explores the theme “Unleashed”.  Submitted artwork will explore the theme of being released from entrenched opinions, issues, and methods of doing things and explore the challenge of finding alternatives in our personal lives, larger surrounding and even the globe. 
Deadline: May 30th.
Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami is accepting proposals for 1-mo. exhibitions by emerging and established Artists. The Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami offers opportunities for emerging and established curators and artists each month in their Swenson Gallery and Main Gallery.

Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn is currently accepting proposals for 2-wk solo exhibitions.  Soapbox Gallery is dedicated to providing a forum for visual artists to engage in the issues of our time and express themselves publicly without censorship.
The Aaron Siskind Foundation grants Individual Photographer's fellowships to support artists working in still photography and photo-based media. Deadline May 23rd
The Newspace Center for Photography in Portlandis currently accepting exhibition proposals.The Newspace also accepts submissions/proposals by film/video/sound installation artists for a one-night only exhibitions during their monthly First Friday artist receptions.  Deadline May 31st.

You can't win if you don't apply.

Get to work!

Big Love,


Monday, May 12, 2014

Why I Took a “Time-Out” from Blogging.

This year I took an unusually long hiatus from the Art-Fix blog. But I'm definitely back!

Sometimes slowing down or taking a full-on “time-out” is exactly what you need to regroup and gain a bit of clarity and direction.

"Don't call it a come back.  I been here for years!"  

Over the past 2 years I’ve written articles, conducted interviews, created podcasts, hosted tweet-chats, and offered consulting sessions and workshops. I truly feel like I’ve helped a lot of artists get the information they need to get their work out into the world, but I also had this nagging feeling that something was missing.

Here’s what I’ve realized:

- As much as I love working 1-on-1, it isn’t really the most effective way to share my knowledge with the artists who need it.  Also---it’s exhausting. Between my studio schedule, social life, and travel schedule, I need to find a better way to do this work before I suffer complete burn-out.

- There’s so much more to be learned within a group dynamic. In a class or workshop environment, you aren’t just learning from the teacher or presenter, you also learn from the other artists in the group. 

I’m just one voice in the conversation. 
We have a lot to learn from each other.  

And the best way we can learn from each other is by sharing our experiences.  It’s time for us to really combine our skills and knowledge.

So with this idea in mind, for the next 12 months or so the mantra of the Art-Fix blog will be “Mastermind”. 

Here’s what I have in store for us:

ART-FIX podcasts are back!  
Every few months I’ll host a Q&A podcast that features answers or advice for whatever problems you’re facing.  I don’t have the answers to everything, but I’m happy to offer advice, encouragement, and resources based off of my own personal experiences as a working artist. 

You can download the latest podcast for here:

I’ve experimented with these in the past, and they are crazy fun!  For those of you on twitter, I want to offer you another way to get advice and help you need.  Side note:  Do you feel like you have a hard time networking and finding other artists? These tweet ups are also a REALLY great way to meet other artists to connect with!)

Guest Posts
I’m only one voice. I’d like to have a few other artists jump into the conversation.  That’s right---I want to hear from YOU.  I want to encourage artists to share their stories, ideas and lessons learned.  To find out how to contribute a guess post to ART-FIX --and get PAID for it—Go here.

Summer In-House Residency Accountability Group
I’ve written about my own In-House Residency projects before, and even  had a few artists join me along the way.  This year I’m taking it to the next level.  

If you’re looking to kick-start your studio practice, complete a big project, or just be part of a group that holds you accountable so you can make some REAL progress, you should join us. 

It’s going to be A-W-E-S-O-M-E. (No exclamation point necessary.)

Rock Your Art Blog Mastermind 
In November of last year I hosted the first RYAB Mastermind.  It was 4 weeks of “roll up your sleeves and get to work” fun.  In addition to the weekly lessons, the small group setting really provided a lot of clarity and feedback for the artists who joined. It was a great experience and I’m eager to do it again. Wanna know when the next mastermind starts?  Click here.

Long-Term, 1-on-1 Art Career Mentoring 
As much as I love doing 1-on-1 Laser focus sessions, I’ve found that I really help artists most when I can work with them over a much longer period of time. This year I’ll be focusing my energy on working long-term with a much smaller group of artists.  If you’re interested in working with me this year, click here to add your name to the info list.

Training Videos 
How do I get my work into more shows?”  “How I do decide if I should spend money applying for this?” “Is this show a good fit for my work?” Sound familiar?  

I’m in the middle of creating a straight forward training video that’s all about finding good exhibition opportunities for your work.  I’ll guide you through the process step by step from researching and understanding the different types of exhibitions out there, to deciding which exhibitions offer real opportunities for advancement, and which ones are just a complete waste of your time.

So that’s what’s up.

We can learn so much from sharing our experiences. I’m just one voice in the conversation.  I want and need your help and ideas to keep ART-FIX up and running.

We’re in this thing together.

It’s you and me ‘till the wheels fall off darlin’!

Big Love,

p.s. Mad props if, even before you read the caption, you knew where the image in this post came from.

If not, click here to enjoy my personal theme song:

*dancin' real cool-like with my hands in the air*