In my last blog post I suggested that renewal for artists might come in many different forms. What is challenging right now, for those still sheltering in place, is that the available sources of renewal are still mostly online.
For artists whose inspiration comes from human contact with the living, breathing, touching, feeling world, how do you get what you need? Museums and galleries are slowly reopening, but many changes in the art world will be long lasting.
You may have discovered the benefits of participating in the new art world. You enter virtual shows where you don’t need to pay to ship your art. You attend online art fairs and conferences that used to require expensive travel. You connect with new communities of artists, explore museum and gallery exhibitions that were too far away to visit, and even participate in events through virtual art talks and art walks.
Now it is time to build these resources into your daily life. If this seems overwhelming, take it slowly and try to control what comes at you. Sign up for email newsletters of art organizations that interest you, so that you receive regular communications. Include one or two national art resources, like Hyperallergic or Artsy or Creative Capital, so that you are in touch with what is going on in the larger art world. Explore and select art publications specific to your medium, like Fiber Art Now or Lensculture or Plein Air Magazine.
Schedule a regular time to review these publications so that you incorporate new information into your daily life. It isn’t the same as meeting real people or seeing art in person, but you will stay connected. When the art world opens up again, you’ll be better prepared to benefit from all the resources you’ve discovered.
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.