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Artist's resource : the Watson-Guptill guide to academic programs, artists' colonies and artist-in-residence programs, conferences, workshops
Chambers, Karen S.
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New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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N8600 .C49 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Provides guidance in selecting artistic training.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Part of the Getting Your Act Together series, these small paperback guides help users find various venues for further training or concentrated work. Each guide contains four parts. The first part, called "Living to Make Art, Art to Live" or "Living for the Theater" in these volumes, discusses the factors and options involved in making career decisions in each field. This is followed by the longest section in each book, a selective directory of educational and professional programs in the U.S. Listings, arranged state-by-state, are extensively annotated and include workshops, training programs, university and museum-based programs, apprenticeships, artists' colonies, and artist-in-residence opportunities. Interspersed among the entries are sidebars that highlight particular programs or discuss issues such as the need for an agent. Part three deals with business aspects of careers in the theater or the arts, and part four is a list of books and other resources. The index in each volume includes a list of programs by type (academic programs, workshops, etc.). Artist's Resource intends to provide a real-world take on being an artist, addressing the question of how practicing artists survive in our society and how to subsidize art making. Part three discusses starting a business, pricing work, working with galleries, and learning copyright issues. The bibliography provides more resources on the business of art and marketing. Theater Artist's Resource sees itself as a personal research tool. It particularly serves those who desire instruction in such aspects of theater as mime, puppetry, playwriting, production design, and management, as well as acting. Its goal is to help users find their niche in the theater business. Both guides are written by professional in their fields, adding a voice of experience to the information presented. High-school and public libraries might consider including these titles in their career or education sections as supplements to more comprehensive resources.

Choice Review

Chambers (would-be artist, museum curator, exhibitor, author of several other books relating to art) intends in this book to help potential artists pursue careers in the arts. She focuses on the traditional fine arts: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, book design, and mixed media, and excludes commercial art, graphic design, and illustration. Part 1, "Living to Make Art, Making Art to Live," explores the decision to become a professional artist and discusses the role of the amateur artist. It is a realistic evaluation of the possibilities that exist for artists, furnishing serious artists a pep talk and a positive career outlook. Part 2, which lists artists' programs in the US alphabetically by state, uses icons to identify academic programs, artists' colonies, artist-in-residence programs, conferences, and workshops. Each entry gives concise information about the program, followed by a more detailed description that explains what makes the program unique. Part 3 covers business aspects of art: how to sell work, starting a shop or business, and tax information. Part 4 provides a bibliography and general index. Even without the introductory material, users would not have problems. The format is pleasing, and there are generous illustrations and photographs. Highly recommended; libraries may want copies for both reference and circulation. R. P. Sasscer; Catholic University of America