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Barry Cooper II

A "Passing" Fancy

The IRS is scrutinizing pass-through businesses (like artists). Use these tips to avoid audits

According to IRS statistics, small business formation and tax filings increased by 15% percent between 2007 and 2011. As a result the IRS's largest increase of audits were of flow-through entities in fiscal year 2012.

Nadia Oussenko

Singletrack: Choreographer Nadia Oussenko

On directing the dance-film "Nothing to See/Hear"

Nothing to See/Hear is a love story about two women and their unraveling relationship. As the estranged couple poses in a portrait studio, each reflects on their former intimacy. The story is set to the bittersweet track A True Story of a Story of True Love by The Books.

Raphaelle Ziemba

Singletrack: Choreographer Raphaelle Ziemba

On the participatory series, "Dance: A Moving Canvas"

"Dance: A Moving Canvas" is program that seeks to expand dance audiences in Chicago by enabling participants to deepen their understanding of the choreographic process. Three choreographers were chosen by jury to develop work for the program.

2nd Floor Rear Director Katie Waddell

So You Wanna Run an Art Festival.

Tips and tricks from the director of 2nd Floor Rear

Chicago’s art scene suffers from mid-career flight because Chicago lacks resources for financially sustaining professional artists… I wanted to find a way to re-frame these purported weaknesses as specific characteristics, and in so doing, celebrate Chicago’s DIY art scene.

Barry Cooper II of Limelight Accounting

Your Art Business ... Or is that Hobby?

Look at your arts practice like the IRS to know what you can deduct.

Due to the unconventional nature of the creative hobby business, it is often difficult to determine the best way to account for profits and losses on tax returns. When tax season comes around artists often discover they spent more money on materials and equipment than they made in income, so they show a loss for their creative venture to offset their normal employment income.

Erica Mott

Singletrack: Erica Mott

Rehearsal footage from the interdisciplinary "3 Singers Opera"

The interdisciplinary performance "3 Singers Opera" explores the female body’s relationship with machinery, particularly with the labor, production and policies of the textile industry.

Photographer Rosy Torres with CAR Visual Arts Editor Andi Crist

The Edit: Photographer Rosy Torres

Writing yourself out of your statement

The key to a good artist statement is to dig into what the work is about. Perhaps calling an essay an "artist statement" is misleading, as artists generally seem to think it should be about them. Your artist statement should be a statement by the artist and about the work.

Cara Huffmann

Law for Artists: Fair Use

The use of protected works balances unevenly between the First Amendment and the Constitution's copyright clause

Copyright law can be confusing, especially with the abundance of misinformation circulated. In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers, and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise.

CAR Editor JC Steinbrunner interviews Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program at DCASE

Portfolios, Pitches and Projections: Overcoming Those Grant Application Blues

An interview with Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program, DCASE

Budgets, work samples and artist statements haunt our efforts to get the free grant money we so richly deserve. CAR sat down with Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program at DCASE, and herself a dancer, to give us some straight answers on how to calculate a budget, prep a portfolio and write a statement.

Nicole Garneau

The Edit: Performance Artist Nicole Garneau

Making a statement flexible for artists with multiple bodies of work

Garneau works in so many media and has so many interests that one artist statement will never quite capture her work. We'll develop a customizable model: a base statement that satisfies the core criteria of her interests, and room to slot in a specific work example that reinforces the base.

The 3rd Language

3rd Language

A Queer Collective Interview

3rd Language is a Chicago-based collective of artists and thinkers exploring and embracing difference, otherness and transgression. They name this otherness and transgression "queer." Jeff Oaks, CAR’s literary researcher, and Andi Crist, CAR’s visual arts researcher interviewed them to find out more about their mission.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: Copyright Duration

Copyright lengths for individuals, joint works, works made for hire and anonymous

Copyright law can be confusing, especially with the abundance of misinformation circulated. In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This series of articles will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: The Basics of Copyright

Copyright defined, owner rights, and the benefits of registration

In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This article will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

Whitney Carter of Carter&Citizen

Are Art Fairs Worth the While?

The owner of Carter & Citizen in L.A. tells us how she makes the call.

Whitney Carter opened Carter & Citizen in September 2011 in the Culver City arts district of Los Angeles.

Traci Hercher and Madeline Nusser hash it out at Washington Park Art Incubator

The Edit: Photographer Traci Hercher

A look at punctuation issues that can make or break an artist statement.

We're artists. We paint, dance, act, strum, perform and write. But are we (even you, authors) masters of writing about what we do? Not always. Still, the world expects us to spell out the our ideas and goals in order to score the grants, residencies and jobs we need. The Edit is a look at artists' statements, bios, cover letters and the editorial process that shapes them into more persuasive arguments for one's practice.

James T. Green

Digital Self: Managing Your Online Presence

How artists manage personal and professional personae online

I put myself in the mindset of baking. My art-making and design work are the cake, the foundation. They take the majority of my time and energy. Social media is the icing that lends a voice to what I do—just enough but not overpowering.

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

So What, Now What: A Contemporary Art Curatorial Conversation (2 of 2)

Now what: the effect of customization on the curatorial experience

This panel discussed the emergence of new ways to engage audiences in artworks through customized exhibitions and avenues for visitor participation. Panelists considered in depth the implications of audience expectations that are increasingly driven by popular culture and informed by widespread use of social media.

Lillstreet Arts Center

Field Notes: Lillstreet Arts Center

CAR's Visual Researcher spends two weeks at the Northside arts hub.

Often the artists who say they have a “studio” here simply have their name on one of the hundreds of shelves that line the ceramics wing. “But we like that,” Robbins assures me. “We want everyone to feel like they have a place to work and feel like part of the family here.”

South Logan Arts Coalition

Artists Helping Artists, Helping Neighbors

South Logan Arts Coalition puts artists in vacant storefronts

As makers, we should all be inspired to lend some time and resources to support our colleagues in their own practices and confront the needs of the neighborhoods that we work in. South Logan Arts Coalition has done just this.

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