The Latest:

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.

field notes

Field Notes: Visual Art

CAR's visual arts researcher reports on visual arts communities and organizations around Chicago.

Visual Arts Researcher Andi Crist is moving around the city reporting on and engaging with local artists, arts administrators and advocates to expand our understanding of the visual arts landscape in Chicago.

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

So What, Now What: A Contemporary Art Curatorial Conversation (1 of 2)

So What: The Role of Experimental Exhibitions in Strengthening the Field

In the spring of 2013, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation convened former recipients of its Exhibition Award—given since 1998 to support the work of innovative curators—and other experts for a facilitated conversation on the impact of experimentation and customization in the field.

Ignite Glass Studio

Profile: Ignite Glass Studios

West Town facility expands glass art resources in Midwest

Since opening its studio, Ignite has worked to expand awareness of the glass arts to creative communities in Chicago. Ignite currently offers public-access studio hours and classes for independent artists; after-school programs with Chicago Public Schools; and community appreciation through the rental of its event space.

Granted: Mary Patten on Maker Grant

Mary Patten on Winning the Maker Grant

CAR's ongoing series of successful grant application strategies

It’s really important to decide which project pursue from all the projects an artist might be working on. Be very careful in choosing your project. Make sure there’s a good correspondence there. One of the ways to figure that out is to look at whom else they’ve funded.

Starving Artist: June 29th, 2013

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Culinary and Visual Arts

Artist Sabina Ott and Chef Bill Kim discuss working together on CAC's "Starving Artist" fundraiser

"Collaboration is a quality-of-life issue. It becomes an act of hospitality and generosity, an idea that what you do ultimately permeates everything that you are" ..."And we are all in that same community: We’re creative, and we’re working with our hands."

Rebecca Kling

Spending Money to Make Money

Rebecca Kling on ways to invest in your practice

As an artist, spending money on non-essentials is a difficult concept to get behind. When you’re struggling to make rent, putting money into an abstract project is hard to justify. Why should you put money toward something that might help you when you can pay for something that you need to do now.

Gross = Net/(1-Charges)

Calculating Net Profit After Taxes and Surcharges

A simple formula to account for the costs of doing business

Setting a base price is difficult enough: You have to assess the state of the market, your relationships with potential collectors, your sales and exhibition/performance history, your volume of output and perceived demand. Then comes a patron. You "run the numbers" which, for most creatives, means you worry about it for a while. A number floats into focus.

Creatives at Work, Music

How to Get a Gig

Creatives at Work Forum, Music - 18 March 2013

Learn from venue and festival talent buyers directly as they demystify the booking process. Hear first-hand what they look for in a booking submission, and how booking decisions are made.

Creative Chicago Expo 2013

USA Projects: We help artists fund projects

Jesse Rosen of USA Projects and Lauren Levato, a funded artist

An introduction to, a non-profit site built exclusively to help artists fund their projects (almost $4 million in 3 years).

Your Proposal Toolbox

Alice Feldt of Time Gift Artist Assistance

So much of an artist’s access to exhibitions, grants, and residencies begins with proposals.  Learn basic time management, organizational skills, the components of a successful proposal, and useful virtual tools. 

Creative Chicago Expo 2013

Building a Professional Toolkit for Careers in the Arts

John Sisson of Career + Coop at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Tempestt Hazel of Chicago Artists Coalition / Chicago Artists Resource

Prepare for creative careers in today's job market. We will discuss cutting edge practices for developing resumes, written materials, and online portfolios, as well as strategies for finding jobs and building networks to support and develop career paths.

2013 Creative Chicago Expo

Start Your Music Career the Right Way

David M. Taylor, II of House of DT Music

Basic building blocks that artists, songwriters, and producers need to get their music careers started properly.