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The business side of your art – learn how to do it better.

Alex Lehmann talks about tax issues affecting arts businesses at a recent Artists Night at VAE.

If you are a visual artist that sells your work or wants to sell your work, then you run a business. Part of Triangle ArtWorks mission is to help visual artists (as well as artist in other disciplines) have better access to the tools they need to be more financially successful. One such tool is education -ways to learn how to run a better arts based business and make more money doing it.

If you follow us on social media (twitter, Facebook) you know ArtWorks will keep you informed about all the educational opportunities that we know about.  But there is a great opportunity coming up that we want to bring special attention to.

Visual Art Exchange, a local organization that has tons of great programs to support visual artists in the Triangle will present Business of Being an Artist on April 21.  VAE presents this lecture series twice a year.  This year, the program covers the following topics:

Finding Exhibition Opportunities & Presentation

  • Panel Discussion: What are galleries looking for?
  • Portfolios and why you need one!
  • Resources: finding exhibition opportunities.
  • Framing your artwork.

Broadening Your Art Business:

  • Teaching workshops: Is this a good option for you?
  • Etsy: getting started.
  • Free websites.

Marketing and Self-Promotion

  • Panel Discussion: Self-promotion for working artists.

I have participated in BOBAA before and it is always a wonderful, engaging program and well-attended.  I am particularly excited this year, as I will be moderating the panel on Arts Marketing, and have lined up some panelists with varied and extensive experience in marketing themselves and others.  So far, the panelist include, Kim Wiess of Blueplate PR; visual artist Heather Gordon of Golden Belt; and visual artist/cartoonist, Paul Freidrich.  I know these people have some great stories to tell of marketing successes (and failures) to learn from, as well as tips and tools.

So, come join me, and VAE on April 21.  And learn how to be a better business.


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Visual Art Exchange gets a larger space and expands programming..

If you are a visual artist and have never heard of Visual Art Exchange, then you are missing out on a great resource.  Not only does VAE now oversee SPARKcon, but they also provide tons of services for the visual arts community, such as the annual “Business of Being an Artist” seminars, as well as other programs.  They describe themselves as a “non-profit creativity incubator and gallery that supports and educates emerging, professional and student artists”

But if you HAVE heard of VAE, then you know what great work they do.  And now, with the recent relocation of their gallery to a new 4,080 sq. ft space at 309 W. Martin Street in the Warehouse District of Raleigh, they are able to do much more.

The Main Gallery.

This move has been well documented in the media (such as here, here and here) so we don’t have to go into all the background, but I think it is important to highlight what this move means in the way of additional services and opportunities for artists:

  • Doubles the size of the Exchange Gallery.  The Exchange Gallery can now feature 8 to 10 VAE artists every month.  Click here for info on how to apply.
  • Doubles the size of the Main Gallery, allowing VAE to expand the number of artists in their current schedule of 12-16 exhibitions a year.  More information here.
  • Adds a new experimental space called “The Cube“.  Previously, VAE had separate annexed space (without HVAC!) for experimental work and installations. The new space will allow for a year round schedule of exhibitions and more opportunities for artists who work in alternative mediums.  Artists are juried into this space.  Find more information here.
  • Provides room for a new Retail Incubator Program, that combines business education with exhibition.  VAE will feature and work with 5 artists (currently a potter, clothing designer, paper crafter, clock maker, and a painter) on exhibiting their work and expanding their education and experience as retail-minded artists. The exhibition space for the retail incubator artists is in the front corner of the gallery.  There will be a Call for Artists for the Retail Incubator Program in the Spring.
  • Tons more storage, adequate office space, and, finally, a meeting space, which will allow VAE to take better care of artwork, and have more room for volunteers and interns.

Bathroom art by Zachary Horn.

VAE was formed in 1980 and had its first space on Hargett Street, moving to its City Market location in 1996.  VAE’s new Martin Street space makes the west end of Martin Street in Raleigh a regional arts hub, given the proximity to 311 West Martin Street Galleries, the Contemporary Art Museum,Flanders Gallery, as well as creative businesses such as Designbox and the Curatory.

“One of the most exciting things for me” says Sarah Powers, Executive Director, “is to see artists who have supported us and exhibited at VAE for a long time come in and compliment the space. Their comments about how much we have grown and how this space and neighborhood is just right for VAE really mean a lot to me, as they have stuck by us for many different eras of VAE”.

How has VAE helped you as an artist?  What other local resources have you found helpful in your work?



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