“Business of Being an Artist”

By Daniel Grant

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This updated and expanded version of the classic “Business of Being and Artist) provides every visual artist with a useful practical guide to develop and build their own professional art career.

Daniel Grant writes about the experiences of dozens of practicing artists, describing their real-life challenges and the solutions they found to overcome them. This book covers everything from art gallery etiquette to the legal rights of artists, including chapters on:

  • Making the transition from school to the working world
  • Developing relationships with art dealers
  • Handling criticism and rejection
  • and more..

New to this edition are expanded sections that look at utilizing exhibition venues from sidewalk fairs to regional biennials to national parks, selling in other countries, talking with collectors about your art and yourself, avoiding the perils of defamation, transporting and travelling with art, using “greener” materials, and the experience of becoming an artist later in life and of artists’ children. 

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Daniel Grant is a contributing editor of American Artist magazine. He is the author of six books including The Artist’s Guide: Making It in New York CityHow to Grow as an Artist, and The Fine Artist’s Career Guide (all published by Allworth Press). His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as ARTnewsArt in America, the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalNew CriterionArt & Auction, and Art & Antiques, among others. He has taught courses and lectured on career issues for visual artists at numerous colleges and public arts agencies in the United States. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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