Resources for Visual Artists

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The following listings do not reflect any endorsement by the Arts Council of the information, programs or services offered by these organizations and websites. They are provided only as a convenience to visitors to our site doing research on these topics.
 
 

Fairs and Festivals

ArtFairCalendar.com lists shows in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, New York and other east coast and west coast venues.
 
Art Fair Source Book is a subscriber-based national listing of art and craft fairs and festivals.
 
VisitNC.com Calendar of Events is a free, searchable online listing of fairs, festivals and other N.C. events throughout the year.
 

Financial Information

Arts Tax Info is a Web site created by an accounting firm that addresses basic tax questions for artists in a variety of disciplines and provides useful worksheets for tracking income and expenses.
 

Funding Sources

Emergency
 
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation offers emergency support of up to $10,000 to painters, printmakers, or sculptors with at least ten years professional experience. Grants to mid-career artists in these disciplines are also available.
 
Artists’ Fellowship Inc. offers emergency assistance to professional fine artists.
 
Craft Emergency Relief Fund provides small grants, loans, and other forms of assistance to craft artists in crisis. The web site also has useful links to professional resources for artists.
 
Pollock-Krasner Foundation offers grants of up to $30,000 to painters, sculptors, and printmakers based on merit and financial need.
 

Other Regional and National

 
See NYFA Source and other online sources under Opportunities, or some of the publications listed below.
 

Insurance

Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center is a listing of health insurance programs and carriers available to artists and searchable by state.
 
Fractured Atlas is a nonprofit that provides services to artists and arts organizations. The site includes information about health insurance, liability insurance, and other forms of insurance relevant to arts professionals.
 

Legal Assistance and Resources

See also NYFA Source for faqs on art law and articles on copyright and contracts.
 
ArtBusiness.com provides an introduction to cmomon legal questions and references for further study.
 

Opportunities

Art Deadline provides information about funding, commission, residency, exhibition, and other opportunities for visual artists, media artists, and writers. Subscriber access only.
 
Art Deadlines List provides listings of grants, competitions, residencies, jobs, festivals, and other opportunities of interest to visual and media artists. Some information available to all visitors. Two subscriber lists, one paid and one free.
 

Publications and References

Finding Funding. Online database of close to 8,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers. Monthly, quarterly and annual subscription rates available.
 
How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul, by Caroll Michels. 5th rev. ed. New York: Owl Books, 2001.
 
Arts Marketing 101: A Handbook for the Fine Artist by Constance Smith. 3rd rev. ed. Artnetwork Press, 2007.
 
Photographing Your Artwork by Russell Hart. 2nd ed. Amherst Media, 2000.
 
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist/the Professional’s Handbook by Tad Crawford. 4th ed. Allworth Press, 1999.
 
Money for Visual Artists, ed. Suzanne Niemeyer. New York: American Council for the Arts (now Americans for the Arts), 1993.
 
Your Craft Business: A Legal Guide by Richard Stim. NOLO, 2003.
 
The Affluent Artists: How Creative Could You Be If Money Wasn’t an Issue? The Money Book for Creative People by Rick DiBasio. Morgan James Publishing, 2008.
 

Residencies

Alliance of Artist Communities is a national service organization for the field of artist communities. Their web site and directory offer information about artist communities in the United States and selected international sites.
 
Artspace in Raleigh offers two six-month Regional Emerging Artist Residencies and one four-week Summer Artist-in-Residence annually. The regional residencies offer a free studio and an exhibition at the end of the year. The summer resident works in an open studio and teaches one adult workshop and one youth class. The residency culminates in a solo exhibition. See web site for application deadlines and further information.
 
Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro invites emerging and established artists and scholars to create site-specific works using the objects and architecture of the Elsewhere collections and facility. Residencies last up to one month during the residency season which runs from April to October. Visit the Web site for more information about requesting an application.
 
Hambidge Artist Residency Program in northeast Georgia offers two- to eight-week residencies from February to December, with reduced stipend and scholarships available. See Web site for details.
 
HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence Program is an artist residency program in South Carolina offering rent-free space for eleven months and a stipend in exchange for work performed for HUB-BUB. See web site for application deadlines and further information.
 
McColl Center for Visual Art offers three-month residencies with studio space, lodging, and stipends to artists selected by a national jury. Four- and 18-month residencies with private studio space are provided to regional artists, who are chosen by a panel of area arts professionals.
 
Penland School of Crafts offers three-year subsidized residencies to craft artists at transitional points in their careers, with studio space and housing provided at below-market rates. Residents are encouraged to participate in the life of the Penland community. See web site for application deadlines and further information.
 
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts offers two-week to two-month residencies to artists in music, literature and the visual arts at its Mt. San Angela facility in Virginia and at Le Moulin â Nef in France. See Web site for more information.
 

Resources

Artist Help Network is a service designed to help visual artists find information about career-related questions, exhibitions, commissions and sales opportunities, funding, legal issues and other resources. Commercial sites pay for listings; nonprofit organizations receive free listings on the site.
 
Artist Trust focuses on Washington State, but the site also has extensive general resources for artists.
 
The Foundation Center publishes print and online directories of funding opportunities and offers tutorials and information for grant seekers through its web site.
 
National Association of Independent Artists offers marketing and resource information to artists who show work at art fairs and craft shows. Site is generally accessible, but some benefits restricted to members.
 
NYFA Source a service of the New York Foundation for the Arts, provides articles and listings on topics of interest to visual artists, including grant opportunities, residencies, insurance, legal information, etc. Site is accessible to all visitors.
 
South Arts offers several services addressed to visual artists’ needs, including ArtsOpportunities, a free online listing of funding, employment, exhibition, and other opportunities available to artists; SouthernArtistry, a juried showcase of work by artists working in the southeastern region; and an extensive links page, organized by discipline.