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Artist residencies and artist grants are great opportunities for creative growth. Grants help by giving you the economic power to accomplish projects that might be impossible for you to complete on your own because of cost and scale. Residencies are wonderful opportunities to create art and interact with other artists in a creative community. Residencies also offer refuge from daily distractions so you can generate new ideas and develop your craft in a dedicated space.

1. Hone Your Writing Skills

It’s tough out there, and the competition has only grown in recent years because of the economic downturn. When applying for grants or residencies, you aren’t going to be judged on your artwork alone; you need to be able to communicate well in writing. If you live in a major city, it’s possible to find free writing workshops available through arts councils and other nonprofit organizations that help artists. For example, in the Washington DC area, the arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland ( offers a variety of free workshops for working artists. Organizations like this often keep track of opportunities and calls for entry on their websites. Se...

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4 Art Pricing Mistakes

Jul 16, 2015 10:03:00 AM

You’re finally at a point where you’re ready to start selling your art, but you have no idea where to begin. Or maybe you’ve been selling your art for a while now, but you’re worried you’re not asking enough for your work and are failing to make sales. The art world can be a strange and difficult place: tastes are fickle, dealers are dismissive and the economy is down. Sometimes marketing yourself and handling money feels uncomfortable because those aren’t the reasons you became an artist in the first place. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes artists make when trying to sell work, and how to fix those mistakes: 

Sell your art

1. Charging Too Little

Never undervalue your skills as a working artist. A good rule of thumb when pricing artwork is:

Cost of materials + (hourly rate x hours spent creating)

Size doesn’t matter. Sometimes a beginner’s mistake in selling artwork is to price solely based on size, ignoring the cost of materials and other factors. What if you’ve created a very small piece, but used a ton of high quality oil paints, gold leaf and expensive glazing mediums? You’d probably want to charge a decent amount of money for it just to break even on your costs. Let’s pretend you want ...

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