Resources for artists abound. The biggest challenge may be deciding to which advice you should listen and how much you want to read and research. Below are some of OVAC’s recommendations to help your art practice. Let us know if you have more specific questions.

I'm just getting started as an artist. What should I do first?

This is an exciting time! We recommend you immerse yourself in art and art making. Below are some suggestions with links to resources and articles.

  • Make art! Consider: Are you refining your techniques and concepts? What is consistent about your work?
    • Do you need more studio training?
  • Attend as many exhibitions and art events to consider where you might want your art someday.
    • See art and see how others make art.
  • Meet and learn about other artists.
    • Even if you really want to work alone in your studio, meeting other artists will help you in many ways.
    • Participate in artist groups, whether formal demonstrations or informal gatherings (friends).
    • Volunteer: help the community, meet people and learn how things work.
    • Attend training in business skills and technology.
  • Get on as many email and mailing lists as possible: learn about local, regional and national events.
    • Follow galleries/museums/groups/artists on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
  • Show your work and/or apply:
    • Test the waters, see what it’s like to show it to the world.
    • Prepare for rejection if it’s a competitive submission. Unfortunately, rejection is part of being an exhibiting artist.
    • Prepare for selling artwork (and know you don’t have to).

…Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once. Build your artistic practice one step at a time.

I have already shown some and make artwork regularly, but am ready to take it to the next level and/or make some money at it.

I feel fairly established and have shown lots, what’s next?