It’s A New Day, It’s A New Dawn, It’s A New Decade… New Year’s Resolutions for Artists

“Only put off until tomorrow, what you are willing to die left undone.” Pablo Picasso

The beginning of a new year always puts me in a pensive, introspective mood. It just feels like the right time to sit back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, and develop a plan to move forward towards new goals. But, being a creative thinker can have it’s drawbacks during this time of reflection. It’s easy to overlook how far you’ve come, unless you develop a quantifiable system of measuring. For a lot of artists, achieving a goal “doesn’t really count,” because by the time they get there, they have already upped the ante and set a new goal. It is precisely for that reason I suggest you sit down and WRITE DOWN you realistic career goals for 2010 and the resolutions you will have to complete to achieve them. Then, make another list for 2020, the goals you want to achieve in the next decade. Put each list in an envelope to be opened on January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2020 respectively. Make it a tradition to spend New Year’s Day as your day to appreciate how far you have come and how much you have done.

For most emerging and mid career artists, the single most important thing you can do for yourself is decide to spend 2-3 hours per week “doing your homework.” My gift to you this holiday season is a fairly extensive list of resources for you to peruse on a monthly basis, searching for viable opportunities. For artists that need to develop a “paper trail” for their resume, there is no better way than entering juried shows and competitions. There are a number of websites that offer exhibition opportunities for artists. Sometimes, a fee is involved to enter the show, other times it is a call for exhibition proposals that requires no fee. The fun thing about checking these websites frequently, is the odd and/or unique opportunity that comes up once in awhile that might be just perfect for you…a chocolate bar company looking for an artistic wrapper, a three week residency in Japan (all expenses paid), the opportunity to be an artist in residence in Yosemite National Park, an historic penitentiary in Philadelphia looking for site specific sculptors to transform the jail cells, the US Mint looking for artists to design the new quarter or submissions of art for vending machines…yes, all of these are real opportunities that I have found on these websites. So, if you are really serious, BOOKMARK THIS PAGE and look at it everyday.  You can go to one of these websites each day to scour for opportunities (sorry, about February and days where there are only 30 days) But, at least this will give you a strategy…if today is the 10th of the month, start with number 10, tomorrow do #11 and so on…by the end of month, you are ready to start at #1 again…kind of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge!

  1. http://www.westaf.org/artistsregisterblog/
  2. http://www.cac.ca.gov/artistcall/
  3. http://www.artcalendar.com
  4. http://www.artdeadlineslist.com
  5. https://www.callforentry.org/festivals.php?apply=yes
  6. http://re-title.typepad.com/opportunities/
  7. http://www.collegeart.org/opportunities/
  8. http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/index.html
  9. http://www.artdeadlines.com/
  10. http://www.theartlist.com/
  11. http://southbendart.org/index.php?lt=1&p=see_exhibitionopportunities
  12. http://www.indplsartcenter.org/Exhibitions_and_Events/For_Artists/
  13. http://www.artperk.com/ListingSearchResults.aspx?lt=1
  14. http://www.artsconnect.com.au/callforartists/index.htm
  15. http://artistsregister.com/opportunities.phtml
  16. http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/visual-arts/callforartists
  17. http://www.lacountyarts.org/
  18. www.wooloo.org
  19. http://www.asingularcreation.com/list.htm
  20. http://www.dezeen.com/
  21. http://www.callsforart.com/
  22. http://www.zapplication.org/shows.phtml
  23. http://www.juriedartservices.com/
  24. http://www.artandeducation.net/announcements
  25. www.artslant.com
  26. http://www.artandartdeadlines.com
  27. www.artsmarter.com
  28. http://miraslist.blogspot.com/
  29. http://www.artheals.org
  30. http://artisttrust.org/index.php/for-artists/opportunities
  31. http://bayareaartgrind.com/category/exhibition-entriescall-for-artists/
  32. http://www.unitedstatesartists.org
  33. http://losangelesartresource.wordpress.com/
  34. http://www.entrythingy.com/artists

These sites changes frequently, so don’t just rely on my recommendations, but do internet searches of your own to discover constantly new sites that are being developed. Some of the sites require a “premium” sign up for more listings, but I have never found that necessary, as there is plenty of free information out there. Make it your resolution this year to submit to 3-4 opportunities per month. This is not an activity that you will ever give up, kind of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge, once you finish, it’s time to start all over. At the end of the year, you will have a concrete way of judging your success by admiring the activity on your bio. Remember, this is just a start, happy hunting!

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