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Art Business News - Other Artists Are Your Best Friends

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 01:47 PM PDT

Any artist worth his or her salt is part of a larger arts community. Other artists are not your competition; other artists are your colleagues—and, I think you’ll find, your best friends.

I once lived in a town with lots of artists but no community. Everyone worked in their own frustrated little bubble. I tried to begin a monthly get-together, somewhere we could each share what we were doing.

But there was strong pushback. “I don’t want to meet with other artists, because someone might steal my ideas,” one artist complained.

“You paint kittens,” I sighed. “I doubt your work is going to change the course of art history. And no idea is completely original; ideas are for sharing.”

Other artists are the only ones who will know how you can overcome a technical challenge, where you can find the materials you need, and what you are going on about when you talk about your work incessantly.

Other artists will fill your shows because they’re the only ones who understand how much effort you’ve put into them. Other artists are your best resource for information as well as inspiration.

So consider joining an arts community. Contribute your knowledge and be as generous as you possibly can, always resisting that urge to hold back.

Your arts community is the best place to practice karma. The art gods smile favorably on those who give to other artists.

For a complete list of current Calls for Entry, the CaFE website is a well-established resource: 

How does CaFÉ™ Work?

Create a CaFÉ™ profile.

Creating a profile is easy. To get started, click here.

  • Your acccount information may refer to an individual artist, or may reflect a team of up to three artists (appropriate for some calls). You may have separate CaFÉ™ accounts for each purpose.

  • The information stored by the CaFÉ™ system is used soley for the purpose of facilitiating your applications to open calls for entry and for soliciting your participation in such calls within the CaFÉ™ system. Your participation in our marketing efforts is optional, be sure to review the communication options as you register.

  • For help topics pertaining to your CaFÉ™ artist profile and general information, including FAQ's, click here.

Upload work samples into your CaFÉ™ Portfolio.

When your work samples are uploaded, they'll be available for you to include in your applications. Your portfolio can store:

  • Image Files (JPEG)

  • Audio Files (AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3)

  • Video Files (3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS)

For more information about uploading work samples and formatting requirements, click here.

Apply to Calls!

With a CaFÉ™ profile and work samples added to your CaFE portfolio, you're ready to apply for calls! Click here to see a list of the calls currently available. The CaFÉ™ system works with a nationwide network of arts organizations, museums, galleries, art associations, public art programs, and many others to host a wide variety of opportunities and calls for entry on CaFÉ™, including but not limited to:

  • Artist Residencies

  • Art Awards and Competition

  • Fine Craft

  • Juried Exhibitions in many mediums and methods

  • Photography Competition


Park Hill Art Club
P.O. Box 200572
Denver, CO 80220

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