Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reading: Artists and Museums (Listening actually)

I just listed to a great course called "Envision your art in museums" by Alyson Stanfield of ArtBizCoach.com . She walks listeners through the structure and purpose of art museums, helping artists understand how to prepare if they dream of an exhibition at a museum.

The course is especially germane as she outlines the way museums choose, plan and fund exhibitions. I've heard many artists bemoan that so few local artists are exhibited in our local museums. Alyson astutely points out, museums are here to serve the public, not artists. So, for an artist to exhibit there, the museum has to be able to see how the artwork will fulfill their public educational purpose. Well, good point! While the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's mission might be to do anything we can for artists' careers, other institutions and organizations have different purposes. I recommend checking out Alyson's course if your long term goals include museums.

1 comment:

Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Thanks, Julia! I'm glad you found value in it. Just got back from three book signings in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. What a cool job I have!