MODULE 3: Art Blogs
Q. & A. Session.
Question: Why should an artist care about the blogoshpere?
- Art blogs provide you with unique opportunities for added exposure that won't regularly happen through your gallery.
- It's simply too time consuming for most gallerists to know all the blogs that are available to promote your work on as well as which ones apply to your interests specifically. You should become familiar with the top ten or twenty blogs that promote work that is thematically compatible with your own as well as who the artists, critics, and institutions that run them are.
- You can ssk you gallery dealer for a press release and begin self-promoting a few months in advance of your own show to make sure it gets advertised at the right time by sending out to blogs that take open submissions. Sometimes, you can even e-mail a blog and ask if they take submissions or just say how much you've always admired their content and would they mind if you submitted some work for consideration.
- Many blogs take open submissions for consideration, charge nothing for promotion and many of the best art blogs have an international following. So always try to provide a link along with your name, title of the work, medium, dimensions and year of completion.
- The art blogosphere is regularly overlooked way for a young artist to garner greater attention than his or her contemporaries, but it takes a little footwork to make it happen.
- The best and easiest way to make those connections is to have a "Blogroll" or your favorite blogs listed on your artist website. This shows that you already support and follow a blog before you ask them to support you. Also, make sure to comment, follow, like or respond in kind to their efforts and you will find that they are more likely to engage with you help promote your work in the future.
PART 1: SELF EDUCATE ABOUT BLOGS AND LIST THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS ON QUIZ 3.
Question 1: Who are some creative genuis's who used Blogs to promote their work and how did they do it? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
Top 100 Blogs every artist must read
100 Great Art Blogs
70 of the Best Blogs for Creative Inspiration
Top 50 Blogs to Follow
49 Creative Genuises who use Blogging to Promote Their Art
7 Inspiring Artists who blog
Question 2: What are the biggest mistakes artists make on their blog? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
The 5 biggest mistakes artists make on their blogs and how to avoid them.
3 Big Mistakes artists make with their wordpress sites
Why most artists blogs fail
Question 3: How can you make a Blog that attracts collectors, readers, and followers? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
How to create an art blog that makes art collectors swoon
5 Ways an Artist can attract readers to an art Blog
Question 4: What are some great Blogs to promote your work on and why? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
30 Great Blogs to promote your art
70 Great Blogs to submit your art too
How to get your work featured on 45 of the best art, design and photgraphy blogs
Question 5: What are the reasons you should be blogging? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
10 reasons why your should be art blogging
Question 6: What are the best ways to promote your art using a blog? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
How to use art Blogging to Promote Your Artwork
Make your Art Blog matter
Question 7: What are some great topics to write about on your blog? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
50 Terrific Topics to write about for your art blog
Blogging for Artists - Articles that will help you blog
Question 8: What are some websites that allow your to make blogs for free? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
4 Websites to make an art business blog for free
Question 9: What are some tips to help promote and sell art through your blog? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
Tumblr for Artists - Tips to Promote Art and Find Inspiration
Blogging to Promote and Sell Your Art
Question 10: How do you get your work featured on art, design and photography blogs? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
Question 11: What are other ways to promote your artwork online? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
8 Free ways to promte your artwork on-line
How to promote your artwork on-line when you have no time
How to promote your art on-line
PART 2: PICK A BLOG OR BLOGS YOU LIKE AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 3.
Every artist should use at least one form or more of social media to promote their "behind the scenes" image. This might include working in the studio, images of your openings, and other events your work is exhibited at. Social media also might provide a look into your life and what inspires you to create art. It is a way for your audience to feel more connected to your process, interests and concerns as an artist which can result in greater sales, connections and opportunities in the long run.
Blog Platforms (Sub category)
https://blogger.com | Free blog |
https://meduim.com | Pay to play |
https://posthaven.com | Pay to play | Super Cheap |
https://siteblog.com | Pay to lay |
https://www.tumblr.com | Free blog unless you want a custom theme |
https://weebly.com | Free blog |
https://wordpress.com | Pay to Play | Super Cheap |
PART 3: PICK A BLOG WITH CONTENT RELATED TO YOUR WORK AND INTERESTS AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 3.
Listing blogs related to your work encourages two-way traffic, ups your page range and visibility on the internet and lets people know about work and issues that interest you as an artist. It can also lead to getting your work listed on those blogs in the future as their publisher is more likely to promote you if you are already promoting them. "Follow" their blog and leave positive comments and you are likely to get a fan or a "follower" too.
TOP RATED ART BLOGS
ART BLOGS WITH SPECIFIC SUBJECT TITLES OR INTERESTS
http://www.16miles.com | Covers contemporary art and art history, usually in or around New York City |
http://ayearofpositivethinking.com | Mira Shor's blog | Famous Artist and Critic
http://www.theartblog.org | An outgrowth of the Zero .1% for Art Commission : Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof |
https://anotherrighteoustransfer.wordpress.com | Performance art in Los Angeles |
http://artfcity.com | New York based blog dedicated to providing exposure to emerging contemporary art and under-known artists |
http://artobserved.com | Global contemporary art events and news observed from New York City |
http://www.artpractical.com | San Francisco based contemporary art |
http://artvent.blogspot.com | Carol Diehl's blog |
http://www.nytimes.com/section/arts | New York Times |
http://articleprojects.blogspot.com | David Gibson's blog about curatorial practice |
http://badatsports.com/category/theblog/ | Artists and “art worlders” talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and participates in it |
http://best-of-3.blogspot.com | Courtney Johnston's blog |
http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com | A Daily Journal of International Exhibitions |
https://www.creativetourist.com | Manchester’s online arts magazine |
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/ | Los Angeles Art and Culture |
http://dailyserving.com | Internation Publication of Contemporary Arts published by California College for the Arts |
http://www.artsjournal.com/diacritical/ | Douglas McClenons blog, founder and editor of Arts Journal |
https://collectordaily.com | Now Called Collector Daily, Lauren Knoblauch's photography Blog |
http://www.eastofborneo.org | Original Essays and Artists Interviews, Collaborative archive of video, images and historical texts |
https://fansinaflashbulb.wordpress.com | Presents selected works from collections of the International Center of Photography |
http://flavorwire.com | Multiple Medium Preview | Film, TV, Music, etc. |
http://www.greg.org | Blog about the creative process |
http://www.haberarts.com | Art reviews from around New York |
http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out | Official blog of the Museum of Modern Art, Very active |
http://jameswagner.com | NYC Based writer with a focus on art and politics |
http://joannemattera.blogspot.com | NYC Based painter, show write ups and art criticism |
http://blogs.artinfo.com/lacmonfire/ | Los Angeles based art critic, criticism and art criticism |
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com | New York Times Photography blog |
https://www.lensculture.com | Global online magazine and platform celebrating current trends of contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular culture worldwide. |
http://www.museomagazine.com | Art criticism, writing, and artist interviews |
http://museumtwo.blogspot.com | Writers sharing museum and art experiences |
http://museumstudies.tumblr.com | Tumblr with art criticism, writing, music, and author thoughts |
https://mwcapacity.wordpress.com | Contemporary painters who are living/working/showing in the midwestern US |
https://mwcapacity.wordpress.com | Art Videos |
http://notesoncolourmixing.blogspot.com | Commentary of paintings |
http://notesonlooking.com | Platform for Los Angeles Community, any other artist community, and an artist fair |
http://www.nyartbeat.com | New York art and events guide, Offers event listings reviews, updated daily and lists current events |
http://blogs.walkerart.org/offcenter | Variety of blogs conveying voices of the Minneapolis Walker Art Center |
http://rubyreusable.com/olympia-dumpster-divers/ | Promotes the appreaciation of art from reused, recyclable, unloved, discarded, unwanted, tossed and found, and pre-post consumer waste materials |
http://www.ovationtv.com/blog/ | A blog on architecture, dance, design, fashion, film, music, television, and visual art |
http://www.portlandart.net | Extensive images and Art Criticism from Portland, Oregon |
http://www.rawfunction.com | Artist Jef Bouillot collection of art criticism, writing, and images |
http://reckon.tumblr.com | Art Submissions of either very high or low quality art, Art criticism and writing |
http://openspace.sfmoma.org | Hybrid interdisciplinary for artists/ writers/ etc., Contributor Focused, Columnists are encouraged to write without Museum oversight |
http://subjectsofthepainter.blogspot.com | Series of interviews about contemporary painting practice, Emerging and established contemproary artists from the UK and Ireland |
http://tank.tv | Online Platform for artists | Curates programm online and in our Central London exhibition space |
http://siarchives.si.edu | Visual Archive at the Smithsonian |
http://thebonedry.blogspot.com | List of artists with names and images |
http://www.coudal.com/moom/ | Continuously updated online galleries and exhibitions |
http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com | Writing concerning contemporary painting and it's issues |
http://vernissage.tv | Covers exhibitions and events in the fields of contemporary art, design, and architecture |
http://www.woostercollective.com/#grid-view | NYC based blog about local and global street art |
PART 4: PICK ARTIST-RUN BLOG OR BLOGS AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 3.
Every artist have some favorite blogs that are run by other artists that discuss current shows or issues that are meaning fun to you. This is yet another way to let your audience know more about you as an artist, what kind of work you like and you might make friends with that blogger in the future because they appreciate the link and added exposure. Start up a conversation with someone about their blog and show an interest in what they are posting and writing about and your network will grow. Leave a few positive responses in their comments seconds and you are likely to gain a fan of your work.
ARTIST RUN BLOGS
Artist & Critic
Floris Van Breugel Art in Nature Photography
http://www.artinnaturephotography.com/gallery/flora/ | Nature Photgraphy |
Gabriel Hemery Tree Photography
https://gabrielhemery.com/2011/06/06/tree-photography/ | Tree Photography |
http://theartofphotography.tv | The Art of Photography | Video podcasts and blog |
PART 5: PICK AN ART CRITIC RUN BLOG OR BLOGS THAT YOU FOLLOW AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 3.
Every artist should have a handful of critics that they follow to stay up on their latest insights and observations about shows in the art world. Following their blog, leaving positive comments on their posts and thoughtful replies on Facebook is likely to put you on their radar. It never hurts to start a thoughtful dialog with a few critics, both local and national, as it may result in them taking an interest in your work down the line or make an introduction easier if you happen to bump into them at an opening.
ART CRITICS WITH BLOGS
http://readartny.com | Heather Zises |
Lucy Davies Photography Critic
Max Kozloff Critic Website
http://www.painters-table.com/blog-roll/art-writer-critic-blogs | Meta-list of art critic blogs |
PART 6: PICK AN ART INSTITUTION RUN BLOG OR BLOGS THAT YOU FOLLOW AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 3.
Every artist should have a handful of favorite institutions, magazines, or exhibition spaces that they follow for updates on exhibits, news, open calls, etc. You should follow institutional blogs of the spaces that you hope to show at one day and which you actively take an interest in the kind of blog information they put out. Some institutional blogs have great live feed video, interviews, demonstration videos, workshops, talks by artists and curators, and a bunch of great content that people would otherwise miss. They also give you something to talk about at opening or if you have a studio visit from someone that works there.
ART INSTITUTIONS WITH BLOGS
Art Institute Blog
Art Institute of Chicago
Game Art Institute
International Center of Photography
Kala Art Institute
Peninsula Art Institute
Milan Art Institute
Santa Fe Art Institute
PART 7: PICK AN ART BLOG OR BLOGS BY MEDUIM THAT YOU FOLLOW AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 3.
Every artist should have a handful of art blogs about the same medium that they work in because it can give them a snap shot of work from around the work in the few click and it helps to make sure you aren't making the same thing as someone else in some other place without knowing it. Art blogs by medium show you what's innovative and current long before it reaches the art magazines and can be a source of inspiration and information about what is happening in your field. Also, "following" and adding positive comments from time to time may help to start a dialogue that might get your work listed or seen on that blog in the future. Plus, people who run art blogs tend to love the arts and sometimes are curators or know more connections in their immediate community that will help you when you reach out to them about their interest in your work.
BLOG BY MEDUIM
Ceramics Arts Daily (Ceramics)
Fiber Art blogs
Fiber Art Now (Fiber/Textile)
High Fiber (Fiber/Textile)
Digital Photography Magazine
American Photography Magazine
Black & White / Long Exposure Photography
Light Stalking Pro
Tips From the Top Floor
http://tipsfromthetopfloor.com | Photography Podcast |
Print Making Blogs
Linocut Boy (Printmaking)
Social Practice Art Blogs
Social Practice Queens
http://www.socialpracticequeens.org/blog/ |social practice blog |
PART 8: PICK AN ART OR ART BLOGS THAT ACCEPT OPEN SUBMISSIONS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT TO IN THE FUTURE AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 3.
Every artist should have a handful of blogs that accept open submissions or even blogs that are open to other authors participating from time to time, where they could participate and submit work. Many art blogs are even collective or post work in multiple categories so be sure your work is a good fit and makes sense in that community before submitting. Also make sure that your images and your submission fit their guidelines and expectations.
BLOGS TO SUBMIT ARTWORK TO.
Artists Inspire Artists
Artist a day
Daily Art Fixx
Eat Sleep Draw
Fuck Yeah Illustration
Summer Fridays for Art
The Only Magic Left Is Art
Blogs for Artists