Online business and career help for artists

Artists wanting to support themselves through work in the field of visual arts can find help at a new Continuing Studies online resource

Artists want­ing to sup­port them­selves through work in the field of visual arts can find help at a new Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies online resource.

At any given time you can go to the Inter­net and locate just what you need: the ety­mol­ogy of the word ‘serendip­ity,’ instruc­tions for repair­ing a chim­ney, or tips for writ­ing a per­sua­sive resume.

UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies Pro­fes­sor Leslee Nel­son recently launched another help­ful online resource: a web­site for artists who want a career based in the visual arts.

A brightly-colored trove of infor­ma­tion and resources for the artist, The Flour­ish­ing Artist cov­ers top­ics such as locat­ing a stu­dio, mar­ket­ing your art, show­ing your work, and win­ning a grant, along with videos depict­ing some artists who sup­port them­selves in unusual and inno­v­a­tive ways.

Nel­son devel­oped the web­site over many years with the help of sev­eral stu­dents, and it’s already prov­ing pop­u­lar: “The first week after the web­site was announced to area artists and art groups, it received 1,000 hits,” she noted.

Nel­son has long been inter­ested in help­ing artists sup­port them­selves through their cre­ative work. She’s taught a credit course, The Busi­ness of Art, in the UW-Madison Art Depart­ment and coor­di­nates a Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies series of non­credit courses (click on ‘Sub­ject’ and then ‘Art’) focus­ing on the same topic.

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