Art of the Call

Nan Curtis, Artist in Portland Oregon   posted by Chris on Jan 19, 2013

Here's another Art of the Call video podcast where we ask directors, artists and curators to talk about the call for entry process.

In this episode, Nan Curtis talks about:

Finding a Call

Start regionally

Luxury of being in Pacific Northwest you can be an international artist, Vancouver BC down to SF

College campus galleries have a funding base, interact with students, more community involvement

Regional Arts Culture Council is local organization that sends out nationally

A curator in town that always sends out information, must be on some kind of list

Local curators who are exposing in different ways

Lots of people coming through Portland right now

Keep your eyes open

Choosing work

They are often thematic

I will propose a piece

I do nuanced things, you look at the page - look how the page looks, a flow of the eye

Chronologically too - nice to follow a conceptual thread

Photos of work

I hire photographers

Stand with them because my view and their view can be different

I have very specific ways I want my work to be seen

Typical for sculptors, I'm surprised how hard it is for a photographer to see what I want to see

I can't get the images that they get, I don't do it anymore - so hire someone


If I did it I'm successful

I have an inflated ego about my own art but artists do in general because we love our own work

I don't have an idea about success or not success - I can reflect after the fact

I have a problem of editing which is a typical problem for artists - you make the work so you want to show it all but it shouldn't all necessarily go in - but I tend to put it all in

Sometimes the best success is when it leads to something else

I like pieces that seem relevant 10 years later still - I'll even re-show those pieces in an effort to create a conversation that refers back

I don't get caught up in the notion of success

At the show

I totally go, be there for the opening, want to hear what people have to say.

If you could be a fly on the wall - especially in another city - that's awesome

It's amazing to be somewhat anonymous when you're not in your home town

At a recent show I was in the gallery and held hours - that was interesting

One on one conversations blew my mind

The art market / business of art

There's always going to be a market for art - nothing holds value more than art

It's just the market in general sucks right now

I've never made art to sell

Why wouldn't you want to think about your art as a way to make money

Art is a business and you should treat it like one

Make a budget, follow the budget through

Give yourself goals and timelines, one year, 5, 10 year goals

Try writing your own obituary

There's more!

Lori Zimmer, writer, curator and art consultant in Brooklyn, New York

Jenn Dierdorf, Soho20 Gallery in New York, New York

Lisa Scails, Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in Danbury Connecticut

Abbie Kundishora, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven Connecticut

Is there democracy in art? We asked 30 artists, directors and curators across the country.

Kim Holleman, Artist in Brooklyn, New York

John Aasp, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport Texas

Seth Boonchai, New Orleans Photo Alliance in New Orleans, Louisiana

Matthew Weldon Showman, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jason Andreasen, Baton Rouge Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Judi Betts, Artist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Doreen Ravenscroft, Waco Cultural Arts Fest in Waco Texas

Eleanor Owen Kerr, Photographer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Matt Werner, Arizona Artists Guild in Phoenix, Arizona

China Adams, Artist in Los Angeles, California

Jeff Alu and Stephen Anderson, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in Santa Ana, California

Steve Lopez, ArtZone 461 in San Francisco, California

Catharine Clark, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California

Ted Gall, Sculptor in Ojai, California

Daniel Stauber, The Crucible in Oakland, California

Karen Gutfreund and Priscilla Otani, Women's Caucus for Art

Randall Hodges, Nature Photographer in Lake Stevens Washington

Arts of the Terrace in Mountlake Terrace Washington with Judy Ryan

Marrilee Moore, Glass Artist in Everett Washington

Schack Art Center in Everett Washington with Maren Oates

Recology Artist in Residence Program in San Francisco California with Deborah Munk

Eastside Association of Fine Arts in Bellevue Washington with Charlette Haugen

Springbox Gallery in Portland Oregon with Erin Leonard

Edmonds Arts Festival in Edmonds Washington with Patti Sullivan, Dawn McLellan and JB Halverson

Newspace Center for Photography in Portland Oregon - Chris Bennett

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art with Director Rex Bruce

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - Sally Hedman

Sandra Banister, Photographer in Portland Oregon

Mat Gleason Curator, Art Critic and owner of Coagula Curatorial art gallery in Los Angeles

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, California

Roseville Arts Blue Line Gallery with Kathleen Mazei

Onyx Fine Arts Collective, Seattle Washington

Doña Ana Arts Council: Renaissance Artsfaire and Las Cruces Arts Fair

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine

Ground Arts and Rogue Space | Chelsea

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

NextByDesign: Occupy: What's Next? call for posters


Art of the Call.

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