Monday, September 14, 2009

Success as an Artist ~ reflections on Ms. Fraser’s advice

I flew back from San Antonio on Saturday in order to attend the seminar “Success as an Artist” presented by Catriona Fraser of the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD on Sunday. The experience of learning from Catriona about how to navigate the world as a fine arts professional was eye opening.

She covered all the basics like: how to present your work, pricing, writing press releases, when to contact local curators, how to improve your odds in getting into juried exhibitions, and how to pursue gallery representation. We received a packet of information and an amazing CD full of additional information that was discussed or touched on during the day. So much valuable information was presented that by the end of the day my head was spinning some.

My husband will sometimes use the anology of drinking directly from a fire hose when in a situation where new ideas are rapidly presented for an extended period of time and every fact is so important that you really want to ingest everything so as not to miss out. This was my experience. There was just such great advice presented in a very candid, funny, and brass tacks sort of way that I am left with a need to correlate and organize the information in how it relates to my art career. I spent the majority of today thinking about and going over the seminar notes, musing and trying to figure out how to best apply this information. I think aspects of this seminar will be topics I write about over the next week and probably the following months as a plan starts to get implemented.

See you tomorrow with more thoughts, Liz


UPDATE: Ms. Fraser is going to give another seminar at Montgomery College in Silver Spring on Sunday, October 4. If you are interested in attending please visit the Fraser Gallery for more information.


L.Holm said...

That must have been a great seminar! I love the analogy of the drinking from the fire hose.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi Liz,

Yes the seminar was amazing! It was full of valuable information and I just found out she is giving another one at Montgomery College in Silver Spring on Sunday, October 4th.