It is free and you must be an artist to be accepted to the site. They actually check you out online to make sure you really are an artist. I like that idea, because then you know that everyone you speak with on that site will be an artist. This site has a social media feel to it and has a variety of different groups within the site you can join to target your specific art interests.
An art blog that was posted on the Arts Journal that is a great one to get you thinking and well worth reading is http://www.artsjournal.com/engage/2011/08/why/
This one opens the possibility for discussions of all kinds; that relate directly to being an artist.
The Arts Journal publishes a lot of art news and will keep you aware of things going on in the art world. In addition to the blog post above, they have many bloggers discussing a wide variety of topics.
Do you have a great idea for an art exhibit, group show or travelling show, yet lack the funding to get it off the ground? Most artists do, including me. Many of us know that arts funding has been cut drastically on the national level and in SC and in many other states. Grant writing and grant funding is primarily reserved for highly educated artists. Not to say you can't get a grant, there are some out there to be had that focus on outsider art, emerging artists and those with newly minted MFA's. However, what about the established artist, that has an art inventory and experience in the art business? Have you ever heard of Kickstarter?
I just read a great story about Kickstarter posted by the New York Times online. I would like to share this information with you, the story is on their website and the url to that story is:
There is a lot of information out there and I will do my best to share what I discover with our art community so that everyone has opportunities to find their art market and their niche.
Hope this helps you find more opportunities and that you are having a great summer and staying creative!
Photo: Art by Jean Bourque, part of the Coffee Series NFS