Happy last week of classes y’all. Grad school flew by and I’m sad to be leaving, but I wanted my last post to be some words of advice that I wish someone had told me in the start.
Networking. Sometimes in the art world it seems like it’s all about who you know. So to get all of the things you have to know all of the people. Which is hard when you’re an artist and an introvert. But networking is possible even if you prefer secluded studio time to cocktail parties.
The biggest thing is that the art world is full of weirdos, and I mean that in the best possible way. You may think you’re weird, but that gallery owner is probably also an artist and is probably also a nerd. So don’t be afraid to talk to people. At the base level, you know that you have an intense love of art in common.
So find you’re weirdos and stay in contact with them! Be a friendly face, go to every opening that you can, and talk about art!
If you are a first year, get organized this summer! The second year goes by so freaking fast and you’ll be buried in applications and begging for studio time. Try to take the next few months to reflect on the ten billion critiques you just had and set yourself up for success next year,
If you are a second year, don’t stop making art. Student loans suck, but not making art is worse. Stay in contact with each other. Hold critiques. Keep going to MICA events. Hang out with me and we can talk about art.
WOAHHH it’s the last week of classes!
For those of you focusing on getting teaching jobs, let’s talk about that a bit.
The College Art Association (CAA) is a great resource for finding opportunities. They contract with institutions to get job postings. You need a membership to take full advantage, but it’s only $60 annually for students.
The CAA also hold a conference every year, held in NYC every other year. I went this year so here’s a bit of insight…
The conference is a 4 day event that includes lectures, a career fair with scheduled interviews, and a book fair. First things first, DON’T GO THE FIRST DAY. They have a pay as you wish pass available for one day only, but definitely do not choose the wednesday. There were only 2 employers present, neither from the US. And the book fair wasn’t open. Big disappointment.
I do think, however, if I had been there the next day, it would have been fruitful. It gives you a chance to practice interviewing and forces you to get your professional materials in order. You can leave resumes with employers and make connections with other attendees. So all in all, I would go again, and plan on it for 2019.
Just a note, I had with me a full teaching portfolio, which I shared with the 2 schools that I spoke with. It included:
Even if you don’t want to attend this conference but are interested in teaching, these are the documents that most application as for. So start prepping!!
Another website that is free and good for college level teaching jobs is:
And if you’re interested in k-12 check out:
Looking for exhibitions?! Check out this link!
These are spaces that are owned or run by alumni! That means that MICA people are involved. And MICA people love MICA people so there you go!
Finding exhibition opportunities can be tough.
Here are some good ways to find open calls:
Also (MINOR PLUG) get involved with GradEx! It’s a great way to get a solo show on your resume!
In my opinion, these are the worst and hardest things to write ever. Between a CV and an Artist Statement, it’s like, what else could I possibly say about myself that you don’t already know?!
Biographies are helpful though to get to know that background of an artist in a quick and concise way.
Here’s a link that I found helpful:
Basically some things you can include are:
And that’s pretty much it. Post some below and I’ll take a look!
The Meyerhoff Internship Fellowship is due April 23rd!!
SO let’s talk about internships…
Internships can be a great way to get your foot in the door with a company. Although they are sometimes unpaid, they are great experiences to have on a resume and sometimes lead to paid positions. When looking for an internship you can reach out to companies with or without open calls. If there’s some place that you’re super interested in working at but they don’t have information on their website about positions, email them your CV and cover letter anyway! You don’t know what it could lead to!
One thing to look out for is that you are being treated like an intern, not an employee. Interns are meant to be working under a mentor, learning while doing. If an employer is asking too much of you, or is asking you to do things you don’t know how to do, speak up! Work deserves pay!
The Meyeroff Internship Fellowship is an opportunity for MICA students to get funding to do an internship. For example, if the internship is unpaid but in San Francisco, the fellowship could pay for your rent while you are away. Or if the internship doesn’t pay enough and requires you to travel often, some of those expenses could be covered. Emily Joynton (ILP ‘17) was granted the fellowship last year and it helped her with an internship she did in Philadelphia at Print Fresh!
If you’re looking for a resource to find internships, the MICA Internship Blog is a great place to start!
This link is a database of the internships done by MICA students. That means that these employers are familiar with MICA students and what they have to offer, which makes them more likely to hire you! On the right you can filter by location or category making it an easy search!!
Here are more resources provided by MICA Career Development:
Fine Art reviews are coming up this Friday April 21st!!
1-4PM in Main Building!!
So let’s prepare, shall we?...
Fine ARt Reviews are a chance for artists to sit down with different galleries and curators to get feedback on their work. And sometimes these conversations can lead to shows (for example Kyle Kogurt MTR ‘16 got a show in Brooklyn at Victori+Mo)!!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
WHAT TO BRING:
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
More info here!
Also, here’s a link about business cards!
Happy MICA Grad Show III everyone!
This post I want to focus on artist statements because now we are all done with Thesis and people are coming up to us asking about the work, which is awesome but sometimes stressful! Having a well crafted artist statement will help you formulate your ideas in a concise way that you can use in conversation with dealers, gallery owners, and other artists.
First, here’s an example of what NOT to do:
So many artist statements are filled with vague gargon that makes them super tendious and unreadable. If you don’t know what you’re actually saying, don’t try to hide it behind fancy adjectives. The best thing to do is be clear and direct. Talk about what you make, how you make it, and why you are an artist. Simple as that.
Here’s a link provided from Career Development on how to craft and artist statement!
And as always, find more resources here!
DUE THIS FRIDAY 04.14 - Meyerhoff Graduate Fellowship
Because of this upcoming deadline, this post is about GRANTS!! For those of you who don’t know, the Meyerhoff Graduate Fellowship is a $2,000 Professional Development grant open to students who have completed 2 or more You+ classes. It’s an incredible opportunity! I was the recipient of this grant in 2016 and it funded a trip to LA to attend the annual Arts & Society Conference at UCLA and to see lots and lots of West Coast art! SO APPLY IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE!!
Writing grants can be a daunting task. So Career Development has created an amazing resource called the Grants and Competitions Sourcebook:
This PDF is vital to a successful grant application! It goes over different types of grants (individual artist grants, travel grants, emergency grants, etc). It also provides lots of DOs and DON’T’s which will be helpful when crafting your own grant proposal.
Some things to note:
Residencies are a magical place where artists get to make work. Some pay you, some you have to pay for. Some are with a lot of other people, some isolate you in a cabin on a mountain. There’s a residency opportunity out there for everybody, the trick is finding the right one.
Here are some databases for finding residencies:
Through these resources you can search by location, duration, type of work, etc. Some residencies are super popular and competitive (Skowhegan, Vermont Studio Center) and some are more lesser known (which makes them cheaper!). Some are just for studio space but not living and offer professional development help. No matter what, they are an opportunity to develop your work and dedicate time to your studio practice with less distractions.
Make sure the residency is right for you by figuring out if they have a studio, a private or public room, a travel stipend, an exhibition, or any other opportunities connected with them. Check out the resumes of some of your favorite artists and see what residencies they have participated in. Maybe you’ll want to apply for the same!
Also, side note, there are tons of residencies in NATIONAL PARKS! So yea. Apply to them.
Next week: GRANTS
Probably one of the most important documents you send out with an application!
The main thing I want to stress in this post is some DOs and DONT's for resumes and CVs. But first...everyone must know that RESUMES AND CVs ARE NOT THE SAME THING!
So let’s look at an example.
Say I’m adding my position as GPA at MICA.
Here is how I might display that on my RESUME:
Maryland Institute College of Art, Graduate Program Assistant to Mount Royal School of Art, Baltimore, MD
Here is how I might display that on my CV:
Maryland Institute College of Art, Graduate Program Assistant to Mount Royal School of Art, Baltimore, MDAssisted in the organization of Visiting Artists’ and Artists in Residences’ critiques, lectures, seminars, hospitality, and travel. Worked as Facilities Manager to ensure the proper upkeep of Mount Royal instillation/gallery and studio spaces.
Another few notes about organization:
The design of your resume is also very important. Printing with one bold color or on nicer stock paper can make a difference! To learn how to format a resume in InDesign check out this link:
More resume templates can also be found here:
Next post = Residencies!