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This issue includes articles Facebook, E-Newsletters, Increasing Online Art Sales and more.

2011 Portrait Cover Contest

Professional Artist is happy to present the winner and finalists of our Portrait Cover Contest, sponsored by BLICK Art Materials: Terry Strickland, Sara Scribner and Maayan Zari.

Online Member of the Month: Robert A. Kamarowski (rkamarowski)

Read about our March 2011 ArtScuttlebutt.com Member: Robert A. Kamarowski (rkamarowski)

Meet the Winners of Our 2010 Studio Makeover Contest

The results are in for our second annual Art Calendar Studio Makeover Contest, which ran from June 1 to July 31, 2010 and featured more than $17,000 in prizes.

Choosing An Artist’s Representative

When choosing an artist representative, do your homework to make sure you know enough about them and how the business relationship will work. Renee Phillips poses 16 questions to ask to get the whole story.

Why Artists Need to Get Their ZZZs

Are you getting enough sleep? Sleeping enhances performance, helps generate “aha!” moments, and plays a role in your body’s overall health and well-being. If you are sacrificing sleep to spend long hours at the studio, you could be doing yourself more harm than good.

How to Select the Right M.F.A. Program

Looking to obtain an M.F.A.? Researching graduate studio programs might seem daunting but knowing what questions to ask is a good place to start.

Practical Aesthetics PDF Download

Companion piece to Practical Aesthetics: Examining Artwork With a Critical Eye by Stephen Knudsen, featured in the October 2010 issue of Art Calendar.

The Challenge of Commissions

Commissioned work requires a certain focused and flexible mindset. If you are willing to take on the challenge, here are some useful guidelines to follow to make the process a positive experience.

Secrets of the Trade: Free Marketing and Business Tools (Part 3 of 3)

In the final part of this series, you'll how to sell your art on the Internet using PayPal, your own Web store and Facebook, all with no upfront costs.

Secrets of the Trade: Free Marketing and Business Tools (Part 2 of 3)

A strong Web site and e-mail campaign is essential to maintaining good communication with collectors, fans, the media and anyone else interested in your artwork. Here are three free tools that can enable you to send professional-looking e-newsletters, learn more about your audience and improve the organization of your Web site.

Online Member of the Month: Mark Goings (Mgoings)

Read about our September 2010 ArtScuttlebutt.com Online Member of the Month: Mark Goings (Mgoings)

Secrets of the Trade: Free Marketing + Business Tools (Part 1)

Used strategically, Facebook and Twitter can be effective, free marketing tools. But are you aware that there are dozens of other simple, free digital tools that marketing experts, entrepreneurs and even big corporations use all the time to manage and market their businesses?

Insure Your Artwork and Studio

It's important to understand that if you have a studio in your home, it may not be covered by your homeowner, condo or renter policy.

10 Tips for Improving Your Art Sales

Being the salesperson for your art isn't always the easiest thing to do, but taking the time to create a good sales approach is key to success. Here are 10 ideas.

Paris Blues: Profile of an Artist Living Abroad

Irish painter Tom J. Byrne loves living in Paris, but is quick to admit that the City of Light can be tough place for artists trying to establish their careers.

Online Member of the Month: Lindy Gruger Hanson (Lindyhanson)

Read about our July/August 2010 ArtScuttlebutt.com Online Member of the Month: Lindy Gruger Hanson (Lindyhanson)

Summer Reading Recommendations

The summer season is nearly here, and hopefully, that means you'll have time to catch up on your reading. In case you need some recommendations, here are 13 art books that the Art Calendar writers and editors are currently enjoying ...

25 Golden Rules of Success

As a career consultant and Artrepreneur myself, I have many golden rules that I teach and follow. Many of my clients have told me it is often the simple change in attitude or behavior that can often reap the best results. Here are 25 of my favorites.

Online Member of the Month: Ines Kramer (Inesco08)

Read about our June 2010 ArtScuttlebutt.com Online Member of the Month: Ines Kramer (Inesco08)

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