by Jennifer Sadler
Whether you are just starting out in your career as an artist or have been exhibiting for some time, navigating the business side of the art world can be tricky. We gathered some good advice from people in the visual arts to help you with the basics.
Making it in any type of career requires not only talent, but motivation and perseverance. Every person is different, with different goals and approaches, but if you are an artist who hopes to make a living on your work, it is essential that you learn a little business savvy—including marketing basics, grant-writing, building a portfolio and networking.
by Jami Goldstein
David Barker, local art enthusiast and longtime resident of Columbus’ near east side, has been collecting art since graduating from The Ohio State University in the 1960s.
Barker’s eclectic style is reflected in his collection, which represents works discovered during his world travels to pieces found at local estate and student art sales. We recently sat down with Barker in his home in Bexley to discuss his collection and his mission to raise the profile of our local artists’ community.
As President of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Dennison Griffith has made a major contribution to strengthening the arts scene in Columbus. In addition to leading Ohio’s most important art school and participating on numerous community boards and committees, Griffith continues to develop as a significant painter with a distinct specialty: the creation of encaustic paintings on panel that are luminous in texture, vibrant in color and deeply moving in feeling.
Columbus artist, Curtis Goldstein, will be featured through May at Port Columbus Gateway to the Arts, an exhibition space located on the ticketing level of the airport.
Goldstein says of his new paintings, “They have a voyeuristic aspect that explores the feeling of being on the outside of a large crowd and looking in, trying to be part of the group.” Some of his other works explore neighborhoods and scenes that are often recognizable to the locals but he carefully positions the viewer in such a way that they are forced to ask the question, “Where am I?”
Clayspace gallery 831 presents Outside the Box, an exhibition featuring raku fired ceramic boxes created by Clayspace artist Todd Hickerson and paintings by abstract expressionist Juan Carrera.
Clayspace gallery 831 provides a unique creative venue in the Brewery District offering artists of all ages and abilities a comfortable environment to relax with friends and meet new people while exploring their creative interests and potential. Clayspace offers ceramic classes and workshops taught by resident artists and a venue for local and emerging artists to display their work.
by Jon Boley and Jennifer Sadler
When you look through the viewfinder of your digital camera trying to get that perfect shot the only thing you’re probably looking for is no one blinking and big smiles. Local artist and photographer Robert Metzger is looking for much more.
Metzger was raised on a small farm in Lancaster, Ohio and has lived in Columbus since graduating from The Ohio State University. Though he finished in 1985 with a BA in Photography, Metzger did not start off pursuing art in college.
Tom and Deb Baillieul
by Jennifer Sadler
Local artists Tom and Deb Baillieul have spent nearly four decades together exploring the world, creating art and raising a family. Originally from Massachusetts, the couple met at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where Tom received a degree in geology and Deb a degree in textiles and clothing.
Tom’s work in the Peace Corps took them far off to Botswana, Africa where they were married in 1972.
by Jennifer Sadler
It’s been about six years since Laura Sanders, a Clintonville-based painter, started making a living with her artwork.
Sanders laughed and said, “But I guess it depends on what you mean by making a living! I definitely make more than I did while catering.”
“I had to slowly wean myself over the years from the catering job to creating my work full-time,” Sanders said. “It’s rewarding, but it’s still a struggle. Some times are better than others.”