The following are some resources that I have found quite valuable or helpful and want to share with you. This list spans a whole range of interests, from the practical side of art, to faith, vocation and the Church’s response to art, to scholarly periodicals, starting an art business, art law, copyright law, to selling artworks or finding a creative space. I will be adding more resources as I find them.
Hyperlinks that are in Bold Italics are websites, books, periodicals and articles which have a faith-based viewpoint and/or take a Christian stance. Those links which are not in italics either do not specify themselves as Christian and/or are secular-based in viewpoint.
Early Christian & Byzantine Art – by John Lowden, Phaidon Press Limited 2012. Scholarly reading of the beginnings of Christian art down through the Byzantine era, includes many full color photographs.
The Essential Resources for Visual Resources Professionals – from the University of Michigan, this huge visual resource database says it is for professionals but it appears to be also available to the public to use, (some of the links work others don’t) but really for any one whose a student of learning and interested in the following (but not limited to): ACSAA Color Slide Project, (use this link for (AICT) Art Images for College Teaching, )(AMICO) Art Museum Image Consortium, Bridgeman Art Library, other art libraries, Clearinghouse of Image Databases, Hartill Art Associates, Media for the Arts, Museums Online, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Art Indexes, Abstracts, Art Schools, Graphic Design Schools and Mother of All Art History Links….etc., etc…too many to list!
Research Resources Page 1 – this is a continuation from the above link (The Essential Resources for Visual Professionals) another huge database offering research resources for the following: African & American Studies, American Studies, Archaeology, (use this link for Oriental Institute The University of Chicago) Art History on the Web, Asian Studies, History on the Web, Medieval Western Sources, Middle East and Islam, Philosophy, Photography and Women’s Studies. Each of these titles offer many more links and resources.
JSTOR Daily Art History –JSTOR Daily provides context for current events using scholarship found in JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, books, and other material. They publish articles grounded in peer-reviewed research and provide free access to that research for all readers.
The Gothic Enterprise A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral – by Robert A. Scott, University of California Press 2003. Incredible book detailing how European medieval cathedrals were constructed, emphasis of each political and social views and the hypothesis that quite possibly the original blueprint of constructing a cathedral may have had its origins as a monastic mnemonic device. Complete with black and white illustrations and photographs.
Books, Scholarly Articles & Periodicals
Art and the Bible – by Francis A. Schaeffer, Intervarsity Press 2007. I found this little book to be a very good read filled with insight for artists who want to reflect in their work what art was meant to be.
Art for God’s Sake A Call To Recover The Arts – by Philip Graham Ryken, P&R Publishing 2006. From the beginning of creation God’s beauty is seen in His handiwork as a Master Artist. Much of man-made art is often devoid of any sacredness or beauty; resulting in being rejected by the Church as irredeemable. As Christian artists struggle just to find acceptance in the world let alone within the Church community, Philip encourages Christian artists to not give up hope and look at their vocation and skill as a higher calling. A very good read.
Between Heaven & Hollywood Chasing Your God-Given Dream – by Hollywood actor David A. R. White, Zondervan 2016. Actor in and producer of the blockbuster movie “God’s Not Dead” This book shares David’s account following his dream to be an actor. Not all of us know exactly what we are called to do, and many go throughout their life with a nagging quest to find fulfillment. This great book helps answer that question for those who are serious in finding their God-given talent and using it for His glory.
“God for Artists and Artists for God” – by Kyle David Bennett of Convivium, (click on the title to download a pdf to read) wrote a three-part analysis of how society as a whole doesn’t ascribe value or view artwork with the same seriousness of other skilled work. And unfortunately neither does the Church in Kyle’s assessment. As the greatest Master Artist is God Himself, Who inspires artists to create works, what changes must take place for the Church to change it’s perspective? Excellent article. PDF I’ve posted the 3-part article links below. Should the full article not load (you might have to subscribe to Convivium in order to read them) then click on the title of this paragraph it will give you the full PDF article.
How to Discourage Artists in the Church – by Philip Ryken writes a short article on some different ways churches knowingly or unknowingly discourage fellow artists in their congregation.
“Q&A with Luann Jennings Director of Arts Ministries, Redeemer Presbyterian Church NYC” – by Comment Magazine, an interview between Luann Jennings and Comment Magazine on the significance and responsibility of the church to re-engage back into the arts in today’s society. Pertinent article.
The Three Dimensions of (Artistic) Vocation – by James Romaine of Comment Magazine. (click on the title to download a pdf to read) James expounds on how works of art should not only present the truth of the world but that Christian artists have been given a mandate and responsibility from Christ to participate in reflecting the truth of what the world shall be in the future. PDF I’ve posted the link to the article below. Should the article not load click on the title of this paragraph it will give you the full PDF article.
The Church’s Role in Art – by Sørina Higgins by Comment Magazine. What advice do artists, pastors, and theologians come up for successful church art patronage? Sørina considers several practical ways that are relevant today for the Church to explore. Good article.
The Imagination of God Art, Creativity, and Truth in the Bible– by Brian Godawa, Embedded Pictures Publishing, 2016 (as of this writing I’m still reading this book) is an American screenwriter and professional author having written at least 15 books. I chose this one simply for the title and wanted to learn more about God’s creativity. As if that is even possible! Anyways he offers a very unique perspective how the truth of the bible and it’s use of storytelling, its poetry, and evangelism, creativity and art are all used to convey to the viewer scriptural images of truth – even Christian apologetics. Because images, “could go places reason could never go: into the imagination of the heart.” Godawa shares in-depth how even Jesus had used creativity within His parables. Though I have already picked up on Godawa’s eschatological viewpoint – he doesn’t hide it within the chapters of this book, – he is a preterist, and since I don’t necessarily share his same end-time view it does make for a very interesting read!
How to Create a Media Kit
How to Make an Artist Press Kit – Yes, all creatives need one! Whether you are a visual artist, photographer, dancer, actor or musician, a press kit (sometimes called a Media Kit) is often overlooked. Find out why it’s important enough to create one, what each piece entails and how they are used. By Graham Matthews artist and blogger of Artpromotivate.
The Artist’s Guide to Creating a Media Kit – Orangenius Artrepreneur explains the importance for creatives to have media kit prepared, it’s a way to engage people to care about your story.
Organizations & Groups
A.C.T. International (Artists in Christian Testimony) – is a grass-roots organization that coaches and provide the accountability, organization and administrative help for creatives and innovators in their non-profit ministry. They are an international organization working to create a unique synergy between artists in all fields and media to the arts and in the Church globally.
CARDUS – A Canadian based think tank dedicated to enriching and challenging public debate though research, events, scholarly publications for the common good, in light of faith, art and community.
CIVA – Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) is an organization with a vision and mission to support and help artists, collectors, critics, historians, pastors and artists in their profession to explore the relationship between faith and art. CIVA also seeks to help collectors, critics, professors, historians, pastors, art professionals in their journey between Christian faith and art. CIVA has conferences, programs, and exhibits along with a publication that is sent out quarterly.
Art Resource Databases & Online Art Magazines and Subscriptions
The Art Guide – is about artists, collectors, museums and galleries and is the country’s most referenced resource for art events – locally, nationally and globally. Designed to support, promote and encourage art growth and creativity via shared comments, images, posts and current art information. The Art Guide is a comprehensive resource for creatives with a variety of successful art organizations, museums and galleries with up-to-date listings for events, exhibitions, international listings and calls for artists. Members can upload and advertise their works on the site.
Art Opportunities Monthly – A database of a myriad of opportunities for all creatives and artists working in every form of visual medium, but not limited to: painting, sculpture, film, photography, digital art, performance art, wood, crafts, jewelry, fiber, textiles, mixed media, ceramics, weaving, paper making, and a variety of print methods. Art Opportunities helps creatives to advertise and promote their work, enter local, national and international art contests, find art shows, art grants, enter juried art competitions, find fellowships, residencies, scholarships, teaching opportunities, calls for artists and a much more. Subscription to their monthly Art Opportunity is recommended.
Michigan’s Arts & Cultural Organizations Oodles of online resources for all creatives with helpful links to various kinds of additional information about art and cultural organizations for artist in Michigan.
How to Sell Art and Market Your Work
Every artist and creative can learn from these articles below. The first one is by art consultant and adviser Alan Bamberger who answers in depth an email he received from a newbie artist looking for answers how to go about networking, selling his art and representing his work. Alan pulls no punches here and gives some hard facts and some questions creatives should be thinking of answering to art galleries and consultants. Not for the faint of heart! But if you are serious about learning how to sell and market your artwork this article is for you. Click the title “You Can’t Sell Your Art Until You Learn How to Sell It” to read Alan’s response. Even I’m still learning all of this!
Crista Cloutier of The Working Artist whose desire is to help artists all over the world achieve their professional goals through a step-by-step training program wrote this short article “How to Sell Your Art” (click on the title to read her article) she shares with creatives how to sell and market artwork by thinking through 6 questions that artists should consider. Though I have not read her entire website – only this article, she does point out some important facts to consider.
Skinny Artist-Live Your Art! is a unique community of artists, writers, musicians, photographers, and other creatives committed to creating, inspiring, and sharing their art and resources. They offer a FREE online art school and opportunities for creatives to write for them suggesting all creatives should write their own book, how interesting! Though I haven’t read everything on their site they do offer a variety of resources for art businesses and articles for creatives in different fields. Artist Steff Metal penned “Going Local: 5 Ways to Market Your Art in Your Community” (click on title to read it) he shares his thoughts on networking with businesses, the press and charities to promote your work.
Rent, Sell or Purchase Studios, Apartments and Creative Spaces
Listings Project – Begun as a social practice, The Listings Project was started by artist Stephanie Diamond’s personal email list and is a leading resource for artists seeking art studios and creative spaces. It lists places from at least 70 countries and across the United States. Their mission is to connect artists and creatives to find opportunities, art studios, apartments, live/work spaces, rooms/houses to rent or for sale and a whole host of other working and living spaces. They review every listing.
The Complete Guide to 2018 Artist Grants and Opportunities – from Art Archive, a list of current grants creatives can apply for.
Art Business, Marketing, & Art Law
Arts Law Conversations A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs – by Elizabeth T. Russell, Ruly Press Publisher 2014. This book is excellent for artists in any field, visual arts, performance, film making, music, industry professionals, agents, managers, lawyers, writers, teachers, students, etc., just about anyone in the creative industry who owns a business or works in one will benefit from this sage advice and wants a crucial understanding of law, terminology, intellectual property rights, trademarks, copyright issues, consumers to contracts all in everyday plain English, with real-life scenarios too, written by an expert art lawyer.
Artrepreneur.com – (formerly Orangenius) An online social networking platform that offers a tremendous amount of information for empowering artists, creatives and photographers. They offer a comprehensive platform providing the necessary tools, insights, experts, and resources to help any artist, photographer or creative to succeed in the business of art. Orangenius also has several other brands (listed below). Orangenius has also partnered with ImageRights to protect the intellectual property rights of visual artists. Orangenius’ other three brands include:
ArtLawJournal – a large selection of articles relating to copyright, online piracy, moral rights, the art industry, business, and freelancing.
ART360 – is another platform for creatives to showcase a virtual exhibition, create artist CVs, include their artworks for sale, while empowering potential collectors into making purchasing decisions.
The Artist’s Business and Marketing Toolbox How To Start, Run and Market a Successful Arts or Creative Business – by Neil McKenzie, Published by Creatives and Business LLC 2011. This practical handy tool book is a great start in learning how to use the tools and techniques as well as to think think in terms of the business process for all creatives. Neil McKenzie is a professor of Metropolitan State College in Denver having over 30 years experience in management consultant and marketing executive working in both larger and smaller companies. He is also a commercial photographer having expertise in client advertising, editorial, public relations and social media needs.
The book is laid out in two parts, the first consists of basic step by step of running and starting an art business, business plans, financing, accounting, management, production and operations. The second part is devoted to offering the creative tools and advice on how to build a successful brand and market art effectively. For those planning on starting a business in art this work book is an invaluable tool.
SBDC Michigan Michigan’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides the training, consulting and research to help small businesses to launch, grow, transition and innovate, enhancing Michigan’s economic well being. Headquartered at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids with 11 regional offices in more than 20 satellite offices they provide entrepreneurs and business owners convenient access to training and counseling throughout Michigan. Click here to find an SBDC in your state.
Art Business Consultants
Art Business – by Alan Bamberger, an art consultant, advisor, author, independent appraiser who specializes in research, appraisal, original works of art, business and marketing, artist manuscript materials, documents related to art and art reference books. Alan has sold art since 1979, and sold rare and scholarly art reference books since 1982. Since 1985 he has been busy consulting, advising and appraising for art creatives in a many venues, such as galleries, businesses, organizations and collectors. His website offers a wealth of pertinent information and advice for all artists, creatives and collectors.
Maria Brophy – a professional art consultant sharing to all art creatives her first hand experience and knowledge of going into the art business, gallery work, art licencing, royalties, museum exhibits, increasing art income, and to how to sell art.
“Art Insurance: Insuring Your Art” – by Alan Bamberger a good article for artists, photographers and collectors alike and it’s importance.