With the success of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour which began back in 2004 in downtown Indianapolis, many business owners have sought to use their locations as an alternative gallery space for visual art exhibitions. When done properly, this can be a wonderful opportunity for an artist to reach a new audience and a business owner to bring extra attention and activity to their space. However, there are best practices that should be followed in order to make it a win/win for everyone.
The following sites are useful resources for seeking employment in the arts, both locally and nationally.
A Few Quick Resources:
INDY C.A.L.L.: Creative Arts Legal League is a not-for-profit referral organization which facilitates low to no-cost legal services and education to income-eligble artists and arts organizations in the Indiana community.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a national organization with offices in many major cities. This website offers many helpful resources and links as well as information about obtaining legal services.
A Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act - Prepared by Cynthia Esworthy, NEA General Counsel
Copyright Registration Law and Your Art - A helpful guide from ArtBusiness.com
The Supplemental Materials Workshop - Arts Council of Indianapolis, 2012
Supplemental Materials for Performing Artists PDF
Jesse Speight offers inights into properly packing and storing artwork at the IMA, 2012.
Indianapolis-based artist Bonnie Stahlecker is a book artist who also larger sculptural wall pieces using some of the same delicate materials used to make her artist books. Over the years, she has developed a solid system of building custom boxes to protect her artwork. Here she shares a few of her best practices with us.
In an era where commercial galleries can be scarce, the alternative space can be a very valuable tool for emerging and mid-career artists. An alternative space can be a coffee shop, a bookstore, or corporate board room.