Providing grants, programs, and services to the artists and audiences of Tompkins County for over 25 years

Resources - Visual Artists

Books We Recommend

There are many customs and expectations of artists in the art world.  If you are a visual artist and are starting on a path of marketing and selling your work, we recommend a couple of books to get you started (see below.)

These books include information on your professional presentation (artist statement, resume, presenting your work samples, web presence, approaching galleries, selling, public speaking, managing money and more. You can go even farther with an understanding of social media.

"The Artist's Guide", How to Make a Living Doing What you Love", by Jackie Battenfield

"Art/work, Everything You Need to Know (And Do) As Your Pursue Your Art Career" by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber

Artist Statement and Bio Advice

Click Here for pdf

Digital Photography and advice for sending Images

There are dozens of quality image editing software packages available, from simple applications for viewing and saving files to complicated photo editing tools. Most of them will allow you to complete the tasks needed to prepare your files for sending with grant applications, juried shows and the like. Refer to your image editing software documentation to learn about working with image files.

File format - Save your image files in the universal JPG format using maximum quality compression.

Color model - Image files must be in RGB format. Convert any CMYK files to RGB before you save them.

Image dimensions - The dimensions of your image ensure that people see your artwork exactly as you intend them to see it. In general, we recommend that images should be between 1400 pixels and 2000 pixels longest dimension at 300PPI (pixels per inch)

Digital Photography Resource Guide -

A Good Resource suggested by Hazel, an upcoming photographer:

A useful blog and resource list from Blue Horizon Prints:

Excellent Tips by Stacy Johnna, editor of

Sites About Art, and Opportunities

Art Fag City -
Edward Winkleman -
Newsgrit -

Light Space Time
"Helping Today's Artists Market Their Work"

Practical Art World

New York Foundation on the Arts - NYFA Source
NYFA Source is the most extensive national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists. Listings include over 4,500 arts organizations, 3,600 award programs, 4,700 service programs, and 900 publications for individual artists across the country. More programs are added every day.

Art Deadlines - international site for income and exhibition opportunities

Art Deadlines List - has a free edition and a subscription edition

Foundwork Art
Online platform to connect artists and collaborators. They have an Artist Prize, a juried grant opportunity

Visual Artist Registries

CAP Artist Registry
Our very own registry is on this website. Send to Your name, business name (if any), any contact info you want published (e-mail is required), one image, and up to 25 words of text. 

The Drawing Center

Daily Painters Marketplace

White Columns

Saatchi Gallery

Looking for Galleries?

Art Dealers Association of America - a place to find reputable galleries and art dealers. For a dealer to qualify, they must have an established reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism among peers. The association has strict ethical requirements.

Selling Your Work - online sites


Craft Shows Listings

Local Craft Shows Here for pdf (please let us know of other local listings!)

Juried Art Services - for jurying and registering for art festivals.

Zapplication - for jurying and registering for art festivals.

Art Fairs Source Book - you do have to pay for membership

Art Fair Calendar - A good site for scheduling. Events are listed by state or by geographic area

The Crafts Report - Good slick monthly magazine for the crafts professional.  Good source of info about all aspects of selling. List of shows not as expensive as Craft Digest.

Sunshine Artist - The site says it is the nation's leading publication for art and craft show exhibitors, promoters and patrons.

Printing Your Work

Perfect Art Prints Local Ithaca artist and experienced printed Stan Bowman provides glicee fine art prints.

Imagekind provides an opportunity to create prints, posters, canvas and framed art, which can also be sold and marketed through the website.

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