A career in art? Impossible. Art is just a hobby. How many times have you heard something like this, even from those closest to you? While it’s true that art is not an easy way to make a living, it certainly can be a career. But it takes work. To be a successful working artist, you must operate outside the confines of your studio, focusing not only on your artistic practice but on the opportunities that can help advance your trajectory toward success. Here are a few to get you started.
Open Source Gallery announces its 2025 open call for exhibition. Please read through Open Source’s mission before applying to ensure your work aligns. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is October 13.
Los Angeles-based artists are invited to participate in NEW WORK Focus on Los Angeles Initiative via Prospect Art. This grant cycle provides $2,500 to seven selected projects. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is October 22.
Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR) is accepting applications for their flagship residency program. In their own words: “By facilitating artists’ direct engagement with the waste stream, RAIR encourages residents to consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability and to thoughtfully re-asses their processes of material sourcing and waste disposal.”
Residents receive support from staff and the opportunity to use the entire 3.5 acre RAIR facility as project space. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is October 22.
Praxis Center believes in artists and their ability to achieve the dreams they set out for themselves. We know it can be hard to convince friends and family that a career in art is viable, but we can offer you the toolkit you need to move toward this reality. Give Praxis a try today and see how far it can take you.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.
Photo credit: Open Source Gallery