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ART 350 - Art Career Practices

Research tips and resources for Prof. Smelser's class, Spring 2024

Getting Started With Researching Arts Funding and Professional Opportunities

  • Reflect on your professional goals. Where do you see yourself living after college? What is something you'd like to achieve in your first year or two after graduating, that you could start to plan for? What resources or supports will you need to do this?
  • Consider the types of sources you need to find. For example, for graduate program research, you might look at sources of comparative data among different colleges, college accreditation websites, websites of specific colleges, and news articles about colleges of interest.
  • Narrow by location. Look for regional, state, and local agencies and organizations where art opportunities are likely to be shared.
  • Scope out the professional organizations. National, regional, and local professional organizations for visual art, art education, and design provide member exclusive resources. Discounted student rates may be available.
  • Your networks are a valuable source. Consult with others in WKSOA, contact ISU's Career Center, ask a visiting artist for advice, look for online networks where artists tend to share professional information.
  • This guide is just a starting point! Ask your professor or librarian for additional input.

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