Tips for Collaborating

1. Find the right fit. We recommend starting in your own community with an artist you may know and respect. Don't live near anybody? Check our Map of AIRs and ask to collaborate.

2. Start small and safe. Initially, it's a good idea to collaborate on a project that is simple and digital. Send a doodle, an idea, or a story beginning to your collab partner and ask them to finish it. If it is a positive experience for you both, then you can bump it up to exchange of property. (Remember social distancing is in effect.)

3. Patience. Generally, collabs between artists can take time. Remember, we are all individuals with lives, families, and distractions. A collaboration is a beautiful opportunity to feel connected and to learn something new about yourself and your work.

*Do you have a collaboration project that you are working on or have finished? Post it and tag us/contact us with images and details and we'll add it to our stories.

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topic: The Artist Statement

Ah, yes, the artist statement. Let's dive in.


Your artist statement is the equivalent of small talk intros at cocktail hour (but with more soul). You are stating your vision, your purpose, your project, but making it sound really interesting. Here is some help. Be a dude and abide.


tip: Don't include idioms, cliches, or things that you think someone else would include. Remember, the person who will be reading this statement will have read hundreds before. Sound like yourself. Write the words you believe in. Be professional, but over-standardization is boring and will overshadow your work.


tip: consider the audience. Is this a scholarly exercise or are people from the general public meant to read it? Include a light sprinkling of expensive (more than two-syllable) words. They are a garnish, not the main course.


tip: do NOT start your artist statement with, "My art is about..." or "In my work, I...." or any derivative. No movie starts out with "This movie is about..." What do you find interesting about your work? Put it into words and the viewer will agree with you.


tip: keep it sweet (short). A page-length at the MOST. Again, consider the viewer. This is a concentrated version of your vision in words.


tip: edit and edit again. I like to revisit my statement every three months and update it based on changes in my project or perspective.