Course: Presentation Venues

This is an in-depth course on presentation venues that is primarily geared towards visual artists, as well as those working in a multidisciplinary nature. However, all artists can find some information to take away.

The course will take you through multiple sites, including museums, commercial galleries, non-profit or artist-run spaces, college/university sites, private dealers, rental galleries, corporate collections, registries, open studios, online galleries, vanity galleries, co-op spaces, public art spaces, art fairs, auctions, and lots of alternative sites for site-specific projects. We list the pros, cons, and research hints about these spaces, as well as how to seek them out.

You are bound to learn something from this course; at the very least, it should spark an idea for a site that best fits your own practice!

This course should take about 1-1.5 hours to complete, but you may always start and stop as you wish!

Course Instructor:
Karen Atkinson is a media, installation and public artist, independent curator, collaborator, and has published and guest edited a number of publications. She has exhibited and curated internationally including South Africa, Australia, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the USA, and exhibited in the Fifth Havana Biennial in Cuba. She was a co-founding director of Side Street Projects in 1991, a non profit artist-run organization in Los Angeles which is still up and thriving today. She has been a faculty member at CalArts since 1988. She is a past board president of NAAO, the National Association of Artists’ Organizations. She has served on the board of directors of LACPS, Side Street Projects, Installation and serves on many Advisory Boards of arts organizations. Atkinson currently teaches classes and workshops titled “Getting Your Sh*t Together” and has created software for visual artists of the same title. Her company GYST Ink, is an artist run company for artists. She also co-edits the blog. www.gyst-ink.com


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