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Craig Kittner
Kentucky Arts Council
Arts Marketing Program Director
Interests: The art of marketing and the marketing of art.
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On Saturday, July 30 I judged plein air paintings for Lexington Cityscapes 2011, a paint-out hosted by Gallery B. Over thirty-five artists painted pieces from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They had to be thoughtful about what they depicted. There wasn’t time to include every detail they saw. The first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Creative Commonwealth
There are several good resources for learning how to market your artwork but not many for learning how to sell it. These two things are quite different. Marketing is concerned with presenting your work to the public. It mainly involves communication from you to them. Selling involves coming to an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Creative Commonwealth
As I walked around the exhibit hall during Kentucky Crafted: The Market this year, I saw many booths that looked fresh and enticing. This exhibition is a showcase for the Kentucky Crafted Program, which is now entering its 30th year. Several visitors told me that the booths looked better than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Creative Commonwealth
Thank you, Ann, for these insightful questions. They will help direct my further research into this subject. Providing feedback to artists who apply to juried exhibitions is difficult because of the amount of time it would require. The jurors would need to record their responses to the entries and someone else would need to sort them and put them into a format that could be sent to the applicants. Most show organizers simply do not have the manpower to handle this. Feedback often is available for those who apply to membership-based programs like the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the arts council’s Kentucky Crafted Program. The number of artists who apply to these programs is much lower than those who apply to exhibitions of a national or international scope. I do not think that altering an applicant's points based on certain criteria is a common practice. However, show organizers do work with categories in order to ensure balanced, well-designed shows. They may group artists based on medium or some other criteria and place limits for each group. For example a limit of 20 photographers that would be filled by those who had the highest scores. They may also set targets they want to meet. For example, to ensure continuity with previous years they may want at least 50 returning artists. They would then pick the 50 returning artists with the highest scores. Sometimes these types of organizational considerations are spelled out in the show prospectus, sometimes not. I will do some more investigating and share my findings through the blog.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2010 on We the Jury at Creative Commonwealth
Dennis, applications for Kentucky Crafted will have a deadline of March 15, 2011. Updated guidelines are available at: The online application will be available after mid-November.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2010 on We the Jury at Creative Commonwealth
Back in my twenties I realized that the career I had set my sights on was a shallow and empty thing. Inspired by the movie “Point Break” I decided that I should take up surfing as a form of social protest. But I really didn’t want to move to California.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Creative Commonwealth
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