Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Moving Toward Exhibition, Part V – The Reading List

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Several emails arrived with comments on how much each person has appreciated the sharing of my journey to exhibition. I mentioned that I did a lot of research and learning along the way. While most of the exhibition information was based on my personal experiences I feel it is necessary to point out a few books on the subject.

I have chosen six of my favorite books to share with you today. I will begin in alphabetical order by author. I recommend all of these – there is not one I prefer over any of them for exhibition advice.

And the book list starts here:

Bayles, David and Orland, Ted; Art & FearObservations On The Peril (and Rewards) of Artmaking. The Image Continuum, 8th edition, 2008. ISBN-13:978-0-9614547-3-9

Dorrell, Paul; Living the Artist’s Life – A Guide to Growing, Persevering, and Succeeding in the Art World. Hillstead Publishing, 2004, 2005. ISBN-0-9749552-0-5

Godwin, Ted; The Studio Handbook for Working Artists – A Survival Manual. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2002. ISBN-0-88977-141-3

Cay Lang; Taking the Leap – The Insider’s Guide to Exhibiting and Selling Your Art. Chronicle Books, 1998.                                                            ISBN-0-8118-1815-2

Caroll Michels; How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist – Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul. Henry Holt and Company, 1983, 1988, 1992, 1997, 2001. ISBN-0-8050-6800-7     Also available as E-book

Orland, Ted; The View From the Studio Door – How Artists Find Their Way in and Uncertain World. Image Continuum Press, 2006.        ISBN-978-0-9614547-5-3  Also available as E-book

The titles and publishing information were taken from the books in my library. Trust me when I tell you that many of the “rules” don’t change! Links provided are to the latest edition I was able to find on line. As always: check your library first and if you feel the need to own your own copy head over to the second had book store. Another option is a download to your iPad or E-reader – and if you can’t let go of the need to feel a real book in your hands that nobody has handled before: by all means, purchase a new copy from your favorite book seller. Most important: Read, take notes and chart your own path toward exhibition!

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2 thoughts on “Moving Toward Exhibition, Part V – The Reading List

  1. marginmirror on said:

    I have 3 of these titles — beginning with “Art and Fear”, which I bought some years ago on your recommendation and read almost annually. To that I’ve added ‘The View from the Studio Door’ and ‘Living the Artist’s Life’. I shared the former with my son, an actor. And I’ve added ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield, through which I am moving slowly. Anything to over-power “The Voices”!

    Mostly, I am trying to stop saying to myself “When I finally…” as in “I’ll be ready to exhibit when I finally get my C&G certificate” or “I’ll be successful when I finally…” You get the idea!

    Thank you for the references to those I’ve yet to read. Now to check them out too!


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