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CFA 4170. Professional Practices for Fine Artists. 3 Credits.

No artist, however famous or successful, had a clear path to succeed from the beginning. Successful artists learn to maximize opportunities and resources available to them, navigating his or her way at every turn. There is not one single approach; a strategy with lots of planning and variables must be created and examined. Artists will develop a resume and artist statement, research and write grants, practice applying for residencies, and participate in information gathering sessions with art spaces. The instructor will create opportunities for students to meet gallery directors, curators and professional artists in the DC area. These meetings will provide substantive time to discuss practical issues and concerns that will add to a post-school plan.Writing and reading assignments will be two papers including writing a grant application and creating a personal post-college plan plus one exam. Completion of this course will result in a deeper understanding of the specific tools available to emerging artists and the nature of the art world in general. For BFA Fine Art majors only. Prerequisite: CFA 3091 Fine Art Studio IV.