After a short but intense weekend at the11th Annual SEA conference in Lisle, Illinois I was left with nothing but to think of what I can do as an artist to make a leaving right out of college as I enter into the real world and particularly the art world. With these taught of life after graduation and then what? still lingering in my mind, I somehow found inspiration from Kristin Boehm an established young artist and an alumni class of 2009 from Lawrence University who has found her voice in the art world.
Much was said at the conference about having a web presence as an artist and presenting one's self as professional as possible. Speakers at this conference spent much time talking and discussing the need for a wed presence and the role it plays in getting our work out there and building a bigger audience, publicity and networking. It was not until Kristin got on campus to share her experiences that I realized the need for me not to take for granted all the resources i have now to make and keep my web presence alive.
Kristin Boehm talked a lot about her journey after Lawrence. As a young artist graduating right at the peak of the Recession, she took advantage of all possible means of getting her feet in the art world by concentrating more on her web presence as a means of getting her work recognized. Her interest which started from right on the LU campus where she took her first Digital Processes class where she just like what am doing now was encourage to keep a blog, self design a project and also create a product which introduced her to the idea of selling online using online markets like Esty among others.
The inspiration and advice I took from listening to older professional artist at the Self Employment in the Art conference and lecture from Kristin Boehm, it is very important that as young emerging artist we involve ourselves into the art community by collaborating with other artist in our own field of interest and sometimes volunteer time or donate some work to help build your resume for future job prospecting.