Real Artists Don’t Starve: An Examination of Professional Development for the Contemporary Visual Artist
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Literature revealed that often, contemporary visual artists need to develop the non-artistic skills necessary for their professional development, but it was unclear what skills were essential, how they were developed, what were artists’ professional goals, and which institutions were best suited to offer such skill development. The purpose of this inquiry was to identify the non-artistic skills important for a contemporary visual arts career in order to develop a program model to assist artists in obtaining these skills to achieve their professional goals. Through triangulation of document analysis of existing artist services programs, survey for artists, and following focus group with artists, this inquiry provided descriptive data that identified key components for an artist services model.