How Business Skills Make You a Better Artist

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Everyone needs a little help now and then. Artists need all sorts of skills , from medium-specific technical skills like mixing paint and stretching canvas to finding and maintaining an effective online presence.

There’s often a reluctance to associate artists with business, though intrinsically the two are connected. All artists, after all, are small business owners. With the art fair circuit opening new opportunities constantly (like our newest addition – Superfine! San Francisco), it’s never been more important to understand how to maximize your business’s effectiveness so you can focus on the things that matter most – your art.

Superfine! offers exhibitors professional perks in-fair, but we’re here for you all year round with this list of resources to keep your skills sharp and your art-game sharper.

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Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Professional development

  • Masterclass For learning and inspiration, Masterclass offers affordable remote learning on creative topics of all sorts, including acting, cooking, space travel, photography and more. 

  • Coursera Offering classes from reputable 4- and 2- year universities as well as cultural institutions including MoMA, Coursera is a great way to build up your business savvy while learning new skills (and getting certified!).

  • General Assembly General Assembly offers a variety of courses designed to help you achieve your tech and web skills. Learn coding, SEO best-practices, marketing and data skills. Think that’s not necessary for artists? You are your own best promotional tool…

  • The Artist Advisory Offering practical, conceptual, and above all honest answers for artists, Marina Press Granger is the first of her kind as an adviser offering advice of all kinds. 


Classifieds and Marketing

  • Art, Frankly; While there are innumerable platforms out there for emerging and established artists to find jobs, spaces and new opportunities in the art world, Art, Frankly; is a leader when it comes to keeping tabs with the business of art.

  • This gallery opening and art events listing website is user generated, so you can submit your own openings, happenings and more.

  • NYFA Looking for a new studio assistant? New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is an industry favorite when it comes to finding qualified candidates.



  • Instagram If you’re not promoting your work on this social media giant, it’s time to start now. Meet artists from around the world, promote yourself and others, and broaden your network.

  • Artist Residency Swap The easiest way to switch up your perspective? Artist Residency Swap gives artists a platform to swap both their homes and their studios with fellow artists from around the world. From Tulum to Denmark and beyond, your next studio space awaits. 

Are your business skills up to snuff?

Stephanie BlackComment