Art Advisor

Upcoming Programs Summer 2019

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Art League Rhode Island Annual Meeting
Featured Speakers: Michael Rose and Anastasia Azure

Wednesday, June 19, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

at the Providence Art Club

Admission: This program is for Art League Rhode Island Members.

I am pleased to be one of the featured speakers at the Art League Rhode Island’s Annual Meeting 2019. I will be giving a brief talk on the state of the local and regional art market for members of one of the premier visual arts organizations in the State of Rhode Island. I thank the Art League for inviting me to share my expertise with their artists, who comprise a large segment of artists working in the Southern New England marketplace.


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Writing an Artist’s Bio with Michael Rose
at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education

Thursday, June 27, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

at the Rhode Island School of Design

Tuition: $85, To learn more and to register, visit RISD CE’s site.

I am grateful to The Rhode Island School of Design for inviting me back to teach another writing course in their Continuing Education Department. This class will focus on writing an artist’s bio that effective tells a story.

Course description from the RISD Catalogue: Learn how to share your personal story as an artist in a compelling and accessible way. Through the use of the third-person biographical essay, you'll discover how to develop your backstory to paint a more complete picture of yourself as an artist and as a person, and how to give readers a clear insight into your personal narrative and the inspiration, motivation and nature of your work. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed strategies of approach and a rough outline to write your bio for use in a variety of applications including web and print.


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Art Lovers Book Club
Special Presentation on Sebastian Smee’s The Art of Rivalry
with Guest Speaker Michael Rose
Saturday, June 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

at the Attleboro Arts Museum

Admission: This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required. To reserve call 508-222-2644  x10 or visit the Museum’s website.

I thank the Attleboro Arts Museum for inviting me to speak to their Art Lovers Book Club in June. The Attleboro Arts Museum’s Art Lovers Book Club launched in January 2010. A dynamic Museum member proposed this artful Book Club idea and the program was launched on a trial basis. After the success of the first meeting it was clear that the Book Club should live on. The Art Lovers Book Club meets in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery from 2 – 4pm. This talk on June 29 will focus on Sebastian Smee’s book The Art of Rivalry, which features four friendships, betrayals and breakthroughs in modern art – Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon.


Work by Abba Cudney, which will be on view at BankRI during July’s Gallery Night.

Work by Abba Cudney, which will be on view at BankRI during July’s Gallery Night.

Gallery Night Providence July
Celebrity Guide: Michael Rose

Thursday, July 18, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

at galleries throughout Providence, Rhode Island

Admission: This program is free and open to the public. See the Gallery Night website for more information about scheduling, parking, and other logistics.

I am thrilled to be the Celebrity Guide for Gallery Night Providence’s July installment. This free monthly program gives visitors access to galleries and museums throughout the city. My tour will begin at 5:30pm at Regency Plaza Apartments where free event parking is available. This tour will feature four stops including BankRI’s Exhibition of work by my friend and colleague at the Providence Art Club, the talented painter and printmaker Abba Cudney.


And coming this fall…
Plymouth Center for The Arts
50th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Three Jurors including Michael Rose

Gala Reception: Saturday, September 21

In addition to these other programs, I am also excited that I have been invited to serve on a panel of three jurors selecting work for the Fiftieth Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the Plymouth Center for The Arts in Plymouth, Massachusetts. More information on this exhibition will be available soon.

For more information about any of these programs, please reach out to me. I am happy to chat more about collaboration ideas, scheduling availability, and pricing. I am always interested in learning about new venues and partnerships!

- Michael



How To Champion Emerging Artists in Three Easy Steps

The term “emerging artist” is easily one of the most overused and least understood in the art world. Essentially, an emerging artist is one whose career is in its earlier stages. The first few years of an artist's career are crucial to success in a variety of ways. This is the period when an artist will make important connections, begin to define their personal brand, and lay the groundwork for the rest of their professional life.

These years can take place at any point in an artist’s lifetime. There are artists who emerge at 22 and there are artists who are considered emerging at 75. Artists whose careers are just beginning can, and I do emphasize can, be a great investment too. But they can also be an enormous risk. Their work is unproven in the marketplace, and early sales may not be indicative of longevity or retained value over time.

Regardless of the investment quality of work by emerging artists, these individuals deserve support, guidance, and recognition. Younger emerging artists will be the next generation of the artistic community, so championing them and their work helps to build the future of the visual arts.

For those who are interested in art and interested in supporting artists at the start of there career, here are three easy ways to do so:

1. Buy Their Work

The best way to support an emerging artist, or any artist for that matter, is a simple one. Buy their work. This does not mean that you have to make a sizeable financial investment in their practice. It is acceptable to ask what works they have in accessible price points, and a purchase at any price provides them with funds to continue making art and living their life. You might also commission them for a special project or buy a series of smaller pieces over an extended period of time. Financial support is fundamental to an artist's success.

2. Encourage Them

If you do not have the funds or the wall space to purchase work from an artist, consider providing encouragement and support in non-monetary ways. Show up at their exhibitions, leave a kind comment, let them know their work is impactful to you. Pass along opportunities for grants, residencies, commissions, and other projects they may be a good fit for. Thank the gallerists who exhibit their work. In short, become an advocate for their success.

3. Tell people about them

Use your network to promote the work of your preferred emerging artists.  Share their art and exhibitions with your friends on social media, host a gathering in their honor, introduce them to your circle. Show people their work. Borrow a couple of their paintings to highlight in your office or business. So many sales of fine art are the result of extensive networking and artists only have so many venues to meet new people. You can support emerging artists by spreading the word about them and helping them to built their base of fans and followers.

These are just three of many ways you might support emerging artists, but they also easily apply to art makers at any stage of their career. Talk to artists and work with them. Find out where your support will be most effective. Artists cannot succeed in a vacuum. They require supporters, patrons, and a community of people to encourage their continued creative endeavors. To learn more about building and managing your collection, visit my advisory services page, or if you are an artist who needs guidance, visit my creative services page.

Image in header: Students painting at the Art League School, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.