As a national art designer, focusing on relevant art in different cities and states at the same time, I thought it would be a good idea to share what I feel is relatively important information for artists to know. For over 15 years, I have been a part in placing art in a variety of facilities from restaurants, hospitals, corporate offices, Fortune 100 company residences, and upscale boutique hotels. I am always looking for new art and artists with whom I can work since it is essential to my business. I need to be very conscious of my ability to present fresh, new work to established and new clients.
Unlike a gallery that generally represents a few artists, I, as an art designer, represent my corporate client and private collector. Consequently, like 90% of other art consultants (I am the first art designer), I do not have a brick-and-mortar store and do most of my business from my home office. This makes it a challenge to discover new or less publicized artists outside of the region from where I work. I would love it if more people would come to me, but the reality is, I'm hard to find, just like many of my competitors. And because I am often busy with the previous artists I've placed in my career, I find it extremely difficult to find the time to visit open studios and outdoor shows, as much as I'd love to do and see it all, especially considering artists are some of the most influential people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I do, however, make it a point to attend art expos every year, as many gallery openings as possible and I do peruse the premier trade magazines such as Art World News, American Art Review, Art News, ArtNet, and various other regional art magazines, such as Western Art and Architecture, Art of the West, Art Collector Magazine, and several others.