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Getting Your Sh*t Together: A Professional Practices Manual For Artists: By Karen Atkinson and GYST Ink Paperback – September 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; V2 edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453801561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453801567
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Visual artist, curator and educator Karen Atkinson has taught Getting Your Sh*t Together for many years at the California Institute of the Arts, Side Street Projects, and all over the world. After sharing her wealth of knowledge with countless artists, and seeing these artists put her advice into action, it made sense to create an artist manual. Atkinson is the co-founder of Side Street Projects, an artist run organization and has worked with many other non profits and organizations including the National Association of Artists" Organizations, LACPS, Installation, Foundation for Art Resources, and others. Atkinson has shown her work all over the world. She has experience as a curator, director, editor, writer, installation artist, public projects organizer, grant writer, and teacher. Her involvement in nearly every facet of the art world gives her a unique perspective into how this world works.

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The book distills decades of knowledge and experience into a comprehensive and useful guide.
bk
From time management to taxes, artist statements to archiving your work, GYST gives you the tools.
bunny
I think this is a great resource for a professional artist at pretty much any stage in a career.
Cletus Dalglishschommer

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cletus Dalglishschommer on June 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I think this is a great resource for a professional artist at pretty much any stage in a career. If you can't make it to one of GYST's workshops this book is a good way to download a lot of really helpful nuts and bolts information and tools for managing the "back office" life of an artist who wants to organize themselves professionally.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William C. Kaminski on June 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
This guide has been absolutely essential for me to move my career forward with the necessary organization and accessibility of my exhibition history and multi-media documentation of my artwork. When juggling accounts of my work that appear in print, on the internet, in still images and video, and in my own writing, it can get very confusing, and the organizational tips provided by GYST in the manual, as well as with the software, have been key. The result is a practice and career that I can engage with security and confidence. Thanks GYST!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bunny on July 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great resource for anyone looking to deal with the business of being a working artist. From time management to taxes, artist statements to archiving your work, GYST gives you the tools. Now it's up to you (and me) to get it together.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Quil on July 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
this book is great. The part that helped me the most was regarding organization and time management. the book helps you break it down so you can be more productive with your time on the day-to-day, as well as more directed toward short and long term goals. And hey, it's tax deductible :)
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