Tag Archives: Arts Education

Instagram Strategies for Artists During COVID-19

Keep your art business strong with an updated Instagram strategy. 

It can feel weird to post something that is unrelated to COVID-19 or, more currently, social injustice right now. But, this doesn’t mean you have to completely stop sharing parts of your work and it doesn’t mean you should go silent. Consider changing up your usual social media posts to address issues and share resources and posts. Adjust your messaging, but don’t go silent. Click here for a few ways that you can use your Instagram to engage with your audience right now.

The Craven Conversations with distinguished actor Michael Murphy-June 24 @ 7pm EDT

MNFF is thrilled to welcome back one of its favorite Honorees, the distinguished film actor Michael Murphy, for the next edition of the Craven Conversations on Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm on Zoom. In a brilliant career spanning more than 50 films over 50 years, Michael has worked with a wide array of heralded filmmakers including Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Paul Mazursky, Peter Weir, Tim Burton, Oliver Stone, Sarah Polley, John Sayles, Elia Kazan, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Ritt, Robert Aldrich, Orson Welles and Paul Thomas Anderson. Among his dozens of film credits, you’ll find The Arrangement, MASH, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Front, An Unmarried Woman, Manhattan, The Year of Living Dangerously, Salvador, Batman Returns and Away from Her.  The breadth of the roles Michael has played and the innumerable stories he has accumulated will make for a most entertaining conversation that you won’t want to miss. 

Michael Murphy was born in Los Angeles, California, and after a stint in the Marine Corps, he attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, and then went to UCLA for his California teaching credential. From 1962 to 1964, he taught high school English and drama in Los Angeles. His acting career as a first-rate supporting player began in 1962 and has continued for over five decades. 

The consummate professional, Michael is perhaps best known for his long collaboration with renowned director Robert Altman, having been cast in seven of Altman’s movies between 1968 and 1996, and in two cable-TV mini-series for him: Tanner ’88 and Tanner on Tanner.  But the relationship stretched back to the very beginning of his career. “I was right out of the University of Arizona,” Murphy reminisced during a 2004 interview, “and a friend said, ‘Go over to MGM and meet Bob Altman. He’s using a lot of young guys for this Army thing he’s doing.'” Altman was directing the World War II television series Combat! and Altman cast him in the show without an audition. “We became immediate friends. He told me, ‘You may not turn out to be a movie star, but you’ll get to do some interesting work.’ Bob was in his thirties when we met. He had been a young bomber pilot in World War II and was wise beyond his years. From the very beginning, he never played it safe when it came to making movies. He had amazing fortitude and guts.”

Attendance is limited for the Craven Conversation with Michael Murphy so don’t wait too long to sign up.  We anticipate a good crowd for this event.

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Museum Careers Today Panel Discussion – Thursday, June 25

Interested in learning about museums today? Join a panel discussion that engages MFA Boston staff members from across the institution to explore the many types of professions that exist in art museums and to examine how the current COVID-19 pandemic may impact museums now and in the future.

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Career Conversation and an Arts Discussion with Elizabeth Warfel ’19 – Thursday, June 4

Please join us for a Career Conversation and an Arts Industry Reading Discussion with Elizabeth Warfel ’19. Elizabeth will discuss her on-campus experiences and summer internships related to the Arts and will share advice on how to get started in the industry.

Based on Elizabeth’s recommendation, we will also discuss two articles titled “With Galleries Closed, a Moment for Net Artists to Shine” by Andrew Dickson and “The First AI- Generated Portrait Ever Sold at Auction Shatters Expectations, Fetching $432,500 – 43 Times Its Estimate” by Eileen Kinsella. This is a great opportunity to meet an alum working in the Arts and learn about the current trends in the industry!

Elizabeth Warfel graduated from Middlebury in 2019 with a double major in Art History and French, and significant coursework in Studio Art. After graduating she interned at Christie’s NYC in the Estates, Appraisals, and Valuations Department and then the Impressionist and Modern Art Department. Since then she has been working for the Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (CADAF) doing their marketing and social media.

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Complete Guide to 2020 Artist Grants and Opportunities

There are endless opportunities for artists who know where to look. 

Artwork Archive scoured the internet and compiled the best opportunities for 2020—so you only have to look in one place. 

Each year they send their team on a mission to find the best opportunities, artist grants, and calls-for-entry for artists. From that, they created a list of the top international open calls, residencies, fellowships, and awards that they believe will benefit artists during the upcoming year.

The complete list is broken down into four categories: grants, residencies, calls-for-entry, and opportunity sites.

Click here review the list!

SENIORS – Group Advising Appointments to discuss searching for Jobs/Internships in the Arts

In addition to signing up for 1:1 advising appointments, I’m offering group advising appointments this semester focused on a specific career path. Please continue to check back since we will discuss a different industry during each meeting.  

This week I will be hosting and facilitating two group advising appointments to discuss Careers in the Arts. Please let me know if you would like to attend one. I will add your appointment in handshake.  

Wednesday, April 29 from 3pm – 4pm EST
Career Path: Performing Arts  

Friday, May 1 from 3pm – 4pm EST
Career Path: Fine Arts

These group advising appointments will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about a specific industry, build a career community, and practice peer to peer learning.

I am limiting the number of participants. Therefore, YOU MUST REGISTER WITH ME. Please send an e-mail to agomez@middlebury.edu to let me know you will attend, and I will add your advising appointment to handshake.