Emerging Artist

Who and what are emerging artists? Sounds a lot like your trying to merge onto the interstate and aren't quite sure how. Am I an emerging artist? Are you? Do they have a degree? Are they a rare breed no one knows? Would you recognize one if you saw one? What or who is considered an emerging artist?

According to the crystal ball ie, Google, you can find all kinds of info on the subject. Although I would think the word emerging would give you a clue, most of us need more evidence than that. So here you go.

BmoreArt.com states that an emerging artist is someone who's in the early stage of their career, someone who's caught the eye of an art critic or gallery, but hasn't yet established a solid reputation as an artist amongst art critics, art buyers, and art galleries.

It doesn't necessarily mean that you are fresh out of art school or have an advanced degree in art. It might say you have decided to give your craft your full attention and have made a body of art that is catching the eye of some collectors and galleries. Or, in my case, it might mean you have retired from a career and hope to start something new that you enjoy, and hope you cause enough of a stir to pay for your habit of art supplies. Of course, I say this tongue in cheek. Who doesn't like to be noticed and their art appreciated. Me, me, I do! To be honest. We all do. So, in case you haven't put 2 and 2 together, I'm an emerging artist or at least hope to be on the interstate soon.

Mid-Career Artist

BmoreArt.com speaks about this stage in an Artists's career, not necessarily being about age. It's more about the work and how known it has become. Perhaps some solo exhibitions under your belt and significant publications about you and your work.

Established Artist

The word established sounds much more familiar to me. Being a "Boomer," I've gotten used to the term established, mature, senior, crazy, what have you. I think this one speaks for itself too.

Again, it doesn't have anything to do with age, per se. This person or artist has experienced a lot during their career, be it short or long. They have established their work through consistency in sales and perhaps auctions. In the market, their work has a value, and they have become known as "blue-chip" artists.


Still, confused? Welcome to the art world. I say all of these terms are and can be very fluid. The best thing I think to do is not to be labeled. Instead, concentrate on your artwork. Doing this can bring pleasure, satisfaction, and purpose. All of this will show not only in your art but on your face as well. I find when asked what I "do," I tell folks I'm an artist. No-fuss, no-muss. Easy, peasy.

That seems to satisfy most people. That way, I and others don't have to question what an emerging artist is or is not.

Best to learn to enjoy the journey, the art, your art, and always look twice before merging on the interstate.

TTYL, it's time to go create.



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