1. Be Seen & Make Sure Your Art Is Seen
Show up at art openings, lectures, and meetings.
Show up sincerely because you want to learn and want to connect. However, you'll be just another friendly face until others know you're an artist.
Exhibit your work! Exhibit it often! Extend invitations to all of your connections in the art community.
2. Be Supportive
Support other artists and arts organizations that are doing their best to nurture the arts. This means saying nice things about them and sending them “Way to Go” emails and cards when called for.
People may not always behave as you would like, but you'll make more friends by supporting best efforts than by criticizing.
(Have you noticed that the people who criticize the most are those who are least likely to put forth any effort to contribute?)
3. Be A Reporter
Recently I implored you to write art reviews due to the dearth of arts reviewers. Some of you have taken me up on it, which I'm thrilled about.
Being a reporter kind of goes hand in hand with being supportive and being seen.
When you write about local artists, organizations, and exhibitions, you can't help but meet people. You need material and they want to get noticed.
Suddenly, you'll be on every media press list in your community. That's pretty neat.