What to do with Twitter?

So are you a DC area artist and new to Twitter, or you just haven’t used your account much. I’ve been hassling you, and you decided to start.  First off, you’re awesome, and thank you. Here are a few thoughts I’ve complied while on way too much coffee.  Please forgive my typos.

#1 Be sure, if you don’t have one yet, select a good name that’s short and makes sense.  Want to bounce one off me?  Ok.

#2 Have a solid description. Please don’t abuse hashtags.

#3 Link to your artist’s website.

#4 Consider investing in a real website domain name.  Own your name if you can.

#5 You might want some followers that are relevant beyond the porn spam that floats around.

#6 How to get those followers? Follow a few artists.

#7 Need to find some DC area artists? Follow the 170+ artists on my list https://twitter.com/artdc/lists/art-profiles/members (really I spent a lot of time finding these folks)

#8 Not on my list? Tweet to me something like @artdc I’d love to be on your DC area artist’s list.  Or some thing like that.

#9 Want more relevant followers? Actually tweet to artists on this list.  That is, compliment someone that you like ” @whomevertheartistsis love your work keep creating… “  Or something similar.  You get the picture.

#10 Follow some DC galleries.  This list might not be completely up to date, but it’s a good starting point https://twitter.com/artdc/lists/art-spaces/members

#11 Repeat #9 except tweet to the galleries.  For instance, tell them that you liked whatever show you’ve seen at their space, or that you dig an artist they represent.

#12 Buy me coffee for the help! :)  Seriously this is optional but appreciated. I have in the past brought really good customers (in my day job) a Starbucks card as a thank you.

#13 Remember that twitter is about 2-way communication, and not just another glorified RSS feed, so talk to people.

#14 Don’t get upset if someone doesn’t respond to your tweet.  They might not be listening, but you should.

#15 Remember, we are all salespeople here, in addition to being creative, it’s our job to sell our own art as much as it is to find people to do it for us. Being proactive and professional means a lot, or so I’m told!

All of this is optional.  Just a thought, but it helps our energy out in addition to yours.  Oh and we’re talking about 30 minutes of work here if you’ve had a lot of coffee like me.

Need to get in touch?  Reach out here. I’d love to hear about your Twitter success.  This is just a starting point, but it has been useful for me.



Reception: December 17th, 2011 7 to 10 pm
Location: 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD
Curator: Emily Ann Scheeler / UMD Intern
All works by UMD students

Adam Echavarren
Asha Augustine
Ava Lowe
Melanie Fischer
Meg Floyd
Kurt Pung
Ryan Villardo
Sheila Bell

This is our annual UMD intern show.  We offer the experience to a University of Maryland Art student to manage a gallery like it was their own.  They control the show from artist selection to installation.  This is our opportunity to see art of a Student’s peers through their eyes!  We feel this is a unique opportunity, and are pleased to offer this again.  Our first intern exhibition was developed in 2010.

Saturnalia was traditionally held on December 17th; thus, our reception for the beautiful exhibit “Saturnalia: Abstracting Reality,” will be held on the same date in this year, 2011.

The show presents University of Maryland artists working with abstraction–some pulling straight from the unconscious mind, others working with the assistance of models and forms. Techniques vary from the pressing together of canvas to the application of cut plexiglass to screen prints on top of paintings.

The color palette is vivid and surreal, though sometimes moody and mystical. The works presented are by undergraduates, Juniors and Seniors, in the Studio Art program.

Food and wine will be bountiful, just as it would have been during a Saturnalia celebration.
If you greet the curator with “lo, Saturnalia,” she will pour you a drink.

What is art…

From a discussion on artdc.org.

“Art is an addiction.  There’s a compulsive need to create and express your self.  It’s sweet and painful at the same time.  Art is Junk.  People think they can control it, do it just once in a while, but that’s just a lie created by one’s own arrogance.  Art is all consuming.  There’s no such thing as a part time artist.  There are those who make a living, and those who don’t, be we think about it 100% of the time whether it’s our bread winner or not.  When I’m not making art, I’m thinking about what I’m going to create next, and if I’m not doing that, I’m suffering from the lack of inspiration, and completely aware of it at that moment.  It’s an addiction, full of love, pain, and tolerance for the lack of freedom to do what you want as you’re fighting to survive, learn a new technique, or find that next moment of joy that are few and far between.  Art takes arrogance and the need to learn, practice, steal, mimic, progress, and create new ideas.”

-Jesse Cohen

Sy Gresser’s Interview.

We are pleased to see Sy Gresser’s new interview by Jack Thomas of Bulldog Theatrical.  The interview was recorded before the installation of his ’09 shows at UMD – “Carving Hands,” and Yale – “Graven Imaginings.”  Previously we posted about Sy in our art you must acquire series, while his work was displayed in our  Space Contained show.  For more information about Sy, read his Washington City Paper profile entitled  ‘Carving Artist.’   It’s wonderful to see Sy gain this well needed documentation.