Well, that’s it. After a couple of weeks of setup time and a month open to the public, Artomatic is now over. This was my first time since college doing a gallery-style show, and it was a great experience and a great challenge. I look forward to the next time it comes around – and I hope it won’t be a whole three years until they find a building again!
The Awesome things about Artomatic:
- Watching a building like this transform from boring old office building to 9 floors of art? Amazing!
- Supporting artists of all ages and levels. I love seeing displays from young artists!
- Getting involved! Honestly, I wish I’d had more time for workshops and such.
- Meeting other artists. Talking to all sorts of creative people is something I wish I could do more often.
- Getting inspired. Seeing what other people have done and just being around that much creative energy really helps my own creativity.
Lessons Learned for Next Time
- People really do start from the top floors and work down. Next time, upper space!
- Business cards seemed to go faster than postcards. So not making special postcards next time.
- Small spaces and funky rooms are great for stretching your creativity. Don’t be afraid to do a whole installation themed around your work.
- Add to the Artomatic community. I don’t know how exactly I’ll do this, but I want to come up with something, be it organize a get together or find some fun way to recognize my fellow artists.
- Encourage people to linger – add comfy chairs and/or something interactive.
All in all, I really enjoyed participating in this year’s Artomatic. I may not have made all the connections I wanted, but I stretched my creative muscles a bit and am leaving it with new creative energy. I’ve been inspired, have new ideas, and got to see what sorts of pieces the larger public reacts to. So sure, I may not have a commercial success from this endeavor, but I consider it a success all the same.