Welcome to #artist/dayjob#

#Rank Miami examines the (c)overt class and ranking systems surrounding the Miami art fairs.

In the expressly commerce-based bubble of the Miami art fairs, artists’ ranks might be established/defined in relation to gallery representation and/or the need to maintain a dayjob to support themselves and their families.

For artists who must work outside the studio to bring home the tofu, the type of job and how long they’ve maintained it becomes a sort of sub-classification/ranking, defining a position within the larger social and economic strata. Are the more desirable/impressive jobs art-related, in-field or academic? Does this ranking system draw and quarter us based on the perceptions and realities of our day to day duties and responsibilities?

#artist/dayjob# seeks to explore this ranking system through the simple sociological tool of the self-survey. Four questions:

How many years have you been an artist? What kind of artist are you? What’s your dayjob? How many years have you done it? #artist/dayjob#

These questions seem so simple. They are the foundations of common cocktail chat, yet, to the sensitive and informed inquisitor, they reveal the speaker’s standing-- earned or not-- in the larger milieu of the commercial art world and the culture.

So, dear artist:

Please let us know your ‘situation’ in the following format:

#number of years as an artist what kind of artist you are/ what is your day job # of years in that dayjob

example:

15writer/ad copy writer10 or

20visual artist/professor-gallerist18


11/12/10

Please click here to add your #artist/dayjob# below:

21artist/professor18

64 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:34

    13dancer/officemanager10

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  2. Anonymous12:54

    26photographer/arthandler10

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  3. 20artist/fasttypist18

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  4. Anonymous19:24

    5artist/marketer8

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  5. Anonymous19:39

    10artist/2marketing,previously7teacher

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  6. 30musician/sysadmin20

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  7. 30visualartist/newsmediagraphics5/litigationgraphics5/screenprinter.5/soleproprietor4/artdirector3/screenprintartist3/hotelmanager1/deskclerk2/waiter.5/busboy.5/bellman.5/houseman1/galleryasst1/frycook2/roofer.5/screenprinter1/pizzacook.5/dishwasher.25/soldplasma1/freelance3(someoverlap)

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  8. laelia e. mitchell03:45

    30:photographer:7museum or gallery staffer:5 coffeehouse manager:15 freelance teleprompter owner operator

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  9. Anonymous10:52

    10painter/3arthandler/1 flower salesmen /1 museum membership cronie/ 1printshop slave/1artist assistant.

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  10. Anonymous12:45

    30collageartist/26art teacher/14mother

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  11. Anonymous12:19

    3painter/2personal assistant (office bitch) to ridiculously wealthy collector

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  12. Anonymous06:34

    3jeweler/5nanny/3jeweler's assistant/3florist/2health-food store clerk/2gallery owner/2artist/5hotel events manager/6mommy/3fiber artist,sort of.

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  13. Anonymous06:37

    36, sculptor/33 professor

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  14. 35 Visual Communicator/13 Art Teacher

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  15. Anonymous06:53

    25 Artist/Museum Administration 3

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  16. 39Viz artist/professor39

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  17. Sandy Wimer
    30 artist/professor20

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  18. 42Thingmaker/graphicdesigner30

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  19. Zach Ziemann10:06

    9Painter/RestaurantBarLimbo5

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  20. Anonymous11:53

    3 film writer-director/peddy cab, camera op, PA, editor, music videos, actor, producer, NYU student staff, internet sales, taxes, transcriber, teacher < 2 years each

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  21. Anonymous13:06

    43artist/dealer-publisher30

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  22. 39 sculptor / architect 25

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  23. Anonymous14:07

    17visualartist/contentmanager9

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  24. 41writer/teacher5

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  25. 13figurative-painter/standardized-science&math-exam-writer13

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  26. 20media artist/11animator/5professor of art

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  27. 14writer/professor3

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  28. 30visualartist/artprofessor5

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  29. 19visualartist/15antiquepaperrestorer/12husband/6fatheroftwokids

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  30. 30painter/art director6

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  31. 5director-performer/preparator5

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  32. Anonymous10:30

    Art Handler

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  33. Anonymous13:26

    Full time job + being an artist = oxymoron
    So, making art, being paid honorariums for the non-for-profit shows, teaching here and there, selling here and there, hardly making my living but happy that I can produce what is in my mind.

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  34. #10visualartist-photographer/graphicdesigner#18

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  35. Anonymous14:36

    30 artist/ 25 teacher

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  36. 30drawingsculpturevideoinstallation/studioartistatwaxmuseumanddecorativepainterandpersonalassistant5

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  37. 7artist/studioassistantgalleryassistantpersonalassistant5/barista2

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  38. Anonymous08:50

    8drawingspaintingphotographycrochethinker/baristaveterinaryassistant4

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  39. Anonymous08:56

    35 visual artist/6 executive director nonprofit gallery

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  40. 15/photographer/Post=Production/7

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  41. Nicole Lucaroni09:57

    8PainterSculpture/Catering5

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  42. Anonymous10:04

    15/painter/sculptor 2nanny

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  43. BrettHansen14:14

    10conceptualartist/barista8

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  44. saradee!15:00

    25visualartist/art professor5

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  45. Anonymous07:19

    37visualartist/36!artprofessor/+oddjobsinbetween

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  46. 23artist/artprofessor9

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  47. Chris07:25

    30painter/20schoolteacher

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  48. Anonymous08:05

    17 visual artist/13 teacher

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  49. Jane08:22

    30work with found photographs/11graphic designer/25exhibit installer.curator.framer

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  50. 15 installation and sculpture / building bars and restaurants 5, blacksmith apprentice 2, potter 2, gardener 1, window display 1, construction 1, art preparator 4

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  51. 15sculptor/librarian15

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  52. Anonymous09:42

    25visual artist/publications manager9/graphic designer14/art professor4

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  53. 13 Visual Artist /
    Art Shipping Company Associate 1
    Cocktail Waitress 1
    Music Promoter 3
    Artists' Assitant 2
    Marketing Officer 3
    Artists' Model 3
    Retail Associate 4

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  54. 36 visual artist/ busboy 2, highschool teacher 1, cemetery monuments 2, professor 30

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  55. Anonymous17:37

    Lifetime artist from childhood to 80's (years),self taught, teacher half that time, museum and gallery shows

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  56. Anonymous17:47

    3/Visual/Full Time Artist (for past 3 years)

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  57. 20visual artist/art prof15/art dept chair4

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  58. Amanda07:59

    5artist/miserable fuckup who can't hold a day job32

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  59. 20/visual artist/managingeditor20

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  60. Anonymous00:14

    6 artist/cake decorator 1(dry cleaner clerk 2)

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  61. Anonymous13:54

    15 Artist/Accountant 15

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  62. 25someoddyearsscewingaroundasawannabe artist /30years schooldistrctadminitratorwhorecentlycalledittoseriouslypersueart
    JoanneVanGenderen

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