Networking in the Art World: Making Effective Connections

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“Colette is a great teacher with extensive experience in this area. Even the best art schools don't teach you about the networking and connections that are necessary to succeed as an artist. Colette shares a lot of practical advice, plans for goal-setting, and (in my opinion, most importantly) her real-world experiences with what works and what doesn't when trying to establish and maintain meaningful connections in the art world.” -Student Bill M.

Quality artwork will not be widely recognized without the right connections. Effective networking skills at any level in your career can help you make art world connections without having to be pushy and without compromising your personal integrity.

Directed networking can lead to studio visits, show opportunities, relationships with curators, gallerists, collectors, and artists at all stages in their careers. Networking can help you make the art world what you want it to be.

This course will outline:

  • Productive networking skills that do not compromise your personality
  • Strategies on how to effectively approach people in the art world
  • How to use Facebook and email as a promotional tool
  • Methods for maintaining healthy and fruitful professional relationships for the long term

This course will be useful for artists at various stages of their career who feel they need more opportunities. Students need only bring themselves and a note-taking device.


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Colette Robbins


Colette Robbins, an artist and curator, received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Parsons, the New School for Design.  Colette shows her work both nationally and internationally. Recently her work has been featured in shows at Deitch Projects, NY ,P.P.O.W. Gallery, NY,  Workshop, Venice, Italy, Lesley Heller Work Space, NY,  RH Gallery NY, Art Star, NY, Parlour, NY, Yautepec , Mexico City, Mexico, Sloan Fine Art, NY, Field Projects Gallery, NY, 92 Y Tribeca, NY, and The Guild Gallery, NY. She is an affiliate of Parlour, a nomadic exhibitions project that holds one-night art salons in living rooms throughout five boroughs of NYC  and abroad. Colette has been awarded grants for residencies such as The Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland, and the Vermont Studio Center. She now lives and works in Queens, New York. For more information, take a look at

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