Thursday, November 10, 2011

Art Containing Social Issues

How Artists Communicate their Social Messages 
through Partnership and Publicity

By Renée Phillips, The Artrepreneur Coach

I wrote this article for Professional Artist magazine. A similar version will appear in the December 2011 issue. You can read the complete unabridged version of this article at

Amy Guidry: "In Our Veins"

Amy Guidry, The Wild West, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24".

Many artists are extremely successful at expressing their beliefs about social issues through their art. You may recall my article in the April 2011 issue of Professional Artist magazine “When Creative Impulse Meets Social Consciousness.” However, many artists fall behind when it comes to getting the well-deserved attention for their art however socially valuable it may be.

As you will observe in this article, among the most successful artists are those who know how to communicate their messages through public relations efforts as well as partnerships with other individuals and organizations.

Amy Guidry is an artist from Louisiana, who works in series, all of which deal with a range of social issues. She states, “I rely on my work to bring up issues, get people talking, questioning, and (hopefully) taking action. Currently my series ‘In Our Veins’ deals with environmental concerns through an almost apocalyptic narrative. This series explores the connections between all life forms and the cycle of life.”

First of all, Amy’s website is among the best artists’ sites I have seen, which is an integral component to communicating the significance of your art. It is clear she has concentrated on building an online presence. She also credits her exhibitions that have lead to getting her message out.

About Amy Guidry's work Deborah Norsworthy, Curator of the Heymann Historic Ceiling Tile Art Exhibit for the Children's Museum of Acadiana stated: "I felt, when I walked into that room that I was back at the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., or at the Museum of Modern Art. Her technical rendering, of course, is superb. But it's her vision, her conceptualization, that catapults her above the rest."

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