An artist is an individual engaged in an act of artistic creation, practicing, or exhibiting an artistic art form. The most common use in academic discussion and everyday conversation is an artist in the visual arts alone.
In the academic community, a single artist or group of artists may not qualify as an Artist. It may be appropriate to include other artists in a collective project such as a museum’s exhibitions, although it may not be necessary. A group of artists in a gallery, however, may fall under the category of Artists when viewed from a wider perspective.
The definition of an Artist varies widely within the academic community. One definition is “an individual who produces work that can be described as having aesthetic value.” While this definition has some merit, it does not capture the entire spectrum of artists. The term “art” is too broad.
The term “artist” also encompasses the art of a specific field. For example, a photographer that took the famous shot of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe may be considered an artist. However, the photographer may be considered an illustrator, and he or she may not be considered an artist at all.
The term “artist” is also commonly used in the context of art museums. An Artist in Residence (AIR) program is typically an artist or group of artists selected from a museum’s permanent collection to visit the museum for a specific length of time. The purpose of these visits is to interact with the museum’s staff and engage in a unique and personal relationship with the Museum.
As art museum staff become more accustomed to seeing certain types of art being produced by a particular artist or group of artists, it may be necessary to define the scope of an artist within the context of an entire collection. An artist may be defined as an artist whose work is found in a museum and/or gallery. In this way, the definition becomes much more specific than a single piece of art. An Artist in residence will not only have the opportunity to exhibit in a museum, but will also have the ability to communicate with the museum’s curatorial team about the type of work that is exhibited.
A definition of an Artist also includes a group of artists and often includes the work of several artists within a single collection. These collections are collectively referred to as a group. However, a single collection that contains the work of several different artists may not be considered a group.
Each Artist in residence is required to provide documentation supporting their claim to being an Artist, along with a description of their work. Documentation is typically submitted to the Museum’s Curatorial Review Committee. This documentation usually details the process through which an Artist was discovered, the specific period of time that they were in residence at the museum, and where the work of each artist was found. An Artist’s work is further assessed by the museum’s Museum Director to ensure that the Museum complies with both state and federal regulations. Once approved, the documentation provides the Museum with the assurance that an artist, as described above, is an Artist and qualifies for inclusion within the museum’s collection.
If the collection consists of an older work, there are a few guidelines that must be followed before the work can be added to the collection. First, it is important to confirm that the work is authentic. After that, it is essential to obtain the permission of the Artist to add the work to the collection. If the Museum does not obtain permission, then the work will not be considered authentic and will not be eligible to be placed in the collection.
When an Artist’s work has been accepted for inclusion in the collection, the Museum curators will contact the artist. to schedule an appointment in which they can view the work. and discuss the collection with the artist. It is critical that the collection be viewed by several museum officials in order to fully examine the work and its value. When the work is in the collection, an appraisal is conducted in order to determine the value.
Artwork will always have value, whether it is one piece of work or a complete collection. It is vital to the museum that each piece of artwork is treated as valuable. The value will be determined by the museum’s ability to pay for the item.