With 15 years of experience in the arts and a deep passion for working with creative people, Erin Elder supports committed artists in securing new opportunities, attaining professional goals, and making a lucrative and productive creative life for themselves. Gibbous is geared towards artists who already have a confident and consistent creative practice but might benefit from professional support to grow and sustain an artistic career. Gibbous helps artists develop professional tools, prepare applications, or present themselves publicly. Erin's approach is holistic, integrating the professional and the personal to move clients towards living more comfortably with their fullest potential.

GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

  • help define goals and strategize ways to find the right opportunities

  • research and create a spreadsheet of relevant residencies, project grants, public art calls, and exhibition opportunities, including deadlines, requirements, etc.

  • compile applications, including written statements, image portfolios according to deadlines and requirements

  • strategize for networking / cold-calling curators, gallerists, etc.

  • develop mailing lists appropriate to artist’s goals and works

  • provide accountability for meeting goals and following through on creative and professional tasks.​​

Full confidentiality is honored and available. Gift certificates available!

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS

  • develop and/or design websites 

  • create templates for newsletters

  • produce printed promotional materials such as business cards, exhibition postcards, brochures 

  • refine artist statements, bios, and work descriptions

  • create online or print portfolios

  • set up tools for budgeting money and time; templates for tracking income and expense

  • create user-friendly database of artworks; includes thumbnail images, artwork info, buyer info, location of artwork, etc.

LIFE AND STUDIO

  • refine ways to talk about work publicly, casually and confidently

  • coach regarding prioritization, professional development, time management

  • confidential counsel on doubts, challenges, and other personal/creative roadblocks

  • proofread important emails or applications 

  • consult about space use and digital organization

  • consult on presentation and documentation; make recommendations for photographers, framers, fabricators, etc.

ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT

"Talking with Erin is like talking to my therapist, but better because I can talk about my creative practice to someone who knows the constraints and realities of my field. This makes all the difference in discussing realistic options for the future of my work and my life."

Gibbous begins with an intensive introductory consultation. This includes a thought-provoking questionnaire, preliminary individualized research, a 1.5 hour phone or in-person consultation, and task-based follow-up. After this initial consultation, Gibbous develops custom packages for artists including but not limited to the following services: