The term “emerging artist” is thrown around a lot in the art world, but what does it really mean? Here are some ideas to consider when trying to define exactly what an emerging artist is:
Emerging professional artists are the principal creators of new work, and:
who take risks and embrace challenges;
whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.
- The term emerging refers to artistic development, professional accomplishment, and recognition, not the evolution within an artist’s work.
- Artists who show significant potential, yet are under-recognized. Examples of recognition include exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions.
What is your idea/definition of an emerging artist?