With a Curator's Account you can upload and display artworks and installation views from exhibitions you have curated, organizing numerous pieces in multiple galleries, maintain a full descriptive profile, search for, share and save artists and artworks you're interested in, and recommend, contact and network with other members.
Registries aren’t just for artists anymore! NURTUREart is excited to offer this unique opportunity for emerging and independent curators to promote their exhibitions as well as plan them. Curators can document their practice by uploading selections of images and essays from exhibitions they have curated, as well as do research and planning for future projects.
After you activate your account and login you’ll see your name in the top menu bar. Click on it and pick EDIT PROFILE. This takes you to command central for controlling everything in your account. Notice the row of tabs along the top. Start with PERSONAL where you can upload any image you would like to represent you, upload your resume and fill in a general statement about your work and a narrative bio. Fill in the basic info you would like to display about yourself like your website and/or twitter username. You can also choose here whether or not to make your email address public. If you don’t want to show it we would be happy to “screen” for you by forwarding messages from anyone that wants to contact you. You can also add tags, descriptive words about yourself that make you easier to find in searches.
Select “Edit Profile” from the menu with your name on it at the top of the homepage, and pick the PORTFOLIO tab.
Next go to the REGISTRATION tab to fill in your email address. Even if you don’t want it displayed, you’ll want us to be able to forward you messages so choose an address you’ll check regularly. This is also the page where you can change your password or delete your account.
Not only can you use this registry as a research tool, you can also show off your own accomplishments. Curators are encouraged to upload images and text from exhibitions that they have produced. Create a descriptive gallery for each exhibit and upload artworks, installation shots and essays to give viewers a virtual experience of your exhibits.
Select “Edit Profile” from the menu with your name on it at the top of the homepage, then pick the GALLERY tab.
You will see that you already have one default gallery waiting to be named and used to get you started. To make more galleries click on the “+ new gallery” button on the upper left of the window. To name your new gallery click in the gold bar at the top of the window, type in a name. In the box below this bar you can type in a short description or paste an entire curatorial essay for the exhibit.
IMPORTANT: Your galleries are default set to be immediately visible to the public, but if you want to keep them private while you fine tune them you can uncheck the “Public” box.
You can switch back and forth anytime.
It is assumed by us that artists you have worked with have given you permission to display their images, we’re sure they were proud to be in your exhibit and will be pleased to have this additional exposure. It is your responsibility to ensure that this is the case.
First step, select the gallery you wish to put artwork into, artworks can be reordered within a gallery later, but NOT moved from one gallery to another,
so plan ahead which artwork you want in which gallery. If you find you change your mind later, you will have to delete the artwork from the first gallery and upload it over again into another.
Click on the “Add Artwork” button. Next browse your computer and select the image file you wish to upload. Select it and click “open”. Your file will immediately begin to upload. File formats accepted are: gif, jpg, jpeg and png. Please use 72 dpi files with a maximum width of no more than 637 pixels. Files should not be larger than 1 MB.
*Tip: if your files are tiny postage stamp size you won't get a nice enlargement view because we can only make your files smaller, not bigger; but if they are gigantic you will be waiting a very, very long time for them to upload and then they will be shrunk to fit anyway!
*Tip: if you have them, installation shots or pictures from an opening are nice additions to put the artwork in context and help viewers visualize the exhibit.
*Tip: If you experience any issues, please make sure that your browser is up to date, go here to quickly check yours: http://whatbrowser.org/
When your image has uploaded you will see its thumbnail appear.
For video art you must first upload your videos to either YouTube or vimeo. Once you have done that you need to find the URL of the video on those sites, either click on “share” in YouTube to find theirs or on vimeo simply go to your video and then copy the URL from the browser's address bar. Come back to the registry and click on the Add YouTube/vimeo button and paste in the URL for your video into the box that appears and then click the "add" button next to it. You will see it appear in a box above like other uploaded artworks, fill out the information about the video in the form, you can give the time length for the dimensions. Repeat for each of your videos.
IMPORTANT: The next step is to add all of the caption information about each artwork. One by one, click on each image you have uploaded, when an image is active you will see its frame turn blue, then its time to fill in the form below the images.
Be sure to add in the Title, Year, Medium, and Size of each piece (height” x width” x depth” if 3D or length for video). There is also an optional description box if you wish to write additional info about any particular piece. Your information will be automatically saved.
*Tip: Add tags! You can tag your whole profile or your individual works. This will make you come up more often in our registry searches and in Google searches on the web!
The first image in a gallery will also be its representative thumbnail in searches. You can rearrange the order that images appear within a gallery by clicking on the “Rearrange” button (with a picture of two squares and an arrow).
It will pop up a window where you can click and drag thumbnails of your images into whatever order your prefer and click “Save”.
When you upload an image it will appear in whichever gallery was selected at the time. you cannot move images from one gallery to another.
If you change your mind about what gallery you want an image in you will have to delete it from the first gallery and re-upload it into the new gallery of your choice.
You can delete an image by hovering on its thumbnail and then clicking the little “x” that appears in the upper right corner. You can also delete an entire gallery—any one except for your original default gallery. In the gallery list on the left, click on the one you wish to delete and click on the red “x” which appears next to it in the gold bar.
Type your word or words in the search bar, (try any descriptive word from “painting” to “political”) or if you’re looking for someone in particular type an artist’s or curator’s name and search for their profile. Feeling adventurous? Just want to browse everything? Leave the search bar blank and hit GO to see it all!
*Tip: This is an “or” search engine (works like searching in google), so if you type in “trees” and “pink” you will get anything with a tree in it and/or anything with pink in it. If you want only pink trees, put both words in quotes “pink trees”.
Once you receive your search results you have choices about how to view them. Select a tab from the top of the big window on the left to see your results as either individual artworks, artists’ profiles, curators or collections of registry images made by members. When you are looking at a specific artwork or person’s profile you may click on a tag to see all other artworks or profiles also described with this word.
You will also see more options on the right hand side of the results page to focus your search further by adding more terms or narrowing it down by medium or by the geographic location of the artist or curator. You can always change your mind and go back to a broader result by clicking on the blue “x” next to your added terms to remove them. You can also choose to sort your results A-Z or by most recently uploaded.
For more ideas don’t forget to check out the current features on the Registry Homepage and the Recommendations of artists and curators you like, which you’ll find on their profiles.
SAVING ARTISTS OR CURATORS
You can save links to up to 10 favorite artists or curators that interest you. Simply click on “Recommend this Artist (or Curator)” while you are on their profile or in one of their galleries or artworks. Your recommendations will be displayed on your profile.
To remove a profile from your recommendation list, go to “Manage Profile” under your name and click on the RECOMMENDED PROFILES tab, hover over the thumbnail of the one you want to remove and click on the x when it appears in the upper right corner.
SAVING INDIVIDUAL ARTWORKS AND CREATING COLLECTIONS
To save an artwork click on the “Save this Artwork” button directly above the upper right corner of the enlarged view of any artwork, it will be copied to your SAVED ART tab on your profile.
When you click on the SAVED ART tab you will find your master “Library of Saved Art”, ALL
of your saved artworks will always be found here unless you decide to delete one by hovering your mouse over it and clicking on the “x” that appears in its upper right corner. This library stays private, it’s a work page for your eyes only, to help you remember artworks that interest you.
You can also create publicly viewable “Collections” from combinations of artworks in your library. Click on the “New Collection” button on the upper left when you are in the SAVED ART tab and name and save your new collection. You can fill in a description too, if you like, in the box underneath the name. Collections, like your Galleries, will default as visible, but if you prefer to make them hidden that’s an option too. Just uncheck the “Public” box next to the name of the collection. To delete an entire collection click on the “Delete Collection” button in the name bar.
Now you are ready to put artworks into your collections. Go back to your library. When you are in the library ONLY
each thumbnail of a saved artwork will have a drop down menu under it. Click on the arrow to pick a collection you have created to assign that artwork to.
If you hover over an artwork while you are in a collection you will see an “x” in the upper right corner, which will delete the artwork only from that collection. It will still be in your library, to remove it completely you must also delete it from the library.
Switch to the public view of your profile to see how your collections look. Experiment with how different pieces of art work together. This is a great tool for planning future exhibitions!
IMPORTANT: Remember the difference between Galleries and Collections.
Galleries contain images you have uploaded, these are for you to document exhibits you have actually curated. Collections contain artworks you have discovered, saved and arranged solely from within this registry.
Promoting Your Events: If you have an exhibition or some other event coming up that you would like to promote, go to Edit Profile under your name menu on the Registry Homepage and select the EVENTS tab. Here you will find an easy form to fill in all the info about your upcoming exhibit, upload a photo for it too! It will be listed on your profile and in the Events calendar on the Registry Homepage.
Recommend Your Favorite Artists and Curators: You can pick up to ten artists or curators who appeal to you by browsing the registry and clicking on their “Recommend this Artist/Curator” button. Everyone wants interesting, real recommendations of what to check out from curators like you with your ear to the ground, be a tastemaker! The more everyone takes advantage of this cool feature the more fun the registry will be to explore. To remove one from your list, just go to your “Edit Profile” command center and click on the RECOMMENDED PROFILES tab, you will see thumbnails for all the profiles you’ve chosen, hover over one to see the “x” appear in the upper right corner, click the “x” to delete and make room for new ones.
Social Media: You can like on Facebook, follow on twitter, connect on LinkedIn and much more. Take advantage of the social media buttons you’ll find at the top of the right hand column of most pages.
Get in Touch with Artists and Curators: You can leave a public comment underneath an artwork or send someone a message. When you receive comments we will email you first for your approval before they post publicly. If you do not respond within five days they will be discarded.
Make sure to keep your account information current. When you need to update your email address or want to change your password, click on edit profile under your name on the homepage and then click on the REGISTRATION tab.
To protect your privacy we will NOT display your personal contact information unless you check the “show my email” box.
If someone wants to contact you they will fill out a form that will forward their message automatically to the e-mail you submitted when you registered here. Please add: email@example.com to your address book to be sure these e-mails get through to you and don’t land in your junk or spam box.
Your Statement, Bio and Resume: Click edit profile from the menu under your name on the Registry Homepage and go to the PERSONAL tab to edit your text anytime, or upload a new version of your resume or a new identifying image. Be sure to keep your info up to date for interested viewers. If you have your own website this is also where you can enter your URL, a link will be displayed on your profile. If you have a twitter account that username can be displayed and linked as well.
There is no way to change your account type, for example, if you registered as an artist, but change your mind and want a curator’s account instead you must start again. You may maintain more than one account if you wish, but they must each be registered to a different email address. To delete an account go the REGISTRATION tab and click on the Delete button.
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