Art Contempo began with Cassandra Alderman and Eric Bell plus a group of artistic friends including Sunny Faulhaber and Mike Becker. This small group attended school together and later worked as a team on various projects throughout Florida's Tampa Bay area.
We've always referred work to one another whenever a project fell outside of our area of expertise or when there was simply more than enough work to go around on a large project. (Helping each other stave off "Starving Artist Syndrome")
Several years ago we began discussing a marketing co-op for artists. We knew most artists operate independently and, being artistic, don't put a lot of energy (typically anyway) into the 'business' side of the art business, the usual focus is on creation not business and marketing.
We decided it would behoove everyone if we formalized our 'referral' system by creating an artist co-op and expanded to include other local artists who might be in need of our services, so began ArtContempo, the co-op for artists.
Today we have a strong network of talented artists. We all continue to work independently; but come together as a group in some areas, where the group dynamic is more powerful.
One example is our E Commerce system, which allows artists to retail online through our website's shopping pages.
As is customary for us, when we contract for large projects such as murals and building facades, we use each other's artistic services to see the job through.
As to individual work, ArtContempo's Co-op will refer work to the 'resident experts', such as portrait work to the artists who are best suited for that job and are available.
Our expanding business has us now looking for artists both within our local area and in other communites who share similar goals with us:
It is our intention to become an international artist co-op, providing a retail venue and marketing presence for artists in countries outside of the United States, thus creating artistic beauty and positive change throughout the world.
We believe in working WITH each other NOT FOR each other, which is why you will find that each member artist is an independent contractor and therefore free to take on any project that their heart leads them to.
We believe in creating positive change on our planet and feel that the group dynamic contributes to a greater effort and inspiration level as well as a more effective marketing campaign.
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