“Caroll Michels, the woman who all but invented the profession of the art career coach, has long wished that artists would start doing for themselves what dealers typically do for them.”
Franklin Einspruch, art critic and artist
Caroll Michels is an artist career coach, artist-advocate, and writer. She is the author of the How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist. Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul. A seventh edition was published by Allworth Press.
Michels was featured in 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women by Gail McMeekin (Conari Press). She was on the faculty of The New School in New York and the Ringling College of Art + Design. She served as chairperson of the Fine Arts Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Articles about her work as a career-coach and artist-advocate have been appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Jezebel, U.S. News and World Report, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Newsday, The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.
Her artwork has been exhibited in museums in the United States and abroad, including the Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris, Haus am Waldsee, Internationale Kunst in Berlin, Germany, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and in New York City the Institute for Contemporary Art, The Clocktower, and Exit Art. Michels has received numerous grants, including those awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts; the NY State Council for the Arts; the NY Council for the Humanities; and the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture/UNESCO. She was a fellow at the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center in Midland, Michigan. Michels is the founder of the Artist Help Network, a website devoted to career resources.
Michels’ articles have appeared in Artists Magazine, Artsy.net, Artsy Shark, Light Space & Time, Neoteric Art, The Pastel Journal, Portfolio, and Sculpture.
Photograph by Virginia Hoffman