As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding.
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
“Your Art Will Save Your Life is the artist’s guidebook to create, thrive, and survive amid any political shitstorm.” —BUST Magazine
“Offers modest and straightforward suggestions for surviving and thriving in creative endeavors.” —Publishers Weekly
“A dense, power-punch of info.” —The Portland Mercury
“Every artist should have this on their bookshelf.” —Book Riot
“A slim, necessary revelation.” —Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
“If you are a person who needs to make art in order to function, this book is from your best, smartest, coolest, most insightful, wise, learned, practical, savvy, no-bullshit friend who knows you and loves you anyway.” —Lucy Corin, author of One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
“A survival guide for the creatives among us.” —Nicole Georges, author of Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home
“I’m so grateful for this book! I’m buying it for every single creative person in my life.” —Ann Friedman, cohost of Call Your Girlfriend
“An electrically inspiring, politically fresh, and class-conscious guide for artists who wish to engage more deeply with their process, their careers, and their lives.” —Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot
“The self-help book every artist needs! Wish I’d had this book my entire life.” —Ali Liebegott, author of Cha-Ching!
“This funny, tender, totally usable guide provides a bundle of simple methods that will allow you to focus on creative projects, reenergize, grow joy, and take risks. Included here are reminders of how to practice generosity, overcome fear, build community, stay politically engaged, and most importantly, to start the important work of making some stuff.” —Harry Dodge, Artist
“Your Art Will Save Your Life is a big-hearted path forward for artists grappling with how to make art in our current climate.” —Karolina Waclawiak, author of The Invaders