from the artists…
Working with Marina renewed my confidence as a professional artist. She gave me much-needed clarity about the options I have and the next steps to take in furthering my career. Not only is she an expert at navigating the art world on all levels — emerging, mid-career and seasoned artists alike — but she truly listens and envisions a unique path for the specific goals and challenges of the individual. She is easy to talk to and warm, all while maintaining a directness with her abundance of knowledge. And if you don’t catch all of the amazing advice she gives during your meeting with her, she sends a comprehensible recap email, an invaluable bonus.
I feel lucky to work with Marina. As someone who has lived their entire adult life in NYC and worked with many different people in the art world, I have not met anyone who comes close to Marina’s level of professionalism, knowledge, and individually-catered advice. Her services would be an extreme asset to any artist who plans to make a life-long career of their work.
P. J. Linden
Marina came by my studio for a tour as I was preparing for a show in Philadelphia.
Marina’s direction was instrumental in changing my outlook on the presentation and installation of my work for gallery shows. Display has always been an important and confusing issue, as my work varies in scale from works on panel or photo prints to larger sculpture and mixed media. Marina reminded me to think of curation from the clients’ point of view. She suggested instead of just putting sculptures on pedestals to think outside of the box, so I custom cut shelves and bought acrylic boxes to create a scenario in which a buyer could imagine the work in their home and more readily purchase it. Due to this consult and preparation, I made more sales at a single show than I ever had previously.
Marina was also quite helpful for all of those last minute artist questions; how to price my work accordingly, how to date new and newly updated older works.
Having a conversation about these issues and knowing that I have a consultant that I can truly trust has made such a difference in my approach towards my art career.
ceramic, performance and installation artist
Marina listening attentively while I told her my life story. Then, she mustered an alchemical miracle. Like the perfect combination of therapist and business coach, she tactfully summarized my struggles to their essence. She transformed the dark complicated mass into one crystal clear nugget that I could hold gently in my brainspace.
Marina at The Artist Advisory’s intimate experience in fine art lends great insider knowledge for artists looking to expand their careers. Whether it be what they are doing wrong on their business side, or what their blind spots or inefficiencies are (time, resources, etc), and even just telling one they are on the right track and to just keep focus. The advise and intimate personal touches are invaluable.
composer, sound and installation artist
Marina is smart, confident, insightful and smoothly translates her skills into inspired problem solving and artistic inspiration. She helped me find new approaches to outreach, fundraising, and partnerships. When I was feeling stuck, Marina really helped me move forward.
On one of my visits to Manhattan, I brought a color copy of a nearly completed painting and showed it to
my favorite galleries. Galleries were variously dismissive, politely disinterested, or opined, “it’s wonderful
work, but our gallery is going a different direction.” The glaring exception was Marina Granger, who was a Gallery Director at the time, she took the time to open my website on her computer right then and there and give me her clear and direct opinion. She spoke to me about my paintings with respect and dispensed good, concrete advice, based - as I have discovered since - on knowledge developed by studying and loving art history and contemporary art. I showed her my print out and told her I was nearly done with the painting but something bothered me about the center and she said without hesitation, “it needs something that came in through that open door.” I got home and painted a bumble bee in the center of the room, which must be exactly the right punctuation at the end of the story because that painting has won 3 best in show prizes and 2 people’s choice prizes so far. Granted, the painting was nearly finished when she encountered it but that little spark of insight from Marina helped roll it over into the not to be forgotten range. Recently a museum has asked me to have a one-person show, they like the work so much I have included in their recent juried shows.
I call on Marina’s vision periodically - I email her images of paintings that I am working on and she critiques them. I highly respect her visceral vision of what will improve an image; her intuitive insights seem to be based on a deep body of knowledge and a fluid imagination.
And I like her a lot as a person.