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Jun 14

I’m having trouble…writing an artist statement.

When artists register for go, they have the option of providing an artist statement. What should you include in your statement? Here are some tips.

  • Describe your creative process. What do you do in the studio? What are your goals? How do you know when a work is successful? Mention materials, techniques, or themes.
  • Provide more information about the specific images you added to your profile. For example, you can share the titles of your works, the dimensions of the works, or list the specific materials you used to create the works.
  • Tell visitors what to expect at your studio during open studio weekend. Do you know what you’ll be working on? The more information you provide, the better prepared your visitors will be.

You’re not required to provide an artist statement in order to publish your profile, but we strongly recommend that you take advantage of this space to provide information about your work, your practice, and your studio.

To add or edit artist statement, click “Edit Statement” in the top right corner of the box.

Now, type directly into the box or copy and paste text from another application. Your entries are limited to 100 words, so be concise.

PS for techies and coders: In case you were wondering, you cannot use HTML in the text box. Text only, please!

GO Support Guide

Due to a high volume of support requests, we ask you to review the following materials prior to issuing a support ticket.  Most support issues can be answered here. 

We encourage everyone to fill out their profile and publish it as soon as possible to ensure you have enough time to work out any technical glitches that you may come across.

Information from GO Organizers


Screencast Tutorial

If you are an artist who is trying to create a profile and find yourself needing a little help, please watch this screencast in its entirety; it will walk you through the process step by step.

Browser Support

We support the following browsers and version numbers.  If you are having trouble, please check to make sure your browser is up to date and on this list. Prior to issuing a support ticket, we ask that you upgrade your browser and try again.  

  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Safari 4+
  • Firefox 3.5+
  • Chrome (latest)

Is JavaScript enabled?

In order to use the GO website, JavaScript must be enabled.  Please click this link to make sure that it is.

Still having trouble?

If you’ve fully reviewed all of these materials and you are still having trouble, please fill out this form to issue a support ticket.  Please remember, if you are filing a support ticket during the artist registration extension, there is no guarantee that we can answer your request.

I’m having trouble…figuring out if my profile is published.

How do you know if your artist profile is published?  

Login to your GO artist profile using the e-mail address and password you used to register. After successfully logging in, you will see a welcome screen — also known as your dashboard. If you’ve published your profile, your dashboard will look like this:

Remember that even after you publish, you can continue to edit your profile until the artist registration deadline of June 29. To add images, edit your artist statement, or make other changes to your profile, click the words “your profile.” 

At the top of your profile page, you’ll see a message listing the date that your profile was published:

Click the EDIT button to make changes to your profile. When you’re finished editing, click VIEW PUBLIC PROFILE to see how your page looks. Your profile will not be visible to the public until after the artist registration deadline of June 29. 

I’m having trouble…deciding when to publish my profile.

Artists may make changes to their profiles until the June 29 registration deadline, even after the profile is published.

We strongly encourage you to publish your profile as soon as you’ve completed the basic requirements. To publish a profile, you must select your medium, upload a profile picture, and upload at least one image of your work. After your profile has been published, you can login to rearrange your images, finesse your artist statement, switch your profile picture, update your media, or anything else you’d like.

Make sure that your profile is finalized by June 29, the artist registration deadline — after that date, you won’t be able to make further changes. We strongly advise you not to wait until the last minute to publish your profile: give yourself as much time as you need to troubleshoot potential problems.

I’m having trouble…deciding whether to register as an individual artist or as an artist group.

Did you know that artists may register for GO as individuals or as a collaborative group? Here’s how to decide which is the best fit for you.

You should register as an individual artist if you create and exhibit artwork using your own name. Even if you share a studio, you should still register as an individual artist if authorship of your work belongs to you. If your studio is part of a larger floor or building with its own name, you have the option of mentioning this affiliation in the artist statement area. This will make it easier for visitors to find your space.

You should register as part of an artist group if you create and exhibit artwork collaboratively with other artists and use a group name to describe this work. The Guerrilla Girls are a great example of an artist group. Remember that GO is an open studio project, and you should only register as an artist group if the registered studio serves as workspace for your collaborative group. Work-in-progress in the studio should represent the collective activity of the group, not individual works by group members. The whole group isn’t required to be present during open studio weekend, but at least one member must be present to represent the group. In addition, each group must designate a point person to be the official liaison with GO.

The option to choose individual or group registration is available on the second page of the registration screen. After you provide your e-mail address, username, and password, you’ll be directed to a screen that enables you to select the appropriate registration.

If you choose “individual artist,” you will then be directed to provide your complete contact information and create a personal profile. If you choose “group or partnership,” you will then be directed to list the artists in your group, list the group name, designate a contact person, and create a profile for your collaborative activity.

Jun 13

I’m having trouble with…figuring out which parts of the profile are required.

After artists register for GO, they need to provide basic information before their profile can be published. Which three items do you need to complete your artist profile? 

1. Choose your artistic media.

2. Select a profile image.

3. Upload at least one image of your work.

The other fields—artist statement, accessibility information, additional images, and special instructions—aren’t required, but they will help viewers know what to expect when they visit your studio.

I’m having trouble…adding a profile image.

Before an artist profile can be published to the GO website, it must include a profile image. The profile image should be one of you to help visitors to your studio recognize you when they walk in the door.  If you were having trouble uploading an image prior to June 14, we had a browser bug that might have been preventing you from saving your image, but that bug is now fixed.

How do you add a profile image? It’s easy!

1. Log into your GO artist profile using the e-mail address and password you used to register. After successfully logging in, you will see a welcome screen. A message at the top of the page invites you to “Update your profile.” Click “Continue.”

2. Now you’re on the Profile Preview page, where you can edit your profile by adding images and text. Find the box labeled ADD YOUR PROFILE IMAGE. Click EDIT in the top right corner.

3. In the new window, click CHANGE PHOTO in the bottom left corner, then click CHOOSE FILE to select a file from your hard drive. Large files upload slowly; make sure the file size is no larger than 2MB.

4. Once the photo has uploaded, you can crop it, resize it, and make other adjustments by using the editing pane at the top of the window. When you’re satisfied with the photo, click “Save” in the upper right corner to close the window. You should now see your profile image in the proper place on your Profile Preview.