Caroll Michels has served as a career coach and artist-advocate, helping thousands of beginning, mid-career and established fine artists launch and sustain their careers. She is the author of the classic handbook How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist. Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul (Henry Holt & Company, New York), which is now in its 6th edition.
She was on the faculty of the New School for Social Research, and served as the chairperson of the Fine Arts Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was also on the faculty of the Ringling College of Art + Design, Continuing Studies and Special Programs, where she was a keynote speaker for the 2010 “Next Step Career Conference.” She conducts career management workshops throughout the U.S.A. and in Canada.
Her artwork has been exhibited in museums in the United States and abroad, including the Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris; Haus am Waldsee in Berlin, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and Exit Art, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, The Clocktower in New York City.
She is the founder of the Artist Help Network, a launching pad to help fine artists mine resources on career development and career challenges.
Awards and Recognition
- Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
- Grant, NY State Council for the Arts
- Grant, NY Council for the Humanities
- Grant, International Fund for the Promotion of Culture/UNESCO
- Fellowship, Alden B. Dow Creativity Center, Northwood University, Midland, Michigan
Press and Media Mentions
- “6 gurus: is Business in Fine Arts different from other industries and why?” by Agnese Aljena, Take It Easy Business.com,
- Alexandra Gjurasic, “How Being a Childre Beauty Queen Made Me a Better Artist,” Pyragraph
- Lindsy Halleckson, “Top 5: Business Books for Artists,” Minneapolis Arts Examiner
- Gail McMeekin, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women
- Kathleen Massara, “Self Help Books You Can Read Without Embarrassment”