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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

New to the Delaware Artist Roster

  1. What is the Delaware Artist Roster?

  2. Who can be included on the Delaware Artist Roster?

  3. Who can use the Delaware Artist Roster?

  4. Do I need to pay to use this roster?

  5. How does an artist use the Delaware Artist Roster?

  6. How can I use the Delaware Artist Roster?

  7. What are the browser/system requirements for viewing the Delaware Artist Roster?

Finding Artist Profiles on the Delaware Artist Roster

  1. How do I use the Delaware Artist Roster Search Options?

  2. There seem to be a lot of ways to search for an artist's or group's profile. Which one should I use?

  3. Do I have to use keywords while doing a search, and, if not, why would I want to use them?

  4. What type of words should I use for my keywords?

  5. How can I make the search engine find the exact phrase I list in the Keyword field?

  6. Is the Keyword field case sensitive?

  7. If I use more than one keyword, do I have to use punctuation to separate them?

  8. How do I use double quotes (" ") in my search?

  9. My search results didn't match my keywords. Why?

  10. Can I search by type of discipline?

  11. How is the order of the search results determined?

  12. When I searched for an artist, I was given the message, "There is no artist matching your search criteria." What went wrong?

Viewing Artist Profiles on Delaware Artist Roster

  1. What is an artist profile?

  2. What is "Public Art"?

  3. Where do I find artist information and work samples?

  4. What types of work samples will I find in an artist's profile?

  5. How do I view information in an artist's profile?

  6. How do I view artist work samples?

  7. How do I know if the artists and groups listed are available for work?

Delaware Artist Roster Contact Information

  1. How do I contact Delaware Artist Roster?

  2. How do I contact the artists or groups listed in the Delaware Artist Roster?

Please note: The terms "artist" and "group" are used interchangeably in this document.

  1. What is the Delaware Artist Roster?

    The Delaware Artist Roster is a directory of literacy, media, performing and visual artists who live and work in Delaware. Although the list may not be comprehensive, it includes artists who have applied and been approved for admission to the roster.

    It is also a useful tool for individuals who are interested in the work of Delaware artists. The roster describes literary, performing, and visual artists from Delaware who are available to exhibit, perform, or present programs in venues across the state.

    The roster provides artists and arts groups with an online platform from which to expand their audience, publicize their work, and articulate their artistic philosophy. The roster is a joint effort of the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Government Information Center.

    Individual artists and performing groups have not been juried into this roster, but have submitted applications that have been carefully reviewed and determined to meet basic criteria established by the Division of the Arts.

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  2. Who can be included on the Delaware Artist Roster?

    Individuals and groups featured in the Delaware Artist Roster are artists from throughout the state that have applied to be in the roster and have been approved through a screening process. While these artists are not adjudicated per se, there are some minimum requirements for inclusion in the roster. Groups must have at least one member who lives in the state. If a group is incorporated it must be with the State of Delaware.

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  3. Who can use the Delaware Artist Roster?

    All members of the arts community, or those simply interested in the arts and artists from Delaware, can search the Delaware Artist Roster at artistroster.artsdel.org without a fee or registration.

    If you currently work in the arts and are specifically looking to hire artists or groups, you can locate talented artists/groups by searching the roster. When you find an artist/group of interest, you can click on the artist/group to view their complete profile.

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  4. Do I need to pay to use this roster?

    No. There is no cost to artists or users to access the site.

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  5. How does an artist use Delaware Artist Roster?

    An artist or group will use the roster as an online profile to showcase and market their work.

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  6. How can I use the Delaware Artist Roster?

    Members of the arts community (presenters, talent seekers, curators, etc.) can use the roster to preview the work of artists living and working in Delaware. Once you have selected an artist or group, you have access to a comprehensive profile that includes work samples, a biography, representative and artist/group contact information, arts services offered, public art experience, awards, additional websites, and demographic information.

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  7. What are the browser/system requirements for viewing the Delaware Artist Roster?

    This site has been designed to work with computers running the Windows or Macintosh operating system using Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or above, Internet Explorer 5.0 or above, Google Chrome and Netscape Navigator 6.0 and higher with JavaScript enabled.

  8. Delaware Artist Roster has been developed to work with most media players.
    Media Players:

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Finding Artist Profiles on Delaware Artist Roster

Please note: The terms "artist" and "group" are used interchangeably in this document.

  1. How do I use the Delaware Artist Roster Search Options?

    At the Delaware Artist Roster Home Page, you will be presented with the Delaware Artist Roster search options. On this page you can use a variety of search mechanisms to locate artists. You can also select keywords such as an artist name to narrow your search results.

    On the Delaware Artist Roster Home Page, you will find several search options:
     
    • Category
    • Discipline
    • Arts Services
    • County
    • Keywords
    • Artist Index

    Category: Artists are grouped by Literary, Media, Performing/Presenting, and Visual Arts.

    Discipline: The primary kind of art an artist does and/or the medium or genre he/she works with/in. For example: Music, Dance, Theater, Painting, Photography

    Arts Services: Describes services such as master classes/workshops, residencies, performances, exhibitions, commissioned work, etc. that artists can provide.

    County: Kent, New Castle, Sussex

    Keywords: Words that help to describe artwork and distinguish it from other work of the same discipline and medium/genre.

    Artist Index: Allows a user to search an alphabetical listing of all artists and groups in the Delaware Artist Roster database.


    Search results may be sorted according to name, county, and discipline.

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  2. There seem to be a lot of ways to search for an artist's or group's profile. Which one should I use?

    You can decide which functions to use by reviewing what you know about an artist or group, and/or determining what attributes you want in an artist. For instance, if you know an artist's county and category, you can key those variables into the search engine, focus your search with keywords, and click Search. If you would like to find an artist who provides a certain service or who works with a particular discipline, choose that service and discipline and click Search. You can also use keywords in your search.

    Note: The more parameters (criteria) you apply to your search, the fewer results you will get. To broaden your results list, remove some of the selection criteria.

    If you know an artist's name, you might want to simply click on Artist Index and find him/her in the alphabetized listing.

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  3. Do I have to use keywords while doing a search, and, if not, why would I want to use them?

    You do not have to use them, but keywords can be very useful in focusing your search. They are particularly helpful in highlighting aspects of an artist's or group's medium, discipline, or genre that is a subset or slightly different from the usual categories. For instance, if a visual artist is known for creating drawings of beaches, you could search for that artistís profile by selecting "Visual Arts-Painting and Drawing" in the Discipline scroll box and typing "beaches" into the Keywords box.

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  4. What type of words should I use for my keywords?

    You should use words that describe aspects of the artistís work that are more specific than a discipline. These could be words that the artist applies to his/her work, or terms that have become associated with his/her work. You can use job titles, skills, medium, instrument, etc. Examples of keywords include "blues guitar", "gospel", "mandolin", "blank verse" and "landscape".

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  5. How can I make the search engine find the exact phrase I list in the Keyword field?

    Find an exact phrase by enclosing the phrase in double quotes, e.g., "Arts Management." See How do I use double quotes (" ") in my search? for more information on using double quotes.

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  6. Is the Keyword field case sensitive?

    No. You can use any combination of upper- and lower-case characters.

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  7. If I use more than one keyword, do I have to use punctuation to separate them?

    No. The search engine will ignore punctuation marks like the colon (:), semi-colon (;), and period (.).

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  8. How do I use double quotes (" ") in my search?

    You can enclose your keyword(s) in double quotes, and the search engine will locate exact keyword matches. If you choose not to enclose your keywords in double quotes the search engine will locate words related to your keyword(s), but not the exact keyword itself. See What type of words should I use for my keywords? for more details.

    Here are some examples of how using double quotes will affect your keyword search:

    blues guitar Will yield only opportunities with descriptions that contain the words "blues" and/or "guitar" in upper, lower, and mixed case, along with variations on those words such as "bluegrass."
    "blues guitar" Will yield only opportunities with descriptions containing the exact phrase "blues guitar," exactly as you typed it.
    "blues guitar" singer Will yield only opportunities with descriptions containing the exact phrase "blues guitar" and the word singer.

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  9. My search results didn't match my keywords. Why?

    This may be the case because:
    • The group or artist did not use the same keywords you are using to describe the their work.
    • You did not enclose your keyword(s) in double quotes, and the search results include variations on your keyword(s).

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  10. Can I search by type of discipline?

    Yes. In the Discipline dropdown box you can select from several disciplines and mediums or genres within those disciplines. Search all disciplines by choosing "Select All."

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  11. How is the order of the search results determined?

    The default order of search results is by artist/group name-alphabetized. However, depending on the search you run, you can sort results by artist/group name, county, or discipline.

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  12. When I searched for an artist, I was given the message, "There is no artist matching your search criteria." What went wrong?

    This message means that the Delaware Artist Roster does not have any artists or groups that meet all of the criteria that you specified in your search. Try searching again, but this time broaden your search by entering fewer search criteria.

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Viewing Artist Profiles on Delaware Artist Roster

Please note: The terms "artist" and "group" are used interchangeably in this document.

  1. What is an artist profile?

    The artist profile is where all of the information about the artists/groups is presented. By using the Delaware Artist Roster website you can view a profile that includes the artistís current work samples (images and writing samples), their biography, and contact information. You can also learn about special services the artists or groups can provide, and find other websites that feature the artistís work.

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  2. What is "Public Art"?

    Public art can take many forms, from visual art or craft pieces sited in a location accessible by the public, to large-scale site-specific installations. Below is a listing of the main types of public arts:

    Types of Public Art

    • Permanent (or permanent installation) - Artwork or project that has an intended fixed site with no pre-determined life span.
    • Temporary (or temporary installation) - Artwork or project with a pre-determined life span.
    • Design Team Projects - Artwork or project created through the cooperative efforts of design professionals, such as artists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, etc.
    • Community-based - Artwork or project planned, designed and/or installed with input and/or participation of a community or school.
    • New Media/Experimental - Artwork or a project not previously covered in definitions of other types of public art.

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  3. Where do I find artist information and work samples?

    The most comprehensive information about an artist-and the widest selection of work samples-will be found in the artistís profile. You can also find information about an artistís primary discipline and their residency and work location (and sometimes other information, depending on your search) on search result page entries. Delaware Artist Roster also spotlights-with images and information-the work of selected artists on our welcome page.

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  4. What types of work samples will I find in an artist's profile?

    The type and quantity of work samples available in an artist's profile will depend on the primary discipline of the artist or group, and whether the artist has placed the maximum number of work samples permitted into his/her profile.

    Below are the work sample allotments according to discipline:

    Discipline Maximum Number of Work Samples
    Visual Arts - (Crafts, Folk Art, Murals, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Sculpture) 5 images
    Performing Arts - (Dance, Music, Theater, Storytelling)c 5 images
    Literary Arts and Media Arts 5 images
    5 text samples

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  5. How do I view information in an artist's profile?

    All information is provided on the artist's profile page. Once you've completed your search, click on the artist's name and that page will come up with all their information, including links to work samples.

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  6. How do I view artist work samples?

    Images: Click on a thumbnail image or the Enlarge Image link below the image. An enlarged version of the thumbnail will appear.
    Writing, Audio or Video Samples: Click on the link

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  7. How do I know if the artists and groups listed are available for work?

    It is best to check with the artists or groups.

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Delaware Artist Roster Contact Information

  1. How do I contact Delaware Artist Roster?

    You can contact Delaware Artist Roster by clicking on the Contact Us link in the footer of the web page.

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  2. How do I contact the artists or groups listed in the Delaware Artist Roster?

    You can contact artists or groups by phone, email, or mail, using the contact information they have provided in their profile.

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