One of the benefits of being an artist member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association is your FREE members portfolio page, and we’ll link to your website if you have one!
If you aren’t a current member, we invite you to join the KVAA today!
ARTIST PORTFOLIO RULES
→ You must be a current member. Page will be removed without notice if 15 months have elapsed without a dues payment.
→ We will update your page for free every three years at your request. If you wish to update your page more often we charge $25 (with the exception of changes to contact information which we will always do at no charge).
→ This is not the place to list exhibitions, upcoming events or any other time sensitive material.
→ Pages are set up by request only (meaning we won’t do it automatically, you need to send us the material first).
HOW TO REQUEST YOUR ARTIST PORTFOLIO PAGE:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as follows:
In the subject line put: “Members portfolio request from [Your Name]“
In the text of the email include the following information (please don’t send this in an attached document):
1. Artist name and contact information as you want it listed.
2. Your website address if you have one.
3. A one paragraph bio, artist statement or whatever you want (optional). Do not send us a resume, CV or marketing material. We cannot edit this down or proofread it for you, we need to be able to copy and paste directly onto your page.
Attach up to six images as jpg files (see guidelines below under RULES)
- maximum width in pixels 1000.
- maximum height in pixels 900
- size maximum 150 kb
GUIDELINE ON IMAGES (thanks to our website designer, Chris Cart of g-Blu design)
- We need jpeg images (also called jpg images. And some people misname them as bitmap images…they are bitmap indeed, images but so are many other image types…we need jpg’s/jpeg’s not another flavor bitmap. )
- And from an image editing program reduce the jpeg quality (in good image editors can be called jpeg optimization) to about 60 – 70% quality…
- …some programs might work on a 2 to 12 level scale in which case use 8 or 10 quality.
- the 2 important things to look for while optimizing the image for the web:
- 1.- the quality of how the image looks…don’t reduce quality so much as to ruin the image with pixelation or jpeg artifact…basically ugly edges, brkoen up with jagged pixelation..
- 2.- try to reduce the file size…this is not the pixel dimensions but the size of the digital image file, probably shown in kilobytes, (kb)…reduce this to ideally under 100 kb…but certainly no more than 150 kb. (if trying to keep the kilobyte size under this reduces the quality so much that the image looks bad then go back and reduce the pixel dimensions a bit…going from 1000 x 800 pixels to 900 x 720 can really help reduce the file size in kilobyes and let you keep a better quality image with no visible jpeg artifacts.
- Again, there is a difference between pixel size of an image and file size of an image in kilobytes. (for example I could have a 1500 x 1500 pixel image (pixel size) that weighs 90 kilobytes (file size) and I could have a smaller 300 x 300 pixel image that weighs a heavy 1000 kilobytes.)
- Most important for a website is file size so we don’t have images that take 5 minutes to load on a page.
Image editors, just a few suggestions out of many choices:
- Most digital cameras come with some sort of image editing program that should have an option to save for web or email. And this should include being able to resize the pixel dimensions as well as the jpeg quality settings.
- Photoshop CS6 is the big daddy of great image editors…very robust for making web images
- Photoshop Elements, much less expensive is another great purchasable tool.
- Picasa, Google’s free image storage program comes with a fairly decent image editor…but is overkill if you don’t want it’s filing functions.
- Pixlr.com is great little free online image editor. Just upload your images edit as you need and save to a file.