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I help visual artists, writers, filmmakers, and performers grow thriving art practices. I work with artists from a wide range of backgrounds and identities, at all stages of their careers, from those who are well-established to those who are starting out.

Neil Goldberg

Services

Making Your Best Work

  • Clarify what you passionately hope to accomplish with your work.

  • Develop concrete steps for achieving the goals we’ve identified.

  • Establish timelines and a system of regular check-ins to help keep you on track. 

  • Engage in thoughtful, supportive artistic feedback about your work-in-progress.

 

Funding Your Art

  • Identify potential public and private funding sources.

  • Devise winning strategies for reaching out to those funders. 

  • Investigate residencies, fellowships, fiscal sponsorships and other avenues of support.

  • Craft effective grant, fellowship, and residency applications.

  • Prepare budgets, artist statements, work descriptions, project plans, and portfolios.

 

Building Audiences and Community

  • Identify audiences for your work.

  • Develop strategies for cultivating those audiences.

  • Establish connections with venues that can present your work.

  • Nurture relationships with curators, collectors, gallerists, producers, agents, editors, collaborators, and other members of your creative community.

Services
About

About Me

I'm Neil. I bring to my consulting work three decades of experience as a practicing artist, arts educator, mentor, and community volunteer. 

 

My video, photo and mixed media work has been presented internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of the City of New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the British Film Institute, London; NGBK Kunstverein, Berlin; and El Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, among others. Much of this work is logistically and technically complex, requiring the same project management skills I share in my consulting work. 

 

I've also successfully navigated the funding landscape, securing support from a wide range of public and private sources, including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CEC ArtsLink, Yaddo, MacDowell, the Siena Art Institute, and private philanthropists. I use my experience with these organizations and individuals to help the artists I work with secure their own grants and fellowships.

 

As a faculty member at the Yale School of Art and NYU, I help students to conceptualize, refine, and realize their most ambitious projects. My students range from undergraduate non-arts majors to advanced Master of Fine Arts candidates, who work in disciplines as diverse as video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance, public art, social practice, and writing. At Parsons, I offer professional development courses focused on grant writing, budgeting, strategic outreach, and community building to help students launch and sustain their art careers. 

 

I’m honored to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where I help guide its programming, operations, and ongoing artistic evolution. In my volunteer work with the national organization Queer|Art, I have built enduring mentorship relationships with LGBTQI+ artists who are navigating the challenges and opportunities of their creative practices. I also serve on the board of the non-profit, Street Cry, whose mission includes mentoring survivors of domestic violence and war trauma, the intergenerationally impoverished, and artists living with disabling illness. 

About Feldspar

 

Feldspar Artist Services is named after a favorite mineral from my childhood rock tumbling days. It's also one of the main components of Manhattan's bedrock. Since quietly launching the company in late 2022, I have taken on a variety of private clients and was hired by the nonprofit Art for Justice Fund to offer my services to their latest cohort of grantee partners. 

Working Together

Think this can be helpful? Let’s arrange a zero-pressure 30-minute virtual session to explore what you’re hoping to accomplish. We can also discuss the time and financial investment. 

Working Together

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