Artists are generally characterized as scatterbrained and weird. It’s a convenient, “off the hook” label; I can wear whatever I grab from my closet (see above), and get the “She’s an artist,” pass. But we take it too far when we rely on the stereotype as an excuse to be unorganized and unreliable in our art careers. Gallerists, framers, publicists and accountants rarely expect professionalism from artists, but we certainly expect it from them. By presenting ourselves in a more professional manner, we artists can improve the way our work is perceived and received by galleries and clients alike. Following is the first of a two-part series on key tips to be taken more seriously as artists.