dear artists everywhere...
If your gallerist has a website, and a portfolio of your images, and your cv, and I can talk to your gallerist about you, hey, that's OK. You're covered.
But if your gallery's website kinda blows...or you don't have commercial gallery representation...and you're actually making art, and looking to show that art in some kind of venue or other...you really oughta have something searchable up somewhere.
Go ahead: Google yourself right now. Did anything appear that might lead a curator, or a writer, or a collector to your doorstep, or at least to your e-mail address?
Let me guess: You found a jpeg of your name on a postcard for some group show you did in Ohio three years ago. Boy, that'll help.
Or maybe there's a YouTube video of a performance you did in grad school...except it's been removed for Terms of Service violations.
Or maybe you found a newspaper listing for some community center show you did that nobody actually reviewed...and the listing doesn't have a jpeg...and the community center's website is down, or under construction, or their exhibition archives don't go back that far.
Dear artists everywhere: I'm a curator who's trying to figure out what your stuff looks like, and how I might want to think about it, and whether or not it would fit in an upcoming show I'm putting together...and right now, if you're not on the web somewhere, in some meaningful capacity, I can't even figure out if you're still alive.
Word of mouth brought you to my attention...but absent anything else, you're dead to me.
Please, please, puh-leeze, for the sake of my sanity and your career: Get a goddamn website already.