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Jersey City artists and curators have a new tool to help them navigate the growing local arts scene., launched by Jersey City Art School founder Thomas John Carlson and Steve Bumgarner earlier this year in time for the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour, is a new website that hopes to be a directory for artists, curators and art lovers.

On the website, artists can start profiles where they can share their work and list where they're showing so art lovers and buyers can easily find where they're showing at any given moment and curators can get familiar with their work. Curators can also create profiles so they can post events and list participating artists.

Carlson says response has been good so far, with nearly 100 artists already creating and customizing their profiles. While many artists already have their own websites, Facebook profiles, etc., Carlson says will make it easier for artists to upload work samples and update which events and shows they are participating in, without need for coding or other self-built website hassles.

Carlson says that so far, the website has seen healthy traffic and that their in-person info sessions have been well-attended. They're handing out promotional cards and hoping artists and curators get others on board through word-of-mouth.

"It's been kind of fun to watch. People are starting to post on it more and more," he says. "We're starting to get more people to take an active part in curating via the website."

Certain website features make it easier for curators to filter through the city's huge cache of artists, says Carlson. These include a random artwork generator which lets curators browse and hunt for what catches their eye as well as custom URLs that make sharing artist profiles easier (e.g.,

"It's a place where people can post art and be's also a tool curators can use to go in and find new artists for their shows and a tool the city and other arts organizations in the city can use to promote visual artists as a whole," says Carlson.

"It also provides a platform for people coming into the community who can log on and see where an artist is hanging at the moment depending on what neighborhood they're in."

Carlson is optimistic about the future growth of the website. He also hopes it will help him build anticipation and promote new galleries he hopes to open downtown in March and July next year.

For more information, visit Curators should email jcartschool[at] to learn how to get more involved.

On a related note, the website will have its first Holiday Art Show at 313 Gallery, also owned by Carlson, on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 pm to 8 pm. They are currently accepting submissions for the show. For more information, click here.

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