Shoebox Arts is focused on supporting and empowering artists, building community, offering peer mentorship, PR/marketing strategies and social media management.
We are a support network for artists. Founded and run by artists, we get it.
We know what artists need to build a history and create a presence in the art world.
We are facilitators, problem solvers and idea people bringing resources and tools to inspire, empower and educate artists.
Our focus is on mentorship, marketing, promotion and community through social networking strategy, media relations, curator engagement and more.
Working with Shoebox will help you establish goals that will enhance your creative practice and meet your business objectives. You will receive personalized services to help build your network and marketing strategies, but most importantly, as a client of Shoebox you will become part of an exclusive community of talented and motivated contemporary artists who will offer support, friendship and guidance as you work towards your goals.
*Mentoring/Coaching: Goal-setting, social media, critique/portfolio review, website/artist statement review
*Call for Art/grants/residencies list subscription
*Artist exhibition/opportunity recommendations
*Exhibition Proposal Submissions
*Social media PR
*Press and media support
*Bi-weekly artist meet-up with our community
*Shoebox Projects Representation
*Shoebox Connect – Group meetings with gallerists, curators, critics, artists, collectors
*Private Facebook community
*Shoebox Curatorial – Chance to curate your own exhibitions with Shoebox
Contact us for our pricing sheet and to see how we can work together.
“If you are a mid-career or emerging visual artist looking step-up your professional game, I highly recommend reaching out to Kristine and the Shoebox team. Being a part of the Shoebox community has been instrumental in helping me better understand and navigate the LA visual art scene.”
~ Justin Prough, Artist
“Educator, artist, guidance counselor and cheerleader all rolled into one. Kristine has helped me get much further along in my art career than I would have alone and has been especially helpful to me navigating through these months of Covid. I consider myself very fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of her knowledge and experience in the arts community. She counseled me as to which galleries may be a good fit for my work, on how to improve my website, helped me improve my social media skills, keeps me apprised of any relevant workshops or lectures, introduced me to new contacts—(both gallerists and other artists), provided me with the opportunity for a solo show of my work at Shoebox Projects and invited me to participate in her own fantastic traveling exhibit, “Perceive Me.” She also improved exposure of my work by helping me secure interviews in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and Diversions LA. It has been a pleasure working with her. Thank you, Kristine!”
~Debbie Korbel, Artist
I have confidence the Shoebox team has the business side covered so I can focus on making art.
Kristine Schomaker is a knowledgeable, insightful and creative resource in the art world of Los Angeles, and that has been a great asset in navigating my path as an artist.
The Shoebox team handles my social media so well I’m often congratulated for “my presence,” though it’s really them doing it while I make art.
Through “Shoebox Connect” Kristine has introduced me to gallerists, curators and other artists that I wouldn’t otherwise know, and that enhances my understanding of the L.A. art scene.
~Pam Douglas, Artist
“I am frequently complimented on my social media skills and forgoing false modesty , I believe that to be a true fact. But whatever I have mastered in the art of social presence, it was under the tutelage of Kristine Schomaker and her staff at Shoeboxpr.
But social media is only a component of the Shoebox experience . What I have found most gratifying is the sense of community Kristine fosters. Be it the monthly artist support groups, the workshops offered or the encouragement one receives from Kristine concerning your art career in general , that sense of integrated community is what I find so empowering.
Kristine understands that an artist will grow and that their needs will evolve. To accommodate this evolution, Shoebox offers a variety of services; one can realistically benefit as a member of the Shoebox community throughout their career in artmaking.
The greatest benefit from my experience with Shoebox has been the awareness of what sort of artist I wish to be and how best to attain that goal. With Shoeboxpr I was given the tools and the encouragement to do that. The life of an artist is often an isolated experience, fraught with self doubt, with Shoeboxpr by your side, the road becomes considerably less formidable.”
~Leonard Greco, Artist
“I hired Shoebox PR to promote my December 2015 solo show at LA Artcore. They surpassed my expectations.
I wanted media write-ups, and they delivered: The Creators Project on Vice.com, AEQAI, Diversions LA, WeChooseArt.com, and NELA Art News. On top of that, they got me tremendous online buzz. I could not have been happier. But then, there were unexpected bonuses such as people coming to my studio to document my process, help arranging a photographer for my show, and on and on and on. I was in the middle of putting together an interactive installation – to have someone else there beside me taking care of publicity details was such a gift. And to have someone who I trusted, and who gave more than promised, well, it was like winning the lottery.
Shoebox PR’s director, Kristine Schomaker, is a warm, vivacious person who gives her all to the art community and her artists. She keeps her finger on the pulse of the L.A. art scene by staying right in the middle of it. (In her fabulous brightly colored wigs she’s easy to spot at openings everywhere across town.)
To be able to harness that commitment and drive towards promoting my show was a thing of beauty. I can’t thank Kristine, and the rest of the team at Shoebox, enough for all they did to help make my show a success.
I wholeheartedly recommend Shoebox PR.”
~Dani Dodge, installation artist
Kristine Schomaker in 2015 helped the organization I work for raise over $4,000. Kristine is helpful and very knowledgeable when it comes to connecting people with the spirit of art. Mrs Schomaker donated her time and curated one of the most beautiful art walls for our 2015 end of the year art benefit show. Kristine also brought together a good sampling of the Los Angeles art community to our space here in Culver City. I am extremely grateful for her great eye of community, of artistic voice and her spirit of collaboration.
~Veronica DeJesus, Washington Reid Gallery, Culver City