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Frequently Asked Questions


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I can think of a very well known artist who made work about reproduction, but they aren’t included in the Artist Parent Index. Why is that?

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Only artists who have consented to be added to the Index have entries on the site. If you notice that someone is missing, it probably means we haven’t been able to get in touch with that artist yet. If you are able to help put the project in touch with artists who should be added, please do! 


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Is someone making a profit off of this project? Do the artists pay to be included? Do I have to pay to use the project as a research tool?

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No. No. and No. 


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Who uses the Index?

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The Index has many visitors annually, and has been used by curators and art historians to put together exhibits and publications.* 


For Artists Submitting Their Work

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What can I do if I am struggling to find the time to get the info together to create my entry?

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Just let us know! (email: info@artistparentindex.com) We can help out by pulling any available info from your website and then get in touch to have you fill in any blanks. We don't want a time constraint to prevent anyone from being part of the project, but we will minimally need artists to look over the content and approve/make adjustments. 


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Overall my practice does not fit the parameters of the Index because I only made one series about motherhood/parenthood/fatherhood/reproduction and the rest of my work is very different, do I still qualify for the Index?

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Yes! We will create an entry together that focuses on representing that particular series or work.


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What are the “topics” found in each entry?

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The “topics” serve to connect your entry to other entries, and function just like hashtags on social media. If a visitor clicks on a topic in an entry, it takes them to a page listing of all the other entries that have that same “topic”. The more thorough your topics, the more likely your entry is to show up in a visitor’s experience searching the website.


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Do I have to put my actual address for “location”?

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No, you do not have to be very specific with the “location” for your entry. You can be as general as a city, state, province, or country for this portion of your entry. Having anything, even something very general makes your entry appear on the searchable map, leading more visitors to see your work.


*The Artist Parent Index has provided research support for:

  • Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, New Mexico State University Art Museum, co-curated by museum director Marisa Sage and artist Laurel Nakadate
  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum
  • Artist-Parents in Contemporary Art: Gender, Identity, and Domesticity (Routledge, forthcoming in 2020), Barbara Kutis, Ph.D. Art History, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts - Art History, Indiana University Southeast
  • Mirroring Mothers: Witnessing Maternal Subjectivity in Contemporary Art (book project in progress) by Robert R. Shane, Ph.D. Art History & Criticism, Associate Professor of Art History - The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY. He has presented on this project at The Kristeva Circle and McDaniel College (2019) and The College Art Association (2020).
  • MILKED Magazine, edited by Lee Nowell-Wilson
  • Artist/Mother Podcast, hosted by Kaylan Buteyn Two Ways to Be Strong, upcoming curatorial project by Kaylan Buteyn, Crosstown Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN

Mentioned in:

  • Artist-Parents in Contemporary Art: Gender, Identity, and Domesticity by Barbara Kutis (Abingdon: Routledge, 2020) The Maternal in Creative Work: Intergenerational Discussions on Motherhood and Art, edited by Elena Marchevska and Valerie Walkerdine (Abingdon: Routledge, 2019)
  • Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity, edited by Rachel Epp Buller and Charles Reeve (Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press, 2019)

  • Kutis, Barbara, Artist-Parents in Contemporary Art: Gender, Identity, and Domesticity (Abingdon: Routledge, 2020)