Registration open for ‘Business of Art’ seminar for artists of all types

L-R: Artists Royden Card, Cyrus Mejias, Cathie McCormick, Glen Blakley and Tom Forsythe, participating in a Business of Art panel discussion during a previous seminar in Kanab, Utah, circa pre-2015 | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Registration is now open for the “Business of Art” seminar to be held Nov. 13-14, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Kanab Middle School, 690 S. Cowboy Way, Kanab.

Advanced registration for the conference is required. The cost is $20 and covers the Friday night reception and Saturday sessions and lunch. Registration is available online.

The “Business of Art” seminar, held annually, teaches visual artists from all over the region how to create successful art businesses. Developed and sponsored by the Dixie State University Cultural Arts Department, the community outreach program is hosted in collaboration with The Center for Education, Business & the Arts, a regional economic development organization in Kane County.

The seminar is set to take place Nov. 13-14 with a special pre-conference workshop to precede the conference from Nov. 11-13. Lodging information, a map and more information are available on the “Business of Art” Facebook page.

Artist J Kirk Richards will be the keynote speaker on the second day of Dixie State University’s Business of Art, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Artist J. Kirk Richards will be the keynote speaker on the second day of Dixie State University’s “Business of Art,” location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Debbie Bice, a professional photographer, will be the instructor at the 2015 pre-conference workshop. She will teach attendees how to use light to create emotional impact in photography.

The pre-conference workshop is offered at a reduced rate of $100, thanks to a grant from Zion National Bank. To register, call 435-319-9666.

“Business of Art” officially kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with Birget McMullen presenting the keynote address, “Art is Personal: My Journey in Art While Keeping Creativity Alive.”

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to view the showcase exhibit, enjoy live background music, meet presenters and network all while enjoying a dessert reception.

The following morning, the fun and learning resume at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The seminar continues throughout the day with 10 breakout sessions taught by experts in their fields.

Sessions cover a wide variety of topics relevant to managing businesses associated with art. Featured presentations include “Accounting for Artists” by Stevie Vogel; “Enhancing Creative Flow” by Becky Cox; “Creating an Inspiring Studio Space” by Carol Merrill; “Interconnected Art Communities” by Rob Wilson; “Putting your Resume in DRIVE” by Mari Lopez; “Develop Personal Style” by Jason Bowen; and “Facebook Content” by Bobbi Wan-kier.

In a session led by Craig Hulet, artists can bring their laptops and learn how to build and maintain their own websites. Another popular option during the breakout sessions is the panel discussion.

In these sessions, invited artists who have had successful careers and profound influence on other artists will come together to discuss Creativity and Genius.

Nationally known artist, J. Kirk Richards, will be the lunchtime keynote speaker. Richards is among admirers of contemporary spiritual artwork.

A talented musician, author and illustrator, Richards’ art graces the covers of many books and magazines. Following lunch, more breakout sessions will be offered before the conference adjourns at 3:30 p.m.

Created in 2009, “Business of Art” is facilitated by DSU Curator Kathy Cieslewicz. Paul and Susan Bingham, owners of the Maynard Dixon Gallery, serve as honorary founding co-chairs. Additionally, Southwest Applied Technology College, the Kane County Office of Tourism and Kanab City help sponsor the seminar.

Event details

  • What: “Business of Art” seminar
  • When: Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Nov. 14, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Kanab Middle School, 690 S. Cowboy Way, Kanab
  • Tickets: $20, to register or learn more visit the “Business of Art” website
Business of Art schedule | Image courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
Business of Art schedule | Image courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

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