Creating Your Career
“Give you Passion a Push”
“Creating Your Career”sessions go beyond the normal “Professional Practices” to focus on an intensely practical methodologyto help all artistsleverage their creative intelligence to earn a living and build a successful career. These presentations will help take your art and career to the next level…
All Artists Making A Living:
This presentation examines of the characteristics we all share---Creative Intelligence”. Curtis will outline how that intelligence can be more completely used to develop new income streams, opportunities, and financial success.
Curtis Benzle is in the permanent collections of over 35 public institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mint Museum, and the Smithsonian. Benzle Porcelain Co. production was carried in over 500 galleries, and Curt teaches internationally.
Photography for Studio Artists:
John’s approach to photography is based on a very realistic perspective from the studio artist’s point of view. Basically….how to take great photos without expensive equipment and years of experience. John has twice received a Fellowship by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and has been featured in “Alabama Craft” on PBS. John is featured in "The Contemporary Blacksmith”. He is the Treasurer of the AL Craft Council.
Pricing for Profit - a Practical Approach:
Curtis will outline a comprehensive approach to Pricing that is simple to understand, requires no computer, little math and is guaranteed to provide all artists with a pricing guide that will never lose money
Curtis Benzle’s production studio, Benzle Porcelain, was carried in over 500 galleries.
Licensing Your Art - Exposure and Income:
Licensing is a proven way to turn your intelligence into income by multiplying your market from ones to thousands. Artforms from painting to pottery can be licensed. Learn how from a pro.
Jennifer Geary Redstreakhas been licensing her artwork internationally for four years. Her licensed work is carried in stores including Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Goods and Ashley Furniture. Jennifer has produced three fabric lines, illustrated several children’s books, won three ADDY awards and continues to create and sell her original paintings nation-wide.
Product Development - From Ideas to Success
Product development is different than making art. To go from an Idea to a successful Product is a process. Starting from zero, Michelle and Caitlin have done just that with Pizzelle’s Confections. Learn the process!!!
Michelle Novosel Pennell & Caitlin Lyonare sisters, business partners, and the owners of Pizzelle’s Confections in Huntsville, AL. Pizzelle’s was awarded the Best Creative Small Business in 2018 by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. Michelle and Caitlyn epitomized the full range of creative intelligence when they departed from jobs in technical writing and healthcare to develop a high-end chocolate shop—Pizzelle’s.
Community Art Education
Community Art Teaching----it is not K-12 or College. In 1974, after moving to Hilton Head, SC, Curtis founded “Sea Pines Summer Arts” to earn money and establish himself in a new home. It works! Learn how to teach successfully at the Community level as you build respect and influence.
Curtis Benzleis Professor Emeritus at the Columbus College of Art & Design and has taught workshops and community art classes for over forty years.
Writing for Artists
Contrary to popular mythology, art cannot speak for itself. Tara has over forty years of helping regular people understand art through the written word. Learn from her!
Tara Cady Sartoriusis currently the Program Director for the Alabama Arts Alliance. She served as Curator of Education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for twenty-one years. Tara was instrumental in the design, programming and installation of exhibits for the ARTWORKS interactive gallery at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, She is a regular contributor to Arts and Activitiesmagazine.
Intuitive Marketing for Studio Artists
Tena has been a dedicated and accomplished potter since the 1970’s. She turned her dedication, into one of the most successful potteries in the country by using her full intelligence to Market herself
Tena Z Payne was selected as a Forbes Magazine National Small Business Competition top 5 winner. Tena’s most recent accomplishments include the International Trade Excellence award given by the Birmingham Business Alliance (2014) and The Enterprising Woman of the Year Award given by Enterprising Women Magazine (2015). Tena’s work has been featured in Cooking Light, Bon Appetit and Coastal Living magazines and fine restaurants nationwide use her dinnerware. Tena has been featured on Time Warner channels demonstrating using the potter’s wheel and raku firing