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Make Your MARK: The Business of Art

A few years ago, a friend and I took a “Business of Art” two day seminar offered by the New York Foundation for the Arts. It was pretty great, we met in New York University classrooms, and we met a lot of cool people. We learned to set goals, how to market our work, take slides, approach galleries, and more. It was good to meet artists from across the state, and learn methods to making it real.
Well, now NYFA is offering a six month seminar, NYFA MARK, for visual artists, meeting once per month here in Buffalo at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue. The experience culminates with a trip to New York City, for a two-day seminar, to meet with folks who participated in the same program down state. The cost is only $150 for the six months, and they provide a place to stay in Manhattan for that final trip.
An information session takes place at Hallwalls Cinema, this coming Monday. It is free, October 29th, 7:00 p.m.
From their email:
MARK is the New York Foundation for the Arts’ new six-month professional growth program for 80–100 visual artists throughout NY State. The MARK program focuses on giving artists the opportunity to expand their visibility through learning and then applying concrete professional practice skills.
MARK starts in late January 2008 and runs until June, with four monthly seminars in each regional site (in Buffalo and WNY Hallwalls) and a culminating weekend retreat in New York City for all participating artists. Monthly seminars will be held at nine partnering regional arts organization throughout New York State (in Buffalo and WNY Hallwalls). The program focuses on goal setting and strategies for expanding your visibility as visual artist. Individual sessions will cover the topics such as portfolio development, grant applications/project proposals, speaking (and writing) about your work (to curators, collectors, etc.), and presenting your work in public. Monthly assignments will apply practical knowledge acquired in the class and include a peer-learning or “buddy” system email interaction with other participating artists across the state. The program will culminate in June with a retreat for all MARK artists in New York City.
Applications to the program are due at 5:00 p.m. December 1st. Session dates will be available on the NYFA MARK website starting October 15th. Cost to participate in the program is $150, which covers all seminars and as well as room and board for the weekend in New York City. (The cost of travel to and from NYC will be your own responsibility.)

Image shown is a “flower blob” by Roberley Bell which was on exhibit at Hallwalls this Fall.

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