Virginia Commonwealth University

Craft / Material Studies

Hand-Crafted Entrepreneurship: a making meaning in the marketplace symposium
An examination of the paths that take art from the studio to the patron

Crafts/Material Studies and the American Craft Council present The Hand-Crafted Entrepreneurship a Making Meaning in the Marketplace Symposium.  This symposium brings together four talented, ambitious artists working in traditional craft media to discuss their experiences and ideas surrounding the business side of their art practice.Every maker who has supported themselves (and often their family) with their craft has built a business in a unique and often innovative way.  There is no single, unified model to follow for a successful career in the arts. Makers by necessity must forge a business and a professional path in a way that makes sense and plays to their strengths.  For anyone interested in, or curious about a career the arts, this symposium will offer fertile insight into the business side of the arts.
Each panelist will present an overview of their work and journey followed by a discussion panel that will investigate the highlights, successes, pitfalls, and requisite tenacity that encompass a career of making, marketing, and selling handmade products.

Artists/Speakers
Alex Hibbitt, Moderator, Assistant Director, Graduate Chair and an Associate Professor of Art at Ohio University
Daniel Michalik, Panelist, Artist, Founder of DMFD
Heather Mae Erickson, Panelist, Artist, Craftsperson and Designer
Amy Tavern, Panelist, Metalsmith/Studio Jeweler
Day 1
Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 15th from 12:00pm -2:00pm
Student Commons Theatre

Reception: Thursday, November 15th from 2:30-4:30pm
Fine Arts Building Lobby

 

 Day 2
Student Discussions with Panelists: Friday November 16th 9am-4:30pm
The department of Craft/Material Studies

image| Amy Tavern
This symposium is possible through the support of the American Craft Council.