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
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This symposium is possible through the support of the American Craft Council.