Make Your Art, Then Make It Work:
A Maker Forum for Sharpening
Your Business Skills

March 19-20, 2016
Saturday, March 19 – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (sign-in at 8:30 am)
Sunday, March 20 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228
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Saturday After Party from 5:30-8pm at Wilder
1212 4th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208
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Sell ART: Diversify your income streams
A panel of experts presents different ways for artist- entrepreneurs to make money. Learn to navigate online, retail, wholesale, craft fairs, commission works, crowd-funding, grants and teaching workshops. Check back soon while we confirm this panel!

  • Anderson Bailey
    Anderson Bailey is a studio potter living and working in Chattanooga, TN. Three years ago, he and his wife started a collaborative line of slip-cast functional ceramics (Bean and Bailey ceramics), and have transitioned to making and selling that work full time. They both have a history of working for other craft artists including potters, glass blowers, sculptors, and fiber artists.
  • Melodie Grace
    After a 10 year career in corporate and consumer sales, Melodie Grace quit her day job to become a full time artist.  She now spends her days making raku pottery, with a focus on small, intimate pieces adorned with carvings and smoked motifs. Her award winning work has been featured in Nashville Arts Magazine and can be found at galleries and art shows across the country.  She resides with her husband in Nashville, TN.
  • Sherri Warner Hunter – panelist & moderator
    Sherri Warner Hunter received her fine art training at the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA) and Claremont Graduate University (MA). Her art career includes establishing and directing galleries in Los Angeles that focused primarily on contemporary crafts. She has curated and designed museum exhibitions, served on selection committees for public art, cultural grants, and exhibitions. She concentrates her studio time on community built projects and public art commissions.
  • Kim Winkle
    Kimberly Winkle is an Associate Professor of Art at Tennessee Technological University where she is the Foundations and Gallery Coordinator of TTU’s Derryberry Art Gallery. Her studio practice involves furniture and objects using wood and paint. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, has been included in a number of publications, including the books 500 Tables and 500 Chairs, and has been awarded several artist residencies and awards including a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship.

Speak ART: How do you reach your audience?
Hear sample pitches, press packet ideas and proven methods of promotion, publicity and marketing from different points of view, using traditional and social media.

  • Lon Bouldin
    Lon Bouldin is a Publicist and Strategic Branding Consultant (Ventures PR) in the arts and entertainment industry with 20 years of communications and media experience.  In New York, Lon promoted The Blue Man Group, among many others. He currently manages PR for the Arts Company, the 5th Avenue Arts Crawl and the Nashville Film Festival.
  • Laurie Davis – panelist & moderator
    Davis Group PR is an independent public relations firm providing personalized service with a focus on tailor-made strategies and professional media representation. They provide emerging artists, new businesses and small companies a successful path – to deliver their stories and information across many platforms. Laurie forges long-term relationships with community partners, bringing people and businesses into the limelight through crafting interesting content for press and building relationships with media contacts.
  • Kirsty Hughan
    Kirsty Hughan, founder of Seamless Marketing, is a creator and connector: a creator of brands and their manifestation, a connector of talent and ideas. Diverse experience strategizing for small, medium and large businesses with a focus on marketing and how it impacts the entire business process from sales to customer service. She is the co-founder of ModNashville, a community organization that supports women in their work and in their lives.
  • Tony Marks
    With experience as a reporter, U.S. Senate staff member, campaign strategist, and consultant, Tony Marks moved to Nashville in 2010 to be part of the city’s expanding creative and community-focused culture. He serves as Director of Communication and Public Relations for the unique Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where he oversees a broad communication strategy to cover the nonprofit’s entertainment offerings, its nationally respected arts education programs, and the role it plays in one of the most vibrant arts communities in the country.
  • Amanda Mazzo
    Amanda works as a Creative Consultant and Graphic Artist for Mazzo Media, a full-service marketing collective. She has served as Chair of YP Nashville, President of the Nashville Junior Chamber, and Communications Co-Chair of the Belmont Young Alumni Council. She remains involved in the community as an alumna of the Young Leaders Council and a member of Leadership Nashville’s Class of 2013. She is a 2015 finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Award in Arts, Entertainment & Music Business and a 2010 Top 30 Under 30 honoree.

LUNCH provided with time to socialize and network with other creatives.

Share ART: Making your art public
This panel will discuss how to identify opportunities in public art; and how to compete successfully for public art projects, comply with requirements, negotiate contracts, work with fabricators and avoid pitfalls.

  • Isaac Duncan III
    Isaac Duncan III, a Brooklyn, New York native holds a BFA from the University of Notre Dame, a Certification of Secondary Art Education from St. Mary’s College and an MFA from the University of Kentucky. He has taught elementary/middle school art as well as college courses in Kentucky and Tennessee. Isaac worked for internationally renowned sculptor John Henry as crew supervisor and heavy equipment operator before he opened his own Chattanooga studio where he creates large-scale sculptures and fabrication projects. Artist Robert Stackhouse and Carole Mickett contracted Isaac for the fabrication of the “A Place in the Woods” sculpture for the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. Isaac is the President of Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, a non-profit group promoting a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Craig Nutt – panelist & moderator
    Craig is a sculptor, furniture maker, and public artist. His work is in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was recently commissioned by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission to create a public art work commemorating the 2010 Nashville flood as part of its Watermarks program.
  • Caroline Vincent
    Caroline has more than 15 years of experience managing public and fine art initiatives. She leads the Metro Nashville Arts Commission’s public art program, administers the Percent for Art Fund and has overseen the installation of more than 25 public artworks since joining Metro Arts in 2011. She previously served as Curator of Arts at the Airport at the Nashville International Airport, managed an art consulting business and directed a gallery/installation space called Twist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and studied art in Italy and New York City.

Show ART: Creating successful art events
Get critical advice about opening your studio or creating your own events to promote your work. Check back for more details about this panel soon.

  • Chuck Beard – panelist & moderator
    Chuck Beard is the creator and host of the bi-monthly series combining Nashville authors and musicians called East Side Storytellin’, founder of Nashville’s only all-local bookstore called East Side Story, and writer of fiction currently working on his thesis for his MFA at Sewanee’s School of Letters and his third novel.
  • Jennifer Knowles
    Jennifer Knowles is the founder of Brown Dog Nashville, an organization dedicated to creating and supporting collaborative opportunities between local businesses, arts organizations, and non-profit institutions. She has facilitated collaborative events for the Nashville Limited Edition Club, The Nashville Print Crawl, Handmade & Bound, the Nashville Composers’ Collective, and Sideshow Fringe among others. She is also a working artist whose book art, sculptural, and photographic work is exhibited and collected internationally.
  • Gail Looper
    Gail Looper is the Interim Gallery Manager at the Appalachian Center for Craft where she oversaw the gallery and exhibitions program for 16 years before retiring 3 years ago. Her paper and book arts studio is a stop on the annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour and she was a visiting artist for 3 years prior to that. Gail has been the Marketing Director for the studio tour for the past 2 years.  She received her BFA in Textiles from Tennessee Technological University/Appalachian Center for Craft in 1997. In 2015 she was awarded one of the Master Artist Apprentice Program Grants through the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft and her work can be found in exhibitions and galleries both regionally and nationally.
  • Danielle McDaniel
    Danielle McDaniel and business associate, Tami Archer, merged The Clay Lady’s Studio and The Clay Lady’s line of products into a single facility. THE CLAY LADY CAMPUS is home to 45 artists, 65 Co-op Members, sees 150 students weekly for on-going pottery classes, hosts 100-200 children and adults weekly for field trips and tours, and provides 10 weekend workshops annually. The Campus is committed to 4 community outreach events each year raising thousands of dollars benefiting area art programs and creates opportunities that celebrate art; bringing together artists and art enthusiasts.

Everyone will want to come to the big party!!

When: Saturday, March 19 from 5:30-8pm
Where: Wilder in Germantown
1212 4th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208
What: Bring your business cards, as you’ll want to follow-up with those you meet.
Snacks provided by City House and wine provided by Tennessee Craft


Study ART: Critiques
What better way to learn about your work and others’ than through an open discussion critique. You’ll want to be first in line to present work to the group and receive constructive, positive feedback from a panel of gallery owners, professors and jurors. You’ll leave with valuable, new ideas for presenting and selling your art.

The artist will present either their website, or whatever they want to present on a USB thumb drive and to come with two things, which will cue the panelists on how to answer:

  1. A goal, and
  2. A question

For each artist, the panelists will self-select who will give feedback, based on the artist, their work, the goal, the question and what each panelist has to offer. There are 15 minute time slots for critique.

Our overall mission is help artists reach their goal – sometimes improving their craft, often getting better at selling their craft.

THE CRITIQUE PANEL has three perspectives:

  • Curt Brock
    Curt has been running the glass program for Tennessee Technological University since 1989 and has produced many successful professional Glass artists. Pieces of his work are on display in over 25 national and international museums collections. In 2009 he was awarded the Arts Educator of the year. Curt is a dynamic and energetic teacher and cares deeply about his students and their future in glass.
  • Michele Lambert
    Michele Lambert is a painter, educator and the co-owner of Shimai Gallery of Contemporary Craft. Shimai has a reputation for exhibiting timeless tradition and fine craftsmanship expressed through unique personal style. Through her experience as a gallery owner, she has developed an approach for guiding emerging artists that includes information about searching for the correct gallery fit, preparing a professional presentation, knowing your audience, and most importantly, knowing yourself.
  • Paul Polycarpou
    Paul Polycarpou is the publisher and editor in chief of Nashville Arts Magazine. He has interviewed artists from all over the city in live Q&As as well as serving as the emcee for gallery events throughout Nashville. Paul is also an accomplished musician and film maker.

Pricing Information
$75 members/$90 non-members

Student (must show student identification at the door) – $35
Student Special!! Students who become members of Tennessee Craft for $25 get a FREE workshop ticket!

For Planning Purposes – Late Registration tickets (bought after 6pm Wednesday, March 16) do not include lunch. 

*Refund requests must be made 30 days before the day of the event. After that time we regret that we cannot honor refunds. If you had a ticket to our January event, there are no refunds after March 7 if you cannot attend the rescheduled event.