Learn what art school never taught you!

Art Without Limits gives workshops in the business aspects of the art world. Material/Topics covered in these workshops will be applicable across a variety of art forms whether visual art, poetry, music, and more. Often, these BizArts Workshops will explore subjects that we never learned in art schools to help you with a flourishing career. There is an admission donation of $20, but any amount is appreciated. We do ask that you pre-register below prior to the BizArts Workshop that you plan on attending. Thank you so much!


Upcoming BizArts Workshop: May 2019

“Navigating the World of Contemporary Art”
with Art Without Limits

 
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 5:00-7:00pm
Pilgrim Terrace (Main Gathering Room)
649 Pilgrim Terrace Drive, Santa Barbara, CA

Breaking into the world of contemporary art isn’t for the faint of heart; it requires both talent and hustle. You must think creatively and outside of the box, meanwhile staying proactive and professional to persevere in this competitive industry. Getting your work seen and sold goes beyond the gallery model. Pursuing a future in the art world from an amateur artist to the prestige of a professional is a daunting process that necessitates organizational skills, a head for business, marketing savvy, and a passion for the process. 

In this BizArts Workshop, the world of contemporary art will be contextualized through the perspectives and roles of several local arts professionals including Julia Rutherford Daly (Curator for the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture), Tom Pazderka (painter, installation artist and writer), and Matt Henriksen (co-founder and director of The Basic Premise Gallery in Ojai). Learn some of the tips from the professionals currently active in the world of contemporary art and start navigating your own path today.

Pre-Registration is Required at Form Above | More Information about the Speakers Below
Suggested Workshop Donation: $20 | Refreshments will be provided

 

workshop Speakers (Left to Right in Image Above):

Julia Rutherford Daly is the Curator for the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture and she will focus on the technical world of curating exhibitions: selecting work, collaborating with artists, and maintaining the County and City’s art collections in her capacity as Curator. The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is a local governmental arts agency that curates public spaces. As a government agency, the operations of this organization differ in scope, type, and style when compared to the private gallery system, with different conditions and conventions applying.

Artists interested in public art would greatly benefit from hearing Julia speak about the types of projects the Office of Arts and Culture focuses on including the nitty gritty and below-the-surface aspects such as coordinating multiple galleries simultaneously, working with local organizations, maintaining collections, facilitating public projects, and staffing public advisory bodies.

Before joining the Office of Arts and Culture, Julia spent a combined six years at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) in diverse roles including Annual Fund Manager, Staff Liaison to Museum Support Groups, andLead Curator of Ray Strong: Beyond Santa Barbara. Julia received a dual B.A. in Art History and Spanish from UCSB before proceeding to earn her M.A. from USC in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere.

Tom Pazderka (b. Czech Republic) is a painter, installation artist and writer who will discuss the topics of interest to the working artist just starting out — living and working in the studio, existential topics of survival, what works and doesn’t work when talking to galleries and curators, a few business propositions, the importance of education and meeting the “right” people, diversifying one’s portfolio and going beyond one’s interests.  He would like to stress the idea of perseverance and establishing a voice.  Tom’s perspective comes from years of moving through the layers of the art business, where he has experienced the obstacles and difficulties of an art world that is not necessarily fair or a meritocracy, unfortunately. 

His work interrogates ideology and our desire to escape it, the built and natural worlds, cultural mythos and a society perpetually on the precipice, all in a black and white palette of ash and oil. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a Regents Fellow and Artist in Residence.  He is currently a Community Artist at the Squire Foundation of Santa Barbara. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Dark Mountain, Dandelion Journal and Daily Serving among others. Pazderka’s work is represented by Silo 118. www.tompazderka.com

Matt Henriksen will present his point of view as a bookstore manager, secondary market seller and buyer, and gallerist along with the ways these businesses intersect, if indeed they do.  Galleries and artists have the same existential problem and that is to establish a voice and aesthetic in an oversaturated art world.  The perspective of a gallery owner is doubly important for artists to hear, because it provides a glimpse into the operations of a space they’re not usually familiar with.

He is the co-founder and director of The Basic Premise gallery, a contemporary art space in Ojai, with partner Ted Nava and is also manager of Bart’s Books, where he deals in rare and collectible books, ranging from manuscripts and art, to general titles and new books. Occasionally he also deals in secondary market art (especially print media) in his capacity at Bart’s Books. He studied Philosophy at UC Santa Barbara and enjoys drawing the figure from life.

DICUSSION dETAILS

Julia will focus on the technical world of curating exhibitions: selecting work, collaborating with artists, and maintaining the County and City’s art collections in her capacity as Curator at the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture. The Office of Arts and Culture is a local governmental arts agency that curates public spaces. As a government agency, the operations of this organization differ in scope, type, and style than the private gallery system, and different conditions and conventions apply.

Artists interested in public art would greatly benefit from hearing Julia speak about the types of projects the Office of Arts and Culture focuses on including the nitty gritty and below-the-surface aspects such as coordinating multiple galleries simultaneously, working with local organizations, maintaining collections, facilitating public projects, and staffing public advisory bodies.

Tom will discuss the things that will probably be of interest to the working artist just starting out, living and working in the studio, existential topics of survival, what works and doesn’t work when talking to galleries and curators, a few business propositions, importance of education and meeting the ‘right’ people, diversifying one’s portfolio and going beyond one’s interests.  I would also want to stress the idea of perseverance and establishing a voice.  My perspective comes from years of moving through the layers of the art business, the glass ceilings that are arbitrarily put into place, but to also present a point of view that the art world is not necessarily a fair place or a meritocracy, as sad as that feature is.

Matt will present his point of view as a bookstore manager, secondary market seller and buyer and gallerist and in what way these two businesses intersect, if indeed they do.  Galleries and artists have the same existential problem and that is to establish a voice and aesthetic in an oversaturated art world.  The perspective of a gallery owner is doubly important for artists to hear, because it provides a glimpse into the operations of a space they’re not usually familiar with. 



Header Image: BizArts Workshop with Calico Brown on Google Docs for Artists and Nonprofits