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The Business of Being an Artist, with Jackie Battenfield

Jackie BattenfieldOhio State welcomes artist, author and professor Jackie Battenfield for a discussion and workshop March 28 and 29 at the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.

Battenfield is an artist known nationally for her luminous paintings and prints of natural forces. For over 25 years, she has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker on sustaining a successful career in the visual arts. She teaches professional practices at the School of Arts at Columbia University and for the Creative Capital Foundation. Battenfield is author of The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love (Da Capo Press, 2009), now in its sixth printing.
How to Make an Artist's Life Work
March 28, 4:30-6 p.m.
141 Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.

Artists today have unprecedented access to opportunities and potential worldwide circulation of their work. More than ever, artists must manage themselves – they must be knowledgeable and well informed to juggle multiple venues and an increasingly international market. They need to develop flexible systems to respond to future changes and continue to thrive.
This 90-minute talk discusses the fundamental skills artists need to develop and sustain a professional life. It provides an overview of Battenfield’s widely acclaimed book, The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, and covers tips on how to plan, promote, fund, organize and build community.

Head Start for Artists: Simple Ways you can Prepare for Life after School
March 29, 9-11 a.m.
141 Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.

This workshop will highlight 10 important ways you can prepare for a career in the arts right now. As each item is discussed, Jackie wants to especially hear participants’ questions and concerns to begin to demystify some of the challenges artists may face pursing a professional life.
Both events are free and open to all; RSVP required. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Barnett Center.

Supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, a family foundation established in 1986 by Emily Hall Tremaine. Based in Connecticut, the Foundation seeks to promote innovative solutions to basic and enduring problems in the United States through grantmaking programs related to art, environment and learning disabilities.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of Ohio State. With more than 80 departments, schools, centers and institutes, the college delivers 60 percent of the academic curriculum to Ohio State students. Its vast academic diversity is its greatest strength, combining the best of a major research institution with a rich liberal arts foundation. Arts and Sciences faculty create new knowledge to solve global problems, fuel Ohio's economy, spark student inquiry, and engage with the local community.

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