The Artist Toolbox is a new statewide initiative designed by CMCA to provide professional development skills to artists in response to the changing dynamics of today’s arts and culture sectors.
In 2020, its pilot year, artist Kim Bernard will administer the program as a series of informative presentations and intensive weekend workshops offered free-of-charge or at a nominal fee to artists and arts organizations across the State of Maine.
Kim Bernard received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1987, and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. She mentors emerging artists individually, and teaches professional development workshops to artists nationally. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S., including at the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Harvard University, The Art Complex Museum, and University of New Hampshire Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, Art News and Art New England. She is the recipient of a Piscataquis Region Artist Advancement Grant and grants from The Kindling Fund, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission. She was artist-in-residence at the Physics Department at Harvard University, and at the University of New England.
The Artist Toolbox is made possible by major support from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation.
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The Artist Toolbox Talk introduces artists to the most critical skills they need to represent themselves and advance professionally in the changing dynamics of today’s arts and culture sectors.
Creating a strong body of work is the most important part of being an artist, but then what? This presentation covers hi-priority topics such as photographing your work, websites, gallery representation, pricing, net-working and small business basics, followed by a Q&A.
NOTE: The Artist Toolbox Talk will be presented at art organizations throughout the State of Maine in 2020. The schedule of venues will be posted as they are confirmed.
Indigo Arts Alliance, Portland, ME Wednesday, February 26| 6 pm Presented by Kim Bernard, The Artist...February 26 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Engine, Biddeford, ME Wednesday, March 4 | 6 pm Presented by Kim Bernard, The Artist Toolbox Talk in...March 4 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME Wednesday, March 11 | 6 pm Presented by Kim Bernard, The Artist Toolbox...March 11 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monson Arts, Monson, ME Wednesday, March 25 | 6 pm Presented by Kim Bernard, The Artist Toolbox Talk...March 25 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Waterville Creates, Waterville, ME Wednesday, April 29 | 6 pm Presented by Kim Bernard, The Artist T...April 29 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Artist Toolbox Workshop is designed for artists who want to develop the skills necessary to successfully represent themselves and advance professionally in the current art sector. Creating a strong body of work is the most important part of being an artist, but how do you pay the bills, juggle time, money, studio and life?
This two-day workshop does a dive deep into hi-priority topics such as image documentation, finding exhibiting venues, artist/gallery relationships, writing an artist’s statement, bio and resume, building a website, net-working, getting exposure, social media, grant writing, finding residencies, time and money management, and sustaining an ongoing professional creative practice.
NOTE: The Artist Toolbox Workshop will be presented at art organizations throughout the State of Maine in 2020. The schedule of venues will be posted as they are confirmed.
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