Speakers

STAY TUNED…information about our 2014-2015 season coming soon!

 

Season 2 Speakers Completed Sessions:

October/November 2013: Goal Setting and Career Planning

Jane Pollak  www.janepollak.com

Jane Pollak is one of the northeast’s foremost coaches of entrepreneurial women and a living example of how to turn a passion into a thriving business.  A successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author of Soul Proprietor and business coach, Jane launched her professional career in an unlikely field – egg decoration.  Jane’s story is an odyssey that led her from remote craft fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC’s Today Show. National publications featured Jane’s artwork as early as 1985, when her patchwork quilt eggs were showcased in Country Living Magazine. Since then, her work has appeared in The New York Times and other prominent publications.

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December 2013: Web & Managing Images

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December 4, Fairfield
TheBananaland  thebananaland.com

Meet the fearless leaders of The Bananaland World Headquarters. The universe brought these three kindred spirits together in order to bring you a rarefied combination of creative force and impeccable code. For more specific attributes and abilities, please select a name below.

Marcella Kovac
  Jordan Rabidou


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December 3, Hartford
December 9, New Haven

Tim Yergeau, Director of Communications at The Greater Hartford Arts Council
Tim returns to Make.Art.Work. for our second season, after delivering an information-packed presentation in year 1.

Tim Yergeau is a non-profit arts administrator with a wide range of experience, from marketing, development and program management to—of all things—costume design. He has built a career developing communications strategy and running marketing programs at some of New England’s most successful cultural institutions, focusing on brand management, message development, and graphic design emerging new media trends. He works with individual artists, emerging arts organizations and creative start-ups to develop marketing plans from scratch, build & diversify audiences and develop creative, innovative solutions.

Tim holds a degree in communications from Boston University. He has worked at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

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January 2014: Pricing & Presenting Your Work

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Jeffrey Mueller, Gallery Director at Silvermine Arts Center

Jeffrey Mueller is gallery director at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, where he has curated over 100 exhibitions.  Mr. Mueller oversees a roster of approximate 300 artists whose work can be found in major corporate and private collections, as well as, in the permanent collection of many important institutions such as MoMA, The Metropolitans Museum of Art, and the National Gallery.  In addition to working at Silvermine Arts Center, Mr. Mueller is an adjunct Art History Professor at Purchase College and Western Connecticut State University. Prior to joining the staff of Silvermine Arts Center, he was Associate Director at RJ Fine Arts in Stamford. Mr. Mueller holds a MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory from Purchase College; a  BA in Art History from University at  Albany and a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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February 2014: No workshops scheduled for February

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March 2014: Finance, Funding & Legal Considerations for Artists

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Galia Gichon, Down-to-Earth Finance  www.downtoearthfinance.com

Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 19 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in finance. She founded, Down to Earth Finance, which offers individual sessions and seminars without selling any investments. She is the author of, My Money Matters, a boxed set with money affirmations, instant money tips and workbooks.

Galia has been widely quoted as an expert on money and women, including mentions in The New York Times, TODAY Show, Newsweek, Real Simple, NBC Weekend Today Show, Essence and more. She is a frequent speaker at Barnard College and Freelancers Union.Before starting her own company, Galia was a securities research analyst at Bear Stearns and Nomura Securities, and also worked for Institutional Investor. She is actively involved in Angel Investing for women-owned companies and was part of Pipeline Fellowship.

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April 2014: Super Saturday Event!

Session 1: Marketing  |  Session 2: The Gallery and Beyond

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Jackie Battenfield   www.artistcareerguide.com

Too many talented visual artists feel lost or frustrated professionally because they lack fundamental business skills and the confidence to promote themselves and manage their career. The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What you Love provides artists with the information, tools and techniques for developing and sustaining a professional life. It introduces valuable tactics – from planning and assessment to time management and negotiation – which are seldom offered to visual artists in ways that are relevant to their practice.

Author, Jackie Battenfield, an artist who has supported herself from art sales for over twenty years, teaches career development programs for visual artists at the Creative Capital Foundation, and Columbia University.

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Bill Carroll, Program Director of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studios, NYC

For over twenty-five years Bill Carroll has been involved in the New York art world in a variety of roles.  He was the Director of the Charles Cowles Gallery, then in Soho, for nine years; and the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea for eight years.  Bill also worked in non-profit at the Dia Art Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Nancy Graves Foundation, and is presently the Director of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

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Anne von Stuelpnagel, Director of Exhibitions at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich CT

Anne von Stuelpnagel is Director of Exhibitions at the Bruce Museum of Art and Science in Greenwich, Connecticut. In this position, which she has held since 1993, she is responsible for the design and production of the Museum’s 12-14 exhibitions per year.  Prior to this, Anne initiated, planned and implemented the Museum’s two annual, juried outdoor arts and crafts festivals (in their 32nd and 28th years respectively), which she now oversees.

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Will K. Wilkins, Executive Director of Real Art Ways, Hartford CT

Will K. Wilkins is Executive Director of Real Art Ways, one of the United States’ leading contemporary multi-disciplinary organizations, in Hartford, Connecticut. Real Art Ways supports artistic innovation, and connects artists and community. Programs include visual arts, theater, music, spoken word, and film and video.

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Denise DiGrogoli Amuso, Co-Founder of Troy Fine Art Services, Southport CT

Denise DiGrigoli is the co-founder of Troy Fine Art Services, Inc. Denise not only connects her clients to fabulous art, she shows corporations how to use art strategically to promote brand initiatives, incorporate core values, engage the visitors, employees, and clients and literally transform the workplace environment.

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May 2014: Social Media, Blogging, Pinterest

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Lena L. West, Influence Expansion  www.InfluenceExpansion.com
Lena L. West is the leading expert on how women entrepreneurs can monetize social media. She is also the Founder of InfluenceExpansion.com, the home of the Influence Expansion Academy, the only social media mastermind program created specifically for women entrepreneurs.

As the CEO & Chief Social Media Strategist of Influence Expansion, Lena L. West has helped thousands of entrepreneurs profit from the power of Social Media and the Internet.

Lena is the winner of several business awards, among them: The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty”, AlleyCat News’ “25 Women of Silicon Alley”, The Women’s Congress’ Entrepreneurial Champion for Women in Business and was dubbed an “Entrepreneurial Hero” by NCWIT. She has also been featured on CNN, with Gayle King on CBS This Morning and as the cover story for publications such as The Westchester County Business Journal and Black Enterprise.

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June 2014: Putting it all Together

Jane Pollak  www.janepollak.com

Jane Pollak is one of the northeast’s foremost coaches of entrepreneurial women and a living example of how to turn a passion into a thriving business.  A successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author of Soul Proprietor and business coach, Jane launched her professional career in an unlikely field – egg decoration.  Jane’s story is an odyssey that led her from remote craft fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC’s Today Show. National publications featured Jane’s artwork as early as 1985, when her patchwork quilt eggs were showcased in Country Living Magazine. Since then, her work has appeared in The New York Times and other prominent publications.

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