Artist as Entrepreneur Series - Session 2: Art World Systems (Virtual)

Makiko Harris, Artist and Small Business Owner
1 class meeting / Wednesday, March 10
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

There is no clear guidebook for how to grow a career as an artist, but we all know artists who we believe have “made it.” How did they get there?! In this second session of the Artist as Entrepreneur Course Series, we will take a look at some of the income “channels” that exist in the art world, and dive into the logistics, pros, and cons of each - such as selling your artwork directly to your customers, working with galleries or art consultants, art fairs, grants, and more. This session will include a panel discussion with artists and arts professionals in our community who have designed a sustainable creative life for themselves - and you’ll have the opportunity to ask direct questions. With a clearer picture of the range of options out there, you’ll have more confidence to pick and choose which channels best match the goals and aspirations for your art practice. Together, let’s bust the myth of the starving artist and unveil all of the wonderful journeys that are possible.

The panel of artists and arts professionals will be announced once confirmed. Confirmed so far are:
- Cathy Lu, Ceramic and Installation Artist
- Silvia Poloto, Mixed-Media Artist


About the Artist as Entrepreneur Course Series: Being an artist is sometimes so much more than making artwork. If you want to have a sustainable creative life, it can basically mean becoming a self-employed entrepreneur. In this course series, we’ll cover the Mindset, Systems, Operations, and more of running an art business. Take them as a series or pick any course individually!

About the facilitator: Makiko Harris is an artist and also owner of a product design consulting agency, Silent Howl Studios. She’s been working for herself for 3+ years, and prior to venturing out solo, worked in-house as a user experience designer for the QuickBooks Self-Employed product as well as e-commerce giants like Sephora and Gap. Now, she’s looking to share her entrepreneurial experience, self-employment skills, and e-commerce savvy with artists everywhere who are looking to create sustainable creative practices.