The College of Fine Arts and the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship launch OHIO’s first Summit to address the intersection of art and entrepreneurship

The College of Fine Arts and Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship have partnered to host the first-ever OHIO ARTrepreneurship Summit: Where Art + Business Converge (OAS) on January 26th.

This will be the first gathering at Ohio University bringing together veteran artists and entrepreneurs to explore how art and entrepreneurship intersect, and through panel discussions and story-sharing, share their career success and practice as art entrepreneurs, as well as their collaborations with other art entrepreneurs reveal their network.

The Summit is open to all OHIO undergraduate and graduate students and OHIO faculty and staff. The OAS will take place on Thursday, January 26 from 9am to 5pm, with two keynote addresses taking place on concurrent panels at Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium and Galbreath Chapel. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, with a reception and networking event in the Memorial Auditorium at 5:00 p.m., also with light refreshments. Registration is required and can be accessed on this website.

“Together with the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship, the College of Fine Arts is excited to create an environment where student artists can meet and learn from established, professional art practitioners who have used entrepreneurial thinking and tools to support themselves and communities in and through art,” said Matthew Shaftel, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

The idea of ​​hosting the summit grew out of the need for a more formal job fair for student artists, said OAS co-chair, director of the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship and OHIO alum Paul Benedict, a 1996 graduate major with a degree in political science earned from Honors Tutorial College.

“The summit will foster an environment in which student artists can imagine themselves as successful artist-entrepreneurs,” said Benedict. “The OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to partner with the College of Fine Arts to create this unique opportunity for the OHIO community.”

Sharon Louden
Sharon Louden. Photo courtesy of Sharon Louden

The OAS program includes two keynote addresses and master classes for College of Fine Arts students from two nationally known art entrepreneurs. One of the keynote speakers is Sharon Louden, a Brooklyn-based artist, art advocate/administrator/catalyst, and author of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists (2013, Intellect Books) and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (2017, Intellect Books), two books in a trilogy with the forthcoming title Last Artist Standing: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, due for release in 2023. Each book in the trilogy features 40 working artists sharing their accounts of how they sustain their creative lives over time.

The second keynote speaker is David Cutler, a leading voice in the fields of arts leadership, careers and entrepreneurship and Distinguished Professor/Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. Cutler is a jazz and classical composer and pianist and the author of the book and website The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, & Making a Difference platforms that promote the idea that the essence of the Savvy Musician is in the word included is “balance” and includes artists who “seek balance in almost everything they strive for”.

David Cutler
David Cutler. Photo by Scott Allan Purdue. Photo courtesy of David Cutler

The OAS includes up to six panels featuring renowned artists and entrepreneurs, some of whom are OHIO College of Fine Arts graduates, who come from a variety of practices. Everyone will talk about a robust program of topics chosen by OHIO students and the OAS Steering Committee, ranging from Grant Writing for a Creative Life to Selling Yourself (Without Selling Out). The summit also includes interactive mini-workshops on the convergence of arts and entrepreneurship, led by Benedict and staff at the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship.

Visit this website to register. Registration will remain open until January 20, 2023. Follow the College of Fine Arts on Facebook and Instagram and the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship on its Facebook and Instagram channels for updates on panelists won for the OAS and more.

For more information contact:

  • Paul Benedict, OAS Co-Chair, Teaching Professor and Director, OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship, [email protected]
  • Christopher Fisher, OAS Co-Chair, Professor of Piano and Co-Chair of the Keyboard Division College of Fine Arts School of Music, [email protected]
  • Kelee Riesbeck, OAS Co-Chair, Executive Director, Arts Partnerships and Programs, School of Fine Arts, [email protected]

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