Professional Development for Artists Symposium

February 23, 2022
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Image courtesy of the organizer.

Image courtesy of the organizer.

KODA’s professional development seminar program invites practicing artists to benefit from four comprehensive online seminars covering the essential business skills they need to grow their career. This year KODA partners up with Residency Unlimited (RU) to provide insightful and practical sessions, each lasting 45 min + 10 min Q&A, led by interdisciplinary artist Zachary Fabri, independent curator and online gallery owner Krista Scenna, artist and art handling specialist Lydia Goldbeck, and mixed-media artist and legacy & archive expert Antonia A. Perez.

2PM – Seminar #1: Determining Value and Artist Residencies by Zachary Fabri
How does an art practice benefit from attending a residency? From his experiences attending a variety of artist residencies, interdisciplinary artist Zachary Fabri shares insights about their impact on art making and their value in cultivating sustainable creative communities.

3PM – Seminar #2: Creating Connections and Collectors by Krista Scenna
Designed specifically for mid-career artists, this workshop will explore how to connect (and re-connect) with a broader audience of supporters and potential collectors of your work. Our discussion will include insights about communications, sales, leveraging digital and IRL connections and incorporating personal style. Participants are encouraged to bring and share their questions for the Q&A session to address specific concerns and scenarios.

4PM – Seminar #3: Art Shipping and Handling – Demystified and DIY by Lydia Goldbeck
This seminar will explain and detail basics of the industry to assist artists in making handling decisions for their own work. We will cover best practices, do’s and don’ts, materials, shipping operations and simple packing options. The goal of this seminar is to ensure the attending artists have a better understanding of not only what will keep their work safe while it travels, but also once it arrives and is prepared to return.

5PM – Seminar #4: Career Documentation by Antonia Perez
In this seminar artists will learn about the importance of preserving their legacy as artists through the process of career documentation. Artists will learn how to create an archiving system and understand what archiving their work entails. They will learn what materials and tools they may need as well as how to work with assistance in this process.

KODA is a social practice nonprofit arts organization focusing on conceptual mid-career artists ingrained in social justice. KODA offers survey exhibitions as well as tailor-made and community-based artist residencies, through collaborations with socially engaged partners. The nonprofit serves the community with contemporary art events and outreach to strengthen arts education. In its overall mission to support the artistic and professional growth of artists, KODA acts as a laboratory for creative concepts, reflecting its core values of curiosity and collaboration.

Residency Unlimited (RU) supports the creative process and promotes exchange and diversity through its unique customized residency program and year-round public programs. We nurture local, national, and international artists and curators at all stages of their career. RU is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and building lasting connections between residents and a broad range of communities. Collaboration and partnerships are at the heart of our mission.