College of Fine Arts and OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship launch OHIO’s first summit to tackle the intersection of art + entrepreneurship

The College of Fine Arts is partnering with Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship to bring the first OHIO ARTrepreneurship Summit: Where Art + Business Converge (OAS) to January 26.

This will be the first gathering at Ohio University to bring together professional artists and entrepreneurs to discuss how art and business are connected and, through panels and shared stories, showcase their successful projects and examples of art entrepreneurs and about their collaboration with other entrepreneurs in the industry. their communication.

The forum is open to all OHIO undergraduate and graduate students and OHIO faculty and staff. The OAS will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with two keynote lectures taking place at panel discussions held at Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium and Galbreath Chapel. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, with a reception and networking event held in the Memorial Auditorium at 5 pm as well as light refreshments. Registration is required and can be found on this website.

“Together with the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship, the College of Fine Arts is very excited to create an environment where art students can meet and learn from professional professionals who use entrepreneurial thinking and tools to support themselves and serving the community in and through the arts,” said Dean of the College of the Arts Matthew Shaftel.

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The idea to hold the Summit was born out of the need for a special forum for student work, said OAS co-chair, Director of the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship and OHIO alum Paul Benedict, a 1996 graduate received his degree in political science. from the Honors Tutorial College.

“The Summit will foster an environment where art students can see themselves as successful artist-entrepreneurs,” Benedict said. “The OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship is thrilled to partner with the College of Fine Arts to provide this unique opportunity for the OHIO community.”

Sharon Louden
Sharon Louden. Photo courtesy of Sharon Louden

The OAS program features two keynote lectures and masterclasses for students of the College of Art by two of the country’s leading entrepreneurs. bite. One of the keynote speakers is Sharon Louden, a Brooklyn-based artist, art consultant/manager/activist, 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) is two books in a trilogy including the upcoming title, “Last Artist Standing: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life”, organized for publication in 2023. Each book in the trilogy includes 40 working artists sharing their stories of how they sustain their creative lives over time.

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The second keynote speaker is David Cutler, a renowned voice on the arts, careers, and business and Professor of Arts/Business and Innovation in the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. Cutler is a jazz composer and pianist and author of the book and website, “The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, & Making a Difference” founded to promote the concept of the Savvy Musician. is attached to the word. “balance” and include artists who seek “balance in most of their pursuits.”

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

The OAS includes up to six panels that show the famous artists, some of them from the OHIO College of Fine Arts who come from many practices. Each will speak on a robust program of topics selected by OHIO students and the OAS board of directors including “Writing for a Creative Life” to “Selling Yourself ( without selling it).” The Summit also includes an interactive, small-scale workshop on the connection between the arts and business led by Benedict and the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship staff.

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Visit this website to register. Registration will remain open until January 20, 2023. Follow the College of Art on Facebook and Instagram and the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship on its Facebook and Instagram channels for information on panelists confirmed for the OAS and others.

For more information, contact:

  • Paul Benedict, OAS co-chair, professor of education and director, OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship, [email protected]
  • Christopher Fisher, OAS co-chair, professor of piano and chair of the Keyboard Department College of Fine Arts School of Music, [email protected]
  • Kelee Riesbeck, OAS co-chair, executive director, Partnerships and Programs, College of Fine Arts, [email protected]


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