Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Greensboro NC’

Many Activities Offered in Conjunction with Current Exhibits at Greenhill in Greensboro, NC

March 31, 2014


“Select Collection | Prints of Romare Bearden,” on view at Greenhill, in Greensboro, NC, from April 15 – June 22, 2014, is an exhibition and art sale at Greenhill celebrating one collector and his extraordinary collection of Romare Bearden etchings, screenprints, lithographs, bon à tires, drawing and collage. On display will be over 40 of his works with 83 works available for sale. Romare Bearden was a seminal African American artist and is recognized as one of America’s most important 20th century artists. Exhibition Catalogue is available for view online at (

“Out Chorus, by Romare Bearden, Art © Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Apr. 26, 2014, 10-11:30am & 1:30-3pm – Romare Bearden Panel Discussion – Greenhill will host an educational program which is open to the public starting with a panel discussion about Romare Bearden in Context at 10am. At 1:30pm, a group of panelists will focus on examining the wide array of his prints, helping to articulate to viewers the experimentation, adaptation, and improvisation found in his prints. Panelists include: Alison Fleming, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art + Visual Studies, Winston-Salem State University, Diedra Harris-Kelley, Co-Director of Romare Bearden Foundation and Janet Wall, Chief Researcher on the Catalogue Raisonne Project of Graphic Works by Romare Bearden, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC. Free and open to the public. Register online for the program at ( and click on “Select Collection.”

Apr. 26, 2014, from 5:30-8:30pm – Bearden at Home Private Reception at Greenhill – Greenhill will host Bearden at Home, a ticketed private reception ($125/person.) Guest will have an opportunity to participate in a “Walk and Talk”, a walkthrough of the exhibition, highlighting works within the collection, their importance, references and influences. Tickets are available online at ( and click on “Select Collection.”

Apr. 11 – June 22, 2014 – Greenhill Exhibition, “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman and Noé Katz”. Greenhill invites you to our upcoming exhibition, “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman and Noé Katz,” curated by Edie Carpenter. North Carolina artists Beerman and Katz are known both nationally and internationally. In this exhibition, a mix of the artists’ new works and recently shown works will be presented to North Carolina audiences for the first time. Together, Beerman and Katz bring two divergent approaches to art-making. Even with their differing processes and aesthetics, the viewer will feel the connections made possible when seen through the curator’s lens. The Gallery at Greenhill is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

Apr. 11, 2014, 5:30-8:30pm – Two Artists | One Space Exhibition Opening – You are invited to The Gallery at Greenhill for an intimate and exclusive first viewing of “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman and Noé Katz”. Between 5:30 – 6:30pm Greenhill Members are invited to hear Curator Edie Carpenter’s comments in The Gallery. At 6:30pm The Gallery opens to the public. Cash Bar and light hors d’Oeuvres.

Apr. 11, 5:30 – 8:30 – Parents Night Out – Parents Night Out is an opportunity for parents to attend the exhibition openings while their children are participating in ArtQuest. Trained ArtQuest staff will ensure a safe and creative experience for your child(ren) while you enjoy adult-time in The Gallery. Reserve your child(ren)’s spot for Parents Night Out. The charge is $10 per child and is open from 5:30 – 8:30pm for Members, and 6:30 – 8:30pm for Non-Members. As the parent, you must remain within the footprint of Greenhill the entire time. In order to reserve your spot, please register below and pay using PayPal checkout.  Reservations must be made by 4pm on Apr. 11. There are 15 spots available. If you have any questions call Jaymie Meyer at 336/333-7460 x109.
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May 2, 2014, 6-9pm – First Friday at Greenhill – Dance performance by Jan Van Dyke Dance Group – Join us for First Friday in The Gallery from 6-9pm to check out Greenhill’s current exhibition, “Two Artists One Space | John Beerman & Noé Katz”, and a live dance performance by Jan Van Dyke Dance Group from 7-7:30pm. First Friday at Greenhill is free and open to the public. Cash Bar. Donations appreciated.

June 6, 2014, 6-9pm – First Friday at Greenhill – Live Music with The Bronzed Chorus – Join us for First Friday in The Gallery from 6-9pm to check out Greenhill’s current exhibition, “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman & Noé Katz”, and to listen to live music by The Bronzed Chorus from 6:30 – 7:30pm. First Friday at Greenhill is free and open to the public. Cash Bar. Donations appreciated.

Apr. 24, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm – Artist Talk with John Beerman – “Two Artist | One Space” artist John Beerman will discuss his recent landscape paintings. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

May 1, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm – Informal Artist Talk and Reception Noé Katz and Casa Azul – In association with Casa Azul, a book signing and an informal talk by Noé Katz. Light refreshments and a reception with live music by Café Latte – featuring Alfredo Trejo, and Alfredo Trejo Jr., guitar/violin father and son duo from Venezuela. Free and open to the public.

Greenhill is open Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Wed., 10am-7pm; and Sun., 2-5pm.

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Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Re-Organizes Staff

March 19, 2014

Over the last nine months Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, has been reviewing its organizational plan and structure with the help of a Task Force consisting of two board members and two external members. The goal from this process was to identify ways to make Greenhill a stronger, more sustainable organization into the future. The Task Force looked at every area—exhibitions, art sales, contributed income, expenses, board governance, and staffing. They have concluded their work and have made some key recommendations which will be implemented over the next year.

One change that is being implemented immediately is the reorganization of Greenhill’s staff structure. Greenhill is realigning staff both in response to economic realities and to better position the organization for future opportunities. Restructuring is designed to help maximize the value derived from the limited number of employees demanded by a sound economic model. The realignment means reducing the number of positions that report to the executive director so she can spend more dedicated time to the development and external relations aspects of our organization and focus all programming under one position. While Greenhill is excited about the efficiencies and opportunities identified, it is with sadness that we announce that one dedicated employee has learned that her position will be eliminated.

It was not an easy decision, but the position of Director of Education and Community Partnerships has been eliminated, a position held by Mary Young. Mary has been with Greenhill for over 20 years, has been a valuable and dedicated member of the Greenhill family, and is beloved by the Greenhill community. Mary was an integral part of the vision for ArtQuest, the Hemphill Library Partnership, and many other collaborative projects over the years. She introduced the arts to many children and families in ArtQuest, and always provided a spark of creativity and fun whenever she entered into the ArtQuest studios. Mary previously served as acting executive director and associate director, and has worn many other hats during her tenure. Mary is an incredible artist, humanist, and community member, and the board and staff all wish her the very best as she moves on to new opportunities.

Other details will follow, but following are the major alignment changes:

The number of staff members who currently report to the Executive Director will be reduced from six to three.

A new position, “Director of Operations,” has been filled by Emily Shank, formerly the Executive Coordinator and Shop Manager. She now oversees all staff working in the communication, membership, visitor services, events and retail areas.
A Director of Programs position will be filled within the next month.

A number of internal functions within Greenhill will be realigned to create synergies and efficiencies, allowing Greenhill to be better prepared to do the important business of this great organization.

Greenhill will work with Teresa Moore, Moore Accounting Services, Inc. as Controller.

Laura Way, Executive Director, and the Board of Director’s at Greenhill are saddened by Mary’s departure but confident that the new staff structure will put the organization in a better position to handle the challenges and opportunities ahead and give our community, supporters, members and artists the services they deserve.

A list of current staff and contact information can be found at (

To view the Director of Programs position visit (

Annette Bartlett-Golden Will Host Her 5th Annual Holiday Open House Art Show in Greensboro, NC – Dec. 8, 2013

November 19, 2013

Greensboro, NC, artist Annette Bartlett-Golden will host her 5th annual Holiday Open House Art Show, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, from 1-5pm at 4101 Lawndale Place in Greensboro, near the Natural Science Center. The event will feature a selection of her artwork and wooden items crafted by Steve Golden. Note cards, small potted plants, and jewelry will be offered for sale, in addition to the paintings and woodwork. The show will include refreshments and holiday music and a drawing for a FREE painting by Bartlett-Golden. Parking is available on the street.  Admission is free.

Work by Annette Bartlett-Golden

Bartlett-Golden works in oil and watercolor to paint of a variety of subject matter: local and foreign landscapes, exotic and domestic animals, still lifes, and more. Recently, she began exploring collage created from colorful paper and several will be in the show.

An artist and art teacher for over 15 years, Annette Bartlett-Golden uses crisp lines and rich, vibrant colors to impart a sense of immediacy, vivacity and optimism to her paintings. Images of nature, especially mountains, infuse all her work and contribute to the feeling of vitality. Working mainly from her own photographs, Bartlett-Golden often combines aspects from many photos into one composition. She also uses clients’ photographs to create commissioned paintings.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Her work has been shown locally and is in private collections both in the US and abroad. She will also offer private art classes for children and adults this spring.

In addition to Bartlett-Golden, woodworker Steve Golden will also be participating in the show this year. His featured work will include some carved and turned pieces.

Golden has been building traditional handmade furniture for 27 years. In 2010 he was selected as one of America’s best and listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Golden uses pole lathe turning, green woodworking, and other aspects of traditional furniture construction in his work.

For more information about the show, please contact Annette Bartlett-Golden at 336/288-0307 or by e-mail at (

Greensboro, NC, Offers Local Rendition of Art in Odd Places – Nov. 1 & 2, 2013

September 29, 2013

A local rendition of a New York City-based arts installation, AiOP, will present three dozen creative works ranging from dance performances to video projections, paintings, sculptures and site-specific installations during the Nov. 1, installment of First Friday, the self-guided walking tour of downtown Greensboro, NC’s galleries, shops, studios and other venues held on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9pm. The event will continue through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, from noon to 9pm.

A first-ever Greensboro version of Art in Odd Places, or (AiOP), will showcase the work of more than 40 local and national artists in 36 works that will appear alongside buildings, alleys and sidewalks in downtown Greensboro. The festival is a joint effort of Ed Woodham, founder and director of AiOP in New York City, and local co-curators Xandra Eden of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Sheryl Oring, assistant professor of art at UNC-Greensboro in conjunction with the Southeastern College Art Conference.

“DGI is excited to help support such a cutting-edge, participatory event to Greensboro,” says Lee Mortensen, vice president of Downtown Greensboro Inc. Mortensen worked with Xandra Eden, and the AiOP team to identify public and private venues for the unique performances and installments. “Art in Odd Places will engage and inspire audiences of all ages and invite interaction. It’s an exciting development for a city that continues to put itself on the arts and culture map.”

For further info visit AiOP Greensboro website at (

Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, to Receive Federal Grant for Vault Renovation

September 17, 2013

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. The Weatherspoon Art Museum (WAM) at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, is receiving one of 244 awards dispersed through the agency’s highly competitive grant programs. Selected from among 707 applicants, the Weatherspoon was awarded $150,000 through IMLS’s Museums for America program to renovate its principal 5,382 square foot storage vault, which houses 40% of its collection. The second phase of a three-part scheme, the renovation will allow the museum to increase storage for 1,250 framed two-dimensional artwork by 20% and for more than 200 small to mid-size sculptures by 150%. The renovation also will improve and enhance safe access to the collections, provide for state-of-the-art optimal storage conditions, allow for collection growth, and increase the museum staff’s overall efficiency. Preserving the museum’s collection – part of the documentary heritage of our society and culture – is one of the core missions of the Weatherspoon in its service to the university, state, and nation.

“IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth.  “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”

The Weatherspoon’s renovation project reflects the staff’s understanding that effective care of the collection requires not only a deep understanding of best practices and earnest attention and care, but also periodic system upgrades, particularly in collection storage areas. Since 2001, the collection has grown by more than 1,149 objects, and it is crucial that the museum optimizes its existing space to accommodate future growth. Ensuring that the artworks are protected from natural and man-made disasters is also essential to their ongoing availability for educational, programmatic, and aesthetic purposes. The renovation project will be accomplished over a 10-month period from Dec. 1, 2013 through Sept. 2014. During that time, all of the museum’s normal activities, including exhibitions, conservation, and education, will continue.

This is the second time the Weatherspoon has received funding from IMLS for vault renovation. In 2006, a grant of $150,000 enabled the museum to undertake the first phase of the overall vault renovation, which entailed installing new state-of-the-art painting storage screens and consolidating large-scale sculpture storage. As with the upcoming vault project, that effort increased overall storage to provide for future growth and provide for greatly increased access and safer handling of the works.

“This significant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services is a testament to the importance of our collection, the many ways in which we make it available to the public, and the professional standards maintained by the museum staff,” said Weatherspoon Art Museum Director Nancy Doll. “In addition to the improvements in collection management that will be made possible with these funds, such external recognition also helps us in other fundraising efforts. We are thrilled to be one of this year’s IMLS grantees.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit ( follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets modern and contemporary art for the benefit of its multiple audiences, including university, community, regional, and beyond. Through these activities, the museum recognizes its paramount role of public service, and enriches the lives of diverse individuals by fostering an informed appreciation and understanding of the visual arts and their relationship to the world in which we live.

For further information call the Museum at 336/334-5770 or e-mail to (

The 16th Annual Artstock Studio Tour and the Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Entries – Deadline Sept. 13, 2013

September 10, 2013

The 16th Annual Artstock Studio Tour and the Interactive Resource Center (IRC), 407 East Washington Street in downtown Greensboro, NC, will host the third annual “The Community Art Show” on view between Sept. 26 and Nov. 8, 2013.

An opening reception hosted by IRC volunteers will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, from 6-8pm. For IRC hours of operation, please call 336/332-0824 or visit their website at (

“The Community Art Show” is a free non-juried, multi-discipline exhibition for all community visual artists, in addition to participating Artstock and IRC artists. The gallery space is donated by the IRC and installation assistance is provided by Artstock artists.

Call to Artist Guidelines: Artwork must be appropriate for a diverse public audience; art must be  ready to hang; artist must supply contact information and wall label for their artwork; one piece per artist; artwork may be no larger than 3’ x 4’ or heavier than 25lbs; artist must supply hanging supplies or pedestal. Delivery and hang-up dates are Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and 13 at the IRC between 9am-2:30pm.  Pick-up dates are Monday through Friday, Nov. 11 through 15th at the IRC between 9am-2:30pm.

“The Community Art Show” gives artists an opportunity to install and show their artwork along with established Greensboro artists, teaching them the basics of artwork exhibition and giving them pride in their work.  The exhibition strives to bring together diverse Greensboro constituencies: artists, patrons, visitors and students.

For more information about the Artstock Studio Tour, please visit ( or how to submit artwork to “The Community Art Show”, contact Carolyn Owen, 336/643-6428. For more information about the mission and services of the IRC, visit their website at ( or call 336/332-0824.

Tyler White O’Brien Gallery in Greensboro, NC, Offers Benefit for Greensboro’s Alight Foundation – Sept. 26, 2013

August 14, 2013

The Tyler White O’Brien Gallery in Greensboro, NC, will offer a benefit event for Greensboro’s Alight Foundation on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, from 5:30-8:30pm.

Alight Foundation, a local nonprofit benefitting breast cancer patients, is holding their fifth annual Alight at Tyler White Gallery event where Sherry McAdams will be the featured artist. Guests will enjoy fine art, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Themed baskets and jewelry from Schiffmans and a painting by Sherry McAdams will be raffled.

Come and go from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at 307 State Street in Greensboro.

Admission tickets are $30 and are available online at (


Sherry McAdams is a modernist painter whose work has roots in the abstract expressionist tradition, yet embraces a style that is uniquely her own. Shapes and line appear to morph in and out of focus, colors shift like seasons, and subtle imagery whispers beneath the surface. It is the quiet subdued neutrals with their absence of light that work so well to introduce the punch of intense light and pure color. McAdams’ art combines energetic brushwork, along with a mysterious layering of color and texture to create a variety of soft and hard passages to capture the viewer’s attention.

McAdams attended East Carolina University, and earned a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a graphic designer and has been employed with Carolina Biological Supply Company for the last 17 years. Influenced by scientific images, such as microscopic human, plant, and animal images has led her to investigate more abstract compositions in her paintings.

“Painting offers me the practical and metaphorical reminder that there are always opportunities to move forward and change. Working primarily with acrylics, there is no such thing as a ‘mistake’. I add another layer, another texture, and the painting gradually emerges,” says McAdams.

“Using acrylic paint, collaged materials, pencils, oil pastels, and other materials, I will often have ten or more layers of media, with the more subterranean layers peeking through to add depth and texture. I enjoy the interplay of complements and the use of grayed colors against bright.”

McAdams adds, “I jump in with both feet, and have been called fearless by my contemporaries because of a tendency to paint fast and with great enthusiasm. Each painting is a journey, a challenge, and a wonder. Painting is my passion!”

Kathy O’Brien, gallery owner, said she is delighted to help host the annual fundraising event and plans to donate a percentage of the gallery sales in October to such a worthwhile cause.

Other proud sponsors of the Tyler White event include: The Gorrell Family Foundation, Morrisette Paper Company, ITG/Burlington, Columbia Forest Products, Physicians for Women, New Breed Logistics, Gail Boulton, Bill Soles, Bank of Oak Ridge, Gift in Memory of Frances & Philip Daly, and Greensboro’s “News & Record”.

Melissa Vogelsinger, executive director of the Alight Foundation, said that “this is a lovely event that we look forward to each year. We are so thankful for our generous donors and appreciate the opportunity to thank them in person. Greensboro really understands the idea of giving back to its own and keeping charitable giving local. Each year, many more people are becoming familiar with our work in the cancer center with newly-diagnosed women, and they want to help.”

Alight Foundation, founded in 2005 by Mary Gorrell Jones, believes that all breast cancer patients should have the necessary resources to navigate the breast cancer journey. Alight provides each newly-diagnosed breast cancer patient with educational materials to help them make important treatment decisions. They also provide emergency assistance funds to patients so that they may focus on their treatment, and they hold educational programs which are designed to empower patients with knowledge. Additionally, Alight provides certified onsite survivor mentors. These women are there to help patients navigate the journey with the experience of a survivor, offering information about the cancer center support programs and community resources. Alight is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. For further info visit (

For further info call Kathy O’Brien at 336/707-7476 or e-mail to (

Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, NC, Goes Through Re-Branding Process

July 8, 2013


The Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, NC, announced the re-branding of the entire organization under the name of Greenhill. As part of the re-branding, a new logo and new website have both been launched as well. Capitalizing upon an opportunity to streamline the institution, the new name, logo, and website better position Greenhill for cohesion within the different areas of the organization.

To create the new identity, a Brand Name Identity Task Force was gathered from board members, current staff, supporters of Greenhill, and program officers from other arts organizations. The committee consisted of:

Gibby Waitzkin, Board Member, Task Force Chair
John Beerman, Artist, Board Member
Ginger Booker, Founding member
Beth Boulton, supporter, Boulton Creative
Edie Carpenter, Director, Curatorial & Artistic Programs
Laura Way, Executive Director
Bill Crowder, Former Board President
Lauren Gordon, Marketing & Design Guru
Morgan Horner, Long-time supporter
Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Officer, Visual Arts, NCAC

The committee conducted a survey to learn what constituents believed to be most important about describing the organization and about North Carolina artists in general. After a thorough discussion, the Task Force recommended to the Board of Director’s that the name Greenhill be formally adopted. The board approved the change and moved to have Greenhill become the public name of the organization as a DBA for Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.


A new logo was also created to reflect the name change. The taglines “A Space for NC Art,” “The Shop,” and “ArtQuest” are provided beneath the main Greenhill name to highlight program areas and key identity points to create a more uniform brand. Greater flexibility in the logo will also be provided through seasonal color palettes.

The new website ( is being hosted by Photobiz. No longer a Flash-based interface, allows for easier navigation, online purchasing of items in The Shop, online booking of summer camps, and greater accessibility on mobile devices. “At PhotoBiz we love supporting the arts and kids and we love Greenhill,” said Lauren Marx, PhotoBiz Chief Operating Officer. “We are so honored to get to work with their team on their website.”

Commenting on the re-brand, Greenhill Executive Director Laura Way stated, “From the beginning of my tenure at Greenhill, I knew our brand needed attention. Over the last year we have made tremendous strides forward. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a lot of work, creativity, and positive energy. I could not be more proud or pleased with our outcome.”

Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC, Launches Social Media Fundraising Campaign

January 31, 2013


Today, Green Hill Center for NC Art, in Greensboro, NC, launched I Heart NC Art, a social media campaign to raise awareness and funding to support working North Carolina artists, as well as support the next generation in North Carolina. Green Hill Center for NC Art has set a goal to reach $31,250 before March 15, 2013.


The campaign name I Heart NC Art is titled to create a focus around North Carolina Artists. Since its founding in 1974, Green Hill Center has presented and sold artwork of over 9,700 visual artists and engaged nearly 1 million visitors through free access to The Gallery, ArtQuest, and The Shop. Green Hill Center connects people to art through open, accessible, and personal experiences. With North Carolina at the center, Green Hill Center produces original exhibitions, invest in North Carolina artists and educate people of all ages.

“In today’s economic climate, non-profits must be astute in figuring out how to explore new ideas without creating a financial burden on the organization. Green Hill Center’s supporters are varied and loyal but we must reach out to new supporters and friends, and using social media as a tool to accomplish this is essential,” said Laura Way, Executive Director of Green Hill Center for NC Art, “Today, our Center must raise funds to support ArtQuest, the exhibition program and general operations—we start each year from dollar zero; we need the support of many to achieve all that we do each year. We steward every dollar wisely, and make careful and deliberate decisions on where to allocate our resources. The funds from I Heart NC Art will be used to support the programs our community values, and will help us remain a healthy, sustainable organization this year, and the next 38.”

“Green Hill Center has been around for 38 years, and after 38 years we know what the community values in our programs through its participation and support. This campaign is a means to help support those programs that our community has indicated are valuable to them.  This is not just the Greensboro community, but the community of artists across the state.  The funds raised will be unrestricted funds to help support our exhibitions, ArtQuest and our general exhibitions.”

Donors who give to the “I Heart NC Art” campaign receive online recognition for their gift. Supporters and advocates are asked to use #IHeartNCArt on twitter and “Like” on Facebook to help amplify the message. The following are tools to share or send to friends, family and colleagues.

For more information visit (

NC Entrepreneurship Center in Greensboro, NC, Gears Up for Fourth Annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference – Feb. 9, 2013

January 4, 2013

UNC-G is gearing up for its fourth annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference, which helps artists learn how to make a living from their passion.

The event, hosted by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center and the university’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, will feature artists and other speakers sharing how to develop successful ventures. The conference drew more than 350 attendees last year, comprised of emerging and mid-career artists and students.

“The conference is intended to assist artists in going from survival to success with hands-on tools they can implement the next day,” said Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, conference co-chair and founder. “This is about having artists work full time on their art and not have to supplement with outside employment.”

The conference in Elliott University Center will feature a full day of entrepreneurial training by experts across the visual, performing and literary arts. The theme for the 2013 conference is “Connect, Collaborate, Create,” with topics including “Artists and Community Engagement: New Thinking Yields New Options,” “Music Without Borders: Building a Career Though Unconventional Collaborations,” “Out of the Office – Leaving the Corporate World,” “How to Be a Profitable Artist” and “My Dream on the Giant Screen.”

The opening speaker will be Roy Underhill, host of PBS’ “The Woodwright’s Shop” and founder of The Woodwright’s School. The lunch keynote will be Dennis Quaintance, CEO and chief design officer of Quaintance-Weaver Hotels and Restaurants. Other speakers include Harvey Robinson from Monkeywhale Productions; singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett; sculptor Ken Thompson; writing and publishing couple Deb and David White; and Doug Borwick, author of the new book “Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the US.”

The conference will be preceded by the popular “Iron Pour” at sculptor Jim Gallucci’s studios on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

The cost of the conference, which includes all sessions, meals and a reception, is $60 for the general public and $40 for students. A limited number of stipends for UNCG students are available (visit for scholarship forms). The Iron Pour is $15, followed by a $10 reception at the studio.

Key sponsors for the event include North Central College, The Coleman Foundation, UNCG’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, AT&T, American Express, PostcardMania, UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

For more information and to register, visit (


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