Art Conversations

In cooperation with our cultural partners, stARTup Art Fair is pleased to present Art Conversations. Join us for a series of discussions about topical issues in the contemporary art moment. All Art Conversations take place in Room 122

Saturday, January 28

1pm: The Power of Saying No: Artists as the Driver of Their Own Careers

To succeed in the arts is to make your own path. To make a mark, you must stand apart. Successful artists learn that saying no to less-inspiring offers frees up time to accept opportunities they do want. Join Creative Agent and ArtSpan Executive Director, Joen Madonna, as she inquires into the success stories of artists Audrey HellerRobin Denevan, and her husband, artist and author, Paul Madonna, all of whom have made their own careers by welding the power of saying no.


2:30pm: Torrance Art Museum: Approaching Museums

Moderated by Max Presneill (Director and Head Curator) and Maurizzio Pineda (Assistant Curator) of the Torrance Art Museum. An intimate, informal and supportive Q&A session for artists. They will answer your questions about working with small contemporary art museums, how to approach them, realistic expectations, do’s and don’ts and any other relevant questions as best and as honestly as we can, in an open forum. Artists should come with a list of subjects they wish to address and be prepared for some brutal truths as well as some genuine help in getting closer to their goals.


4:pm: Rhizomatic Arts: The Hybrid Practice: Art & Entrepreneurship

Moderated by Allison Wyper, panelists included Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR and Stephanie Diamond of the Listings Project. Kio Griffith, independent curator / artist / writer. How do artists support their practices? This discussion will look at the independent artist-entrepreneur, how and why to start a business to support one’s art. The panelists will discuss different shapes artistic careers might take, and how one leverages their skills as artists to make an impact or fill a need outside the studio.


5:30pm: How to get a Gallery’s Attention without Being Obnoxious Or, How to be the Best Horse in the Stable

Artist Ann Weber moderates this discussion about the Do’s and Dont’s of attracting the attention of art dealers. Panelsts include Kate McNamara, Curator Ben Matlz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design; Asha Bukojemsky, Associate, Samuel Freeman Gallery; Ron Linden, Artist, Educator, Owner, TransVagrant Gallery; Jeannie Denholm, Prinicpal, Scape Gallery.