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Arts & Culture Alliance hosts professional development seminars for artist, creatives

The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting a series of professional development seminars for artists and other creative people at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. The public is invited to attend these seminars, which include:

Tuesday, September 26, 5:30-6:30 pm: Teaching Workshops: Behind the Scenes, In Front of the Blackboard with Nick DeFord Teaching short one-day, one-week, or ongoing community workshops is always a great way for an artist, writer, or other creative professional to earn some extra income, and unlike full-time teaching K-12 or at a university, there are no necessary qualifications other than the will to teach. However, many creatives are hesitant to step outside the studio and jump to the front of the classroom. This seminar will discuss what kinds of teaching opportunities are out there, how best to approach an organization to propose a workshop, and then, finally, how to prepare to teach groups of any age. Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Thursday, October 19, 5:30-6:30 pm: Dream - Believe - Create with John Barclay Why Dream – Believe – Create? There was a time when I felt I could not create anything. My self-talk was, I am not a creative person, I’m not smart enough, I can’t do this. After seeing images projected at the first workshop I took, I dreamed of becoming a good photographer. Primarily with the help of well-known accomplished photographers Tony Sweet, Nancy Rotenberg and later Dan Sniffin, I was able to chip away at the negative self-talk and believe that I could create worthwhile images. I believe that everyone has dreams and can achieve their dreams if they would just believe they can. I also know that when you truly believe, you will be liberated to be able to create. Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Tuesday, October 24, 5:30-6:30 pm: Packing & Shipping Artwork with Mike C. Berry Mike C. Berry, artist and gallery manager of the University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery, will discuss how to properly package artwork for shipment. He will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using various shipping companies. Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Tuesday, November 7, 5:30-6:30 pm: Printing Digital Images with Jeff Wischkaemper Digital photography has fundamentally altered the way most photographers interact with their images, particularly the process of printing photographs. When shooting film, the printed image was often the only interaction a photographer had with their work, and photographers typically received a print of every image. Today, printing images is reserved for “special” occasions, typically when a particular image is desired for display, whether on a refrigerator or in a gallery. When printing images, photographers – both beginners and professionals alike – are often disappointed, expecting the final product to faithfully resemble the image on their screen. This presentation explores common areas where the transition from digital image to printed photograph can go wrong. Topics will include basic overviews of color spaces and color management, monitor calibration, and tips for printing images with online labs. Additionally, the presentation will feature side-by-side prints from multiple labs (both local and online) that participants can interact with. Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Tuesday, December 19, 5:30-6:30 pm: Photographing Art for Social Media & Web with Shawn Poynter Shawn will talk about basic photo techniques artists can use to get good pictures of their art and the best practices of showing it on the web. Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Tuesday, January 16, 5:30-6:30 pm: Writing with PTSD with Jeb Herrin We often think of PTSD as a single defining characteristic, but it’s important to remember that PTSD is a smaller piece of a much larger whole. During this seminar, we’ll be looking at PTSD through art therapy, as well as learning how to accurately express characters who have PTSD. Artists working in any genre are invited to attend! Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-7:00 pm: Breaking Silences with Marilyn Kallet “Breaking Silences” means pushing past obstacles to get our best writing done. Writers can fall silent for many reasons, some of which date back to childhood, some are more mechanical (i.e. too much else to do in a day). Our workshop will encourage writers to begin or continue composing work that each of us really wants to explore. This workshop will help us defy the censor and other obstacles, in order to return to our own voices. Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Tuesday, March 13, 5:30-7:00 pm: Crafting an Artist Statement with Kelly Hider A successful artist statement should both give guidance to the viewer, and leave room for contemplation – it is better not give everything away! This evening workshop will go over key components of a successful artist statement, brainstorming and writing techniques, examples of successful artist statements, as well as individual feedback about your statement. Kelly welcomes any type of artist who seeks help writing about their work or practice. This workshop is limited to 15 participants to ensure individual attention. A preliminary writing assignment will be given a few weeks prior to the workshop. Fee: $10 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $16 non-members

Wednesday, April 4, 5:30 pm: Parkinson's Disease & Creativity with David Denton and Dr. Michele Brewer In conjunction with an exhibition of the art of individuals who have experienced a surge in creativity related to Parkinson’s Disease with a presentation by Architect David Denton who has experienced this phenomenon and his explorations creating art in the Virtual World. Exhibition on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Emporium, April 6-27, 2018. In the last few years, research has determined definitively that people with Parkinson’s Disease score higher on creativity tests than the general public. Furthermore research has shown that many individuals with this disease have initiated creative pursuits and discovered creative talent not experienced before. Apparently, intense creative activity significantly reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in these individuals and does become an essential part of their coping with this disease. This exhibition highlights some individuals who have experienced this phenomenon. David Denton, who has Parkinson’s Disease, will speak about this phenomenon and how it has affected his life and his art. He has been creating art in the Virtual World for about ten years. As an architect he also uses the Virtual World for designing and presentations. He will discuss the benefits and shortcomings of creating in the Virtual World. Interactive Virtual Reality demonstrations will be available following the presentation. Free to attend.

Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-6:30 pm: Crowdfunding Creative Projects with Dale Mackey Dale Mackey will discuss strategies and platforms for artists interesting in using crowdfunding to fund creative projects. Fee: $5 for Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8 non-members

Advance registration is requested for the seminars. For more information and to register, please call (865) 523-7543 or visit The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For driving or parking information, please visit

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

Published September 26, 2017

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