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New York Law School

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Welcome to Art World Conference, a new, annual professional development experience bringing together 300 artists and arts professionals at all stages in their careers.

Art World Conference is a business and financial literacy conference that includes panel discussions, conversations, and in-depth workshops addressing many of the opportunities and challenges faced by visual artists and arts professionals who work closely with artists. Topics range from sales, marketing, grants, taxes, managing debt, and investing to managing public projects, new technologies, and growing and sustaining community. The emphasis of all programming is on personal development and empowerment.

We look forward to seeing you at our inaugural conference, to take place April 25 - 27, 2019, in New York City.

Art World Conference is organized by Dexter Wimberly, entrepreneur and independent curator, and Heather Bhandari, co-author of the leading professional development guide for artists, Art/Work. We believe organization, financial literacy, and professionalism are crucial components of an artist’s studio practice. Business skills and sustainable income streams create opportunities and resources for the implementation of creative, ambitious ideas. Our goal is to provide a platform where artists learn tangible skills, are directed to relevant resources, explore options for sustainability at all stages in their careers, and feel the support of community. Art World Conference is sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Kickstarter, The Creative Independent, and Spring Place.

Art World Conference is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Registration includes entry to two full days of programming at New York Law School and an off-site Welcome Party on April 25.

For more information, please visit www.artworldconference.com


Kathryn Acanfora, EA, Accountant

Yona Backer, Producer, Curator, Founder of Third Streaming

Danny Baez, Cultural Facilitator and Founder/Director of MECA art fair

Kris Collins, Managing Director - Cultural MGAC

Susan (Suzy) Delvalle, President & Executive Director of Creative Capital

Brendan Fernandes, Artist & Choreographer

Trish Gianakis, Adjunct Professor, Artist, Creative Director

Deana Haggag, President/CEO of United States Artists (Keynote Speaker)

Jeanne Hardy, President/Founder Creative Business, Inc

Patton Hindle, Director of Arts, Kickstarter

Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of the Laundromat Project

Paddy Johnson, Founder of Art F City & Freelance Art Writer

Jennie Lamensdorf, Director & Curator of Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings

Melissa Levin, VP of Artists, Estates & Foundations, Artist Agency, Partners

Sharon Louden, Artist, Educator, Advocate, Editor

Anibal Luque, Managing Attorney at Luque PLLC

Maria Elena Murguia, Licensing Executive/Marketing Manager, Artists Rights Society

Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Artist & Artist Programs Manager, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Hilary Nève, Head of Cultural Initiatives, Google, Inc.

Deborah Obalil, President & Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)

Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit & Co-Founder of ARTNOIR

Alex Paik, Artist, Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass

Esther Robinson, Co-Executive Director, ArtBuilt

Antwaun Sargent, Writer & Critic

Shannon R. Stratton, William & Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Museum of Arts and Design

Kay Takeda, Senior Director of Artist Programs, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Mickalene Thomas, Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Curator

Hrag Vartanian, Editor-In-Chief & Co-Founder, Hyperallergic

Tiana Webb Evans, Arts Marketing, Communications Expert, Founder of ESP PR

Amy Whitaker, Author & Faculty Member, NYU

Caroline Woolard, Artist & Assistant Professor, Hartford Art School/Founder, BFAMFAPHD


*Please note, presenters and conference schedule are subject to change.

Art World Conference tickets are non-refundable. However, if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend, your ticket is transferable. Simply alert conference staff before April 24, 2019 of your replacement’s name before they arrive to sign in.

For a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.artworldconference.com

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