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Artist Survival Series

by Denis Wogan

Professional Development for Emerging and Established Artists

Upcoming Event:

Portfolio Review

Saturday, December 1, time slots between 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Bring your art portfolio and get three 15 minute one-on-one reviews from the staff. Unique opportunity to receive diverse feedback from several trusted professionals all in one day!

Great chance for professional artists working on a body of work, and for high school students working on a portfolio for college admission. 


  • Once registrations are complete, we will send participants a schedule so that they can sign up for time slots.

  • Please bring 5-8 artworks in any media. We prefer to see actual artwork, but we can also view artwork on laptops/tablets

Meet the Reviewers:

Clara Lieu is an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Partner at ART PROF, a free, online educational platform for visual arts.

Clara's studio practice uses drawing, printmaking, and sculpture as means towards exploring the extremes of human emotion. She has exhibited work at the International Print Center New York, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Currier Museum of Art, and the Davis Museum. Clara has received artist grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Puffin Foundation.

Lauryn Welch started her undergraduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, and finished her BFA in painting and drawing at SUNY Purchase College. In her artwork, she explores how color and pattern are used on the body to express or conceal one’s identity. Her work has been shown across the Northeast, and has been featured in Art New England and New American Paintings.

Casey Roonan is an illustrator and designer whose work includes editorial illustrations for online non-fiction publication Narratively and album covers for Brooklyn music collective Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. He also writes and draws comics, including short stories for the webcomic and risograph print illustration zine Ciambella, which he edits with Michael Karpiel.



Past Events​:

Artist Websites

Saturday, March 10 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Having an effective website is a major part of being a visual artist today.  Despite websites being easier to build on your own with platforms like Wix and Squarespace, creating a clean, easy to navigate artist website is surprisingly difficult with a whole host of challenges. Get practical advice to clean up and reorganize your artist website so it can better serve your needs as an artist.


This event will be a lecture followed by a Q&A session where participants can ask questions, and have their artist website critiqued by RISD Professor Clara Lieu.

How to Photograph Your Artwork

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Learn to photograph your artwork using the equipment that you have available.  Your professional level images are tools for marketing and sharing your artwork.  The event will consist of a presentation, review of an actual setup, and a question and answer period.   The seminar will cover such things as setting up the shooting space, lighting, and the details of you photograph your work.  Copies of the materials presented will be provided to all seminar participants.

Social Media for Artists

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Social Media is an essential component of being a professional today, and yet it is frequently a very confusing landscape which can be overwhelming to understand. Find out which social media platform is best suited to your needs as a visual artist, and learn concrete strategies which will help you use social media effectively. This lecture presents an informed look at the various social media platforms available, and provides practical, straightforward advice for how a visual artist can best harness these platforms to pursue their career goals.


This event will be a lecture followed by a Q&A session where participants can ask questions, and have one of their own social media platforms critiqued by RISD Professor Clara Lieu. 

by Janice Hayes-Cha

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Stereotypes Exhibit by Kevin J Briggs

Register HERE

Tuition: $130 members/$150 nonmembers

Open to all emerging and established artists!

Past programs were supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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