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Money can be a sensitive subject for anyone, but especially for artists who commit a significant amount of their time and energy to work that doesn’t always have a foreseeable financial return. And that’s putting it lightly - many artists devote a lifetime and put much of their own money into art projects with little hope of ever breaking even!
“One-Hour Business School for Artists” is a free, public lecture by Amy Whitaker, writer of “Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art”, who will talk about economics from an understandable perspective relevant to art-makers.
Whitaker will cover big-picture economic and finance theory, and some practical applications for use by artists of the supply & demand and time value of money. Whether it’s earning a living with your non-art day job, living off your work full-time, renting studio space, finding fame and fortune, or starting a design firm from the ground up, the economic life of an artist is complex, but not impossible to manage.
Uniquely qualified on the subject with an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London and an MBA from Yale University, Whitaker currently teaches at RISD and California College of the Arts. She has worked in art museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate, and for various artists and hedge funds.
Crosstown Arts, 427 N. Watkins, www.crosstownmemphis.com