Successful Collaborative Event at Burlington’s City Hall

Panel discussion for artists at Burlington's City Hall

On Monday March 14th, several hundred area artists enjoyed a full day of presentations and panel discussions regarding the notion of the artist as business person. The presenting organizations: SEABA, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and Burlington City Arts (BCA), look forward to scheduling similar events in support of our creative constituencies, in a variety of disciplines.

The four panel discussions were as follows:

From the Curator’s Perspective;

Curators and directors from a few of the area’s top galleries and museums spoke on what you need to know when presenting your art for potential exhibit. One main tip was to be professional in all areas, from submitting quality images of your work to how you put yourself forward in all correspondence. It was encouraged that artist’s do their homework and know what the respective gallery or museum is looking for.

Speakers Included: Stephan Jost, Aimee Marcereau De Galan, Amy Rahn, moderated by Chris Thompson

Artist’s Opportunities;

Established artist, Sabra Field, and two professionals within the arts community spoke on the process of breaking into the arts as a career and the opportunities presented by local organizations. Burlington City Arts and the Vermont Studio Center have many programs in which artists may submit work for public display or join in artist residencies.

Speakers Included: Sabra Field, Kathy Black, Sara Katz, moderated by Doreen Kraft

A nearly full house joined us for the day long event.

To Market;

Well known Vermont artists, a gallery director, and an art collector spoke on breaking into the art world and achieving commercial success. Topics included presenting quality work, how to price your pieces, and knowing your market.

Speakers Included: Katherine Monstream, Woody Jackson, Rob Hunter, Mark Waskow, moderated by Roy Feldman

Funding and Technical Assistance;

Members of financial and arts related foundations in Vermont shared their understanding about grants and funding opportunities. Panelists suggested that you keep your grant writing short and to the point, including high quality images where appropriate.

Speakers Included: Alex Aldrich, Peter Espenshade, Ed Antczak, moderated by John Killacky

SEABA Benefit at Leunig’s Bistro

Enjoy Sunday brunch or dinner at Leunig’s Bistro, and help support SEABA. The day will include a live art event, beginning at 5pm, featuring Alex Dostie and Kristen L’Esperance producing a canvas to be sold that evening. A dinner for two will also be raffled off.

Please join members of our staff and board of directors for a day in celebration of Burlington’s South End.

Visual Artist as Entrepreneur Event

Artist as Entrepreneur

Burlington City Arts, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and The South End Arts & Business Association present:

Visual Artist as Entrepreneur – A day-long meet-up for VT artists

March 14th, Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall
149 Church Street, Burlington


This event is the first in a series of conversations around the business of the arts. Join us as
we gather artists, professionals, and art organizations to highlight issues and share
information with the goal of moving the local creative economy forward. Through engaging
presentations, this retreat will examine the realities of achieving commercial success in the

CLICK HERE to register in advance by March 7th to reserve your space at the event.

If you have questions, please contact Kerri Macon at 802.865.7551 or email


9:00 – 10:30 am
: From the Curator’s Perspective

A candid behind-the-scenes discussion of curator’s motivations, expectations and how they
select the artists they exhibit.

Stephan Jost – Director, Shelburne Museum
Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Ph.D. – Curator, UVM’s Fleming Museum of Art
Amy Rahn – Curator, West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe
Moderated by Chris Thompson – Curator, BCA Center

10:45 – 12:15 pm: Artist’s Opportunities

Expanding the horizon of arts sales- exploring commissions, reproduction, residencies and

Sabra Field– Printmaker
Kathy Black– Program Director, Vermont Studio Center
Sara Katz– Assistant Director, Burlington City Arts
Moderated by Doreen Kraft – Executive Director, Burlington City Arts

12:15 – 1:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00pm: To Market

Bridging the gap between the process of art creation and commercial success. How does one
exist as artist and entrepreneur?

Katharine Montstream– Visual Artist, Montstream Studios
Woody Jackson– Visual Artist
Mark Waskow– Founder/Director, The Waskowmium, Burlington, Vermont
Rob Hunter– Gallery Director, Frog Hollow, VT State Craft Center
Moderated by Roy Feldman– Executive Director, South End Arts + Business Association

3:15 – 4:45 pm: Funding and Technical Assistance

Understand what grants or funding options might be available to artists, and how to make the
most effective applications to be competitive.

Alex Aldrich– Executive Director, VT Arts Council
Peter Espenshade– VP for Philanthropy, VT Community Foundation
Ed Antczak–, Economic Development Specialist at CEDO
Moderated by John R. Killacky– Executive Director, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

5:00 – 7:00pm: Networking Mixer at the BCA Center
Get together and share ideas about the days events next door at the BCA Center.
Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres

SEABA Night at the Ballpark

SEABA Night at a Vermont Lake Monsters Game

Take yourself and your friends out to the ballgame and support SEABA. Purchase your specially discounted tickets ($6 per) on Wednesday  May 18th (one day only)  on the Lake Monsters website, and enjoy the ballgame on June 23rd!