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Making an artist's life work: Everson hosts talk

The Everson Museum will host a talk titled "Making an Artist's Life Work," by artist and author Jackie Battenfield on Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Everson's Hosmer Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public, and will be immediately followed by a book signing.

Battenfield's 90 minute talk will discuss the fundamental skills artists need to develop and sustain a professional life with an overview of Battenfield's widely acclaimed book, "The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love." It will cover tips on how to plan, promote, fund, organize, and build community and includes time to address audience questions.

Battenfield is an artist known for her luminously colored paintings and prints of natural forces. She received an MFA from Syracuse University's VPA (1978). For the last twenty years, she has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award (1991) and the Warren Tanner Award (1996). Jackie founded The Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and worked there from 1981 to 1989 creating a dynamic arts organization. For sixteen years she directed the postgraduate seminars for The Artist in the Marketplace Program (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Currently, she teaches professional practice in the graduate program at Columbia University and for the Creative Capital Foundation. Through these programs she has mentored over three thousand artists. For more information: artistcareerguide.com.

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