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Resolve To Make A Living With Art

Artist Academy @ Hygienic in New London's second season of business workshops for artists begins January 14 with Jackie Battenfield, author of The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love.

Jackie Battenfield kicks off the second session of Artist Academy @ Hygienic
Jackie Battenfield kicks off the second session of Artist Academy @ Hygienic

A Press Release from Hygienic Art

Artist Academy @ Hygienic, a series of eight workshops available to artists on business and entrepreneurial skills, has returned for the 2014 season and is launching its second session featuring three new workshops beginning on January 14, 2014. 

Jackie Battenfield will direct the first workshop of 2014 titled New Year’s Resolution. During this workshop artists will learn what materials are needed to create a comprehensive press package and how to approach galleries. Battenfield will also be visiting Monte Cristo Book Shop before the workshop at Hygienic Art to host a book signing event open to the general public.

Jackie Battenfield is an important figure in the arts industry as she is a professional artist that has become quite successful in both her body of artwork and also with non-profit formation. Having Battenfield visit New London will be an essential and helpful experience for the entire artist community. By incorporating the book-signing event Artist Academy @ Hygienic hopes to reach the widest possible audience for this experience. 

The book signing will take place at Monte Cristo Book Shop located at 38 Green Street, New London on January 14, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Jackie is the author of The Artist’s Guide: How To Make A Living Doing What You Love Da Capo Press, 2009. The book is now in its eighth printing.

For over twenty years, Jackie 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. For sixteen years she directed the postgraduate seminars of The Artist in the Marketplace Program (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She currently teaches a professional practice class in the graduate program at Columbia University and nationally for the PDP program at Creative Capital Foundation. Through these programs she has mentored over three thousand artists.

She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award (1991), the Warren Tanner Award (1996), the David Alfaro Siqueiros Award (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2010) and a U.S. Fulbright in their Specialist Program (2011). Her work is represented in more than 500 collections worldwide including the New York Public Library, NY; The Zimmerli Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, NJ; Palmer Museum, University Park, PA; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA; University Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; the Progressive Corporation, and the United States Embassy Collections, Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Jamaica, and Peru.

Artists looking for more information on the current programs and our many future workshops can contact project coordinator Jess Brey at the Hygienic Gallery or by emailing her at hygacademy@gmail.com.

Funding for the program was made available by Citizens Bank and WTNH News 8 when they named Hygienic Art, Inc. as the second 2013 Champion in Action® in the category of arts and culture. “The launch of the Artist Academy is an tremendous example of how the Champions in Action program can help a nonprofit organization grow its community impact and bring innovative ideas to life,” said Lisa Maass, SVP, Corporate Banking, Citizens Bank, Connecticut.  “Hygienic Art has found a creative way to empower local artists with the training they need to become successful small business owners.”

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