It’s a Wrap! The 2018 MVS Master Class

Last month I hosted my annual MVS Master Class here in Tucson, Arizona.  Many people applied for admission, but only sixteen talented artists were selected for this advanced course delving into making and marketing art.  It was a fantastic week of learning, sharing, and establishing new friendships.  In addition to my core lectures:

  • We gained a wealth of professional practice expertise and viewed rare albums, portfolios and books (and artist’s dummies) during special visits with six different departments at the Center for Creative Photography.
  • We learned about the artist/curator relationship with three separate curators: Trudy Wilner Stack, independent curator; Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator, CCP; and Julie Sasse, Chief Curator Tucson Museum of Art.
  • Terry Etherton shared the history of his gallery and the collecting market, the impact of the international art fairs, protocol when introducing yourself and your work to a gallery, and much much more.
  • Book artist Philip Zimmermann and photographer Susan Burnstine each shared insights into their creative practice and presenting their work in book form.
  • Visual artist Susan kae Grant provided guidance on producing and managing your work in a traveling exhibition.
  • Photographer and photo editor Joan Liftin provided valuable insights into the process of editing your work for a book.
  • On our final day, the roots of making work was underscored by artist Lisa M. Robinson and artists/educators Jim Hajicek and Carol Panaro-Smith.

And special thanks to all presenters and additional community colleagues who joined our group for an informal portfolio sharing: Andy Burgess, Dark Spring Press; Andrew Kensett, CCP; and Daphne Srinivasan, Etherton Gallery.

It’s (almost) never too early to apply for next year’s Master Class happening January 2019 in Tucson!  Details will be posted soon here.

Images are © Kathleen Dreier, Rick Kopstein, Lisa Nebenzahl, and Mary Virginia Swanson.

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