Professional Artists Series

Danforth Art Faculty member Michelle Lougee chats with Professional Artist Series guest, 2012

Danforth Art Faculty member Michelle Lougee chats with Professional Artist Series guest, 2012

Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm

Take your art to the next level. Push your career to the top with business tips and tricks from the area’s top art professionals. Learn to sell yourself and your work in these action-packed, how-to sessions. Teachers who take five or more classes can earn Professional Development Points (PDPs).


Series 1: Funding Your Business

Mar 13 Grant Writing 101 w/ Lisa Perry-Wood
Mar 20 Crowdfunding: How to Get a Little Help from Your Friends w/ Kate Burgess-MacIntosh, Beth Kantrowitz and Roberta Paul (curator and artist collaborators)
Apr 3 Sales Skills and Strategies for Art Sales w/Anna Koon

Series 2: Planning for the Future

Apr 10 What Should I Charge? Pricing Your Art w/Scott Cipolla
Apr 17 How to Set Up and Sell Online w/Jessica Burko
May 1 SEOs and Google Analytics w/Pat Gildea

May 8 Approaching Galleries w/Dana Salvo, Clark Gallery and Linda Leslie Brown, Kingston Gallery; and Cheryl Clinton and Marie Craig of Fountain Street Fine Art. POSTPONED TO MAY 8.


$50/single class (Members $40)
$120/series of 3 (Members $90)
$210/series of 6, fall or winter (Members $150)
Call 508.620.0937 to purchase multiple classes or the entire series.

Faculty Bios

Jessica BurkoJessica Burko has been a working artist since 1985 and an independent curator and arts marketer since 1997. Her artwork has been in solo and group exhibitions including Danforth Art, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, and Samson Projects Gallery. As a community arts organizer and curator, Jessica has produced more than thirty exhibitions since 2001. In 2007, she founded the artist collective Boston Handmade, which fosters connections between working artrepeneurs, and assists artists in achieving their creative and professional goals.

Scott CipollaScott Cipolla has been working with Boston’s communities of artists for more than fifteen years. Since 2004, she has served as director of Alternate Currents, a platform that brings together contemporary artists from Boston’s diverse neighborhoods and represents them as a whole—encouraging networking and communication. Since receiving her BFA in painting from Boston University, Scott has used her designs on websites, printed materials, and event promotions. She is also a freelance art consultant.

Pat GildeaPat Gildea is chief strategist for Blackthorn Digital Consulting, offering social media strategies for small organizations. For over a decade, she has worked in creative digital strategic marketing, including email, social media, new e-business models/e-commerce delivery, web product management, and customer-centric web designs. In addition, she spent over a dozen years in communications and information design for academic, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors.

Kate Laurel BurgessKate Laurel Burgess MacIntosh’s fifteen years of experience in the arts and cultural field is fueled by her enthusiasm and creativity as an artist.  She is a professional futurist-in-training, working towards her master’s degree in foresight.  She has a master’s degree in museum studies from Harvard University Extension School and a B.A. in fine arts and art history from Montserrat College of Art.  Kate's present work includes facilitating creative mash-ups through her company, Revitalizing Historic Sites. She consults for institutions considering revitalization through new initiatives, social media, unique partnerships, and working with artists. She works with artists, museum professionals, and students on career positioning, personal marketing, and self-branding. 

Anna KoonAnna Koon is not only an exhibiting and working artist, but board member and educator for the Jamaica Plain Arts Council. She has also been a member of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts and Boston Handmade. Through creative coaching, she offers principled guidance and practical assistance to artists and entrepreneurs. Anna has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, plus additional studies at the Atlanta College of Art and the Photography School of France.

Lisa Perry-WoodLisa Perry-Wood is the interim director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts and a principal in Clarity Consulting Partners, Ltd. She has over twenty years in nonprofit management, grantwriting, and fund development. Her client list includes a wide range of small and large nonprofits, government agencies, and public and charter schools. Lisa is the founding principal and past executive director of the Lynn Community Charter School and former executive director of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.

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