College of Fine Arts and OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship launch OHIO’s first summit to tackle the intersection of art + entrepreneurship

Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts and the Center for Entrepreneurship have collaborated to host the first-ever OHIO ARTrepreneurship Summit: Where Art + Business Converge (OAS) on January 26.

This will be the first gathering at Ohio University to unpack how art and entrepreneurship intersect and to open up about their career successes and practices as arts entrepreneurs and collaborations with other arts entrepreneurs through panel and story sharing. their network.

The summit is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at OHIO and OHIO faculty and staff. OAS takes place on Thursday, January 26 from 9am to 5pm with two keynote addresses in concurrent panels taking place in the Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium and Galbraith Chapel. A reception and networking event will be held in the Memorial Auditorium at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. Registration is required and can be accessed on this website.

“Together with the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship, the College of Fine Arts is excited to create an environment where student artists meet and learn from established, professional art practitioners who have used entrepreneurial thinking and tools to support themselves and serve their communities. The arts,” said Matthew Shaftel, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

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The idea to produce the summit was born out of a need for a more formal job fair for student artists, said OAS co-chair, director of the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship and OHIO alum Paul Benedict, a 1996 graduate who earned a degree in political science. from Honors Tutorial College.

“The summit will foster an environment where student artists can envision themselves as successful artist-entrepreneurs,” Benedict said. “The OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship is thrilled to collaborate with the College of Fine Arts to produce this unique opportunity for the OHIO community.”

Sharon Louden
Sharon Louden. Photo courtesy of Sharon Louden

The OAS program includes two keynote addresses and master classes for College of Fine Arts students by two nationally renowned art entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker is Sharon Louden, a Brooklyn-based artist, arts advocate/administrator/catalyst, and author of “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists” (2013, Intellect Books) and “The Artist as Culture Producer: are Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” (2017, Intellect Books) Two books in a trilogy that includes the upcoming title, “Last Artist Standing: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” slated for publication in 2023. There are 40 in each book of the trilogy. Working artists are sharing how they maintain their creative lives over time.

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The second keynote speaker is David Cutler, Arts Leadership, Careers, and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Professor/Leading Voice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. Cutler is a jazz and classical musician and pianist and the author of the book and website, “The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Surviving, and Making a Difference” platforms that advocate the idea that the essence of the Savvy Musician is encapsulated in the term. Includes artists who seek “balance” and “balance in everything they pursue.”

David Cutler
David Cutler. Photo by Scott Alan Purdue. Photo courtesy of David Cutler

The OAS consists of six panels featuring prominent artist entrepreneurs, some of whom are alumni of the OHIO College of Fine Arts who come from a wide range of practices. Each will speak on a robust program of topics ranging from “Grant Writing for a Creative Life” to “Selling Yourself (Without Selling Out)” by OHIO students and the OAS Steering Committee. The summit also includes breakout, mini-interactive workshops on the convergence of art and entrepreneurship led by Benedict and OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship staff.

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Visit this website to register. Registration will be open until January 20, 2023. Follow the College of Fine Arts on Facebook and Instagram and the OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship for updates on Safe Panels for OAS and more.

For more information, contact:

  • Paul Benedict, OAS Co-Chair, Professor of Instruction and Director, OHIO Center for Entrepreneurship, [email protected]
  • Christopher Fisher, OAS Co-President, Professor of Piano and Co-Chair of the Keyboard Division College of Fine Arts School of Music, [email protected]
  • Kelee Riesbeck, OAS Co-Chair, Executive Director, Arts Partnerships and Programs, College of Fine Arts, [email protected]


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