MidWeek Updates: Art World Conference 2019


Happy Wednesday everyone! Received this one on short notice, but I hope for those interested you may still be able to attend. The Art World Conference 2019 is coming, April 25-27, 2019. Here are the details…

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Welcome to ART WORLD CONFERENCE, a new, annual professional development experience bringing together ARTISTS and ARTS PROFESSIONALS at all stages in their careers. All confirmed conference Presenters are listed below!

Registration includes a Welcome Party on Thursday, April 25 (6pm – 9pm) at New York Academy of Art (111 Franklin Street, NYC) and entry into two full days of programming, April 26 – 27 at New York Law School (185 West Broadway, NYC).

Art World Conference is a business and financial literacy conference that includes panel discussions, conversations, and in-depth workshops addressing many of the opportunities and challenges faced by visual artists and arts professionals who work closely with artists.Topics range from sales, marketing, grants, taxes, managing debt, and investing to managing public projects, new technologies, and growing and sustaining community. The emphasis of all programming is on personal development and empowerment.

We look forward to seeing you at our inaugural conference, to take place April 25 – 27, 2019, in New York City.

Art World Conference is organized by Dexter Wimberly, entrepreneur and independent curator, and Heather Bhandari, co-author of the leading professional development guide for artists, Art/Work. We believe organization, financial literacy, and professionalism are crucial components of an artist’s studio practice. Business skills and sustainable income streams create opportunities and resources for the implementation of creative, ambitious ideas. Our goal is to provide a platform where artists learn tangible skills, are directed to relevant resources, explore options for sustainability at all stages in their careers, and feel the support of the community.

Art World Conference is sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Kickstarter, 21c Museum Hotels, Hyperallergic, The Creative Independent, Spring Place, and ArtTable. Art World Conference is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

For more information, including Presenter bios and Schedule, please visit


Yona Backer, Producer, Curator, Founder of Third Streaming

Danny Baez, Cultural Facilitator and Founder/Director of MECA art fair

Hannah Cole, Artist, Enrolled Agent and Founder of Sunlight Tax

Courtney Colman, Art Advisor & Curator

Kris Collins, Managing Director – Cultural MGAC

Karen DeTemple, Co-Founder, The Art of Change

Susan (Suzy) Delvalle, President & Executive Director of Creative Capital

Jai Jai Fei, Director of Digital, Jewish Museum

Brendan Fernandes, Artist & Choreographer

Trish Gianakis, Adjunct Professor, Artist, Creative Director

Deana Haggag, President/CEO of United States Artists (Keynote Speaker)

Jeanne Hardy, President/Founder Creative Business, Inc

Patton Hindle, Senior Director of Arts, Kickstarter

Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of the Laundromat Project

Paddy Johnson, Founder of Art F City & Freelance Art Writer

Paul Ramirez Jonas, Artist

Jae Joseph, Media Strategist

Jennie Lamensdorf, Director & Curator of Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings

Jessica Lee, Attorney at Loeb & Loeb

Melissa Levin, VP of Artists, Estates & Foundations, Artist Agency, Partners

Sharon Louden, Artist, Educator, Advocate, Editor

Anibal Luque, Managing Attorney at Luque PLLC

Kristin O’Keefe Merrick, Financial Advisor

Maria Elena Murguia, Licensing Executive/Marketing Manager, Artists Rights Society

Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Artist & Artist Programs Manager, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Hilary Nève, Head of Cultural Initiatives, Google, Inc.

Deborah Obalil, President & Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)

Amani Olu, CEO of Olu & Company and IMG SRVR, and Founding Director of Detroit Art Week

Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit & Co-Founder of ARTNOIR

Alex Paik, Artist, Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Nicole Polletta, Co-Founder, The Art of Change

Ben Fino-Radin, Founder, Small Data Industries

Sara Raza, Curator & Writer

Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass

Esther Robinson, Co-Executive Director, ArtBuilt

Antwaun Sargent, Writer & Critic

Steven Sergiovanni, Art Advisor and Educator

Julie Solovyeva, Director of Cultural Programming, Neuehouse

Anisha Steephen, Director of Real Estate, Spadeworks

Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director & Chief Curator, 21c

Shannon R. Stratton, Artist – Curator, Writer, Host, & Artist Advocate

Kay Takeda, Senior Director of Artist Programs, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Mickalene Thomas, Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Curator

Zefrey Throwell, Artist and Activist

Hrag Vartanian, Editor-In-Chief & Co-Founder, Hyperallergic

Tiana Webb Evans, Arts Marketing, Communications Expert, Founder of ESP PR

Risë Wilson, Arts Management Consultant

Amy Whitaker, Author & Faculty Member, NYU

Caroline Woolard, Artist & Assistant Professor, Hartford Art School/Founder, BFAMFAPHD


*Please note, presenters and conference schedule are subject to change.

Art World Conference tickets are non-refundable. However, if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend, your ticket is transferable. Simply alert conference staff before April 24, 2019, of your replacement’s name before they arrive to sign in.

For a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit

Click on the link above for information, questions, or anything else needed. 


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