Business of the Creative Panel Discussion

We are artists, full of passion for our work, but needing guidance and examples of how to channel that passion into viable professional pathways. At LIU Post Art we are connecting young artists to mentors who have navigated the path to self-supporting creative careers. The Business of the Creative Speaker Panel March 20, 2019 features: 

Karen Fitzgerald has been a professional visual artist all of her adult life. Her work is easily found. Her single regret is to not have studied the world of business when she was younger. (Resources provided by Karen Fitzgerald are available here: ReadingResourcesArtIndustryMarch2019[2])

Susan Boxer Kappel, is an artist and clinical art psychotherapist. She has a private practice and is a clinical supervisor at Hofstra University’s Counseling Mental Health Professions Clinic.  She is the 50th Anniversary conference chair for the for the American Art Therapy Association and the former president of the New York Art Therapy Association. She has worked with a variety of populations, created the community after tragedy art therapy resilience initiative and given lectures across the nation on various topics in Art Therapy.

Louise P. Sloane, represented by Spannerman Modern, Amy Simon Fine Art, and and Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Louise P. Sloane has been exhibiting her minimalist abstract color paintings nationally since 1991. Her career encompasses brick and mortar gallery representation to the increasingly important forum of art fairs. 

Don’t Be late!

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • 12:30-1:45 PM
  • Gold Coast Cinema, Hillwood Commons, LIU Post.

The #liupostfoundation hashtag & MOMA Visit 2/3/17

On Friday February 3rd 2017 LIU Post Art Foundation students will use Instagram to learn, record, discover and react at MOMA

We created the collective hashtag #liupostfoundation for the visit to make our process live and in real-time while exploring specific aspects of the museum. The hashtag creates a unique feed that allows for us to be transparent while learning and also retaining an archivable aspect for reference and later use.

Follow our foundation instagram hashtag #liupostfoundation to follow the discoveries and discussions.

You can also follow @liupostart on instagram here.

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Click the image above to join in.

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Foundation Students Use Digital Technology to Study Space

Students in Studio Foundation use 3D Modeling and 3D Printing to explore light, form and scale.  They learned 3D modeling to create forms that juxtapose mass and volume that were printed on a small scale.  That form was then “sliced” digitally and output to shapes that were cut and assembled by hand and compared with the small scale version to study light and the impact of a shift in scale scale on form These investigations are extensions of studies of light, space, and form in paper. 

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Artist-Entrepreneur Liz Lopez Speaks

Artist-Entrepreneur and alumna, Elizabeth Lopez speaks about her business, White Pear Photography.

Artist-Entrepreneur and alumna, Elizabeth Lopez speaks about her business, White Pear Photography.

Elizabeth Lopez, LIU Post Alum, photographer and owner of White Pear Photography Studios, Inc., will speak Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in the Artist-Entrepreneurs speaker series sponsored by the Art Department Studio Foundation Program in the LIU Post College of Arts, Communications and Design.  The event, to be held 12:30-1:30 PM in Sculpture Building, Studio A, is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Lopez opened her S-Corp photography business soon after graduating in 2008 from LIU Post with a BFA in Photography. Then she photographed one of Prof. Joan Power’s neighbors as her first wedding job and then another friend’s next-door neighbor’s wedding. Word of mouth referrals were key in growing her business. While she hasn’t had a specific mentor, she credits Prof. Joan Powers as “an amazing inspiration who taught me a lot” while at Post.

Like many entrepreneurs Lopez juggled a number of smaller lines of work at the outset. She did portrait photography early on, but slowly cut back to focus on weddings. She had also been a florist since age 14 and continued to do wedding flowers, incorporated as “Boos Florist” while growing her wedding photography business. But as of January 2016 she will be leaving the florist business saying, “White Pear has become so successful I am just too overwhelmed with both!”

Lopez says it took word of mouth, will power, and hard work to get her to where she is today. When asked what advice she would give to an artist/photographer starting out she replied with a laugh, “That’s going to be my hour lecture!” So you will just have to attend on December 9th to get advice from an alum with real world experience and entrepreneurial success!

Class-with-Martynka

On Tuesday 11/24/15 artist Martynka Wawrzyniak came to LIU Post’s MFA & MA graduate thesis class to present her work and lead a critique on student work. Martynka gave a great time-line based presentation about her work both past and present. She presented her work directly from her website. (There is a lot to discover there so please further investigate when you can)

 Students presented a piece of their current work to the class and gained insight and advice from Martynka.

Students have been asked to leave their reactions in the comments section on our class blog. They have been asked:

What did you think of Martynka’s work?

Do you have a favorite piece or project?

Do you resonate with her ideas? If so, how?

How do her initial ideas play a role in how her works will be presented and displayed?

You can follow the thread of comments on the class blog here – https://goo.gl/u643Ii

Artist-Entrepreneur Rob Zeller Speaks

Realist Painter and the Teaching Studios Director, Rob Zeller speaks on artist-entrepreneurship November 16, 2015 in the  LIU Post Art Department Studio Foundation Program speaker series.

Realist Painter and the Teaching Studios Director, Rob Zeller speaks on artist-entrepreneurship November 16, 2015 in the LIU Post Art Department Studio Foundation Program speaker series.

Rob Zeller, artist and Director of the Teaching Studios of Art is set to speak Monday, November 16, 2015, in the Artist-Entrepreneurs speaker series sponsored by the Art Department Studio Foundation Program in the LIU Post College of Arts, Communications and Design.  The event, to be held 12:30-1:30 PM in Sculpture Building, Studio A, is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Zeller founded the Teaching Studios of Art (Oyster Bay and Brooklyn) in January 2009 to teach students to paint from life using Renaissance techniques.  A diverse set of realist teachers set the school apart from traditional ateliers.  As Zeller explained in a 2014 feature article in Professional Artist Magazine, “[The instructional philosophy] …follows a model set by jazz teachers in New York City.  In the 1950 and 60’s, music studios would be rented for lessons with different musicians holding court. All of the instructors were excellent, but because the maestros were constantly changing, there was no philosophy of, ‘my way or the highway.'”  Zeller has learned to balance the demands of running a teaching studio while continuing to develop his own art.  He is expanding his reach by writing a book about the figure due out in Fall 2016 from Monacelli Press.

Hailing from New Orleans, Zeller received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.  He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, has had two solo shows in New York.

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Don’t miss our last Artist-Entrepreneur to speak this semester:

ELIZABETH LOPEZ

Owner & Photographer, White Pear Photography Studios, Inc.

LIU Post Art Photo Alumna

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 12:30-1:30 PM, Sculpture Building Studio A

For more information, please call the Art Department: (516)299-2464.

Artist-Entrepreneur Philip Jordan Speaks

Artist-Entrepreneur, Philip Jordan, restores the Finnegan's mural, Huntington, NY, He painted in 1978, in honor of the business' centennial.

Artist-Entrepreneur, Philip Jordan, restores the Finnegan’s mural, Huntington, NY, He painted in 1978, in honor of the business’ centennial.

Philip Jordan, Trompe L’oeil Muralist, Theatrical Scene Painter, and owner of Jordan Mural Design, Inc. is set to speak Wednesday, November 4, 2015, in the Artist-Entrepreneurs speaker series sponsored by the Art Department Studio Foundation Program in the LIU Post College of Arts, Communications and Design.  The event, to be held 12:30-1:30 PM in Sculpture Building, Studio A, is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Jordan started creating murals straight out of art school 35 years ago and hasn’t stopped since.  High-end homes, restaurants and businesses throughout the New York region have been the setting for his custom designs and finishes.  Jordan expanded into large scale theatrical set painting and now has so many miles beneath his brush he paints with the ease and confidence that only comes from years of experience.

In talking with the artist, his business acumen becomes apparent.  From setting up his first gig–the well-known Finnegan’s mural, in Huntington, NY, –to visiting with clients who, in turn, make referrals, Jordan has cultivated a thriving business as a muralist.

Two more Artist-Entrepreneurs will speak this semester:

ROB ZELLER

Director, the Teaching Studios of Art, Oyster Bay and Brooklyn,

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:30-1:30 PM, Sculpture Building Studio A

ELIZABETH LOPEZ

Owner & Photographer, White Pear Photography Studios, Inc.

LIU Post Art Photo Alumna

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 12:30-1:30 PM, Sculpture Building Studio A

For more information, please call the Art Department: (516)299-2464.