UNMGallup to host Business of Art Bootcamp

Full schedule of events and registration link below.

UNMGallup to host Business of Art Bootcamp


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Two-day event of workshops and panels will provide artists professional tools and skills

By Richard Reyes, Monday, March 18, 2024

GALLUP, N.M. — UNMGallup will host a free two-day Business of Art Bootcamp to empower local artists and students by providing essential tools to kickstart their art business.

UNMGallup will host the 2024 Business of Art Bootcamp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at Calvin Hall Center Auditorium on the UNMGallup campus. The Bootcamp is free, but registration is required.

or in-person on either day of the bootcamp. Lunch and basic promotional items will be provided for all registered participants. The first 50 participants to register will receive a $50 gas card to help cover travel costs along with exclusive swag.

“This area of New Mexico and the region have such a huge creative community that is under-served and possibly is not aware of the tools or professional help they can get,” event coordinator Dana Aldis said. “That’s where the Bootcamp comes in.”

Aldis is an instructor at UNMGallup and manager of the branch campus’ Ingham Chapman Gallery. She is coordinating the Business of Art Bootcamp with some help from the City of Gallup, including Rose Eason, the executive director of gallupARTS.

Together, UNMGallup and the City of Gallup received a Creative Industries Grant Award of $100,000 from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. The two entities are splitting the grant for separate projects. The Business of Art Bootcamp is made possible through UNMGallup’s share of the grant.

“The most effective way we decided to use this funding was to create a professional practices art workshop specifically targeting local artists because we have such a diverse and creative community here around Gallup that most likely doesn’t have the tools to pursue the business aspect of their creative practice,” Aldis said.

The Bootcamp will feature hands-on workshops to teach artists skills such as how to photograph their artwork, how to set up an artist statement, and more.

The Bootcamp will also feature panel discussions with local and national artists who can give insight into how artists can sell their work, where to sell their work or how to make the transition from student to professional artist.

The featured panelists include: Mario Kiyite, Zuni artist who specializes in fetishes and sculptures; Duhon James, printmaker; Rapheal Begay, photographer; Jessica Tolbert, jewelry arts; Delbert Anderson, musician; and Beverly Blacksheep, Diné painter and illustrator.

The Bootcamp is free, but registration is required.


Bootcamp Schedule

Friday, April 19

Location: Calvin Hall Auditorium at UNMGallup

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Workshop: “Transitioning from Student to Professional Artist” 

Featuring Gallup fiber artist Eric-Paul Riege

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop: “Photographing & Documenting Your Artwork” 

Featuring UNMGallup graduate Kayleigh Begay

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Catered Lunch – Free for all registered participants

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Panel: “Making a Living as an Artist, The Gallup Hustle”

Panelists: Marlo Kiyite (Zuni artist, fetishes/sculptures), Duhon James (printmaker), Rapheal Begay (photographer)

Moderated by Rose Eason, executive director of gallupARTS


Saturday, April 20

Location: Calvin Hall Auditorium at UNMGallup

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Workshop: “Writing an Artist Statement & Resume” 

Featuring Santa Fe jewelry artist Brian Fleetwood

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop: “Starting an Art Business Checklist”

Featuring WESST

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Catered Lunch – Free for all registered participants

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Panel: “Avenues on How to Sell Your Work”

Panelists: Panelists: Jess Tolbert (art jeweler/instructor), Delbert Anderson (musician), Beverly Blacksheep (Diné painter/illustrator), Pat Pruitt (jeweler)

Moderated by UNMGallup lecturer and jewelry artist Kristi Wilson


Download the schedule here.

Download the event flyer here.

Download the campus map here.

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