professional Development

Webinar: Approaching Gatekeepers of the Art World for Women Over 50 (a 4-Part Series), with Sharon Louden

Nov 02 2017 - Nov 30 2017




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Thursday, November 2, 7:00-8:30pm (EST)
Thursday, November 9, 7:00-8:30pm (EST
Thursday, November 16, 7:00-8:30pm (EST
[There will be no class on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23.]
Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:30pm (EST


This 4-part webinar series is based on Sharon Louden's already successful webinar series "How to Approach and Engage with the Gatekeepers of the Art World," and will look at ways to overcome the specific challenges encountered by women visual artists over 50. It will offer useful tools to find empowering solutions for women who aspire to grow, thrive, find their audience, build a vibrant professional life and participate in a serious discourse.

The webinar will address the following questions: How does an artist approach a gallery cold? How does an artist communicate with a gallerist, curator, museum professional, etc.? What are the best ways to correspond and to start up a relationship and maintain it? When is the best time to approach the person? How often should an artist be in contact? How does one follow up on an inquiry? What is the proper way to pace a professional conversation? The series will also focus on what NOT to do and will address how to improve communication skills when dealing with the greater art ecosystem of galleries, curators, collectors — basically anyone that can help your professional career! 

Part 1: Tools to Approach
Thursday, November 2, 7:00-8:30pm (EST
Very good research, cover letter as a template, resume, brief notes on a good website and overall positioning one’s self better

Part 2: Framing Content
Thursday, November 9, 7:00-8:30pm (EST
Being able to get around issues, to create opportunities through contemporary approaches and learning from a younger community, creating discourse

Part 3: New Models of Independent Traction
Thursday, November 16, 7:00-8:30pm (EST
Using social media; current gallery/artist relationships; “invitational” exhibitions, juried shows, “pay-to-play” situations; the MFA/Low-Res question, how to get old work out of the basement into collections

[There will be no class on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23.]

Part 4: Creating, Building, Maintaining Relationships
Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:30pm (EST
Creating, Building, Maintaining Relationships; continuing confidence and persistence

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This webinar will be recorded. The recording will be shared with all previously registered participants after the webinar concludes, regardless of whether participants attend the live webinar or not. The recording will be posted online indefinitely. It is not available for download.

​Sharon Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Louden is also the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, both published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. For more information about Sharon Louden and her work, please refer to her websites: and

We are proud to offer selected topics from PDP workshops to the general public through the Online Learning Program. We are dedicated to extending our reach to artists who are new to Creative Capital’s professional development offerings, as well as those PDP alumni who are interested in a refresher course. Many of these courses are designed for individual artists of all disciplines, while others will be discipline-specific.

Most Online Learning sessions will be approximately 90 minutes in duration, including lecture and Q&A sessions. Webinars are taught and moderated live by talented workshop leaders, so the information is always up-to-date and engaging. Q&A sessions are included to be sure that all our participants have the chance to follow up on specific concerns.

More about the Online Learning Program.

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