Arts Council of Greater Lansing Logo

Showing your Artwork: Creating a Portfolio with Britta Urness

Friday, June 8, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (1208 Turner St., Lansing)

$10 members / $15 non-members


You've made your artwork, now how do you show it? This class provides a starting point for making a portfolio of your work, meant for digital sharing or submissions. We will look at a wide variety of portfolios and examples, from emerging to established artists, including a wide range of media. Britta Urness, accomplished artist and instructor at Michigan State University, will demonstrate how to photograph both 2-D and 3-D work, along with editing and formatting techniques. We will talk about submitting your work and writing proposals for competitive exhibitions. You'll leave feeling more secure in professionally presenting your creative ideas to a wider audience.

The workshop will cover:

- Taking portfolio photos, of both 2-D and 3-D artwork

- Selecting and editing the best images of your work

- Composing important image information

- Formatting your document in a professional way

- How to include proposals, biographies, resumes or artist statements in your portfolio

- Best practices for submitting to exhibitions

- Using Instagram as a platform for your creative work

How to Get Your Work in a Gallery with Katrina M. Daniels

Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Marshall Street Armory (330 Marshall St, Lansing, MI 48912)

$10 members / $15 non-members


Would you like to show your work in an art gallery? Would you like to learn more about exhibiting? Katrina M. Daniels, exhibitions and gallery sales director at the Lansing Art Gallery, will offer an overview that includes, but is not limited to, finding the best gallery for you and your work, preparing an application and the difference between showing in a gallery versus a business. There will be plenty of time to ask questions as well.

The workshop will cover:

- Exhibition benefits

- Call to Artists: what they are and where to find them

- Differences between gallery and business exhibitions

- Commission

- Artist responsibility

- Gallery responsibility 


- Come with a laptop, tablet or other way to take notes

- Come with lots of questions!

How to Diversify Your Board with Tedi R. Parsons

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Michigan Realtors (720 N Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48906)

$10 members / $15 non-members


Tedi R. Parsons of the The Leadership Forum, LLC will lead attendees in open dialogue about the importance of having a diverse board of directors and why this is critical to both securing funding/grants to "doing the right thing." Attendees will go through the five essential strategies needed to create a diverse board and/or committee. 

The workshop will cover:

- How to write a strong diversity & equity statement for your organization/board of directors

- How to attract diverse candidates to serve on your board/committee

- The appropriate language to use when working with diverse communities/cultures

- Why having diversity represented on your board and in your organization matters

- Open dialogue about the pitfalls of not having a diverse board and why it matters


- Be aware that discussion will take place around Diversity & Inclusion. Come prepared to have open and frank dialogue 

- Attendees should bring any data they have about the diversity makeup of their respective organization

- Be prepared to ask tough questions and be open to being part of the dialogue

Securing Your Creative Practice with Katharine M. Hude

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Michigan Realtors (720 N Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48906)

$10 members / $15 non-members


Join us at Michigan Realtors as attorney Katharine M. Hude, Attorney at Law at Hude Legal Services, PLLC addresses some of the legal fundamentals of owning and managing an arts business.

 Topics to be discussed include:

- Intellectual property basics

- Business entity formations

- Contract principles

- Copyright

- Trademark

- Fair use

Telling Your Story: Developing Key Messages for Artists and Creative Organizations

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Time TBD

MICA (1210 Turner Street, Lansing, MI 48906)

$10 members / $15 non-members