Program Overview:

In 2024, BCAC is launching an expanded and reimagined Business of Art Professional Development Program, formerly known as the Business of Art Workshop Series. This program is designed to equip local working artists, creators, and arts administrators with essential professional resources to develop their business skills. This new program will feature a structured course map, covering three main areas of focus: Art Entrepreneurship, Art Marketing & Management, and Art Business

This an excellent opportunity for artists, creators, and arts administrators to learn essential professional success strategies in a supportive environment. If you are already in business, thinking of launching a career as a professional artist (visual, performing, literary, digital, etc.) or would like to attend and network with other members of the arts community – you’re welcome to join!

2024 Pricing:

Participants have the option to choose whether to complete a full area of focus or attend individual workshops to supplement their existing knowledge of a topic.

BCAC Members are eligible for up to 5 FREE individual business of art workshops in 2024

After 5 FREE workshops have been redeemed, BCAC only charges $15.00 per workshop for our members!

Please note only the following membership tiers are eligible to redeem the 5 free individual BOA workshops: College Student and Individual

Scroll to the “Registration” section of this page for more information on registration for individual courses.

If you’re not a member of BCAC, you can still attend the BOA workshops for a small fee of $25.00 per session!

Scroll to the “Registration” section of this page for more information on registration for individual courses.

Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page!

Individual BCAC Members enjoy the following benefits!

  • 5 FREE Business of Art professional development courses annuallyMembers’ Night events
  • Submission privileges to Artisan Gallery’s Annual Members Exhibition
  • Priority consideration to sell retail artwork in Artisan Gallery & onlineBi-monthly members’ meetings
  • Member profile in BCAC’s Member Directory
  • Arts News posting privileges (Arts News is a platform on broomearts.org where members share events, press releases, and more)Community Arts Calendar posting privileges (promote arts-related events, performances, and more)
  • Opportunities posting privileges (share arts-related job postings, open calls, and more)
  • Weekly e-newsletters featuring local art events, workshops, and happenings
  • Members-only emailings about grants, residencies, open calls, and other assets

Your 2024 Instructors:

BCAC has selected a team of instructors with diverse professional backgrounds to guide participants through the focus areas of 2024. Each instructor has a strong passion for the arts and will draw from a vast range of experiences to assist participants on their professional journey.

Yuko Kudo headshotYuko Kudo is native Japanese multi-dimensional artist based in New York. She uses art and storytelling to create community, while reminding people they are not alone. Through her work as a photographer, she has appeared in Forbes and TIME magazines, among other media outlets. She facilitates the creation of collaborative educational spaces focused on the intersection of art and activism. Executive Producer of a documentary series “Untapped Storytellers”, a short documentary film “Dear Asian Girls”, Upcoming Project”Braver Love”. She currently serves as a Board member of Prime Produce Apprentice Cooperative, a member of Artistic Council for People’s Theatre Project,  Japan Chair of G-100 Ecocivilisation.

Website: www.yukoislovelivelife.com

Ann Pellegrino (under the studio name Spotgirl Design) is a freelance art director, designer, illustrator, and lettering artist. She has also completed many projects as a muralist, including giving a new look to Blossom the Cow at the Discovery Center in 2021. Ann received a BFA in Communication Design from the University of Buffalo and has been a Broome County resident since 2005. She is proud to be part of our vibrant Broome Arts community and especially enjoys connecting with and supporting other artists.

 Website: https://www.spotgirldesign.com/

Rachel Consolazio headshotRachel Consolazio is a local ceramic artist and watercolor painter who grew up right here in the Southern Tier. She attended Vestal Senior High School and received her BFA from Syracuse University School of Art. Rachel’s ceramic work has been featured in gallery exhibitions across the country and she participates in multiple juried art festivals around the region every year. Her work is available in several local retail galleries. She is also a freelance surface pattern designer. Her patterns have been featured on products ranging from wallpaper to gift bags, baby apparel and bedding. Rachel hopes the viewer gets a sense of her presence in her artwork and the love she pours into each piece. She creates with the intention that each piece brings the user a joyful everyday experience, creating a deeper and more meaningful connection to that day and that moment.

Website: https://www.rachelcpottery.com/

Rich Nolan A self-described perfectionist, Rich was raised in Vestal, NY, obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree from Clarkson University, worked for IBM in Endicott as a Product Development Engineer and was owner of RGN Product Development Co.; a designer and manufacturer of fiber optic components. Now retired, Rich focuses his design and creative energies on handcrafting highly refined sculptures from wood. For the past decade, Rich has participated yearly in Fine Art and Craft Festival throughout the Northeast and Artist calls at Galleries and Museums; notably being invited to The Philadelphia Museum Show, “Made in NY” at the Schweinfurth Gallery, Armonk Fine Arts Festival, Arnot Museum calls and Craftforms International show at the Wayne Art Gallery.

Website: http://www.woodcreationsbyrgnolan.com/

Orazio Salati headshotOrazio Salati is a local artist and gallery owner as well as a retired art educator. He has always had a love for Abstract Expressionism. One style Orazio often uses is known as Photo Peinture, a term introduced in the mid-1860s at the salons and the Royal Academy in France. This technique includes painting over photo images fixed on canvas. In the process, his photographs are joined to the canvas and then the entire painting is completed through a blending of colors, the creation of textural surfaces, and, sometimes camouflaging the photograph. Orazio states “it is always interesting to see people take a ‘second glance’ at my paintings to see if their eyes have deceived them.”  

Orazio has many years of experience teaching and making art as well as reviewing the work of others, giving them the ability to make suggestions to prepare for college entry, showing work publicly, or simply exploring new directions for future growth.

Website: https://www.oraziosalati.com/

Cindy Henry headshotCindy Henry holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, and A Master of Arts in Arts Education from Kent State University, Kent, OH. Cindy is a full-time teacher and creates mixed media works in fiber and non-paper using printmaking, painting, stitching, and collage techniques. Her background in fine art and graphic design is evident in the strength of her simple compositional structures and her transformation of traditional media and techniques into innovative works of art. 

Website: https://cindyhenrystudio.com/

Dr. Chou-Yu (Joey) Tsai headshotDr. Joey Tsai is the Osterhout Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Binghamton University’s School of Management, teaching courses in entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, strategic leadership, and research methods. He has a mater’s and bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Management. Outside of the classroom, he is intrigued by understanding the entrepreneurial minds of artists and creators. Before his academic career, he worked for a consulting firm in Asia for three years and developed an interest in ancient Asian arts and artifacts during his extensive travel for work and visits to the many historical and culturally rich cities in Asia including Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Phnom Penh (Myanmar), Tibet, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo.  

Website: https://www.binghamton.edu/som/research/profile.html?id=ctsai

Ellie Rivera HeadshotEllie Rivera serves as the primary contact at the SUNY Broome Entrepreneurship Assistance Center. She holds a BA in Theatre from CUNY Lehman College, a MSEd from Mercy College, and an MFA in Directing from Pace University’s Actors Studio Drama School. With a lifelong involvement in the artistic community, Ellie is an active member of the Broome Arts Council, performing under the name Elle deAmor.  In addition to her role in assisting new businesses at Broome, she is also an entrepreneur. Alongside her career as a NYS Licensed Realtor, she spearheads One Village Community, LLC, a community organization providing affordable and engaging classes for youth and their community.  With over 20 years of experience as a teaching artist and educator in elementary and higher education, Ellie has developed universal curricula catering to students of all ages. Her endeavors extend to advocacy for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, reflecting her commitment as a proud member of the BIPOC Community.

She dedicates her time both inside and outside the classroom in hopes of serving as a success story and inspiration for others.

Website: https://www2.sunybroome.edu/conted/eac/

2024 Focus Areas:

To give participants the best opportunities to grow professionally, BCAC designed three focus areas that will allow participants to chart their professional development journey to nurture their business skills.

Participants will acquire the skills and strategies needed to start or expand their freelance business

How to Measure/Define Success as an Artist/Creator:
Instructor: Yuko Kudo

Saturday, April 6th 1:00PM-2:30PM
Workshop Description: Exploratory conversations are used to help participants define what success looks like for themselves and their creative businesses in a highly competitive industry.

Workshop located at BCAC Offices, 223 State St. Binghamton NY
Preregistration is required

Exploring Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Arts
Instructor: Dr. Joey Tsai
Saturday, April 13th time TBA
Workshop Description: Dr. Tsai will lead an explorative lecture and discussion about the manifestation of entrepreneurial leadership in the arts.
Workshop located at BCAC Offices, 223 State St. Binghamton NY
Preregistration is required

Writing an Effective Business Plan
Instructor: TBA
Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Grant Writing For Artists
Instructor: TBA
Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

What Might Sustainability Mean for Your Life, Art, and Creative Career?
Instructor: TBA

Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Participants will learn how to amplify their artwork and enhance their marketability

Shaping & Sharing Your Artist Story:
Instructor: Rachel Consolazio

Saturday, May 4th, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Workshop Description: Consolazio leads a discussion focused on how artists can craft their own stories and share those stories confidently through marketing and how the artist shows their work. 

Workshop located at BCAC Offices, 223 State St. Binghamton NY
Preregistration is required

Portfolio Review:
Instructor: Orazio Salati and Cindy Henry

Saturday, May 11th, Starts @ 11:00AM
Workshop Description: Two prolific artists will review portfolios and offer constructive criticism and advice to participants

Workshop located at BCAC Offices, 223 State St. Binghamton NY
Review slots are limited and Preregistration is required

Creating a Personal Visual Brand:
Instructor: Ann Pellegrino AKA Spotgirl Design

Saturday, May 18th, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Preregistration is required

How to Build an Online Presence:
Instructor: TBA

Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Connecting With Content:
Instructor: TBA

Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Participants will learn best business practices and tools to use while navigating the professional world

Business Opportunities at Fine Art/Craft Festivals:
Instructor: Rich Nolan

Saturday, May 11th, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Workshop Description: Nolan will guide participants on what to expect and prepare for when participating in the art fair. 

Workshop located at BCAC Offices, 223 State St. Binghamton NY
Preregistration is required

Legal Essentials for Artists:
Instructor: TBA

Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Spreadsheets and Data Organization:
Instructor: TBA

Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

How to Approach Galleries With Your Work:
Instructor: TBA

Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

Building Connections in the Creative Industry
Instructor: TBA
Date/Time: TBA
Workshop Description Coming Soon!

2024 Registration:

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2024 Business of Art Sponsors:

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