The Business of Art

Annual Workshop Series
Free for Arts Council Members/$15 for General Public
Pre-Registration Required: 607-723-4620 or

Unless otherwise indicated, programs to be held at: 95 Court Street, Level 1M, Binghamton, NY 13901

Business of Art Workshop Series
The opportunity for artists of all disciplines to learn essential business success strategies in a supportive environment. The instructors and facilitators have many years of successful experience in various business ventures throughout the arts community. Participants will learn many of their tried and true best practices. If you are already in business, thinking of launching a career as a professional artist (visual, performing, literary, and digital) or would like to attend and network with other members of the arts community – you’re welcome to join!

B.C.A.C. is pleased to introduce Business of Art Workshop: Student Series begininng in 2019. Scroll down to view what we have planned for our student members.

Business of Art Workshop Schedule: Adult Series

Promoting Art & Artists Through Radio
SAT., FEB. 16th 12pm to 2pm, at the Bundy Museum of History & Art
WBDY-LP’s (99.5FM) station manager and program director leads participants through the basics of radio production and promotion. Participants will be exposed to audio recording and editing equipment and explore their potential use for different types of artists. Additionally, there will be a tutorial on radio promo writing. Artists will have the opportunity to record their promos or be interviewed for later broadcast on WBDY-LP and workshop radio programming ideas with WBDY-LP.

Writing An Artist Statement
WED., APRIL 24th, 2019 |  5:30pm to 7:00pm, BCAC’s Artisan Gallery, 95 Court Street
Presenter: Anna Warfield
Why an artist statement matters, and how to bring yours to the next level. Plus, differentiate your artist statement, artist bio, and exhibition blurb.

Matting, Framing, & Hanging Art 
TUES., JUNE 4th;  6pm to 8pm, at the Bundy Museum of History and Art
Presenter: Eric Eckman, Art Gallery Director at the Bundy Museum of History and Art
Bundy Museum gallery director Eric Eckman will host a workshop where participants will learn the basics of matting and framing, and actively assist in hanging an art show in preparation for the opening of the annual Art of Broome exhibit on June’s First Friday. Participants are encouraged to bring a frameable image and frame. Black matte will be provided. If other mat colors are desired, please contact the host to make arrangements.

Code Your Own Video Games
SEPT. 2019 | DATE TO BE DETERMINED |  1:30pm to 4pm, TechWorks!
Presenter: TechWorks!
Interested in the virtual world?  Artists, come learn ‘Unity Software’ and create artwork for video games. Try your hand at creating art in a virtual world, expand your own reality, and experience a new platform to express your talents! This workshop is open to those 15+ and is capped at 20 participants. 

Tax Rules for New Arts Startups
OCT. 2019 | DATE TO BE DETERMINED |  5pm to 6:30pm, BCAC Conference Space, 95 Court Street Level 1M
Learn need-to-know tax rules for arts startups from a Certified Public Accountant.

Business of Art Workshop Schedule: Student Series

Photography Workshop
SAT. JULY 13th, 2019 | 10:00am to 12:00pm, Binghamton Photo, 32 Cedar Street
Presenter: Tara Monaco, SUNY Broome Photography Instructor

Students will learn the principles of photographic development and composition by making photograms—the art of producing images by placing objects on photosensitive paper. Binghamton Photo, Broome County’s only community darkroom space and photo lab, director and SUNY Broome Photography instructor Tara Monaco will show students how to print images of found objects on photo paper using enlargers and safe solutions. In the process of becoming acquainted with the darkroom, students will learn the chemistry behind photo development and about positive and negative. The darkroom can only accommodate 10 students, but students can participate in a tour of the Bundy Museum while they wait or after finishing up this photograms!

Max 20 students, grades 6-12 (parents are welcome to attend, but darkroom space—where the event will take place—is limited. Parents may be asked to remain outside the darkroom area.) Free for BCAC student and family members.

Behind the Scenes: Performance Special 
JULY 22nd, 2019 |  10am to 11:15am | Starting at 315 Clinton Street Binghamton
Presenter: Andrea Gregori, Director of Community Engagement at Tri-Cities Opera

Open to students grades 6-12 and families. Free for BCAC student and family members. $15 for the general public. Pre-registration is required.

Students will take a peek behind the curtain to see what makes performance venues tick. Beginning at Tri-Cities Opera, students will see staging and design spaces, tour the costume shop, and participate in a voice lesson lead by TCO’s very own, Andrea Gregori, followed by a brief q&a.

Chalk Art 
SAT., AUG. 10th 2019 | 1PM-3PM |  Bundy Museum of History & Art, 129 Main St. Binghamton
Presenter: Eric Maruscak | Register to by WED., AUG. 7th
Eric Maruscak is an internationally know artist who has appeared across the country making live chalk murals in front of tens of thousands at giant events like the San Diego Comic Con, the New York Comic Con, the International Toy Fair, and for companies like Lucasfilm and Nintendo. Join Eric for an afternoon of fun as he teaches the basics behind working with chalk pastels, drawing giant-sized imagery, and dealing with outdoor conditions. Be prepared to get a little chalky as Eric shows you some of his materials, and you’ll work with chalk pastels on your own pavement art. The class starts with a brief demonstration by Eric, but quickly he will have you coloring and sketching on your own work. You’ll be amazed how fast two hours can fly by. Either have an image you already want to create (don’t make it too complex) or we can sketch on the fly to create an outline you can color.

Behind the Scenes: Metropolitan Opera Costume Special
Oct. 2019 | DATE TO BE DETERMINED | BCAC Conference Space, 95 Court Street Level 1M
Presenter: Elissa Iberti, Head Costumer
This Business of Art Workshop will consist of a live-feed interview by the Metropolitan Opera’s Head Costumer, Elissa Iberti. The Met Opera, established in 1883, hosts a world-renowned costume selection. In her workshop, Iberti will cover costume design and execution with a focus on 18th and 19th-century clothing.

This workshop is a precursor to the 2020 Emerging Artists Exhibition, co-hosted by FASST, which, for one year only will include a judged category of 18th and 19th-century costume design. This additional costume design category is in conjunction with the Binghamton Philharmonics “Beethoven Project,” a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Portfolio Review & Critique
Oct. 2019 | DATE TO BE DETERMINED |  11am to 1pm
Presenter: Guest Portfolio Reviewer
Bring in your work and receive feedback from local art professionals on your portfolio in time for college applications.

Downtown Gallery Tour
Nov. 2019 | DATE TO BE DETERMINED |  11am to 4pm
Presenter: BCAC & Partners
Not every gallery operates the same way! Join us for a tour of downtown Binghamton art galleries and hear from the various spaces on their respective areas of art expertise.