The Business of Art

2020 Business of Art Class Schedule TBD


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. introduced Business of Art Workshop: Student Series beginning in 2019. Scroll down to view what we planned for our student members last year.

Building an Online Presence
November 7th, 2020
11AM – 1PM

Presenter: Shawna Stevenson

Broome County Arts Council’s Programs and Marketing Manger will lead participants through the basics of getting their artworks showcased online. Participants will be guided through how to create a domain name, use a website template, considerations for their artwork, and how to use social media to their advantage. Additionally, there will be a tutorial on embedding copyright information into their digital images using Adobe Bridge. Artists will have the opportunity to ask any questions related to this topic at the end of the course, and will be provided useful links to help get their work online.

This is a virtual class. Access will be provided upon registration.

Non-member Payment

2019 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.

Get Your Game On!
OCT. & NOV. 2019 | 10.19, 10.26, 11.2, 11.9 |  2pm to 4pm, TechWorks! 321 Water St. Binghamton
Presenter: Binghamton University Computer Science Students
Did you know the video game industry is overflowing with great ideas but is lacking in artwork-specific game design team members? In other words, it needs artists like you! Over four Saturdays TechWork! is hosting hands-on workshops facilitated by Binghamton University Computer Science students to give you the tools you need to design video games with “Unity” software. This event is free for BCAC Members, and $5 for the general public [payable to TechWorks!]. Please bring your laptop pre-loaded with Unity software [free to download]. There are eight desktops available on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information please call: (607)723-8600 or email:

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.

Portfolio Review & Critique *CANCELED*
DEC. 14, 2019 |  11am to 1pm | BCAC Conference Space 95 Court St. Level 1M Binghamton, NY 
Presenter: Michael Grasso & Orazio Salati
Whether you’re interested in pursuing an arts education or not, outside feedback is essential for artistic development! On December 14th, the Broome County Arts Council will host a portfolio review & critique for emerging artists in Broome County.  Emerging artists are invited to sign up to have their portfolios reviewed in 20 minute timeslots by Michael Grasso, Executive Director of the Roberson Museum and Science Center and Orazio Salati, Artist and Owner of Orazio Salati Studio & Gallery.

Michael Grasso is a native of Endicott, New York and a graduate of Broome Community College and Binghamton University.  After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Michael moved to Manhattan and worked at a boutique interior design firm in SoHo where he discovered his love of arts management. He obtained his degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2012. This executive-style program featured coursework in museology, fundraising, public art, non-profit law, performance art, and dozens of other subjects which have prepared him for a career in any sector of the art world.

Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Michael was offered a position at WSKG Public Media working with arts and cultural institutions throughout Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. He served as the Director of Development and Marketing before taking his current position as the Executive Director of Roberson Museum and Science Center in November of 2017.

Orazio Salati began his professional journey with fiber arts, clay and precious metals, but was ultimately drawn back to painting. His first work arose from a specific event: the massacre of a Native American tribe. The theme of this body of work was a study of the energy and forces present in the “passing” of spirits. Illustrations from these paintings are included in the book A Tribe Returned. Orazio’s work’s have been in thirteen exhibitions from SoHo to Chelsea, been represented by galleries across the country, has shown in Florence, Italy, at the Firenze Biennale and his work has been seen in Europe and Asia. He also had the distinct privilege of observing the restoration of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. Orazio was allowed to actually touch Michelangelo’s ceiling, in 1987.

An Art Educator of over forty years. He was chair of the Union-Endicott HS Art Dept, taught painting at Keystone College and adjunct at Broome Community College. Salati taught Advanced Placement Studio Art and Drawing. Was a judicator for the International Baccalaureat Studio In Art and attended and worked with the National Portfolio reviews for most of his teaching career. Orazio Salati owns the Orazio Salati Studio & Gallery in down town Binghamton along with his painting studio. 

His paintings are in numerous collections in the United State and internationally, including UHS and NBT Bank. His method of painting is in mixed media consisting of oil, wax, and tar on panel fused with a blow torch.

This Business of Art Workshop is free for BCAC Student Members, and $15 for the general public. Pre-registration is required as review time-slots are limited. Email or call (607)723-4620 to secure your timeslot today!