2018 Workshops for Rhode Island Artists

Hey Rhode Island Artists!

Assets for Artists is back with FREE professional development workshops for RI-based artists in all disciplines, made possible with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Development Grant Program. If you're serious about strengthening your practice, learning from art business and marketing experts, and connecting with fellow artists & makers, we hope you'll sign up!


To request a seat in any of the workshops listed below, email Briana at bhalpin@massmoca.org with your name, home address, and artist website or brief description of your artistic practice.

Preference will be given to artists from rural areas of Rhode Island, but artists from urban RI may also enroll if space allows. Participation is FREE!

The Assets for Artists program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its workshop participants.


Artist in Business w/ Dee Boyle-Clapp
Saturday, April 7  |  9:30am - 5pm  |  Bristol

Building on her 25 years of experience in the arts, Dee Boyle-Clapp now directs the Arts Extension Service at UMASS. In this training, she will introduce the elements of a business plan and information helpful for running your artist-based business. Through a mix of instruction and guided activities you will learn how to create a series of attainable business goals that shape the future of your art-based business, including how to describe your work, hire outside experts, handle financial details, and structure your business. 

Most suitable for commercial and craft-based artists.


Find Your Message: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists w/ Jessica Burko
Thursday, May 10  |  12 - 5pm (group workshop)  |  Portsmouth
Friday, May 11 (individual 30-min meetings for select artists)  |  Portsmouth


Jessica Burko is an exhibiting artist, curator, and arts marketing professional.

This is a 2-part event. Artists will be invited to participate in Day 1 only OR in Days 1 & 2. (Only a small number of artists selected for the group training on Day 1 will be offered individual time on Day 2.)

Day 1: May 10 — Group Workshop
Jessica will help visual artists and craftspeople gain a better understanding of how to present their work, how to identify their target audience, and how to create a detailed marketing plan while building the confidence to implement it.

Day 2: May 11 — 1-on-1 “Doctor’s Hours”
Selected artists will be invited to meet individually (for approximately 30 minutes) with Jessica Burko for an in-depth discussion of specific marketing questions and concerns, and to review their arts marketing strategies.

Recommended for visual artists and craftspeople.


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Beyond the MFA: Understanding Your Art Practice as a Business with Kim Faler
Thursday, May 17  |  1-6pm  |  Wickford, RI

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA and Art Dubai. 

In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Tools will include artist statements, portfolios, and website review, as well as understanding budgets & finance, time management, and fundraising. 

Recommended for non-commercial artists with an installation-based / conceptual practice. 


Our work in Rhode Island is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners.