Crafting a Career: Artist Panel Discussion

  • 20 Apr 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • Art Lit Lab, 111. S. Livingston St. Suite 100, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
  • 61


  • Includes Panel Discussion, Lunch, and Annual Membership Meeting.
  • Includes Panel and Lunch. Non-members welcome to stay for WI Craft Annual meeting after Lunch to learn more about our organization.

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Crafting A Career: Artist Panel Discussion

How does one craft a career as an artist? Join Wisconsin Craft for a dynamic discussion with five professional artists working in various mediums as they share insights on their artistic livelihoods. The discussion will focus on various revenue sources; including direct and online sales, wholesale and consignment, custom orders, grants, teaching, and more.

Continue the conversation over lunch with fellow attendees. Consider learning more about Wisconsin Craft by attending the Annual Membership Meeting with the Board of Directors as they share insider knowledge and plans for the organization’s future.

End the day with Break-Out Discussion Groups; target your next step as an artist Crafting a Career.

Event Details:

  • Date and Time: Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 AM –2:00 PM

  • Location: Arts & Literature Laboratory,
    111 S Livingston St #100, Madison, WI

Participation Fee: 

  • $30 for Wisconsin Craft Members (Current members must log-into their account in order to access member event pricing)

  • $45 for Non-Members

Programs included in the registration fee: Panel Discussion, Lunch catered by a local Madison eatery, and WI Craft Annual Membership Meeting.

Cancelations accepted up to 10 days before the Event due to lunch and other event expenses. Thanks for your understanding.

Program Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM: Panel Discussion

  • 11:30 AM: Lunch

  • 12:30 PM: Wisconsin Craft Annual Membership Meeting

  • 1:15 PM: Break-Out Discussion Groups

  • Event concludes at 2:00 PM

Distinguished Panelists

Char terBeest Kudla / Helen’s Daughters Studio

Char's artisan career started in 1976, as a willow basketmaker. While basketmaking, she authored two books, taught willow basket making workshops at Sievers School of Fiber Arts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, and national basketmaking conventions throughout the country. After 14 years of basket making, she experimented with other media and settled on sitting in front of her old Viking sewing machine, designing and making handbags. Char has experience in fairs, galleries, wholesaling, teaching, shopkeeping, event making, and instigator of the Fall Art Tour. She's definitely a "creative thinker."

Maria Amalia Wood

Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Art with a Minor in Visual Communications from Judson University and an MFA in Textile Art and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native of Honduras, Maria Amalia maintains a studio in Middleton, Wis., and enjoys working with textiles, papermaking, and community-focused storytelling. With a creative process that embraces a personal and socially engaged art practice, her work delves into the complexities of a life lived between Central America and the Midwestern United States. Having more than 12 years of experience working with craft communities in Latin America in product development, her art practice is built on a foundation that includes a commitment to the highest standards of craftsmanship in making, intellectual curiosity, and constant searching for authenticity and relevance. When Maria Amalia is not making art with the community or in her studio, she teaches K-8 art at Lighthouse Christian School.

Ryan Myers / Ryan Myers Ceramics

Ryan graduated with an MFA in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Since then, he has taught in various settings, ranging from pre-K to adult classes at universities and tech schools. Ryan also focuses on art fairs, pottery tours, and gallery sales throughout the year. Recognized nationwide as an award-winning artist, Ryan continues to draw inspiration from his natural surroundings and the contemporary political environment. His early influences encompass comic books, Native American artifacts, and American antiques. Employing a combination of thrown and hand-building processes, Ryan creates ceramic objects that seamlessly blend the realms of sculpture and utility.

Rosy Petri / This is Paradise Home 

Rosy Petri is a mother, self-taught artist, and storyteller from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her multidisciplinary works fuse fabric portraiture, multimedia storytelling, and illustration as an act of witness. In 2021, Petri served as the Inaugural Artist in Residence at the Bell Hooks Center at Berea College. In 2020, she was selected as a Mary L. Nohl Emerging Artist Fellow and a Mildred L. Harpole Artist of the Year from the City of Milwaukee Arts Board. In 2019, as the eleventh Pfister Artist in Residence, Petri created a space to celebrate creative traditions of the African diaspora. Petri was a Milwaukee Artist Resource Network mentee under artist Della Wells. Petri’s work can be viewed in several prestigious collections, including the Bell Hooks Center at Berea College, The Pfister Hotel, Hunger Task Force, Northwestern Mutual’s Giving Gallery, African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Courthouse and the new Baird Center in Milwaukee.

Luke and Tressa Proctor / Luke Proctor Blacksmith 

Tucked into the rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area in the unincorporated town of Mount Vernon you’ll find Luke hammering at the forge and Tressa managing business relations. Luke focuses on using traditional forging techniques and joinery to create contemporary work; bringing to life, one-of-a-kind pieces of art complementary to any aesthetic. Tressa focuses on communication with customers and managing the everyday needs of a small business; such as accounting, managing supply inventory, and shipping. 

L. Proctor Ironworks was founded in 2008.

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