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SEA Conference Teaches Artists to “Survive and Thrive”

Published: March 09, 2009
Visual artists, performing artists, writers and filmmakers alike will convene on The University of Tampa campus Saturday, March 21, to learn how to “survive and thrive” in the arts.

“Artists surviving and thriving together” is the chosen theme for the third annual Self-Employment in the Arts conference, which will draw myriad artists and creative professionals as well as students to the UT campus. The conference schedule includes more than a dozen sessions addressing both the practical aspects of succeeding as an artist as well as inspirational lectures from those who have succeeded.

“The conference is a unique opportunity for people interested and involved in the arts to look at how they can survive and do well,” said Suzanne Williamson, director of the Southern Regional SEA Conference.

Among the conference sessions are lessons on art law and why artists need to learn it, how to use technology to market art in a tight economy, strategies for non-fiction writers, and marketing and networking strategies for filmmakers and performing artists. Conference sessions will be led by notable artists in the fields of film, literary, performing and visual arts.

“What’s great is that it is an artist-led and run conference,” Williamson said. “There’s a great range of people who get something out of it.”

The conference is organized as a joint effort between UT’s College of Business and College of Arts and Letters.

For a complete schedule of events, including a listing of keynote speakers and registration information, see the SEA conference Web site .

A reception and networking session will be held at the end of the conference, at 4:45 p.m., at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University.

Fees to attend are $45 for the general public, $25 for students. For information, contact Angie Ballard at (813) 257-3782 or .