40-for-40 Professional Development Series

As part of our 40 for 40 series, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of UrbanGlass, we are offering one free event per month to encourage best professional practices, and to make great institutions and resources in the area known and available to our community. 

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4040justinlin.jpgJanuary 28 & 29, 10-3pm. This free, two-session shooting and editing workshop with BKC Photography will focus on getting better photographs of glass objects using obtainable tools, then utilizing Photoshop to edit and finalize your images. We will focus on highly accessible techniques and equipment like camera phones, professional and prosumer-grade DSLRs, DIY lighting, flash and basic backdrops to create shooting environments ideal for glass. On the second day, we will cover basic Photoshop techniques so you can update your portfolio with professional-looking images. Your goal by the end of the workshop is to create a small “lookbook” of some of your favorite pieces which can be used to promote your work via online selling sites or social media, and to walk away with the knowledge to continue photographing your own work. Students will be required to bring a piece of work to photograph, their smartphone or camera if applicable, and their own laptop. A free trial of photoshop is available online at www.adobe.com. 

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February_CPA.jpgFebruary 21, 6:30-8pm. Steven Zelin, widely known as the Singing CPA, will give a presentation on taxes tailored to the needs of artists, specifically glassmakers. The lecture will cover all you need to know about 1099s, self-employment taxes, business expenses, deductions, and much more, followed by a question and answer session. With tax season approaching, get your questions answered and confusions addressed in this free workshop. Steven Zelin CPA is the founder of Steven Zelin CPA LLC. Born and raised in New York City, Steven (aka The Singing CPA) has been a licensed CPA for over fifteen years.

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susieanderinsq.jpgMarch 9, 6-8:30pm every half hour. An Artist Statement is a window into the mindset and content of an artist's practice, offering a brief introduction into their work. It is an important tool, and when used well, can represent and spark interest in a maker and their art. This workshop will allow 5 artists a 30 minute time slot with Susie and Erin to assess and edit artist statements. 

Please email Liesl@urbanglass.org with subject line 'Artist Statement Writing Workshop Sign Up' to sign up for a slot. Please include your 2 preferred time. 



April 26, 6:30-8pm. The goals of this workshop are to organize your work, connect with your audience, and style your new website. The workshop will run from 6:30-8 PM, starting with a presentation of the Squarespace platform, followed by a working session where the artists will work on their laptops to begin building their personal portfolios. During the working session, Squarespace Community Specialist, Jose, will provide a checklist to guide the artists through this process while also walking around and addressing specific questions. Students must bring their own laptop computer. 

Squarespace makes beautiful products to help people with creative ideas succeed. Their platform empowers millions of people — from individuals and local artists to entrepreneurs shaping the world’s most iconic businesses — to share their stories and create an impactful, stylish, and easy-to-manage online presence.

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May 9, 6:30-8pm. This class will provide an overview of contract law including essential aspects of contract formation, enforceability, and standard provisions for artists such as creative control, compensation, and credit. Topics will include offer and acceptance, oral agreements, common clauses in standard contracts, and breach of contract.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Established in 1969, VLA is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artists and arts organizations.VLA believes that individual artists and arts organizations deserve access to dedicated legal representation and advocacy to ensure that their voices are heard and that their interests are protected. VLA also believes that the arts community should understand certain legal and business matters to protect themselves and their work. To achieve these goals, VLA serves the arts community through 3 program areas: Legal Services with MediateArt; Education; and Advocacy. Amy Lehman, the Legal Services Director, will lead this workshop to answer all your contracts questions. 

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ru-logo-2014-1000px.jpgJune 29, 6:30-8:30pm. This workshop will cover information on the resources available to you in applying for residencies, with a particular focus on NYC-centric opportunities. We will cover res, a new unified search tool for creative opportunities currently being developed, as well as other tools and opportunities available via Residency Unlimited. 

A questionnaire will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop asking what they want to learn, and including fields to share their success stories and experiences, in order to tailor the workshop to your specific needs. 

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kickstarter-logo-k-color40.jpgJuly 11, 6:30-8pm. Join Michael and Carol from Kickstarter's Community team as they countdown how and why artists, designers, and creators everywhere use the platform to launch their creative ideas. They'll discuss the benefits and lessons that come with running a campaign, explain how to get the most out of the experience, and look at specific projects that have found success on the platform, including their own.

Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.

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Creative_Capitol_40.jpgAugust 10, 6:30-8pm. Learn about the intricacies of grant writing in this lecture with Lisa Dent, director of resources and award programs at Creative Capital. Gain new tools and insights into application processes, and get the chance to have your questions answered. https://www.creative-capital.o...

Lisa Dent is director, resources & award programs at Creative Capital. As a member of the foundation’s senior management team Dent leads the financial and advisory services programs and advises awardees regarding the full realization of their projects, providing strategic insight and connecting them to a wide range of internal and external resources. 

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September 10, 10:00am-5pm. A one-day seminar exploring methods and approaches to cast glass with internationally-renowned artist and educator Richard Whiteley, who will outline and share some of his extensive knowledge on kiln casting and cold working.

Richard Whiteley became an apprentice in stained glass at the age of sixteen; he holds an undergraduate degree from the School of Art + Design, Australian National University (Glass) and a Master’s degree (MFA, Sculpture) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



October 19, 6:30-8pm. Walk through a traditional, holistic public relations campaign to detail what key elements all artists should incorporate into their practice, from those early in their career to those with large practices.

Shayna McClelland earned a master’s degree in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She began her PR career at the New York agency Susan Lewin Grant and Associates working 

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November 21, 6:30-8pm. The Artist As Cultural Producer Book Tour, A Conversation with Author Sharon Louden and Guest Contributor Julia Kunin.

Sharon Louden stops by UrbanGlass to discuss her new book on living and sustaining a creative life.

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December 5th, 6:30-8pm. Studio Visits: Tips & Tricks, with Heather Darcy Bhandari. Studio visits are a necessary and potentially highly impactful event for artists and designers at any level. This workshop will cover studio visits in many forms, from group visits to one-on-one appointments. We'll discuss what to expect, how to prepare, and how to follow up. Best practices as well as visitors' most common pet peeves will be covered.

Heather Darcy Bhandari is an independent curator, adjunct lecturer at Brown University, and a consultant to several for-profit and nonprofit arts institutions. 

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