Margaret Hunt, Executive Director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and renowned artist Eric Dowdle will serve as keynote speakers at the upcoming Business of Art Seminar on Saturday, November 14, at Kanab Middle School. The Business of Art Seminar is sponsored by The Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), a regional economic development organization centered in Kanab and Kane County, Dixie State College of Utah and the Southwest Applied Technology College.

The Business of Art Seminar is an opportunity for artists and aspiring artists from Utah, northern Arizona and southern Nevada to meet and enhance their business skills. This free one-day seminar for visual artists in all disciplines will provide an exciting schedule of classes, presented by knowledgeable professionals from Salt Lake City, Cedar City, St. George and Kanab.

Hunt will discuss the topic “Making a Living While Benefiting the Community.” Along with her duties as the Director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Hunt serves as the Executive Director of the Utah Arts Council. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), chaired the Utah Commemorative Quarter Commission, serves on the board of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, and is a member of the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Advisory Board. Hunt was the first woman to chair the Downtown Alliance Board of Directors in 1996, and also served on the boards of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, United Way of Salt Lake, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet West Ambassadors, and KRCL Community Radio. In 1994, Hunt received the Utah Small Cities Award for her contributions to community and economic development in the State of Utah.

Dowdle will address the topic of “Can You Make a Living while Living as an Artist?” Dowdle has established himself as one of the preeminent folk artists in America today. His unique style and approach to his art are truly a reflection of his past, his beliefs, and a love of his country. 

Dowdle opened his first gallery in the Cottonwood Mall in Salt Lake City, and his work has been displayed in many galleries and historical pageants across the country, while his work with the Amish is internationally recognized. Of the many awards he has received for his American style paintings, none is more flattering to him than the award he received for his painting Sesquicentennial Quilt at the 1997 LDS Church art competition. 

To register for this seminar or for more information, visit http://www.dixie.edu/ce/business_of_art.php, or contact Janet O’Riley at (435) 652-7675 or at oriley@dixie.edu.