On Saturday, November 13, 2010, over 200 artists from all parts of Utah, northern Arizona and southern Nevada gathered in Kanab to enhance their business skills at the second annual “Business of Art” seminar.

The event kicked off with a Friday night reception featuring piano music by Sheila Bernstein and allowed artists the chance to set up their displays as part of the “Artist’s Showcase.” Dozens of vivid paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, and other works of art brightened the Kanab Middle School Commons.

Christina Schultz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Dixie State College, was impressed with the attendance. “People made an effort to get here from as far away as Salt Lake City and Mesquite. This clearly demonstrates an enthusiastic demand for this type of training.”

Saturday morning began with an enlightening and informative presentation by Honorary Founding Co-Chairs Paul and Susan Bingham. Over a dozen classes were offered covering a wide variety of topics including Tax Issues for Visual Artists, presented by Salt Lake City Attorney Branson K. West; Marketing, Getting Publicity and Press Releases, led by Terral Fox, Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design and Photography at Southern Utah University; Running Your Business: Paperwork, Tracking Your Work and Pricing Your Artwork, taught by renowned artist J. Kirk Richards from Provo; and The Ins of the Art Festivals, taught by the St. George City Community Arts Administrator, Gary Sanders.

A special panel discussion was moderated by Dixie State College of Utah Curator Kathy Cieslewicz and featured well-known artists Corey Strange (Cedar City), Cathie McCormick (Kanab), Glen Blakley (St. George), Cyrus Mejia (Kanab), and Tom Forsythe (Kanab).

During lunch, Honorary Chair Joyce Bennett and her husband Senator Robert Bennett discussed their private art collection and highlighted various pieces on display at our nation’s capitol. Keynote speaker Donna Poulton reviewed various works of art that were painted in and/or featured southern Utah and discussed particular painting styles and specific artists.

The free one-day event for visual artists in all disciplines was sponsored by Dixie State College of Utah, the Southwest Applied Technology College, CEBA and the Kane County Office of Tourism and Film Commission.

Carol Merrill from Layton, Utah, said, “My hat goes off to all the organizers and speakers at the conference. Another wonderful experience, Way to go!”

Next year’s “Business of Art” seminar is scheduled for November 12, 2011.