Over 175 artists, gallery owners, art administrators and patrons, and educators from all parts of Utah, northern Arizona and southern Nevada gathered in Kanab to enhance their business skills at the fourth annual “Business of Art” Seminar on Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10.

The event opened with a reception featuring piano music by Kortney Stirland and violin music by Linda DeLuca. The “Artist’s Showcase” allowed artists the chance to set up their displays of vivid paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, and other works of art in the Kanab Middle School Commons.

The Friday night program featured a keynote address by talented artist and Salt Lake Community College Professor Rick Graham who talked on how he uses the iPad as a tool to create his beautiful fine art. This cutting edge method was demonstrated as he gave his presentation.

Also featured at this year’s Business of Art was an art exhibit entitled “Wonders of the World,” provided by Josh Baird’s art classes from Kanab High School.

Kathy Cieslewicz, DSC Curator, was pleased with the enthusiastic response. “Our fourth annual event was inspiring. Artists are learning that art is a business and gaining the tools for success.”

Classes on Saturday covered a wide variety of topics including Public Art Commissions presented by Jim Glenn, from The Utah Division of Art and Museums; Creating Workshop Opportunities taught by Jason Bowen, instructor for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco; A Step-By-Step Guide to Launch Your Museum Career taught by Kari Carlisle, Curator, Fremont Indian State Park & Museum in Sevier, Utah.

Following a musical prelude by the Valley High School Chamber Orchestra, the Zion’s Bank Business of Art Grant Awards were presented by President and CEO of Zion’s First National Bank, Scott Anderson. Anderson was very impressed with the accomplishments of the grant recipients and was also impressed with the overall event.

An avid art collector, Anderson has a great appreciation for artists and has an understanding of the impact art has on culture, business and the economy. All Business of Art attendees are qualified to apply for one of next year’s Zions Bank Business of Art grants.

The luncheon keynote speaker, accomplished scientist, artist, author and Associate Dean of Science and Health at Utah Valley University, Daniel Fairbanks, gave an inspirational and enlightening address about the ways art and science come together in unique ways. He sculpted a head of Michelangelo as he spoke.

Artists can learn about and become involved with the Business of Art by “liking” the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/biz.of.art

This educational seminar for visual artists in all disciplines was sponsored by Dixie State College of Utah, the Southwest Applied Technology College, CEBA, the Kane County Office of Tourism & Film Commission, Southern Utah University and Kanab City.

Next year’s Business of Art seminar is scheduled for November 8 and 9, 2013.