The Business of Art Seminar is held annually each November in Kanab. Artists come from all over Utah and the region to learn to create a successful art business. Dixie State University and Sears Art Museum Gallery developed and sponsors this event as a community outreach program, in collaboration with The Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) – a regional economic development organization in Kane County. Other sponsors include: Southwest Applied Technology College, Kane County Office of Tourism, and Kanab City. Kathy Cieslewicz, DSU Curator, originated the program and facilitates the event. Paul and Susan Bingham, owners of the Maynard Dixon Gallery, serve as honorary founding co-chairs.

This year’s event begins Friday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Artists come early to set up their art for the Showcase Exhibit, and enjoy live background music and a wonderful dessert reception and keynote. Edison Eskeets, from the Hubbell Trading Post, will give a keynote, “The Spirit of Art.” He will have an incredible display of Navajo rugs that are also for sale. The public is invited for free this evening.

On Saturday, there are many new classes artists can attend, such as “Transmedia Storytelling: Your Art is Greater than the Sum of its Parts,” by Kari Carlisle, Operations Manager, Hubbell Trading Post; “The Life of an Illustrator,” by Jennifer Gubler, Professional Illustrator; “The Legal Tightrope of Art,” by Michael O. Zabriskie J.D.; “Materials Matter,” by McGarren Flack, professional artist and DSU Art Professor; “When You Are Your Own Marketing Manager,” by David Wicai, Utah Division of Arts and Museums; “Shades of Grey,” by Mel Scott, professional artist; “Facebook-Professional Page Promotion,” by Bobbi Wan-kier, Founder of Arts to Zion Studio Tour; “Making Friends While Making Money,” by Carol Merrill, past Director of the Women’s Center at Weber State University; “Boost Your Biz with Instagram,” by Katrina Berg, artist and educator; “Carpe Diem: How to Recognize and Create Opportunities to Exhibit and Serve in Your Community,” by J. Kirk Richareds, professional artist; and the famous Genius Panel of Glen Blakley, Cyrus Mejia, Cathie McCormick, Gary Sanders and Brian Passey. The panel discussions have been very popular.

Annually, some of the most creative minds are brought together to address relevant issues in a more formal class setting. These professionals all have highly successful art careers and/or profound influence on artists of different ages and stages of their careers. All artists want some inside information from successful people. The Utah Division of Arts and Museums always sends a representative to teach about public art, resources, and best practices.

Steve and Tonya Vistaunet will be the Saturday luncheon keynote speakers. The topic is “Live an Artful Life: The Importance of Choosing to be Creative.”

Steve is a graphic design professional with over 25 years of experience specializing in creative direction, brand management and marketing. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at BYU for eight years, and is currently in his fifth year as an adjunct faculty member at UVU in the Graphic Design department. When Steve’s not designing or teaching, chances are good you’ll catch him playing the piano, listening to music, or playing with his three grandsons. Look for his three published popular coloring books.

Tonya grew up all over the world, including years in Taiwan, New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Utah. Her time spent in different cities has given her an appreciation and love for all kinds of art and creative endeavors. Tonya taught Art at Westridge Elementary in Provo, Utah, for three years and continues to be involved in community art programs. She loves to spend her time as a painter, seamstress, colorist, and overall doer of all things creative. She loves to read, hates to cook, and really enjoys time with her three grandsons!

Registration and payment is required online and is only $40 for the Friday night reception and Saturday event, including lunch.

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The seminar breakout sessions, presenter and keynote bios are posted online at

The seminar is held in Kanab at the Kanab Middle School, 690 South Cowboy Way. Lodging locations and a map are listed on the website. Information can also be found on Facebook at