Arts Conference Provides Advice for Students

Sea Art ConferenceAt the 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference (SEA), professionals united to give young artists advice on successfully positioning themselves in the marketplace. Two Trinity students took this chance to learn from professionals in the field.

Hannah Snow ’13 of Belmont, Michigan, and Danielle Truckenmiller ’14 of Milledgeville, Illinois, were accompanied by Assistant Professor of Art and Design Ellen Browning. Browning helped the students obtain scholarships through the Coleman Foundation to attend the two-day conference, which offered lectures on mentoring, portfolio review, social networking and negotiating contracts.

“The conference prepares art students for professional careers by giving them the opportunity to meet and talk with professionals in the field,” said Browning. “Experiences like this help students learn where they might fit best into the job world after school.”

 Snow said she was encouraged by what she learned. “The SEA Conference showed me that it’s possible to create my own business, find clients, and gain profit,” said Snow. “They paired inspirational keynote speeches with practical advice on copyright laws, business contracts, and pricing your art.”