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Artists Equity 2021 Virtual Speaker Series:

Artists and Community

1. Planning an Online Art Webinar

Sunday March 28, 2021 @ 4pm Eastern 

Desmond O’Hagan / Fine Artist, Colorado


Leading urbanscape artist Desmond O'Hagan will share his community building and teaching techniques, both integral components to his successful career. Desmond will disclose marketing and advertising strategies for his self-produced online demonstrations and his equipment setup, including camera layout, lighting, and audio.


2. Creating Your Studio Space and Developing a Solo Show

Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ 4pm Eastern

Ellen Priest / Fine Artist, Delaware


Fine artist Ellen Priest will share her experience purchasing real estate for studio space to help fulfill her creative dream of having a large studio, home office, living areas, and gallery space to work and exhibit in. And, Ellen will highlight her process for developing body of work for a solo museum show.

3. Founding and Operating a Gallery and Residency

Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ 4pm Eastern

Evonne Davis and Emma Wilcox / Fine Artists and Gallerists, New Jersey

Gallery Aferro, Newark


Artistic Director, Evonne Davis and Gallery Director, Emma Wilcox, both working artists, will examine ideas around an artist’s community including perceived barriers, creative practice, career pursuits, the idea of time and productivity, and interruption of the status quo. Evonne and Emma will also describe how they founded Gallery Aferro, a platform for the exchange of ideas in service of advancing human dignity and beauty, with a focus on visual arts as the vehicle.

4. One Artist’s Center for Creativity

Sunday, November 21, 2021 @ 4pm Eastern

Sarah Ward, MA, ATC

Entrepreneur, Illinois

Executive Director and Founder, SkyArt, Chicago



Art Therapist Sarah Ward will share her story from the South Bronx to Chicago where she is currently the executive director responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight in the daily operations of SkyArt, a nonprofit which serves up to 70 children a day (up to age 24). She will also share ideas around starting such a venture and her path to funding, acquiring space, and engaging stakeholders. She has created the only free, openly accessible art center in the city of Chicago.

We are transforming AE to include far more enriching events and opportunities to engage with fellow members and other professional artists. Members will find many of these events and opportunities are discounted or free. We welcome non-members to some of these events and hope you find the value of becoming a member of Artists Equity Philadelphia/Tri-state, the region's most enduring arts organization.  


Register for individual speakers or for the entire speaker series.

Individual Speakers: $10 for AE member, $15 for nonmembers

The Speaker Series (4 events): $30 for AE members, $50 for nonmembers.

A link to the webinar will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal payment registration. 

If you are purchasing an AE membership with your speakers series, please remember to complete and submit the membership form and payment.

If you are unable to attend the live session, you may watch the recording at a time convenient for you. 

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AEs 71st Annual Fall Show "Unstoppable"

At the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Juried by Michelle Marcuse.

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AEs 71st Annual Spring Show

Juried by Bridgette Mayer. 

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MLUC Solo Show Award Exhibition

AE Board Members, Valetta and Friends of Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC), Devon PA

Valetta was the recipient of the MLUC Solo Show Award, awarded by PAFA juror Michael Gallagher in a Fall juried art show. Rather than do her own solo show, Valetta invited AE's board members to each show several of their paintings as a “perk” of the job.

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