Get Your Sh*t Together: Business Workshop for Artists
The Armory Center for the Arts invites you to register for the Summer 2012 GYST workshop! If you are anywhere in the LA area and are looking to kick-start your art career, get organized, and learn just about everything it takes to make it in the art worlds, then this class is just what you've been looking for. Learn how to make things happen for your career and get one-on-one feedback from leading LA critics, curators, and gallery owners.
When: Mondays (7pm - 9:00pm), June 18 - August 6, 2012.
Where: Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena
145 North Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103
Tuition: $250. This includes a copy of the unparalleled GYST software (a $130 value).
Bring a friend! Carpool! Group discounts available! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't wait for the class? Buy the GYST manual. The comprehensive career guide is like having an instructor at your fingertips - for a fraction of the cost. For more info visit gyst-ink.com
If you are in the greater Los Angeles area this class is a great way to meet new artists and arts professionals.
Or send a check for the $250 tuition, made out to GYST Ink, to
4223 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027-4511
Tucker Neel, GYST Vice-President
For more info about GYST visit gyst-ink.com
About the Class:
Created by artist, curator, and legendary CalArts professor Karen Atkinson, Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST) is the often-imitated workshop for emerging artists and artists who've been "emerging" longer than they expected. Over 400 artists have graduated from GYST since 2002 and their continued success and contributions to the art world are what gives GYST such a great reputation.
GYST teaches you the business stuff you should have learned in art school, but didn't. GYST values self-sufficiency and presents you with information, skills, and strategies to make things happen without necessarily waiting around for some arbiter of culture to validate your work. We're not concerned with producing slick, commercialized artists, nor is this some new age, touchy-feely "find your inner artist" crap. GYST is a program for artists, by artists that will teach you bare-knuckled, practical strategies for negotiating the baffling terrain of the contemporary art world, whether you are interested in working with galleries, or creating a DIY or social practice.
Over 8-weeks, you'll create and refine your "presentation package," artist statement, bio, resume, portfolio, and more, with the full editorial and technical support of GYST staff.
GYST culminates with Curator Speed Dating (when we can). Get real-world feedback on your portfolio and proposals from some of the area's hottest curators. Past curators have been LA Times Art Critic David Pagel, LACE Director Carol Stakenas, LA Weekly Critic Doug Harvey, Artillery Magazine Editor Tulsa Kinney, Critic Shana Nys Dambrot, and Christopher Russell from the Getty Research Institute.
Students also get a complimentary copy of the new GYST software, which usually retails for $129. The MAC and PC based program is packed with all the organizing tools and information resources every artist needs.
In just the past years, our workshop alumni have won multiple grants from a number of funders, as well as secured galleries, produced numerous DIY projects, and in general, have their sh*t together.
"Two weeks after finishing GYST, I had a studio visit from Robert Berman. Because I had recently gotten my sh*t together, I was able to send him a portfolio before the visit. I think it really helped - he offered me a solo show. Thanks, GYST! Really, thank you. I mean it."
- Alumni Cameron Gray had his first solo show (ever) in 2007 at the renowned Robert Berman Gallery and sold several large canvases. He's currently represented by Berman's Gallery.
-GYST Alumni Ari Kletzky was the subject of an extensive article on the front page of the LA Times Sunday Arts section. His featured Islands of LA project was developed over the course of our GYST workshop. Kletzky (who has a BA in business) recently quit his day-job at a loan agency and was accepted into Cal Art's Fine Arts MFA program.
GYST-Ink is an artist-run company providing information, technology and solutions created by artists for artists. Our mission is to support artists and arts organizations with an integrated mix of software, services and information in order to keep artists working. GYST–Ink is dedicated to empowering and educating artists so that they can develop sustainable and successful careers on their own terms.