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Business of Art Conference

Registration is now open for the Business of Art conference to be held at Reiman Gardens (1407 University Blvd., Ames) on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.

Designed to strengthen business skills and provide resources for both formally trained and self-taught creatives of all types, this is an opportunity for artists to learn new business skills and network with local and regional artists. This year, topics will include making art accessible to all, community action and advocacy, sustainable art making, and much more. Professionals and students in all types of creative work in all stages of their careers are welcome.

Registration for the two-day conference is $100 for professionals and $50 for students. The registration includes refreshments and lunch on Saturday. For an extra $50 fee, participants may add a half-day photography workshop with Clark Colby. On Friday, March 1 from 9 – 11:30 a.m., join Clark to learn about photographing both 2D and 3D artwork in all media. Each participant will receive 1 – 2 final images of one piece, photographed by Clark.

Full conference details and registration information can be found online at If you have questions about registering or other aspects of the conference, please call (515) 259-0494 or email

In addition to several other local and regional presenters, the conference features conference keynote speaker Jill Wells []. Artist, advocate, and mentor, Wells has firmly situated herself within art and advocacy work. She is best known for her public works investigating intersectional social issues. In 2020, she founded Artists X Advocacy Mentorship Program, bringing awareness to art as a career option, especially for individuals living with disabilities.

Hosted by the Ames Community Arts Council and the Octagon Center for the Arts, the Business of Art Conference is supported in part by the City of Ames Commission on the Arts, Discover Ames, Brackets Custom Window Coverings, the Ames Chamber of Commerce, and the Ames Writers Collective.


Mar 01 - 02 2024


Reiman Gardens

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