In this Artadia Public Network Workshop, Courtney Childress and Peter Gynd unpack one of the more opaque tasks an artist must face. Whether it’s creating a budget for your studio practice or an estimated budget that’s required for a grant application, having a solid understanding of your expenses, spending and income is crucial to your success. Courtney Childress and Peter Gynd — who are both artists with active studio practices as well as curators and gallerists — share practical advice on how to create budgets that support your artistic practice and help open doors to new opportunities.

Recording may be available upon request. Please email info@artadia.org.

Courtney Childress co-founded yours mine & ours gallery in the Lower East Side of New York in 2016. Previously she was the Director of Life on Mars Gallery from 2015-2016. She worked for On Stellar Rays from 2010-2015, starting as an assistant and working her way up to Director at the gallery. During this time, seven of the artists in the gallery had major museum acquisitions and exhibitions, the gallery was written about by the New York Times, Art in America and Artforum. She has curated many exhibitions, most recently Tell Me Again by Eliot Greenwald at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY (2019); Static Limit by Esther Ruiz at yours mine & ours, New York, NY (2017); Water Sports by Todd Bienvenu at yours mine & ours, New York, NY (2017); Touching in the Dark – Mandy Lyn Ford and Sarah Faux at yours mine & ours, New York, NY (2016); 60 Minutes at Vanity Projects, New York, NY (2015) & Vanity Projects, Miami, FL (2015); and No Name at On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2013). Courtney has worked on independent projects with Sarah Oppenheimer, JJ PEET, Rochelle Feinstein, Joan Snyder, Julia Bland and others. She received her MFA from State University of New York at Purchase (2011); Post-Baccalaureate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (2009); and her BFA from the University of Alabama in (2008).

Peter Gynd is a fifth-generation artist, independent curator and former gallery director. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Peter has 10 years of experience in the New York art world curating exhibitions at galleries, art fairs and institutions, including a permanent exhibition at the Foundation Center New York and an acclaimed two-person presentation at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in 2015. From 2016-2020, Peter was the Director at Lesley Heller Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side gallery neighborhood, producing exhibitions by world-renowned artists and up-and-coming stars. The gallery’s exhibitions were regularly featured in publications such as The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine and Hyperallergic. He has been a guest critic at The Art Students League, Residency Unlimited, Kunstraum, ChaNorth Artist Residency; a consultant at NYFA’s Doctors Hours; guest lecturer at Pratt Institute and LIU Post; and guest juror for numerous exhibitions. Peter combines his multi-faceted experience with a passion for arts education and engagement to offer a unique perspective into today’s contemporary art world.