Artadia Network

The Artadia Network is an activated community offering ongoing support exclusively to Artadia Awardees beyond the unrestricted financial award. Through one-on-one meetings and workshops with a variety of professionals, and an Awardee listserv, the Artadia Network provides Awardees with a forum for structured discourse, resource sharing and opportunities for new connections.

Artadia’s vision is for visual artists to prosper through stronger communities and a more just arts economy. To realize this, the Artadia Award program offers a pathway toward sustainable growth for artists. The Artadia Network, which directly evolved from our long-running Art & Dialogue series (2015-2020) and Houston Fellowship program (2018-2020), extends the benefits of the grant funds by fostering discourse between artists and a community of professionals ranging from curators to legal experts. Together, they explore practice-based solutions to the most pressing challenges facing artists today.

The Artadia Network comprises a wide range of professionals including:

○  Art academics ○ Art advisors ○ Art administrators ○ Auction specialists ○ Curators ○ Collectors ○ Dealers ○ Established artists ○ Financial advisors ○ Lawyers ○
Marketing and digital strategists ○ Production specialists ○ And more

Awardees connect with the Network in three ways:

One-on-one virtual meetings:

  • Artadia matches 50 of its 385+ Awardees with professionals for one-on-one meetings, based on artists’ specific needs and scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.
2018 San Francisco Awardee Indira Allegra, Casting II. 2017
2006 Chicago Awardee/ Board Member Nick Cave, Soundsuit. 2009. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Eight annual virtual workshops hosted by professionals:

  • Four public events providing a window into the current state of the arts and arts communities. 
  • Four private events exclusively Awardees and Finalists, to connect in small groups for resource sharing and intimate, topical discussions. 

Artadia Awardee listserv:

  • A forum for discussion, resource sharing, and connection with one another.
2020 Los Angeles Awardee Suné Woods, Aragonite Stars. 2018.
'Atlanta for Artists' at Atlanta Contemporary

Atlanta’s profile in the arts landscape has seen a steady resurgence in recent years, thanks to a number of initiatives bringing attention to its wealth and history of talent. There has arisen a dire need for a viable infrastructure to meet its expansion, one that speaks explicitly to its commitment to artists based in Atlanta.

In bringing together a group of Atlanta-based artists, advisors, and arts administrators, this candid conversation seeks to define a regional ecosystem that evades a straightforward narrative. How can and will Atlanta remain a thriving hub for artists? What kinds of structures of support can and should exist for the greater arts community of Atlanta? And in looking forward, how can artists, curators, galleries, and institutions work towards a collective sustainability? This panel discussion is with Courtney Bombeck, Art Advisor and Founder of CO-OP Art Atlanta, Jacob O’Kelley, Artistic Director of Swan Coach House Gallery, and Sheila Pree Bright, Artist and 2021 Atlanta Artadia Awardee.

'Introduction to Grant Writing for Artists' with Yona Backer

This introductory-level workshop offers a guide to the basics of proposal writing and will provide you with a solid road map to begin the grant writing process. This one-hour workshop, led by Yona Backer, is open to artists working across all disciplines who have a project in development.

The goal is to gain an understanding of how to incorporate proposal writing into your practice and to think strategically about fundraising for your projects moving forward.

'Establishing an Artist studio' with Robin Crookall and Lauren Klenow

Artists are as inventive in creating a studio space as the work they produce. From the kitchen table to bodega store fronts, warehouses, knitting factories, and Manhattan high rises, Robin Crookall and Lauren Klenow discuss the artist studios they’ve worked in and how they established their own sculpture and photography studios in New York City. Learn the basics of setting up a studio, tracking inventory, and creating a successful working space to benefit your practice.

‘Making It Work: Navigating Public and Private Art Commissions’ with Mallory Ruymann and Leah Triplett Harrington

Commission projects can often feel daunting. Join curators Mallory Ruymann and Leah Triplett Harrington for a helpful overview of the commission process. Drawing from Leah’s experience in mounting commissions in the non-profit, public sphere and Mallory’s background in the private space of individual and corporate collection building, this workshop is aimed to empower artists to successfully approach commissions in the conceptual, budgeting, and production phases. Incorporating real-life case studies pulled from their respective practices, Mallory and Leah will share best practices and learnings related to the creative process, project management, legal, and financial aspects of a commission project.

Left to right: Mallory Ruymann and Leah Triplett-Harrington.
'Business Structures for Artists' with PNC Bank

Artadia partnered with PNC Bank to present a workshop to help artists better understand themselves as business entities. PNC covered the various organizational types and what to consider when determining which type may be best suited for you. As ‘owners’, it’s important to know how to protect you and your business and create future success when planning your business structure.

Janean Germany, Business Relationship Manager and a SBA Loan Specialist for PNC lead us through this conversation.

ArtSmart x Artadia 'Artist Business Plan Part III: Creating an Archive'

The archive is critical to an artist’s career on many levels, not only as a way to organize the studio, but more importantly as a way to understand historical information so that artists can make informed choices about their future. Depending on the project, business, or organization, artists have different needs when it comes to an archive or inventory database. In this third installment, we discussed in depth what is needed to build and maintain an archive of one’s work.

ArtSmart x Artadia 'Artist Business Plan Part II: Gallery Representation & Career Development'

Artists have more freedom and flexibility to generate income but more complex decisions to make. Whether selling work independently or with the help of a representative or gallery, the following components are crucial to consider: Money, Context, and Exposure.

For those who are pursuing gallery representation, we addressed factors such as reputation, experience, connections, programming and curatorial perspective, funding, location, team, communication, and relationship with the owner.

We also delved into alternatives which include online sales, branding, independent projects and collaborations with other industries.

ArtSmart x Artadia 'Artist Business Plan Part I: Artist Budgets'

The first of three in the Artsmart x Artadia Artist Business Plan Series covered budgets—which are necessary tools for an artist’s practice: project planning, grantwriting, cash flow management and business plan development. Smart budgeting can help strike a balance between dreams and reality. We dove into why budgets are necessary, how to create them, and how to stick to them.

'Parallel Practices' with Jillian Conrad and John Yau

This virtual conversation between poet and art critic John Yau and sculptor Jillian Conrad (2012 Houston Artadia Awardee) took its cue from acts of cross-disciplinary collaboration often engaged by artists as a generative process and practice.

Best known in the art world for his reviews in Hyperallergic and the Brooklyn Rail (2007-2011), John is also a poet, fiction writer and publisher. Jillian will talk with him about his latest collection of poems, Genghis Chan on Drums (2021), his work as the founder of Black Square Editions and how these overlapping practices run mostly but not necessarily parallel in his life as a writer.

Jillian is a sculptor who is currently traveling in west Texas and southern France, developing a book-length essay on how caves and the art found in them are portals that connect to contemporary art practices.

Left to right: Jillian Conrad and John Yau.
Artadia x ArtSmart 'Building an Artist Business Plan' with Amy Davila

Artists often struggle with access to resources and support needed to help them create, organize and grow a financially thriving practice. Too few resources exist that are specifically designed for artists to help them navigate through every aspect of starting and successfully operating a small business.

The workshop moved methodically and intelligently through a planning lifecycle navigating from creation to collection, from conception to consumption, and through every business aspect along the way.

Amy Davila.
'Artists Outside of Institutional Channels'

This virtual event centered around the theme of artist-led initiatives and featured the artists Alejandro Cesarco, Taylor Le Melle, and Marcel Pardo Ariza. While each of these artists maintains an active artistic practice of their own, they also manage other art initiatives that serve to create space, resources, and discourse outside of institutional channels.

A.rt R.esources T.ransfer (A.R.T.), run by Cesarco, is a nonprofit organization based in New York committed to documenting and disseminating artists’ voices and work through the publication and distribution of books, education, and spaces of reading. Not/Nowhere, run by La Melle, is a cooperative in London that programmes workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and offers training for Black and POC artists to use film and media equipment. The Art Handlxrs* is a San Francisco-based platform co-founded by Pardo Ariza dedicated to supporting BIPOC, queer, non-binary, trans people, and women in the professional arts industry as preparators, art handlxrs, technicians, and fabricators. The conversation is co-organized and moderated by curator Juana Berrío.

Left to right: Alejandro Cesarco, Taylor Le Melle, and Marcel Pardo Ariza.
'Writing a Great Artist Statement' with Ninth Street Collective

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This workshop with Shama Rahman helps artists explore how to clearly communicate who they are as creative individuals, and the kind of work they produce, to a broad range of audiences. Artists will learn the components of creating effective personal narratives, tangible tips for keeping their statements updated on a regular basis, modifying statements for different platforms and more. Learnings from this workshop can apply to improving applications for grants, fellowships, and residencies; websites; press releases; marketing materials and more.

Shama Rahman.
'Budgeting with Confidence' with Ninth Street Collective

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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.

Left to right: Courtney Childress and Peter Gynd.
'The Art of the Studio Visit' with Ninth Street Collective

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Audra Lambert and Heather Zises from Ninth Street Collective hold a candid conversation about preparing for the a studio visit (both virtually and in-person), hosting the visit and following up post-visit. As curators and art critics, they have visited 100s of artist studios and will share the dos and don’ts of navigating in-person and virtual visits.

Left to right: Audra Lambert and Heather Zises.
'NFT Roundtable'

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Panel discussion with industry experts and artists on NFTs to share key insights and understandings geared to artists and like-minded creatives. Panelists include Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle, Global Director of Online Sales and Head of Pace Verso, Amir H. Fallah, Artist and 2020 Los Angeles Artadia Awardee, Sarah Friend, Artist and Software Developer, Christopher Y. Lew, Chief Artistic Director of Horizon Art Foundation and Outland Art, and Nato Thompson, Co-Founder Artwrld, Founder and Director The Alternative Art School.

Clockwise from top: Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle, Sarah Friend, Christopher Y. Lew, Amir H. Fallah, Nato Thompson.
'Copyright Basics' with Center for Art Law 
Can all artworks be protected by copyright? Can someone else’s idea be used to create another work of art? What is “fair use” and when does it become “infringement”? Is it different under social media regulations? Led by Atreya Mathur and Minelli Manoukian, this workshop covered the fundamentals, laws and landmark cases in copyright, the importance of copyright for artists, and its relevance in a social media-driven world.
Left to right: Atreya Mathur and Minelli Manoukian.
'Artadia Fiscal Sponsorship Program' with Anastasia Kidd and Bora Kim
In this private workshop for our Artadia Awardees, Artadia’s Deputy Director Anastasia Kidd and Program Manager Bora Kim provided an introduction to Artadia’s new fiscal sponsorship program for Artadia Awardees.
'Social Media and Digital Strategy' Workshop with Marcella Zimmermann

This workshop was led by Cultural Counsel’s Vice President Marcella Zimmermann on social media strategies for artists. This private workshop allowed participants to cultivate effective ‘best practices’ around communications, social media and online presence — focusing specifically on Instagram.

'Dealers Roundtable' with Kibum Kim, Friedrich Petzel, and Nicole Russo

This private Network workshop convened three renowned art dealers—Kibum Kim of Commonwealth and Council, Friedrich Petzel of Petzel Gallery, and Nicole Russo of Chapter NY Gallery–to hold a roundtable-style conversation around navigating gallery relationships, what it means to be represented, and the role that galleries can play in the sustainability of an artist’s career.

Clockwise from top: Kibum Kim, Friedrich Petzel, Nicole Russo.
Artadia Awardee Vincent Valdez x Alisa Sikelianos-Carter
Artadia Awardee Vincent Valdez and artist Alisa Sikelianos-Carter gave a glimpse into their  year-long exchange of ideas, concerns, challenges and efforts inside their studio practice and beyond as artistic colleagues and as friends.
Left to right: Vincent Valdez and Alisa Sikelianos-Carter.
Financial Wellness Seminar with Jessica Decker and Tom Moore

This is a Private Workshop for Artadia Awardees. For RSVP information please email

Financial Wellness Seminar for Artists will be an overview of best practices for optimizing your financial life including budgeting, savings strategies, estate planning, investment planning, and risk management. This event will be live closed captioned,  if any accessibility accommodations are needed please email

Left to right: Jessica Decker, Tom Moore.
Kristen Becker x Corrina Peipon

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Kristen Becker and Corrina Peipon are both independent arts strategists with over 20 years of experience in artists’ studios, museums, and commercial galleries. They met virtually on April 8 to share their insider knowledge on how artists can best approach relationships with curators and gallery owners.

Left to right: Kristen Becker (Photo by Cubby Graham) and Corrina Peipon (Photo by Marten Elder).
Bria Lauren x Rebecca Matalon

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Artist and 2020 Houston Artadia Awardee Bria Lauren and Rebecca Matalon, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, discussed Lauren’s work in photography and film, the ongoing importance of Houston’s Third Ward on her practice, and the value and urgency of honoring her local community of Black women, artists, and collaborators.

Left to right: Rebecca Matalon (Photo by Myles Pettengill) and Bria Lauren (Photo by Troy Montes).
Network Specialists

Farah Ahmed, Architectural Designer

Nicholas Barlow, Assistant Curator, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures University of California

Regine Basha, Curator and Consultant

Vic Brooks, Associate Director and Senior Curator, Time-Based Visual Art, EMPAC

Rebekah Bowling, Senior Specialist, Head of Day Sale (Afternoon Session) Contemporary Art at Phillips

Amy Davila, Founder / CEO – ArtSmart Inc.

Christina De Leon, Associate Curator of Latino Design, Cooper Hewitt

Rita Gonzalez, Curator, LACMA

Rosario Guiraldes, Curator, Drawing Center

Benjamin Kerr, Kerr Law Firm

Lisa Kim, Gallery Director, Ford Foundation

Tiffany Jeanette King, Barbara and John Glynn Research Professorship in Democracy and Equity and Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality, UVA

Melanie Kress, Senior Curator, Public Art Fund

Karsten Lund, Curator, The Renaissance Society

Gervais Marsh, Writer, Curator and Scholar

Rebecca McNamara, Associate Curator, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College

Daisy Nam, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Ballroom Marfa

Saskia Randle, Design and Curatorial Associate, The Climate Museum

Amy Smith-Stewart, Chief Curator, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Susanna Temkin, Curator, El Museo del Barrio

Jil Weinstock, Director of Baxter St, Camera Club of New York

Madeline Weisburg, Assistant Curator, New Museum

Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Megan Yuan, Director, Helena Anrather

Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator of Media Arts, SFMOMA


Kristen Becker, Cultural Strategist, KB Art Strategies

Makeda Djata Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography; Interim Head, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museum

Nicole Calderón, Founder and Director, Calderón Gallery

Yanira Castro, Interdisciplinary artist and choreographer

Amy Davila, Founder, ArtSmart

Lia Gangitano, Founder / Director of Participant Inc.

Dylan Gauthier, Director, EFA Project Space

Carmen Hermo, Curator, Brooklyn Museum

Martha Joseph, Curator, Media and Performance, MoMA

Bana Kattan, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago 

Naima Keith, Vice President of Education and Public Programs, LACMA

Melissa Levin, Independent Curator / Arts Administrator

Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio

Margot Norton, Curator, New Museum

Aurele Danoff Pelaia, Attorney, Eisner LLP

Corina Reynolds, Executive Director at Center for Book Arts

Mallory Ruymann, Managing Partner and Head of Curatorial Projects at art_works

Ingrid Schaffner, Curator, Chinati

Mindy Solomon, Gallery Director, Mindy Solomon Gallery

Nicola Vassell, Dealer

Gee Wesley, Cultural Organizer and Curatorial Assistant, MoMA’s Department of Media and Performance 

Lauren Wittels, Director at Luhring Augustine

Sarah Workneh, Director, Skowhegan


Courtenay Finn, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Doug Gourley, Private Banker

Gregory Harris, Associate Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Daonne Huff, Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement, Studio Museum in Harlem

Rachel Jans, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Miranda Lash, Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Margot Norton, Curator, New Museum,  New York

Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Artist

Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Brian Sholis, Editor, Writer and Curator

Irene Shum, Curator, Art & Architecture

Katia Zavistovski, Assistant Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art