Need Help?

Skip to Content

CCA Portal

Building an Artist's Life

Building an Artist's Life: 2019

Last updated on Sep 30, 2019

Building an Artist’s Life is a series of programs dedicated to helping artists build sustainable careers through skill development and adopting an entrepreneurial mindset towards their growth as artists. Building an Artist’s Life will feature weekly events throughout the months of October & November centered around the following themes: Defining Success, Creating Your Own Opportunities, Developing Resilience, Telling Your Story, and Time x Money.

Register for all upcoming events using Handshake.

Building an Artist's Life Fall 2019 Calendar

Monday October 7th, Putting Your Practice Into Words with Sarah Hotchkiss from KQED: KQED Visual Arts Editor and CCA alumni Sarah Hotchkiss will be on campus to help breakdown some of the obstacles artists face when crafting their artist statements.

Tuesday October 8th, Free Professional Headshots: CCA photographer Nicholas Bruno will be taking and editing professional headshots of students in the Nave.

During the week of October 14th - October 18th, CCA Radio will be streaming art+business related podcasts; to tune in simply go to:

Wednesday October 23rd, Living & Working Workshop with Art Practical: Art Practical will be on campus to host a workshop that focuses on the experiences and strategies that arise from socio-political threats artists face in the Bay Area and California.

Wednesday October 30th, No More Starving Artists: Finance Fundamentals for a Creative Life: Bay Area artist and financial advisor Jericha Senyak will be on campus to host a workshop on: how to budget as an artist, how to handle tax preparation as an artist, and how to feel more financial empowerment.

Thursday, November 14th, Hands on Art with Womxn Art Handlers: Womxn's Art Handlers will be on campus to host a hands on workshop on how to prepare your work to display in a gallery.

Building an Artist's Life: About


The program centers on how to make a living in the industry, featuring a varied selection of panelists who will discuss their own histories and unconventional paths.

Career Development events and workshops are open to all current students and alumni.

Join us in exploring the lives of practicing artists who have transformed ideas into action, artistry into profession.

Come get inspired, network, and gain new tools to translate your creativity into a fulfilling, multidimensional career.

Past Speakers & Workshop Leaders

Christina Empedocles (MFA 2008) |Smartly

Bob Pimm | California Lawyers for the Arts

Lorena Siminovich | petit collage

Brooke Johnson (Graphic Design 2003) | Chronicle Books

Meg Mateo Ilasco

Lisa Congdon

Laurie Briggs | RedBubble

Aaron Harbour & Jackie Im (Curatorial Practice 2010) | Et al.

Rachel Gant (Industrial Design 2012) & Andrew Deming (MBA Design Strategy 2012) | Yield Design

Patricia Maloney | Art Practical, Daily Serving, Bad at Sports

Andrew McClintock | SFAQ, Ever Gold Gallery