Professional Artist Development

Develop, strengthen, and cultivate your professional career

Sponsored by Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation

Designed to engage emerging and mid-career artists, the series will be led by experts in their related fields and utilize resources in the Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois region. Push your creative career to the top with business tips and tricks from respected art professionals. Learn to promote your work and develop a personal brand in how-to sessions designed to strengthen and sustain your career. Each program includes time for questions and answers and networking.

RAM's goal is to foster a group of candidates for the next Fellowship application and develop a Fellows mentorship program. The overall goal will be to keep artists in this region successful and contributing members of their communities.

All sessions are held at RAM's Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine unless noted.

Fees per session: $10 RAM Members, $15 Non-Members
Students - call 262.636.9177 to receive FREE admission

Register online or call 262.636.9177.

Preparing Your Portfolio: Dos and Don'ts

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Learn how to best prepare your portfolio to match, and exceed, curators' expectations for exhibition proposals and fellowship submissions.

Speaker: Liz Siercks holds her BFA in Art History and Comparative Literature and her MFA in Art History with a certification in art museum studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before joining the Racine Art Museum staff, Liz was an art history instructor at Alverno College in Milwaukee, teaching introductory courses on the Renaissance and Western Art––Prehistoric to the Middle Ages, as well as a seminar on Chinese art. She is currently the Curatorial Assistant at Racine Art Museum where, among her other duties, she is in charge of artist correspondence, loan forms and contracts, label production, and object research.

Creating Video for Social Media

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 am - Noon

Short-form video, meant to be watched, in social media, is becoming the way many people experience their newsfeeds. “We’re entering this new golden age of video,” Mark Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed News. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.” In this hands-on workshop, learn how to produce quick and entertaining videos––from six seconds to six minutes long––using tools and apps like Animoto, Magisto, and Adobe Spark.

Speaker: Tim Cigelske is Director of Integrated Content at Marquette University and an adjunct professor teaching media writing and social media analytics and measurement in the College of Communication. Cigelske has managed Marquette’s social media for more than 10 years, and he earned his masters in Communications with a thesis on the topic of Gen Z’s use of Snapchat. He is the author of Analytics to Action: A Guide to Social Media Measurement.
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Private Portfolio Review

Please call RAM's Wustum Museum at 262.636.9177 to be placed on a waiting list.

A valuable and unique opportunity for eight artists to each participate in a 15-minute, one-on-one portfolio review with a gallery professional. 

Reviewer: Debra Brehmer is the owner and director of Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, WI. Entering its tenth year, PSG is one of the state's most progressive exhibition venues. She is also an art historian, publisher of the former Art Muscle Magazine and an adjunct professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Brehmer is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic, a New York-based online art publication. 
Visit Debra's website