The Arts & Business Council’s Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training is an intensive program that prepares working artists to manage the business aspects of their creative endeavors. Hosted at the Entrepreneur Center (EC), Periscope offers artists access to professional development, entrepreneurial resources, and mentors.
Limited to twenty-five artists, Periscope includes practitioners of all artistic genres from Nashville and its surrounding counties. This month, Nashville Arts Magazine introduces five members of the 2014 Periscope class. For more information on Periscope, visit www.abcnashville.org.
Forthcoming author Lily Hansen calls herself a storyteller rather than a writer, saying, “I have always loved people and digging into the essence of who they truly are. My background is in journalism, and since moving to Nashville I have established my niche as a biographer.”
Lily has been working on a non-fiction book of black-and-white portrait photography and interviews titled Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations. Her book was recently picked up by Spring House Press and will be available this spring.
About Periscope she says, “Spending time at the Entrepreneur Center truly hit home that my career is a business and needs to be treated as such.”
Randy L Purcell
In 2009, at the age of 41, Randy L Purcell graduated from MTSU with a BFA in painting and sculpture. He has focused mostly on painting but makes time to experiment with other media, which, he says, fuel new ideas and techniques. Randy has developed a unique process of transferring ink from recycled magazine pages onto a thin layer of beeswax to create his images.
Through Periscope Randy has embraced his role as an entrepreneur. “Without a well-established marketing plan, an occasional calculated risk, persistence, and patience, an artist has little chance to succeed. I feel confident that if I take my knowledge and put it to work I can create a profitable business as an artist.”
For more information, visit www.randylpurcell.com.
Beth Inglish is a visual artist who uses an intuitive painting process to express her creative energy. She has been creating art for eleven years and sells her work around the world. Beth has a deep desire to connect with those who view her art.
She has been a contributing writer for Nashville Arts Magazine and has worked with numerous organizations, using her experience in business and art to bring people together for the sake of creative expression.
“Periscope helped me refine my process and set new strategic goals. It really forced me to think more deeply about why I do what I do and how I can connect with others simply by telling my story more honestly,” Beth relates.
A retired architect, Edward is a sculptor who works in clay, steel, and wood. He admits that architecture plays a strong role in his artwork. “I use my thirty years of experience in architecture as the foundation of my thinking about form. I imagine the possibility of each sculpture existing in many different scales—from a desktop piece to a large public sculpture, or an entire building.”
“The Periscope program has been extremely helpful in teaching the essentials of marketing and business management. The follow-up mentorship program has been effective in helping me implement what I learned.”
Edward currently exhibits his work at The Arts Company. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/EB-Arts and read Nashville Arts Magazine’s article about him at www.nashvillearts.com/2014/10/01/edward-belbusti.
Elizabeth Sanford tells visual fairy tales with watercolor sculptures. In her whimsical and fluid watercolor panels she creates space and depth with layers of colors and varying degrees of intricacy.
She credits Periscope with giving her a fresh perspective on the business side of art and encouraging the development of effective marketing skills.
An expanded version of Reshaping the Shadows, her 2014 installation at Nashville International Airport, will open in November 2015 at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville. Teaching is an important part of her practice, and she is currently an adjunct instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film.
For more information, visit www.elizabethsanford.com and read Nashville Arts Magazine’s article on Elizabeth at www.nashvillearts.com/2014/09/04/elizabeth-sanford.