February 28 | March 28 | May 3, 2023
Virtual Program | 6–7:30pm
Free + open to all

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery are pleased to co-present the 2022–2023 Professional Development Series. Taking place over the Fall and Winter seasons, the series includes free workshops facilitated by arts professionals and local artists, geared towards emerging, mid-career and student artists and curators. Participants will gain enhanced experiential learning opportunities, develop a toolkit of skills in preparing for a career in the arts and extend networks with Kingston’s contemporary art communities.

Upcoming Making Art Work programs

The Relevancy Of Art Installations
February 28, 2023, 6pm

With Leisa Rich, hosted by Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

In a dynamic visual and auditory presentation, Leisa Rich will trace the history of the ways in which installation art has fulfilled many roles in the human experience. Tracing an historical timeline from ritualistic, spiritual and astrological early traditions, to politicized commentary, and the democratized, broad outreach installation art is creating today, Leisa will take participants on a journey into this inclusive art form.

Leisa Rich is an experimental visual artist who transforms materials in unique ways via dyeing, painting, melting, sculpting, heat transfer, embroidery, 3D printing, laser cutting, resin and more. Rich has Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Education in Art degrees, and has exhibited in notable museums and galleries. She is a published author. Rich has taught art for 48 years.

Rich’s works are in the permanent collections of Delta Airlines Inc., Hilton Hotels, Inc., Emory Healthcare/Women’s Health, Kamm Foundation, Dallas Museum of Art, University of Texas, University of North Texas, The Works: Atlanta, and in international private collections. In October 2020, in the middle of political upheaval and Covid, Rich virtually purchased a 96-year-old farmhouse on three acres on a rural St. Lawrence River island accessible only by ferry, and moved back to Canada after decades living, teaching, and exhibiting in the U.S.

Ecommerce for Artists
March 28, 2023, 6pm

With Jill Glatt, Hosted by Union Gallery

Do you want to know how to better tap into selling artwork online? Maybe you are a vendor at markets, and having ecommerce would help you manage inventory and payments. Maybe you want to reach a farther audience and be able to make more passive income from your artwork. Making a living as an artist means understanding how to build an audience, how to price art products, and the unique requirements for shipping art. Artist Jill Glatt will be covering aspects of ecommerce she uses day-to-day, and what tools and platforms she prefers as an artist.

Jill Glatt (she/her) is a Katarokwi/Kingston-based illustrator, printmaker, arts educator, and French teacher with the Limestone District School Board. Her artistic practice is based around and informed by ecology, community, and sustainability. She has developed and delivered programming for the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston Arts Council, Centre Culturel Frontenac, Modern Fuel and the Juvenis Festival. Jill is also the Volunteer Coordinator for the Skeleton Park Arts Festival and sits on their board of directors as Treasurer.

Juvenis: Careers in the arts
IN-PERSON: May 3, 2023, 7–8:30pm

Hosted by Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Have you ever considered a career in the arts? Do you wonder what an average day looks like for a curator, or how to become an arts educator?

Join us for this special edition of Making Art Work, hosted by Agnes and supported by the Juvenis Festival. We invite youth ages 13–30 to attend this session where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from and chat with individuals working in a range of visual arts-related careers including artists, illustrators, professors, curators, conservators,preparators and more!

Light refreshments are provided.

The Juvenis Festival is an 11-day-long festival, running 27 April to 7 May 2023. It gives young people ages 30 and under an opportunity to act, sing, dance, perform, and showcase their artistic talents, as well as take free workshops and masterclasses to build on their interests and skills in the arts.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education and is a partnership with The Juvenis Festival.