North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central to host free panel discussion Jan. 19 on making a living in the arts

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Janet Bloch
Janet Bloch

Please note, the location of the panel discussion has changed to Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

North Central College invites aspiring artists and entrepreneurs to a free panel discussion Jan. 19 on “Making it in the Arts.”

Attendees will learn what it takes to make a living in the arts from a panel of visual, performing, literary and media artists. The discussion is free and open to North Central College students and faculty as well as students and faculty from other colleges and community members. The presentation is coordinated by The Chicago Artists’ Coalition and Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA).

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.t. The first 25 students from any college or university who present a valid ID will receive a free student membership to the Chicago Artists Coalition.

The panel moderator is Janet Bloch, a SEA board member who earned a master of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She served as director of Woman Made Gallery in Chicago from 1993 to 2000 and authored the new book, “Strategic Marketing Tools for Visual Artists.” Bloch has had several solo exhibits nationwide and earned numerous awards, including an Illinois Arts Council Visual Artists Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Regional/Midwest Fellowship and two Individual Artist’s grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. She currently serves as education director at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Ind.

Panelists include Andrew Huff, editor and publisher of Gapers Block; Rachel Damon, artistic director at Synapse Arts; Tristan Hummel, founder of Art on Track and the Built Festival in Chicago’s Wicker Park; and Joe Roberts, professor of arts entrepreneurship at Columbia College in Chicago.

The panel will discuss a variety of topics focused around making a living in the arts, including key steps they took in getting started; balancing business and “creation” time; overcoming struggles; marketing and promotion, especially as it has been influenced by social media; business plans, and more.

North Central College’s 12th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference will be held Feb. 24-25 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel and offers high school students, educators and adults who aspire to be self-employed artists to gain valuable information about running their own businesses as artists.

All areas of art are represented including visual, performing, literary and media. Activities include artist led sessions, panel discussions, round table discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, mock auditions, business plan reviews, book proposal reviews, networking, and much more.  

The conference is intended for college students, serious high school students, artists and educators and features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists. Contact Amy Rogers, SEA director, at 630-637-5468 or to learn more. SEA is supported by The Coleman Foundation, the John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation and private donors. Visit to learn more.