2019 Emerging Artist Incubator Series

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2019 Emerging Artist Incubator: A Professional Development Series.

Emerge is thrilled to be partnering with the University of Idaho, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts to bring you the 2019 Emerging Artist Incubator: A Professional Development Series.

“As a student in the Artist Incubator workshop, I appreciated the preparation and care the instructor put into both the class presentations and the written materials that were generously shared. Megan taught us how to build a body of work; how to write resumes, biographies, and artist statements; how to develop and display a portfolio; and how to apply for exhibitions and grants. Her enthusiasm and love for the arts was as clear as her desire to develop aspiring artists. I learned a ton in this workshop and recommend it without hesitation!” – Jo Lien, local photographer and 2018 Emerging Artist Incubator Participant


Emerge’s 2019 Artist Incubator features three types of course experiences:

● Incubator Core
● Open Critique and Portfolio Review
● Panel Discussion and Workshop


Incubator Core 

The Incubator Core classes introduce a variety of topics related to fostering creativity and
professional engagement with the arts. The curriculum focuses on the creation of professional quality artworks, written documents, and portfolio rather than on sales strategies. These workshops highlight the importance of good creative habits and a disciplined approach to a career in the arts.
Artists transitioning from art school or private home studio practice into the professional realm will benefit greatly, and mid-career artists may find this series helpful in revising foundational documents and portfolio elements. This workshop series celebrates individuality rather than a onesize- fits-all approach to professional development. While each workshop explores current art industry standards, discussions focus on adapting these guidelines to fit the individual artist.

Each class session features two hours of presentation and discussion related to the topic of the day.

Printed course materials will accompany this part of each workshop. A private Facebook group is active for the entire five month workshop series, and is open only to Incubator Core students. This instructor-moderated forum provides space for further discussion about workshop topics and feedback on individual artists’ work. This approach allows for participants to engage in expanded discussions about workshop topics and to share their integration of new ideas and processes.

● Classes run once per month, with online discussion group for support between meetings.
● The Incubator Core classes will take place in Emerge’s newly renovated gallery space.
● Students must have an active Facebook account to participate in the online discussion forum.
● Enrollment is required for entire 5 month series, $25 refundable deposit due at time of registration.
● This series is designed to serve artists who are 16 and older.
● This class is limited to 15 students.

About the Instructor :

Megan Cherry’s working life is rooted in North Idaho, where she balances public service with studio practice and teaching. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both fine art and theatrical design from the College of Santa Fe along with an MFA from the University of Idaho. Megan was a faculty member in the North Idaho College Art Department from 2010 – 2018, where she specialized in teaching arts and humanities core classes. Megan now serves Emerge of Coeur d’ Alene with curriculum development and instruction for the Artist Incubator, a professional development program for emerging artists. As an active member of the Sandpoint Arts Commission from 2016-2018, Megan developed a fondness for the collaborative process of tending a city’s public art collection. This passion for creative organization and community engagement has carried her to the City of Moscow, where she now serves as Arts Program Manager. When not at City Hall, in the classroom, or in the art studio, Megan can usually be found in the midst of woodworking and forest stewardship collaborations with her husband James.


Incubator Core

Second Saturday 2 – 4 pm at Emerge

Class Topics

January 12th 2019 – Purposeful Studio Practice: Creating a Cohesive Body of Work
This workshop will offer some guidance for artists who are ready to take their studio work to the next level. Each artist has their own studio habits and preferences, so we’ll explore ways each individual can promote artistic growth and work around common creative obstacles. Discussion topics will include: working in series, conceptual development, effective uses of sketchbooks and writing, studio time management, and more!

February 9th  2019 – Writing an Artist Statement and Biography
An artist statement and biography are essential components of any artist’s toolbox. The
artist statement is a verbal introduction to the artwork, and similarly, the biography is an
introduction to the artist’s professional identity. Since these documents are used frequently
and in many different contexts, it is important to keep them current and looking their best.
In this workshop we’ll discuss some guidelines for getting started on or refining both of
these professional documents.

March  9th 2019 – Writing an Artist’s Resume
Adhering to industry standards and creating consistent formatting are the keys to creating
an effective artist’s resume. This workshop offers an introduction to those standards, and
we’ll also discuss work flow methods and the use of one’s resume as a self-motivation tool. If you’ve been putting off resume creation or revision, this workshop will be a catalyst for the next stage of growth!

April 13th 2019 – Portfolio Development
During this workshop, we’ll consider how to present an artist’s portfolio in an efficient and
professional manner. This session will address the creation and storage of quality
photographs of the artwork as well as the presentation of those photos in a portfolio. Digital technologies offer an array of options for presenting one’s artistic work to the world, and this workshop is an opportunity to discover the portfolio building method that fits you best.

May 11th 2019 – Preparing for Presentation and Applying for Opportunities
You’ve put in the studio hours and the artwork is amazing. Your professional documents and portfolio are polished and proof-read to perfection. It is time to show your work to the
world! Proper presentation of the artwork is essential; professional framing, labeling, and
packaging protect the artwork and help the artist to make a good impression. This workshop will also introduce the practice of applying for a variety of opportunities at the local, regional, and national level.

Open Critique

(January 24th, February 21st, March 21st, April 25th. 6 – 8 pm at Emerge.)

The Emerge Artist Incubator Open Critique sessions are an opportunity for emerging artists to share current works with a group and to receive feedback. A team of three art industry professionals will be on hand to offer expert advice and encouragement. These sessions are open to the public, whether showing work in the critique session or not.

● These open critiques will take place once a month in Emerge’s newly renovated gallery space.
● No pre-registration is required, but critique participation is limited to 7 artists per session (15 min per artist).
● This series is designed to serve artists who are 16 and older.

Portfolio Review

May 23rd 6 – 8 pm at Emerge.The Portfolio Review is a capstone session for the Open Critique sessions as well as the Incubator
Core. Artists will have the opportunity to share portfolio, resume, artist statement, and biography
with a group of three arts professionals from the community. The panel will offer feedback and
suggestions for the artist’s improvement and growth.
● Pre-registration required, with priority given to Incubator Core students and Open Critique participants.
● The portfolio review is designed to serve artists who are 16 and older.

Panel Discussions and Workshops

(January 15th, February 12th, March 12th, April 16th, and May 14th 6 – 9 pm)

Emerge Incubator Panel Discussions and Workshops address topics relevant to contemporary art practice. Aligned with the curriculum of the Incubator Core, these discussions and workshops are an opportunity for emerging artists to learn about industry trends, standards, and etiquette from regional artists and arts leaders.

● These panel discussions and workshops will take place in Emerge’s newly renovated gallery space.
● The Panel Discussions are open to the public and require no pre-registration.

Panel Discussion and Workshop Topics

Panel Discussion January 15th: Originality, Influence, and Explorations of Culture

Panel Discussion February 12th: Taking it to the Streets – Contemporary Public Art Practice


Photography Workshops March 12th with Woodsmen Creative (artists 16 and older, pre-registration required.

Please see calendar event for pricing information or email woodsmencreative@gmail.com)

  • Professional Headshots
  • Photographing 2D and 3D artworks

Panel Discussion April 16th: Pressing Matters – Printing and Publishing Photographic, Digital, and other Two-Dimensional Artwork

Panel Discussion May 14th: Gallery Communication and Practice – Approaching Juried Shows, Non-Profits, and Commercial Galleries