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The Dougherty Arts Center offers professional development for artists through classes, workshops, meetups, and our Artist Resource Center.

Public Artist Training Program

Public Artist Training Program

Learn more about the production of artworks for public places including an overview of budgeting, engineering, site selection, and proposal preparation. This six-week class encourages research and provides students with opportunities to learn from accomplished public artists. The class will give an in depth look at the Public Art application process, while students work to put together their own submission package. This class will take place virtually through Zoom.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
January 4 – February 10, 2021
Resident: $96
Non-Resident: $120

Registration will open December 8, 2020. Click Online Registration at the top of this page and then browse activities under Dougherty Arts Center.

Artist Professional Practices

Artist Professional Practices

The Dougherty Art Center’s Artist Professional Practices class offers training and career preparation for the visual artist to build and maintain a thriving artistic practice through hands-on instruction. Topics include resumes and artist statements, artwork documentation and portfolio preparation, budgeting, marketing, applying to shows, and selling your work. Prepare for your career in the arts!

This class will take place again in Summer 2021.

ETA 2020

Emerging Teaching Artists

Bring your passion for art and creative gifts to schools and children – become a teaching artist! In collaboration with MINDPOP, this application-based fellowship program is for artists of color and artists who identify as having a disability, to learn effective and engaging techniques and strategies for teaching art in the classroom and the community.

This class concluded in spring of 2020. Please check back for information on the next session.

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Ceramic Professional Dev

Ceramic Professional Development

Are you ready to take your ceramic practice to the next level? This six-week class will help students to develop the tools and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the ceramic arts.  Through instruction, critique, and local artist studio visits, students will learn about studio operations, preparing resumes and artist statements, photographing and selling work, and self-promotion.

This class does not involve ceramic studio time.

This class was cancelled for Spring 2020. It will take place again in Spring of 2021.


Artist Resource Center


Artist Resource Center

The Artist Resource Center is a place for emerging and established artists of all mediums to engage and collaborate. Functioning as a no cost meeting and research space for the arts community, the Artist Resource Center offers the tools for creatives to develop and advance their careers in the arts.
View the Artist Resource Center's Professional Development Workshop Series


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AUSTIN, TX 78704