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

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.

Instructor: Sarah German

BA University of Northern Iowa, Studio Art: Ceramics Sarah is a practicing visual artist, creating functional wheel-thrown and altered pottery for exhibitions, galleries, and festivals. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and 500 Teapots: Volume 2. Sarah is also the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Dougherty Arts Center.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, Spring 3, April 13-May 20, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: Residents - $145, Non-Residents - $167

Registration opens December 4, 2019.

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!

Dates: Mondays, Summer 2, July 20-August 24, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: Residents - $72, Non-Residents $83

Registration opens on May 13, 2020.

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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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 was held in early spring of 2020. It will be scheduled again in early spring of 2021, with registration opening in December of 2020.


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