Panel focuses on Artist Entrepreneurs with Big Ideas
The City of Austin Economic Development Department (EDD) Small Business Program is pleased to announce their next Exploring Entrepreneurship Panel for the creative community: Big Ideas. The event will take place at the Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St. Austin, TX 78701) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on July 27, 2017. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit http://www.austintexas.gov/smallbiz.
Exploring Entrepreneurship: Big Ideas
How will you bring your big ideas to life? Three Texas artists share their journey on how they brought massive concepts to fruition and how it made a profound impact on their community and career. Learn best practices for your role as a project manager, working with public and private partners and resources for ambitious projects.
Artists: Sharon Keshishian, Josef Kristofoletti, Peter Svarzbein
Moderator: Annette D. Carlozzi
For 40 years now in art scenes large and small, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi has built an expansive practice as a curator of modern & contemporary art. A champion of local artist communities who stays abreast of international developments, Carlozzi has a keen eye for emerging talent and a steadfast commitment to looking beyond labels.
Sharon Keshishian is a multimedia artist, specializing in glasswork and neon, whose craft and artistry have built Ion Art, a business that has been influencing the City of Austin for over 30 years. The projects Ion Art has built are diverse and influential, and have included the Whole Foods ATX sculpture, Marfa Playboy Bunny, stained glass windows for the residence of NASA Astronaut James Lovell, the mirrored Discow from the Cow Parade, the First Night sculpture mounted on the City Hall, the Steel House Lofts color-changing Water Tower, and much more. www.ionart.com
Austin, TX based artist Josef Kristofoletti was born in Nagyvarad, Transylvania. His work is primarily made up of mural paintings that address ideas about nature, technology, space and architecture. He was an artist in residence at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. His work has appeared in several publications including Wired, PBS News Hour, New York Times, The Guardian, Boston Globe, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Symmetry Magazine. In 2013 he represented the United States at the Bienal del Sur en Panama, in Panama City. www.kristofoletti.com
Peter Svarzbein is a photographer, curator and disruptive media specialist. Graduate of the renowned Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop, Svarzbein earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. During graduate school at the SVA, Svarzbein created the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project. His work with community leaders resulted in TXDOT committing $97 million to construct a trolley route and refurbish the original streetcars that ran between El Paso and Juarez. www.mongovision.com
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