ARts Management Alumni PRofiles

Deborah Blackwell '08

Major/Minor: BFA Art emphasis in sculpture; Arts Management minor

What made you decide to be an Arts Management student when you were attending UW-Whitewater?

I had already developed a business plan with the goal to open a non-profit community art studio and gallery. So I got the arts management minor to give me a better perspective on this.

What is your current position and where?

Founder and Director of Studio 84 in Whitewater. www.studio84inc.org

What is the importance, to you, of having an arts management minor/major?

Having gone through the program has really given me a good perspective and skills in the operation of an art center along with some of the issues involved. Just having a degree in art to create my own personal art I knew would be a tough place to be, it's not easy in the art world to make a living making art! Having the arts management background opens up possibilities. I love having a career that keeps me in the world of art. I can always do my personal art on the side, but during the day---I am always in a creative place.

Any advice for current or potential Arts Management students, i.e. what to expect, skills that are useful, any specific computer programs they should be familiar with etc.

For all students: LEARN TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. In a creative field such as arts management it is probably an even more important quality to have.Keep on top and connected to what's happening in the art world.Learn good design skills and programs like photo shop and illustrator. Get to know excel for data and record keeping. Understand budgets and marketing. Learn to really analyze things to know what's working and what's not working. These are all skills that will put you above the rest. While we'd all love to have the big job in the sky when we graduate, it may not happen right away. Having these other skills above and beyond will open more doors in smaller art and theater venues as often a few people do many many jobs. Those skills will make you more valuable to have on a team.


Shawna Terry '02

Major/Minor: BFA Theatre Management/Promotion; Art History minor

What made you decide to be an Arts Management student when you were attending UW-Whitewater?

It was a good balance between the reliability of a business job and the creativity of an artistic career

What is your current position and where?

Box Office & Events Manager at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, WI

What is the importance, to you, of having an arts management minor/major?

It provided better experience for understanding and thriving in a non-profit environment.

Any advice for current or potential Arts Management students, i.e. what to expect, skills that are useful, any specific computer programs they should be familiar with etc.

Never burn a bridge and always express gratitude for the assistance of others, because connections are one of your greatest assets.

Location

Center of the Arts
950 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

College Connections

54.198.33.96