Business Basics & Recordkeeping for Artists

Running a business involves several factors and can be challenging. Artists and creatives also need to consider factors that other business owners may not. This workshop will cover the basics of business and recordkeeping.

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development | Business
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Artrepreneur

Program Description

Start an art business

At this workshop, led by local artist CV Peterson, learn how to prepare a simple, arts-friendly business plan to help you organize all the various aspects of your artistic practice. Plus, you’ll cover how to make informed business decisions based off of finances and other data points.

Topics you will discuss:

  • Tracking revenues and expenses
  • Making informed projections
  • Understanding your artistic business finances


CV Peterson is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Eau Claire, WI. Their work combines scientific exploration and art as a way to examine human‐caused environmental devastation. They received their MFA (’16) and BFA (‘14) from the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, and a BA ('10) from Gustavus Adolphus College in Japanese studies and studio art with a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. They studied sumi‐e painting at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata‐shi, Japan; followed by an apprenticeship at Moeller Bronze, Ltd. in bronze foundry work. They are the founder of Envisage Art Retreat in Chippewa Falls, WI.

CV is an active member in the national and international art communities. They have shown at the Chicago architecture Biennale 2015 and 2017, 6018 N Gallery in Chicago, the Shanghai Zhu Qizhan Art Museum in China and the CICA Museum in South Korea. They have performed at the international performance festivals Forward Fringe Performance Festival, Detroit, MI; Out of Site Chicago, Chicago, IL; The Performance Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand. They have recently attended the Arteles Art Residency, Finland, in 2018. CV mentored under Roberto Sifuentes, Eduardo Kac, Lin Hixson, Joseph Ravens and Tricia Van Eck.


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