ConFab: A One-Day Practicum - How to Make Things Happen as an Artist

Deana Haggag is the President and CEO of United States Artists (USA)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

ConFab: A One-Day Practicum on
How to Make Things Happen as an Artist

A day-long series of workshops and discussions that are designed to inspire innovative strategies for producing and presenting artistic works and projects. Topics covered will address how to access resources, collaborate, find your public, and re-boot and re-fresh one’s career. Speakers and workshop leaders include Deana Haggag, Executive Director of United States Artists; Austin Thomas, artist/cultural producer of Pocket Utopia in Newark, NJ and many more!

Noon – Welcome reception
1 pmInterdisciplinary Pollinating Overlap (IPO): Speed Dating Style artist introductions
2:30 pmFlip the Script: Talk and workshop with Austin Thomas using sketchbooks as tools and discussing new conversations and new methods for artists to be creative about presenting their work
to the public
5 pmStacking Hats: Panel Talk with Leah Brown and Ingrid Schindall discussing their experiences, challenges, pitfalls, and the rewards of creating and operating arts businesses in South Florida and beyond.
6:30 pm – Wine reception
7 pm – Deana Haggag talk + Q & A

ConFab participation is Free for Art and Culture Center Members
$7 for Non-Members

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About the Speakers:

Deana Haggag is the President and CEO of United States Artists (USA), a national arts funding organization based in Chicago. Before joining USA in February 2017, she was the Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting art museum in Baltimore for four years. In addition to her leadership roles, Haggag lectures extensively, consults on various art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and has taught at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the Advisory Board of Recess and Council of Common Field, and has served as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy.



Leah Brown is a Fort Lauderdale-based sculptor and installation artist. Her studio practice is an attempt at understanding the nature of reality through a questioning and observation of dream continuity. By performing repetitive and meditative actions of artmaking, including moldmaking, hairwork, and stiffened fabric processes, she uses the dreamt version of these actions as a way to trigger lucidity. She uses this phenomenon to explore a continuing dream narrative through creating meticulous tableaux of prominent repeated dream characters in order to invoke them back into the night’s dream. Part personal mythology and part pseudo-scientific exploration, the resulting artworks begin as illustrations, but become artifacts of invocations. Brown received her BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Miami. She was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship (2013) and is a Broward Cultural Division grant recipient for the 2014 exhibition, Beep Bop Boop. Residencies include the HUB-BUB year-long artist residency in Spartanburg, SC, and the Accessibility: Sustainability artist residency in Sumpter, SC. In addition to her studio practice, Brown is the exhibitions director and co-curator of the FATVillage Arts District 501©3 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she oversees the execution of art exhibitions in the Projects, an 8,000 sq ft gallery space, and a recipient of a 2015-2016 Knight Arts Challenge Grant.


IPO is a Miami collective created in 2004 by choreographer/director Octavio Campos, film/video artist Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez and visual artist Michelle Weinberg. IPO examines how the intuitive, fluid nature of the artistic process is both disrupted and energized by the insertion of banal economic facts. By fusing movement, scenic design, sound, video and animation, Campos, Rodriguez and Weinberg create an experimental forum in time and space on the status of the artistic process and product today. IPO engages the public in a conversation which interfaces the vocabulary of art with business, and movement with visual / time-based media.


Ingrid Schindall is the Owner and Director of IS Projects, a public-access printmaking and book arts studio whose mission is to promote innovations and developments to print and book media by providing knowledge, training, and a supportive work space for South Florida’s artists. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in printmaking with a studio concentration in book arts and Summa Cum Laude. Schindall was the press coordinator for the Globe Collection and Press and Dolphin Press & Print. In February 2012, she worked as Senior Printer and collaborator with the artist Trenton Doyle Hancock for an editioned Benefit Print project published by the Baltimore Museum of Art and MICA. She also managed and printed a poster by the artist and master printer Bob Cicero of the famed Globe Poster to announce the 2012 Baltimore Museum of Art Contemporary Print Fair. Schindall has a methodical, yet free and experimental studio practice.


Austin Thomas is an artist, curator and community builder. Her work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center, Murray Guy, The Sculpture Center, Art in General and at White Columns (NY), and internationally in Singapore, Australia, and Hungary and at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna. From 2007 to 2014, she directed the influential Pocket Utopia gallery. She is a graduate of NYU and in the summer of 2016 her permanent public sculpture for a new park in Brooklyn was unveiled. She has also done public commissions for the Public Art Fund and Grinnell College. Thomas’s work is featured in the book titled Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists and will also be featured in that book’s sequel The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, which were both edited by Sharon Louden.


Change Agents: Six South Florida Artists Making Things Happen is funded in part by a Cultural Tourism Program grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency; and Visit Florida.​

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