Artist Support Services

Artist Support Group

Artistry’s Artist Support Group is designed to give visual artists the chance to make connections with other artists and receive information, tools, and skill-building opportunities to advance their own artwork and career.  Group meetings are free, occur on a Tuesday evening every other month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., and focus on a different topic each session. Meetings may also include time to critique current work and share information about participants' upcoming art happenings.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
Chadwick Conference Room - Bloomington Center for the Arts

Topic: Shooting Better Photos Of Your Artwork with Al Porter

People on the business side of art say the number one mistake artists make is submitting inferior photography of their work. Nowadays, inexpensive cameras and even cell phones are capable of capturing high quality photos. However, not every smart phone owner knows about photo set-up, control of light, and post shoot processing. Although recommended, sometimes hiring a professional photographer to take photos of your work is out reach. Join us for our next Artist Support Group meeting with artist and art photographer, Al Porter, owner of Al will use an iPhone and a MacBook running the built-in Photos App to demonstrate approach and workflow on basic art photography principles, lighting, color control, and file preparation so that you and your smart phone can have a better chance at creating quality photos.

About our presenter:

Al Porter started doing photography back in high school when he worked on the school newspaper - back when there were real darkrooms. Al received is college degree in graphic design and printing from Cal Poly and worked for 20 years as a graphic designer and representative with a high quality commercial printer in San Francisco. Some of his clients included Apple, Adobe, Levi’s, ad agencies, and many top graphic designers. Understanding of accurate color and image reproduction was critical. 

Having received formal education in drawing and painting Al has been an active artist for 30 years. He has shown in many solo and group exhibitions. Al started as a service to help artists improve their portfolio presentation. Al’s studio is located in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis.

Artist Support Group meetings are always free but we do have a free will offering box with a suggested donation of $5 per participant to help supplement the presenter stipend. 

2018 Meeting Dates and Topics (subject to change)

January 23 – Shooting Better Photos of Your Artwork
March 13 – Gallery Panel
May 15 – Pricing Artwork
September 11 – Inspiration Station
November 20 – Social Media 101

Advance registration is typically not required but is requested. For more information, to be put on the Artist Support Group e-mail list, or to register for upcoming meetings, please contact Director of Visual Arts Rachel Daly at or 952-563-8570.

Professional Development

Artistry provides free one-on-one critiques and coaching for visual artists seeking advice on developing a resume/bio, writing an artist statement, presenting images, and other topics relevant to attaining an exhibition at Artistry and other venues. Visual Arts Director Rachel Daly has more than 15 years' experience working with artists; designing and installing exhibitions; and serving as a panelist, fine art judge, and guest speaker for organizations, art fairs, and colleges/universities throughout the region. To schedule a time to meet with Rachel, please contact her at

Business of Art Classes and Workshops

Artistry provides classes and workshops designed to help practicing artists develop the skills they need to promote and establish themselves in the fast-paced, ever-changing art world. Classes are taught by subject matter experts. To see current classes, click here and check the listings under "Business of Art."