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, November 14, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
McCloud Conference Room - Bloomington Center for the Arts

Topic: A Public Art Intro - “mini” Making it Public with Forecast

This introduction to public art is brought to us by Forecast Public Art, a Saint Paul based, nationally acclaimed non-profit organization which activates people, networks, and proven practices to advance the transformational power of arts in public life. If you’d like to get a better understanding of the field of public art and the many players involved in a public art project as well as how your artistic practice might translate into this ever growing and dynamic arena of creative placemaking, then join us on November 14. Forecast’s Jen Krava will provide a “mini” Making it Public informational session. Making it Public is typically a full two-day workshop provided by Forecast to help artists delve deep into public art. This “mini” version will touch on all the topics and provide an overview while also answering your questions. You will come away with a better understanding of what it would take to apply for “Requests for Proposals” and how a traditional visual artist can work with other creatives to make their art more public art friendly.

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. 

2017 Meeting Dates and Topics (subject to change)

January 24 – Gallery Panel
March 28 – Building Your Artist Website
May 23 – Business of Selling Art
September 19 – Inspiration Station
November 14 – Public Art Intro

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."