Art Talks

Are you an artist looking for a venue to connect with other artists? Would you like to learn about different topics of interest to artists in the community?

Art Talks, in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library, is a professional development series for artists, designers and freelance creatives that are free and open to the public. Come connect with the local creative community, the Art Center, fellow artists, and attend topical talks by guest speakers.

We are excited to partner with the Ann Arbor District Library for future Art Talks! All events in the series will be presented at AADL facilities.



Art Talk with Kirby Fagan


Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 7:00-8: 30 pm

Location: Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Topic: Cultivating a Creative Life and Career in Illustration & Commercial Art

Speaker: Kirbi Fagan

TOPIC: In this lecture, Kirbi will reveal the unpredictable process of making a book cover. Kirbi will share her own strategies for enhancing your creativity with examples of her picture making approach, challenges, successes, and limitations in life and commercial art.
BIO: Kirbi Fagan is a Metro Detroit based illustrator who specializes in creating art for book covers and comics. She is the recipient of awards including International illustrator of the Future Award, Jack Gaughan Award: Best Emerging Artist and named Muddy Color’s Rising Star. Her illustrations are known for their magical themes, nostalgic mood and feminine heroines. Recent clients include Marvel Comics, Disney, Activision/Call of Duty, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books. Currently, she volunteers as Co-Regional Illustrator Coordinator with SCBWI and also teaches illustration at College for Creative Studies in Downtown Detroit.
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Click to see our past Art Talks:

November 28, 2018: Surviving as a Freelancer by Sarah Rose Sharp

October 17, 2018: The Publication Journey: From Idea to Book

September 19, 2018: Instagram for Artists, by Ellen Sherman

August 15, 2018: Framing Your Artwork – Things To Know

July 25, 2018: Selling at Art Fairs – Things to know, by Autumn Alakson

May 23, 2018: How to price your artwork, by Andrea Rosenfeld

March 28, 2018: Contracts and Copyright for Artists

February 28, 2018: Tax Tips For Artists, by Eric J. Gould

January 31, 2018: Marketing for Artists: Personal Branding, by Jim Hume

July 12, 2017: MCACA FY18 Minigrant Workshop, by Arts Alliance

June 21, 2017: Finding your inspiration: A conversation with Kim DeBord

May, 17, 2017: How Hatch Art in Hamtrack operates, by Chris Schneider

April 6, 2017: Get the Scoop on ArtPrize, by Kevin Buist

January 26, 2017: Make, Create, Collaborate – a discussion with the founders of Ypsi Alloy Studios, by Elize Jekabson, Jessica Tenbusch and Ilana Houten

November 30, 2016: How to build an exceptional, affordable website, by Sean Hickey & Keith Kopinski

October 26, 2016: How to Create a Strong Creative Business, by Andrea Rosenfeld

September 28, 2016: POP-X Edition, Collaborative Projects: You don’t have to say yes, but you can’t say no, by Andrew Thompson

August 24, 2016: Life between the Right and Left brain, by John Posa

July 20, 2016: Art Fair Edition

June 22, 2016: Tips on Applying for Grants, by Allison Buck

May 25, 2016: How to Submit your Artwork to a Show or Gallery, by Megan Winkel

April 27, 2016: How to Photograph your Artwork, by Nick Azzaro

March 23rd, 2016: How to Write an Artists’ Statement, by Maya West

March 1, 2016: Tax Tips for Artists, by Thomas R. Gawne

December 29, 2015: Holiday party and critique night

November 20, 2015: Nawal Motawi, founder of Motawi Tileworks

October 28, 2015: Switching Paths – Art as a second career, by Monte Nagler

September 30, 2015: How to Price your Art, by Nathan Rice

August 21, 2015: Legal Issues for Artists: How to protect your work and make sure you are paid, by Brandon Weiner

July 22, 2015: Passion Meets Frustration: How mental stress is part of being an artist, by Tiffany Tuttle

June 15, 2015: Resources for Artists, by Rachel Parke

May 20, 2015: Dealing with Rejection as an artist, by Nathan Rice

April 21, 2015: Digitally Marketing your Art, by Luisa Puentes


This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.