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The 12th Annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference took place February 24-25 in Lisle, Ill., bringing together over 500 students to meet with artists and educators. The mission of the SEA is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.

The SEA Conference is centered on the idea that artists who have business skills, market knowledge, a network, and access to resources will succeed as a professional artist. Through artist-led panels and discussions, the SEA Conference helps students, artists, and educators develop these tools.

Several Millikin University students were recognized for their work and received awards in the SEA Conference Juried Art & Business Plan Competitions.

Alexa Snyder (B.F.A., studio art, ’13) received Best in Show and a $300 prize in the Juried Art Competition. Jess Black (B.F.A., studio art, ’12) also received a Juror’s Award and a $100 prize, and Anna Niebrugge (B.F.A., studio art, ’12) was selected to present her work at the SEA Conference.

Peter Bushnell (B.S., entrepreneurship, ’13), Amanda Sagan (B.S., graphic design & entrepreneurship minor, ’13), and Favian Lobo (B.A., art major, ’12) were awarded second place and a $500 prize in the Business Plan Competition for their T-shirt and design business. The students began their business, Stencil-Vania Shirt Co., in fall 2011 as part of Millikin University’s "The Art of Entrepreneurship" course.

For more information on Self Employment in the Arts, visit www.selfemploymentinthearts.com.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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