Aug 18, 2009

GYST's Fall 2009 Workshop

Announcing Open Enrollment for GYST's Fall 2009 Workshop:
Getting Your Sh*t Together: The Ultimate Career Boot Camp for Artists.

Contact: Tucker Neel, GYST Marketing Manager

Register now for the Fall Getting Your Sh*t Together Workshop at The
Eagle Rock Center for The Arts. If you are anywhere in the LA area and
are looking to kick-start your art career, get organized, and learn just
about everything it takes to make it in the art world, then this class
is just what you've been looking for.

Duration: Mondays (7pm - 9pm) September 21 – November 9
+ Curator Review Sunday (10am-2pm) November 15

The Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
2225 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Tuition: $250 includes a copy of the GYST software (a $150 value).

REGISTER TODAY. This class fills up very fast.
To register visit

Or send a check for the $250 tuition, made out to GYST Ink, to
4223 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027-4511

About the Class:
Getting Your Sh*t Together: The Ultimate Career Boot Camp for Artists.

Created by artist, curator, and legendary CalArts professor Karen
Atkinson, Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST) is the often-imitated
workshop for emerging artists, and for artists who've been "emerging"
longer than they expected. Over 500 artists have graduated from GYST
since 2002 and their continued success and contributions to the art
world are what gives GYST such a great reputation.

GYST teaches you the business stuff you should have learned in art
school, but didn't. GYST values self-sufficiency and presents you with
information, skills, and strategies to make things happen without
necessarily waiting around for some arbiter of culture to validate your
work. We're not concerned with producing slick, commercialized artists,
nor is this some new age, touchy-feely "find your inner artist" crap.
GYST is a comprehensive class for artists, by artists that will teach
you bare-knuckled, practical strategies for negotiating the baffling
terrain of the contemporary art world.

Over 8-weeks, you'll create and refine your "presentation package,"
including your artist statement, bio, resume, portfolio, and more, with
the full editorial and technical support of GYST's staff.

The class culminates with Curator Speed Dating. Get real-world feedback
on your portfolio and proposals from some of the area's hottest
curators. Past curators have been LA Times Art Critic David Pagel, LA
Weekly Critic Doug Harvey, LACE Director Carol Stakenas, Artillery
Editor Tulsa Kinney, and curator and writer Shana Nys Dambrot.

Students also get a complimentary copy of the new GYST software, which
usually retails for $150. The MAC and PC based program is packed with
all the organizing tools and information resources every artist needs.
Find out more about the software by visiting

For more information visit: or
email Tucker Neel, GYST's Marketing Manager, at

"Two weeks after finishing GYST, I had a studio visit from Robert
Berman. Because I had recently gotten my sh*t together, I was able to
send him a portfolio before the visit. I think it really helped - he
offered me a solo show. Thanks, GYST! Really, thank you. I mean it."
- Alumni Cameron Gray had his first solo show (ever) in 2007 at the
renowned Robert Berman Gallery and sold several large canvases. He's
currently represented by Berman's Gallery.

- GYST Alumni Ari Kletzky was the subject of an extensive article on the
front page of the LA Times Sunday Arts section. His featured Islands of
LA project was developed over the course of our GYST workshop. Kletzky
(who has a BA in business) recently quit his day-job at a loan agency
and currently is enrolled in Cal Art's Fine Arts MFA program.

"This was PHENOMENAL! I learned more than I expected AND really
appreciated how the class helped make the idea of being an artist a
concrete, solid pursuit." –Andrae G.

"The class was motivating and inspiring. My expectations were
exceeded – the amount of info on grant writing and web design, the
night we spent talking about exhibition spaces – so much more
information than anticipated." – Megan D.

"I cant believe how affordable the class is! Seriously, the wealth
of information is worth a GAZILLION times more than the cost."
–Sasha H.

"This class was better than I expected. Writing a statement and all
the help with revisions was the biggest thing for me." – Carolyn

GYST Ink is an artist-run company committed to empowering and educating
artists so that they can take control of their practice and develop
successful and sustainable careers on their own terms. For more
information visit

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