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Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2017 conference a success!  
Looking for one of the speakers/performers? Last year's line up is below.

Date: Saturday, Aug 26, 2017
McHenry County College


Nolan McCants: Sell Your Work Without Selling Out
Photographer & entrepeneur Nolan McCants shares with us how we can keep
our work meaningful as we enter the marketplace with creative work and talk about
how to make the call on when to merchandise (and how) and more.

About Nolan: Nolan W. McCants is an award winning fine art photographer whose 
pursuit of creative work has immersed him in diverse cultures throughout the world, 
across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Nolan has also crossed over
into the world of the clothing industry, and has launched a line of designer garments 
that combines fine art with fashion.

Ballet 5:8: Meditations

Members of the nationally touring dance company will perform an
original work that explores how two bonded individuals with vastly
different perspectives travel through life together.

About Ballet 5:8: 

Ballet 5:8 is a Chicago company passionate about discussion
and storytelling in the context of breathtaking dance performance.

Their dedication to artistic ingenuity, innovation, excellence, 
and their interdisciplinary approach that celebrates the exchange 
of ideas in the creative realm has brought them critical acclaim.

Sergio Gomez: How to Talk About Your Artwork with Greater Impact

Jessica Modica: How To Get Your Art Into Museums

Executive Director of the Freeport Art Museum, Jessica Modica
will share what museums look for in an exhibition proposal. 
Jessica will give us an insider's peek at what makes a proposal 
successful and unique to your personal narrative as an artist to 
help you get noticed by museum staff.

About Jessica: 

Jessica Modica is the current executive director of the Freeport Art Museum
and former curator at the Rockford Art Museum.

Artist Tim Lowly with his piece, Bower - photo by Tim Erickson

Julianna Slager: Turning Inspiration into Action

Kathleen will interview Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director & co-founder Julianna Slager about how to put purpose behind our creative goals and work to make our dreams a reality.

About Julianna:
Since training with notable companies such as the Ann Arbor Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Vaganova Academy and Puerto Rican National Ballet, Slager’s choreography has been performed at festivals and events across the Midwest, including Dance Chicago, Project Dance, Chicago International Arts Festival and the Detroit City Dance Festival. Ballet 5:8 also tours nationally, bringing Slager's critically acclaimed ballets such as Scarlet and The Stor(ies) of You and Me to audiences across the nation. In 2015, Slager was awarded the Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago for recognition and continued development of her choreographic work. 

Hate talking about your artwork? Internationally acclaimed artist, educator, curator and art mentor Sergio Gomez shares practical strategies on how to effectively share the meaning behind your artwork in a way that will impact 
and inspire collectors to connect with your work on a deeper level.

About Sergio:

Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist whose contributions to the art world include being Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, owner & director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, and co-founder of the artist mentorship program, Art NXT Level, with Yanina Gomez. He has decades of experience as a exhibiting artist and curator, working with galleries, art exhibitions and museums locally to internationally.
Guest Performance 
Artists: Iskha Baha

Ishka Baha is a performance collective fronted by Danny Mitchell and Phil Denofrio. Danny, a singer-songwriter, seeks to express through music, poetry; while Phil, a poet, seeks to express music through poetry. 

Together, they will perform multi-disciplinary works at the Creek Gallery conference that are a fusion of spoken word, music and the unexpected.

                  Phil Denofrio

                Danny Mitchell  

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Click here to register online

Sponsored by Willow Crystal Lake
Held at Mchenry County College
8900 Rt 14, Crystal Lake, IL

COST: $25 early bird, $30 regular registration
Student rate:(High school/college) $10 early/$15 reg 

* Morning coffee included with registration.

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