University to present "The Business of Art" panel on March 5

Release Date: 2/10/2014

University of the Ozarks will present a professional panel discussion called "The Business of Art" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in the Rogers Conference Center.

The event is part of the University's 2013-2014 Walton Arts & Ideas Series. Admission is free and it is open to the public.

The panel will be comprised of professional administrators in the field of art. Those expected to take part on the panel include, Katy Malone, the visual artist and outreach coordinator with the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University in Georgia;  Niki Coccotelli Stewart, the director of education and exhibitions with Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.; and  Clark Huisman and Cindy Scott-Huisman, owners of Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock.

Tammy Harrington, associate professor of art at Ozarks, said "The Business of Art" panel "will provide insight into the professional preparation required to pursue a creative field from the administrative side."

Katy Malone

Katy Malone is the visual artist and outreach coordinator of the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

"Many artists balance their artistic careers with another job, and many business students are interested in working in an environment that is unusual and creative," Harrington said. "The art department at Ozarks provides professional preparation to pursue a career as an art teacher, or as a professional artist.  There aren't any classes that tie art and business together, although several of the art students have a business or marketing minor and vice versa.  This panel may illuminate some alternative career paths for both business and art students. These panelists from various sectors of the art world will share their journey and experience of pursuing a career in arts-related industries.  After a presentation by each of the panelists, guests will be invited to engage in questions and discussion."

Malone, who earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology before pursuing an MFA in studio arts from Georgia State University, started her artistic career as a painter, exhibiting her work throughout the Southeast and becoming heavily involved in the alternative art scene in Atlanta.  In addition to creating art, Katy has a second calling in arts administration.  After graduate school, she gained a fulltime position at the Fulton County Arts Council as the Public Art Registrar, and later moved to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to work as the senior assistant at the Airport Art Program.  She also taught studio foundation courses at Georgia State University and the Atlanta Art Institute. In 2013, Malone joined the new Zuckerman Museum of Art at KSU as outreach coordinator to spearhead a new education program on their behalf.  She continues to create and exhibit visual art, and occasionally participates in panels related to artist professionalism.

Niki Coccotelli Stewart

Niki Coccotelli Stewart is the director of education and exhibitions with Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.

Stewart has been with Crystal Bridges since before it opened in 2011, and was part of the team that took the museum from idea to reality. In her role, she oversees the design, development and implementation of all educational programs for families, adults, youth, teachers, students, and community groups. She also directs the temporary exhibitions program, managing the incoming and outgoing exhibitions, their design and the overall content of each show.  Prior to Crystal Bridges, Stewart served as associate curator of education for school programs at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla., where she created and delivered programming for thousands of students and teachers every year. Before her museum career, she was a public school teacher for students of all ages, kindergarten through college. She has also worked for the Walt Disney Company in a variety of art and education divisions including Disney Design Group, Entertainment, Imagineering, Animation, Creative Costuming, and Disney's Youth Education Series.

From an age when Cindy Scott-Huisman was way too small to reach the framing equipment, she enjoyed being at her family's gallery and custom framing shop. Her parents encouraged her to pursue her interests, so in college she studied music and theatre. She received a degree in humanities from Hendrix College in 1988. After a year of working in professional theatre, she decided to work full time at Cantrell Gallery, and quickly realized that working in a small family business was a dream career and she has never considered working for someone else again. Her parents started the art and custom framing business in 1970 and in 2009 she purchased the business. Scott-Huisman was recently selected to serve on the committee, which was appointed to choose artwork from the Senior Art Exhibit at Hendrix College, for purchase prizes of pieces to hang at Presbyterian Village Retirement Center. She also served on the acquisition committee for the 2013 fundraiser at the Arkansas Arts Center, Tabriz. She and her husband Clarke were the jurors for the 7th Annual Arkansas Tech Student Competitive Exhibition.

Clarke Huisman and Cindy Scott-Huisman

Clarke Huisman and Cindy Scott-Huisman are the owners of Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Ark.

Clarke Huisman graduated in 1988 with a degree in technical theatre from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  After a summer in Santa Fe, N.M. working at the Santa Fe Opera, he moved to Little Rock for the 1988-89 season at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Following a brief period at the Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, Calif., Huisman returned to Little Rock to work in Cindy Scott-Huisman's family business, Cantrell Gallery.  What was originally supposed to be a year has turned into 25 and counting. With an eye for detail and design, Huisman set out to master all the aspects of top quality custom picture framing. Cantrell Gallery is known for being able to tackle the most unusual projects; oversized items, unique shadowboxes, textiles, antique pieces and fragile documents are some examples of the types of things that Huisman gets to figure out how to preserve and display. His background in theatre has proven handy when it comes to construction of frames, special lighting projects and designing of custom picture framing.