Artist INC Houston

Artist INC Houston

Pictured: The inaugural graduating class of Artist INC-Houston 2017.  Photo by GettaGo Photos

"We have tremendous creativity here and artists are a big part of what makes living and visiting Houston so appealing.  I am very interested in how we can help our artists and up-and-coming talent be successful in their careers.

 -Mayor Sylvester Turner on Artist INC-Houston 2017

Applications for the 2018 Class closed on Jan. 7, 2018.

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First launched in Kansas City, Artist INC is a cutting-edge training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Limited to 25 participants per session, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.  


Using an innovative class design, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, as well as large group discussion and multi-media lectures. Now in its eighth year, the Artist INC workshop has been completed by more than 700 regional artists. 2018 marks the second year of Artist INC-Houston.


Artist INC seminars provide a host of benefits to artists of all disciplines through mentorship opportunities, expert presentations, and peer networks to develop their entrepreneurial skill and strengthen their artistic practice. 


* Skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law, and technology;
* Increased knowledge and the ability to access local and national art business resources;
* Strategic planning for pursuing, marketing and sustaining their art; and a
* Long-term network of cross-discipline, diverse artists to provide peer learning and support into the future.


Many thanks to our 2018 Artist INC application panel: 

Christine West (Houston First), 

GONZO247 (Aerosal Warfare Gallery), 

Matt Detrick (Apollo Chamber Players),

Roberta Paixao Cortes (Group Acorde dance group)


Khalil AbuSharekh // Khrystyna Balushka // Aaron Jaymes Booker // Eepi Chaad // Adam Vincent Clay // Luisa Duarte // Karen Eisele // Hedwige Jacobs // Claire Drennan Jarvis // Mathieu JN Baptiste // Elaine Kuckertz // Melanie Loew // David Maldonado // Pat McEnery // Edgar Medina // Corine Michel // Karen Navarro // Roberta Paixao Cortes // Nathan Parmer // Cary Reeder // Dominique Royem // Y. E. Torres // Heather vonReichbauer // Suzanne L Woodbury

Artist INC is a collaborative partnership between Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center.

Artist INC Houston is powered by Fresh Arts and is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Additional support for the Artist INC Houston 2018 session has been provided in part by Frost Bank. 


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


Fresh Arts |  The Silos at Sawyer 1502 Sawyer St, Studio #103 Houston, TX 77007