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Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) is an art-centered business development program taught by working artists and open to all visual artists:

Providing over 40 hours of college-level instruction

Reviewing 35 practical business tools

Demystifying the world of business

Affirming the title of “Artist” as a credible profession


At the program’s heart is the philosophy that a sustainable career in the arts is attainable by:


Advancing one’s proficiency in a chosen medium,

Understanding and proactively engaging in the arts community,

Confidently articulating one’s story and purpose as an artist and

Strategically seeking patrons for one’s work.






Artists in the program (2009-2014) report increased net sales of 397% with a 44% increase in out-of-state sales on average since participating in the program, proving that the program works. The Montana Artrepreneur Program has earned national acclaim and has impacted nearly 400 artists across Montana.



More info/A call for possibility

More Information
A Call for Possibility



Certification Information

Certification Information

Meet the Coaches

Meet the Coaches








Joan Contraman artwork

Joan Contraman | Corvallis | Hellage 2015
Darla Myers artwork detail

Darla Myers | Bozeman | Three Forks 2015
Nerissa Eckerson artwork

Nerissa Eckerson | Butte | Pintler 2014




The eight-to-ten month course is comprised of:

  • Four 10-hour workshops and up to six two-hour interim sessions
  • Field trips to wholesale/retail markets and galleries
  • Annual Celebrate Montana Art indoor booth show and Montana Artists’ Gathering professional development workshops
  • Annual Art Across Montana juried museum show


Participating in MAP requires a commitment to attend monthly workshops and to financially invest in one’s business of art. There is a moderate fee of $350 and an easy application process. The course is offered throughout the state in eight locations each year and begins around February, depending on location. MAP cohorts consist of six to ten artists each and applications are accepted until each group is full for the course year.

The Montana Artrepreneur Program is presented in partnership with Made in Montana, a program of the Montana Department of Commerce. Past programs have been funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the LINC Foundation. 


Made in Montana   United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development  Tremaine Foundation


Meet the Coaches


MAP Coaches

MAP Coaches

Annie Allen, Deb Essen, Jennette Rasch, Jan Shanahan, Linda Short, Meagan Thompson, Rickie van Berkum, Liz Chappie Zoller


2017 MAP Artists' Gathering



Important Research Available on Economic Impacts of Artists


Researcher and evaluator Surale Phillips completed an in-depth study on economic impacts of artists participating in MAC’s Montana Artrepreneur Program during the years 2009-2014. Executive Summary | Detailed Report






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