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.
A Call for Possibility
Meet the Coaches
Joan Contraman | Corvallis | Hellage 2015
Darla Myers | Bozeman | Three Forks 2015
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.
Meet the 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