“I think in the field of art and writing, you really need to learn to communicate. You need to not only be able to express yourself in your art, but express yourself verbally and be able to hold your own in conversation.”
~ Chris Kotsakis
Artistason 2016 was one of the most exciting new art events of the year.
The event, held in Burlington, New Jersey, in September 2016, was dedicated to celebrating and encouraging creativity.
Featuring workshops, educational symposiums, portfolio reviews, demonstrations and displays from leading artists and writers, this unique event gave aspiring artists a chance to engage like never before.
And, in this week’s podcast interview, we get the inside story on Artistacon 2016 from its founders, Chris Kotsakis and Enrico Botta and hear about their exciting plans for 2017…
Artistacon 2016 – The Inside Story
01:40 – 15:04
What was Artistacon all about?
Artistacon 2016 was the launch year for this new art event, and organizers Chris and Enrico were pleased to see it was well attended.
James, a Pencil Kings member, went along and loved it so much he even took his family!
In this part of the interview, Chris and Enrico explain what it was all about and the response they got from visitors and the artists who took part.
15:15 – 30:05
How were Chris and Enrico able to put together such a successful event?
Artistacon 2016 was a huge success, but like any event, it took a tight team of people and a whole lot of organization to keep things running smoothly and ensure everyone was happy.
During the event, artists such as Mark Poulton, Chris Ivy, Mike Capprotti and many more shared their knowledge of the creative industry and demonstrated their work process.
There were also guests of honour, including David Palumbo, Carl Potts, Mark Morales, and Bob McLeod.
Visitors to Artistacon 2016 were able to not only meet these celebrated artists, but also had a rare opportunity to learn from them and pick up some tips from their extensive careers in the creative industry.
Naturally, there were a few glitches here and there, but the event ran incredibly smoothly – something Chris and Enrico attribute to the enthusiasm of everyone who took part and the strong team behind it.
30:15 – 36:54
How can attending an art event help your creative career?
Although Artistacon 2016 was well attended, Chris says he still heard from several people who didn’t make it but wish they had.
So how can attending an art event like this actually help further your creative career?
As he and Enrico explain, getting out there and going to events is just the start…because changing your mindset and learning how to tell your story to others is one of the single most important decisions you can make as an artist.
We hope you enjoyed hearing about Artistacon 2016 and we can’t wait to see what next year’s event has in store!
Did you go? Or do you know someone else who did? Let us know what you thought in the comment box below – we’d love to hear from you 🙂
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Artists Mentioned in This Episode:
- Mark Poulton
- Chris Ivy
- Mike Capprotti
- Matt Dalton
- Ian Glaubinger
- Dave Perillo
- Pat Shand
- Ben Harvey
- Ryan Brady
- Philip McNulty
- Michael Dolce
- James Mascia
- Jay Taylor
- David Palumbo
- Carl Potts
- Mark Morales
- Bob McLeod
- Neilson Carlin
- Renee Foulks
- Mike Gustovich
- Mike Manley
- Al Gury
- Sean Patrick O’Reilly
- John Wellington
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