BAILA-Karen Atkinson Getting Your Sh*t Together Workshop Convened 3/18/13

BAILA – Karen Atkinson GYST Rountable 18 March 2013, Los Angeles, CA

To view slide show, click here.

Karen Atkinson, artist/educator/curator/CalArts professor, led a Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST) workshop for BAILA on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, CA. Thirty-one people were in attendance to learn, from Karen, useful tools and alternative methods to propel their visual arts careers forward.

Karen spoke on the differences between “vertical” and “horizontal” artists, and on the possibility of being a hybrid of the two. The moral of the three hour-long lesson was to “find your audience” and to “do the work.” Karen sold-out copies of her book, Getting Your Sh*t Together: A Professional Practices Manual for Artists, which is a 373 page volume full of invaluable information and resources for visual artists.

This marked the seventh BAILA roundtable. The first BAILA roundtable was in December of 2011. Art Organizations participating in BAILA roundtables have included Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Hammer Museum UCLA, California African American Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Watts House Projects, Golden State Mutual Legacy Foundation, and GYST.

To view slide shows and videos of BAILA roundtables, click here.


Getting You Sh*t Together Website (books & software available for purchase):

Karen’s Key Note Talk on TED:

Karen’s Artist Website:

Karen’s CalArts Faculty Page:



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