Welcome to Episode 354 of the Artist Next Level podcast with your hosts, Sergio Gomez and Drew Harris! In this captivating episode, they dive deep into a topic that is close to every artist's heart—the importance of having a supportive community.
Join Sergio and Drew as they share their personal insights and experiences on how a community can significantly impact an artist's career and personal growth. Drawing from their own involvement in the Art NXT Level program, they shed light on the transformative power of connecting with like-minded individuals from around the world.
Through the use of technology and online platforms, artists are now able to transcend geographical boundaries and form meaningful connections. Sergio and Drew discuss how this virtual camaraderie has fostered a sense of belonging and unity, creating a global family of artists. They emphasize the profound impact that being part of such a community can have on an artist's journey.
Tune in to discover the many benefits that a thriving community can provide for artists. Sergio and Drew share stories of collaboration, support, and the incredible growth opportunities that arise when artists come together. They discuss how community engagement can fuel inspiration, boost confidence, and open doors to new opportunities within the art world.
Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, this episode will inspire you to seek out and nurture a supportive community that propels your artistic career to new heights. Sergio and Drew leave no stone unturned as they explore the incredible benefits of finding your artistic tribe and establishing a space for connection and dialogue.
Join us for this thought-provoking episode of the Artist Next Level podcast, where we delve into the power of community in the art world. Get ready to feel inspired, empowered, and ready to take your art career to the next level!
Welcome to Episode 353 of the Next Level Podcast, where hosts Drew Harris and Sergio Gomez sit down with Canadian painter Shirley Williams to unveil the top secrets of successful corporate art commissions. Shirley Williams, a renowned artist with nearly 30 years of experience, takes us behind the scenes and shares her valuable insights on working with corporate clients, meeting deadlines, navigating contracts, selecting materials, and much more.
Shirley Williams is celebrated for her captivating multi-layered abstract paintings, which draw inspiration from the organic rhythms of nature and the vibrant energy of colors. Her distinctive style has garnered international acclaim, with her work being exhibited across North America in prestigious solo and juried group exhibitions. Museums and commercial art galleries in Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, Austin, New York, San Francisco, and Naples have showcased her remarkable talent.
Notably, Shirley's artwork has found a home in major corporate collections, including Hub International, Caesars International, General Motors, BMO Financial, Ethan Allen Global, and A&W Food Service, among others. Furthermore, her creations grace several public collections, such as Ronald McDonald House, University of Windsor, Ste. Cecile Academy Library, and WF Credit Union. In the realm of private collections, Shirley's paintings have found a place in the esteemed Zekelman Family Foundation and the Odette Family Foundation.
Throughout her career, Shirley Williams has been the recipient of numerous art grants, acknowledging her exceptional artistic contributions. In 2012, she was honored with the prestigious Endowment for the Arts, Elizabeth Havelock Foundation Award, recognizing her achievements as a mid-career artist. In 2013, she received a Letter of Recognition from Canadian Prime Minister Harper and Mayor Ed Francis of the City of Windsor.
Shirley's artistic journey has seen her collaborate with Grammy-winning symphony conductor Maestro John Morris-Russell of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Together, they embarked on a year-long fundraising project, showcasing her talents as a Visual Artist in Residence.
Beyond her remarkable collaborations, Shirley Williams has also worked extensively with international designers and art consultants, leaving her artistic imprint on significant projects. Her artistic prowess has graced a private jet lounge and a 127-foot yacht, demonstrating her versatility and ability to adapt her creativity to diverse settings.
Currently, Shirley operates from a spacious warehouse studio with an adjoining Studio Gallery in Windsor, Ontario, situated across the river from Detroit, Michigan. This airy and inspiring space serves as the backdrop for her continued artistic endeavors and as a hub for engaging with art enthusiasts and collectors.
Tune in to this enlightening episode of the Next Level Podcast, as Shirley Williams, Drew Harris, and Sergio Gomez share invaluable advice and unravel the secrets of successful corporate art commissions. Whether you're an artist, a collector, or simply curious about the intersection of art and the corporate world, this conversation promises to be both insightful and inspiring.