Date: Sunday, November 5th /// 7pm-9pm

Con Artist Collective is proud to host Robert Curcio's talk on his experiences working in the contemporary art world "Ask an art world insider" is part of Sunday School at Con Artist Collective, a series of artist-led meet-ups, workshops, and screenings at the Collective's Lower East Side gallery space.

Robert Curcio, of curcioprojects, will host a talk/Q&A about the ins and outs of the art world with topics of interests for artists and art enthusiasts on Sunday, November 5, 2-4pm. This is your chance to ask an art world insider questions important to your art and career

`Is an artist’s statement that important and how to write one?`

`What should I be pricing my work at? Should I offer a discount and how much?`

`A gallery is exhibiting my work, but I have people who want to buy calling me. What do I say and how do I deal with the situation with the gallery?`

`Is it worthwhile participating in artists art fairs or doing my own pop-up exhibit? Will a gallery see that as competition to them?`

`I just had an exhibit, sold a few pieces and got a good review, now what do I do?`

`Are open calls or competitions worth doing?`

Robert Curcio has been involved in the international contemporary art world since the early 1990`s. He formed curcioprojects in 2001 as an umbrella organization for his various art projects, including: curation, exhibition and event management, artist management, pr/media, writing, art fair consulting, gallery development, and advising collectors.

Curcio was a co-founder and co-producer of the Scope Art Shows and has consulted with the Asia Contemporary Art Show, CONTEXT, and Pinta Art Fair to name a few. He has curated and/or managed over 17 exhibitions including Go Figure, HEAD, The Great Nude Invitational, Walk-ins Welcome, Corporeal Identities, Media Life, and Women Depict Men. Curcio has written for Artefuse, Artvoices, ARTnews, Cover, dArt International, Sculpture, Tema Celeste and Zing magazines.

Date: Sunday, November 12th /// 7pm-9pm

Con Artist Collective is proud to host John Milisenda's talk on Eugene Smith "The Concerned Photographer" and latest installation of Sunday School,
a series of artist-led meet-ups, workshops, and screenings at the Collective's Lower East Side gallery space.

During the 1940's and 1950's W. Eugene Smith produced photographic essays for Life Magazine. Smith covered battles in the Pacific during WWII; the devastation, carnage and brutality affected him deeply. He experienced a metanoia, a spiritual awakening that changed him and resulted in his seeing the world differently. He sought truth in his photography - his essays considered to be the highest quality photo journalism, used as a standard to judge others' work. Smith was looked upon as a hero. Over the years critics have denigrated Smith’s work calling it propaganda and stating that his images-were set up and dishonest, questioning his motives and integrity. At what point does society turn a seeker of truth into a propagandist?

John Milisenda's photograhy has appeared in over 150 shows and many publications including Smithsonian and the New York Times. His work is in the permanent collections on Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Bibliotheque Nationale. He has taught basic photography,The Zone sytem and Photographic chemistry at Drexel University, The New School, and Parson's School of Design. He is currently working on a photography book of his family, a cross section of 50 years of work.