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PUT YOUR DEGREE TO WORK! Create Your Own Career

Saturday, February 3, 2001

For the third year, Fine Arts Career Services is sponsoring a variety of presentations designed to educate visual and performing artists about their post-college options. For the 2001 Put Your Degree to Work program, we are returning to the original format- bringing you a one half-day conference chock full of information. In addition, we are pleased to announce that the Fine Arts Council is co-sponsoring this year's event.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Michael Drapkin

This year's keynote speaker, Michael Drapkin, was selected because he knows first-hand the marketability of the skills acquired in the pursuit of an arts degree. A graduate of the Eastman School, Michael is a writer and consultant, founder of Drapkin Technology, and chair of the E-commerce Program at Columbia University. Yes, his background is in the performing arts, but his wit and wisdom will appeal to musicians, actors, and painters alike! For a bio of Mr. Drapkin, visit

SESSIONS : Various Speakers

After the keynote speech, attendees will choose from among several presentations designed to address a range of concerns. Both undergraduate and graduate students will have an opportunity to interact with alumni, local arts professionals, and faculty who are willing to share their personal experiences and insights.

  • In addition to our list of speakers, we are also fortunate to have Christine Kessel, from Teach for America join us at Put Your Degree to Work. She will be setting up an information table outside the workshop rooms beginning at 9:30 am, and will be available to answer any questions about the Teach for America program. (For more information about Teach for America, click here.)

    As of January 22, 2001 our confirmed speakers and workshops are:

  • Artists Helping Others 11 am - 12 noon
    Presenters include Kathie Giltinan Coordinator of School Programs and Teacher Resources at the Blanton Museum of Art and Roberta Sheomaker-Beal, MFA, ATR of the Southwest Texas Art Therapy Association.
  • Finding Money for Your Arts Career: An Introduction to Grants 11 am - 12 noon David Willard, Development Officer in the Department of Art and Art History here at the College of Fine Arts will share his expertise on grants and funding for artists. This workshop is a must for those students who plan to pursue visual or performing arts full-time and for anyone interested in non-profits.
  • How to Become a Faculty Member 11 am - 12 noon
    To date, our confirmed speakers include Prof. Andrew Dell'Antonio, of the School of Music. We hope to confirm faculty from other visual and performing arts disciplines soon.
  • The Real World of Graduate School 12 noon - 1 pm
    This panel will be moderated by Lucien Douglas from the Department of Theatre & Dance. The panelists will include present and former graduate students in ehtnomusicology, design, and playwriting, as well as a former band director now enrolled at The University of Texas Law School.
  • Arts Administration as a Profession 12 noon - 1 pm
    Norman Kaderlan, now Associate Director of the IC2 Institute will present on his vast experience in arts administration. Dr. Kaderlan holds a PhD in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
  • Creating Your Own Career Path in the Arts 12 noon - 1 pm
    This workshop will feature several arts professionals who will discuss their career paths and advice on careers in the arts. Confirmed speakers include Amy Simpson of the Greater Tuna Company, and Nicole Chism who works in public relations for the Blanton Museum of Art, and is also a Master's Candidate in Art History.

    Note: In order to ensure we have adequate space and materials, we are asking all participants to identify which sessions they plan to attend when they register. For help with choosing from the many options, visit or call our office. Alternatively, encourage a friend to join you, attend different sessions, and share your notes.


    SPACE IS LIMITED. We anticipate filling quickly.

    Registration will close at 5pm on Monday, January 29th. Each student in the College of Fine Arts was mailed a registration form in mid-January. If you did not receive one or if you are not a student of our college but would like to attend, you can download a registration form:

    Printable Registration Form
    Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in order to view and print this item.

    (PDF format) contact Fine Arts Career Services at 512-232-7333. (Non-fine arts majors must pay $5.00 to cover food and other expenses.)


    Please click here for detailed directions to campus. If you have any questions, please call 512-232-7333 and ask to speak with either Pamela Price or Gavin Andrews.






Contact Information:

Fine Arts Career Services
College of Fine Arts
The University of Texas at Austin
DFA Room 1.103
Austin, Texas 78712-1281
512-232-7333 (phone)
512-471-5784 (fax)

Please use above contact information if you have questions regarding career development.

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