Testimonials

Testimonials from attendees and teachers (several artists have attended each year):
ArtBizJam is a fabulous workshop for artists and designers to come together in a warm and inviting atmosphere for inspiration, friendship, and unbridled creativity! I had a fantastic time attending ABJ, and so enjoyed getting to know new artists, reconnect with old friends, and share industry insights and knowledge in a small setting that allowed for great conversation, questions, and learning. I arrived as a “newcomer” to this event, and left feeling like I had a wonderful group of new friends! ABJ attracts many talented artists who are willing to share and exchange their ideas and passion with like-minded folks who are looking to connect, energize, and grow their own creative businesses. I can’t say enough good things about this multi-day format of sharing and learning. You can’t afford NOT to go to Art Biz Jam – you will have a wonderful time filled with inspiration, positive energy and friendship...Susan January, VP of Proaduct Management, Leanin’ Tree

 

ArtBizJam is more than an event, it is a community. As a creative director, it was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about the needs of an artist during the development process. I am fortunate to have worked with a number of participants from ArtBizJam on projects for Studio M. I encourage artists to attend who are looking to re-invent themselves, learn more about licensing and product development or simply looking for a creative renewal. There truly is something for everyone. It is a safe place for all to share, grow and be inspired during the weekend and beyond…Anne Brown, Sr. Director of Product Development, Studio M

 

ABJ Gatlinburg 2016 was my first year. It was the absolute best thing I have ever done for myself and my art career. We received special “behind the scenes” information exclusively for our group from some of the best. ArtBizJam will be a yearly investment for my business with a bonus of new friendships each year…Kim Green, Artist KG Art Studio

 

I have been fortunate to participate in two of the Art Biz Jam sessions and can’t say enough wonderful things about the experience.  Since I’ve been working in the art licensing business for over 20 years, I originally wanted to attend ABJ to serve as a getaway with fellow artists. To my surprise it turned into so much more than just a fun getaway.  I gained many new friendships, got a glimpse into many creative minds and their creative processes, laughed till my sides hurt, cried as I listened to the testimonies of some of the attendees, tried new fun painting exercises, etc.  It was 5 days of leaving deadlines, schedules and commitments behind and enjoying several days of fun, food and fellowship.  All that attend ABJ end up with a connection to each other that they will carry with them throughout their journey in the licensing field.  I love nothing more than running into friends at the Gift Mart and hearing about their new opportunities and successes.  I guarantee that you won’t regret treating yourself to an Art Biz Jam retreat!JanShade Beach, Artist

 

I am so happy I made the investment in my art career to attend ArtBizJam 2016. What a wonderful learning experience it was, not to mention the dear friends I made while there! Every day was packed full of learning about art licensing, social media platforms, the business of art, establishing your unique style, developing collections, and how to market your art to companies.
Evenings were a blast, sharing our stories with new art friends and getting to know one another over delicious dinners. Creating art, playing games, singing, drinks, snacks, sharing art tips and techniques, and relaxing in the hot tub were some of the options available for fun and relaxation.
Within a few months of attending, I created a new collection and took the first step of submitting my art to several licensing companies. ArtBizJam gave me the confidence boost I needed at a time when belief in my abilities was wavering. ArtBizJam is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in art licensing. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned designer, this art retreat offers a wealth of information and inspiration to any artist!…Joann Loftus, Artist

 

Making the decision to attend was one of the best investments I have made for my art career. The awesome opportunity to spend direct, quality time with some of the top creatives in the art licensing industry is priceless.
I have been able to leap frog with this single investment in myself.  I’m looking foward to returning again this year and reuniting with some of the wonderful artist friends I met last year and learning from the dynamic guest chosen for this year!…Willie Green-Aldridge, Artist

 

Where can you find happiness, laughter and LEARNING all in one place? The answer is ABJ ( Art Biz Jam).  It is packed with caring professionals that teach skills to help you learn this business of art. This retreat is located in paradise (tropical aqua waters and sunny beaches are steps away) and the artists are willing and able to share their love and experiences. True friends are found here. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!…Mary Lou Troutman, Artist

 

Picture it…white sandy beaches, magenta sunsets, the most comfortable acomodations and a delightful chef.  Add a group of eager fellow artists (your soon-to-be new friends), daily workshops and mentors who are generous with their knowledge beyond measure and you have what turns out to be one of the most memorable creative experiences of your career. That’s ArtBizJam!…Karen Hillard Good, Artist

 

ArtBizJam really was the best thing I have ever done for myself professionally. ABJ was inspiring, challenging, educational, and supportive. It was an amazing and magical group of very talented, accomplished, and giving artists, who were willing to share knowledge, their expertise, and share themselves.  It was wonderful on so many levels.  I would HIGHLY recommend it to any artist looking to move forward on their path to take their “business” to the next level. And it was REALLY FUN!!! ….Mary Ann Johnson, Artist

 

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the very first ArtBizJam in September 2013. {Gina has returned to ArtBizJam each year for 4 years} Honestly, I was totally impressed with everything – from the top notch professional artists and creative director who held the event to the meals provided. Combined with the beautiful coastal location, it was a dream come true for me.
But my favorite part was the warm and genuine camaraderie and support between the whole group of attendees and the teachers as well.  It felt like we were all part of this awesome, creative family – sharing laughs, personal experiences, professional infomation and becoming soul mates!
There were very thorough and helpful professional topics of information being discussed and shared by the teachers, an exciting creative project as well as wonderful little fun surprises everyday.
For an experienced professonal designer like myself, I can honestly say that it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my creative business!
I highly recommend it to artists early in their careers as well as to seasoned professionals who want to experience something “more” in their careers, or need a shot of inspiration and support to help break through a creative block….Gina Linn Wilder, Artist