Our Faculty

The Arts Business Institute faculty is composed of nationally known artists, gallery owners, arts management consultants, authors and small business professionals recognized in their field for innovative programming and presentation. Our experienced team makes their daily living in the arts field, keeping them in touch with the challenges that working artists face.

Wendy Rosen

WENDY ROSEN  President of The Rosen Group, Wendy has been a major force in developing American crafts into an industry. As the producer of the American Made Show, publisher of  NICHE magazine, and author of Crafting as a Business, she has spent three decades teaching and mentoring thousands artists how to develop their work, attract galleries and market  their work to top galleries and retailers in the US and Canada. ABI’s founder, Wendy Rosen discovered that artists who applied to exhibit at the American Made Show needed essential business education before they entered the national marketplace. The Arts Business Institute was her way of filling critical need for aspiring artists to learn very specific business strategies employed by other successful studio artists.

BRUCE BAKER  Bruce has conducted over 500 workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Bruce owned Great Falls Collection gallery in Vermont and has sold his work to more than 120 shops, galleries and catalogs. His writings appear in major trade publications in the visual arts. He is a sought-after speaker with a vast knowledge of the business of art.

Patti Dowse

PATTI DOWSE brings over forty years experience as a successful artist with a production business to her presentations. She speaks about artists and money (an always intriguing topic) and shares her insights on how to get ahead in small business. She recently sold Erda Leather, the business she built over decades, and is now focused on mentoring and teaching artists who are starting out or want to improve their sales.

Gwynne thumbnailGWYNNE RUKENBROD Gwynne currently serves as the Executive Director for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). She has been the Executive Director for HandMade in America, an organization that focused on growing craft economies, where she created a professional development series called Craft Labs. Her background also includes acting as the Curator of Fine Craft at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Art Curator of The Works (the Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology), and the Director of the Short North Neighborhood Foundation. Gwynne is a member of the Craft Think Tank and board member of Public Art and Cultural Commission with the City of Asheville, and World Craft Council North America.

Judith HeartSongJUDITH HEARTSONG – With a background as an artist, gallerist, and organizational director, Judith HeartSong has a huge wealth of experience to offer ABI students. She shares her knowledge about the corporate art market, licensing and entering new markets. Judith is the founder of Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland.

HOPE DANIELS   Hope Daniels has been editor of AmericanStyle and NICHE magazines since 1995. She has become the most important voice for the growth of cultural tourism and arts community development throughout the US and Canada. In addition to her magazine responsibilities, Daniels provides tips and resources about how artists can capture the attention of both local and national media.

MEGAN AUMAN   Megan Auman is a designer, maker, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business. Her eponymous jewelry line is sold in stores across the US and online. In 2009, Megan founded Designing an MBA to help designers and makers develop their business skills.

CAROLYN EDLUND With a degree in Art, Carolyn launched a jewelry making business in 1981 and spent twenty years running a successful production ceramic jewelry studio. Her collection was sold extensively in the wholesale marketplace through the Buyers Market of American Craft and other trade shows. The business created and shipped handmade products to hundreds of retail store accounts.

Mckenna Hallett

MCKENNA HALLETT Maui artist Mckenna Hallett has developed a highly successful fine craft business which she has run for over 20 years. Her jewelry line is sold through galleries all over the country. Mckenna has been teaching others to “connect intention with heart” and find their natural selling persona for over 30 years with this very effective seminar.

RICK FAULKNER  Rick Faulkner founded Barrick Design in 1970 with his father. Frustrated with quick burning candles sold at most stores, the team set out to create unique candles in a wide variety of colors and forms.  Today Barrick Candles are sold by large chains and hundreds of contemporary and transitional craft galleries throught the US and Canada.  Rick Faulkner holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

TARA McMULLIN Tara is in high demand by creative business groups seeking her dynamic presentations and advice on marketing, selling value, pricing, branding and more.  As founder of the blog Scoutie Girl, Tara offers weekly advice and tips about business start-up and creative growth.

Christine Kloostra

CHRISTINE KLOOSTRA  As the trade show director for the largest wholesale market of American craft (2003-2011), Christine provides a wealth of understanding about the step-by-step process of starting and maintaining a business as a studio artist.  Over the years she has mentored hundreds of artists in a successful transition from part-time to a full-time art career.  Kloostra currently served as marketing director for the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Nancy Markoe

NANCY MARKOE  Nancy of Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts, found her love of the arts when she learned to throw pots in the 1970’s. In 1986 Nancy opened a small shop in St. Pete Beach, FL to sell her pots.  That small store is now a large gallery selling the work of artists throughout the country.  Markoe’s gallery has numerous times been named a Top Retailer by NICHE Magazine.


MILON TOWNSEND   Milon is a flameworking glass artist with 30 years of experience in the world of arts and crafts, from retail shows to solo exhibitions in fine galleries. An educator, too, he is the author of several books, including Making and Marketing Better Artwork.

Wendy Outland

WENDY H. OUTLAND  Wendy has worked in arts administration for 27 years.  She has served as curator, editor, grants panelist, workshop presenter and coordinator for numerous projects and events. Outland’s background includes ten years with the Florida Department of State where she was in charge of the state’s public art program and director of the Capitol Complex Exhibition Program.

Stacy Simbrom

STACY SIMBROM  Stacy is an artist who has developed a loyal following throughout the country, selling her art through wholesale gift shows and thus being distributed through galleries and gift shops in nearly all of the 50 states. Stacy has been recognized by several national periodicals and has had her work displayed at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, NY.

Joyce Scott JOYCE SCOTT  Renowned as the “Queen of Beadwork,” Joyce J. Scott’s exuberant beaded sculptural forms are provocative and confrontational, addressing contentious political and social issues such as gender, race, and class struggle. Joyce is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellows Award. 

Judie Raiford

JUDIE RAIFORD  Judie Raiford’s perspective as an ABI faculty member is based on her unique background as both a jewelry designer and a gallery owner. She uses traditional metalsmithing techniques in creating her unique, one-of-a kind designs.  The Raiford Gallery, located in the historic district of Roswell, Georgia, is housed in a 9,000 square foot timber frame building that was lovingly erected in an “Amish style” barn raising by family and friends n 1995. The gallery carries an extensive selection of American craft objects made by hundreds of artists throughout the USA.

JONATHAN SIMONS Spoonmaker Jonathan Simons and wife Julia have grown their small spoonmaking business from local fairs and festivals to a nationally respected brand represented by more than 700 retail stores and galleries. Jonathan’s spoons are applauded by Rachael Ray and Oprah.

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