Mann to present 'Entrepreneurial Thinking and Tactics for Artists'

January 08, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Arts Project at Penn State Lehigh Valley is offering a special two-day workshop presented by upcoming gallery exhibitor, Thomas Mann. Design for Survival TM, "Entrepreneurial Thinking and Tactics for Artists," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 at the campus in Center Valley. The workshop fee is $200. Lehigh Valley Arts Council members qualify for a 25 percent discount.

This workshop was developed by Mann to answer a continuing demand from artists for access to small business management know-how and career development. Mann has presented this workshop continuously since 1989 for schools, universities, guilds, art councils and art centers all around the United States and Canada. The content of these workshops and lectures is applicable to artists working in all mediums.

The first day of the workshop covers Design Vocabularies: What are they and how to use them, De-Mystifying Public Relations and Pricing your Work: the Pivot Point of Success. The second day allows participants to make presentations of their own work and business practice for a positive critique by Mann and fellow workshop members.

Mann has been an active participant in the contemporary craft scene in America for more than 30 years. His work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Ornament, Metalsmith, the British magazine CRAFTS and The New York Times. His work appears in several books on contemporary jewelry, including "Thomas Mann, Metal Artist." He has served three times as keynote speaker at the National Arts Educators Conferences.

Mann’s style of jewelry object, known as Techno-Romantic, combines high-tech materials and romantic imagery. He currently exhibits his jewelry and sculpture in more than 200 galleries nationwide and internationally in Canada and Australia.

To register for the workshop, visit For more information, please contact Ann Lalik, gallery director, at 610-285-5261 or

The Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley will also present "Mann's Mind," an exhibit featuring Mann's work from Jan. 28 to March 16. On Jan. 31, an artist lecture, "An Artist Re-Invents … Re-Imagines … Re-Creates to Survive," will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., and a reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. 

  • Thomas Mann will present a special workshop for entrepreneurial artists at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

    IMAGE: Thomas Mann

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Last Updated January 09, 2013