Business of Being an Artist Course at
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art with
Artist Staci Swider

photo of Staci Swider talking to art patron. Staci is a Caucasian woman with short blonde hair. She is wearing a white button down shirt with black skinny jeans.
Photo by Drake White at CANDL Fine Art Gallery

Learn what it takes to be an exhibiting artist with local artist and Exhibitions Chair for National Association of Women Artist SC, Staci Swider.


Staci began her career as a textile designer in the home furnishings industry where she was known for innovative design for which she won many accolades. Today her work reflects patterns and textures found in function-driven objects such as quilts and baskets which she reinterprets as dreamscape imagery that straddles the line between figurative and abstract. Her award-winning combination of collaged paintings infused with fiber art are exhibited in galleries across the Southeast.


She is a trained as a Certified GOLDEN Artist Educator and her bestselling book, Acrylic Expressions, along with 4 instructional painting videos published by Random House are available at major retailers and online.

“When I am not traveling around the globe in search of inspiration, or enjoying the waterways with my husband on our trawler named Morning Star, I make my home in Aiken, SC. My studio can be visited by appointment.” -Staci Swider


The Business of Being an Artist class will go over many different topics such as artist statements, submitting work, prepping work, photographing work, framing work, marketing, and more. 


Many local guest artists and community representatives will frequent this class to share their real-world experience and knowledge. In partnership with The Greater Augusta Arts Council, the main meeting site for this class will be the Walker- Mackenzie Studio at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art but there will be a few dates meeting off site. 


As a final project, students will put on their own group art exhibition and reception on Friday, Nov 3 from 6pm-9pm at Westobou’s Micro Gallery. Come join the fun and get ready to show your art! 


Classes will be held on Thursdays at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and begin on September 28, 2023, and continue through October 29, 2023, with an installation day at Westobou’s Micro Gallery on November 2, 2023 with a reception on First Friday, November 4th.


Students must bring 3-5 works they wish to exhibit in the final group show for a portfolio review the first night of class


Tuition for members of the Gertrude Herbert is $100.00, for non-members it is $120.00. This class is now full!