The Exchange & Figure Drawing

The Exchange – an Educational Forum for Artists

RVA Thriving Artists is a non-profit that sponsors programs to educate and inform artists. Also, RVA Thriving Artists sponsors monthly figure-drawing sessions at Art Works.

Join us for The Exchange meetings. In these programs, you will learn about the business side of being an artists (creating a website, marketing your art, copyright laws, and techniques around making art (welding, painting, illustrating, clay work and more).

The Exchange

Earthcraft Spring Community Event – April 15, 2023 12 pm – 3 pm

Join us at Art Works for a meet-up and celebrate spring. Earth Day is just around the corner. We’ll be painting rocks, painting pots for seeds to take home and see them sprout and making recycled-art. It’s free. And put your name in the pot for a drawing of $200 to buy art supplies.

Social Media for the Arts – August 28, 2023 6 pm – 8 pm

Are you finding social media to be a moving target? How do you keep up? How can social media work for you and your art? Ask these questions and more of our panelist: Kevin Clay, an expert in the social media industry, Noah Scalin, an artist who successfully engages and uses social media, and Jessie Boyland, a gallery director using social media. Chris Schoen, Art Works Social Media Manager will facilitate the Exchange.

The Panelists:

Noah Scalin is the creator of the Webby Award winning project Skull-A-Day and the collaborative science fiction universe & performance art project League of Space Pirates. He was the Grand Prize winner of Artfields 2022 and his collaboration with Old Navy was one of the most viewed commercials of 2020. Noah was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and his fine art has been exhibited internationally, including installations in Times Square, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mütter Museum and multiple solo exhibitions in Krause Gallery in NYC.

His work has been commissioned by Old Navy, Capital One, and Goodwill; and has been featured in dozens of publications including Fast Company, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, USA Today, The Telegraph, and the New York Times. Noah is the author of six books, a sought after public speaker on creativity, and was a co-host of the Emmy nominated VPM PBS program The Art Scene. He is also the founder of Another Limited Rebellion

Kevin Clay, Founding Partner, Big Spoon Co.

Before he founded Big Spoon, Kevin started many successful ventures throughout the years including Virginia’s first LGBT news website which he sold in 2013. As a hospitality veteran, Kevin has managed coffee shops, waited tables, and tended bar. With this background, he infuses a service-first marketing approach into all of his work. His fresh perspective flows from his passion for building community and infusing the right details into his projects. He received his accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America in 2019.

Jessie Boyland

Jessie holds a degree in Painting and Printmaking from VCU School of the Arts. She has worked in the art gallery business for the last 20 years. She is the current Gallery Director of Art Works where she works with artists to plan and executes 5 exhibits each month. She has juried numerous art competitions for organizations throughout Virginia and worked with national and international artists. Outside of work, Jessie enjoys being a mom to her two girls and figure drawing in her spare time.

The Arts and the Law – November 6, 2023 6 pm – 8 pm

Are people using your art for free? How do you protect your artwork? Are you inadvertently breaking copyright infringement laws? How do you protect your artwork? Joan B, Davis of Schroder Brooks Law Firm is our guest for this important Exchange. Ms. Davis has over a decade of experience representing clients with intellectual property transactions in the areas of entertainment, arts, music, fashion and luxury goods law. Her trademark docket includes clients from all over the world. Registration for The Exchange begins in October, 2023.

Figure Drawing Sessions

These sessions, sponsored by RVA Thriving Artists are held at Art Works each month on Sundays, sometimes twice a month. Check the schedule by clicking on link below. Time is from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn more and sign-up for figure drawing, click here.

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Mar 30 2021 - Oct 26 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Art Works
320 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224

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