Panel Discussion

10-11:30am, Second Floor

Conventional academic thinking often sees art and business as worlds apart, but for many people, this model is outdated. Join us in a candid panel discussion with three artists/organizations who share a vision of creative entrepreneurship. Carried out through the establishment of community studios, collaborative groups, and community events, these artists will discuss the ways they engage with neighborhood peers and how their organization provides an avenue for creative growth. Following the panel discussion, there will be adequate time for questions and experience sharing.

Panel Participants

bilonick_ppwKristina Bilonick, founder and director of Pleasant Plains Workshop, Washington  DC.

Kristina Bilonick is an artist, arts administrator and entrepreneur. In 2010 she founded Pleasant Plains Workshop – an incubator that houses art studios, a printshop, office space, gallery space, and a local goods shop in two storefront spaces near Howard University. Bilonick has over 10 years experience working in art galleries, studios and for art nonprofits in the DC area. In addition to managing her Pleasant Plains space, she is the director of DC Arts Studios – one of the largest and longest standing arts studios buildings in the area.

SCRAP DC 3.0 - squareKaren Klein, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of SCRAP DC, Washington DC

SCRAP DC is a project of SCRAP, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. Think of  them as a thrift shop for artists, crafters, teachers, parents, DIY-ers, and everyone who loves to create.


untitledNovie Trump, founder and director of Flux Studios, Mt. Rainier, MD

Formally trained in classical archaeology, Novie Trump is a Northern Virginia sculptor whose work is in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Her ceramic sculpture has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions and has been featured in books and publications.
She is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a studio in Mt. Rainier, MD housing the professional studios of six artists working in a variety of media, including clay, glass and mixed-media.