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Apprenticeship at St. Louis Art Fair Jumpstarts STLCC Student's Career

September 28, 2012

Painting of an abstract nude figure by Sherry Story  
Painting by STLCC-Wildwood student Sherry

Sherry Story, one of Wildwood’s most prolific art students, was accepted into the Emerging Artists as Entrepreneurs program for the 2012 St. Louis Art Fair held on the streets of downtown Clayton in early September.

The program is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and provides an opportunity for up and coming artists to jumpstart their careers by learning more about selling, pricing and displaying work and the Art Fair industry.

Story served as an apprentice to Marian Steen, one of the professional artists in the fair. She also had the opportunity to participate in free seminars on pricing, portfolio development, financial planning, and copyrighting and to network with the St. Louis Art Fair staff, jurors and artists. Next year she will have the opportunity to sell her work alongside fellow emerging artists, receive a portfolio review and financial consulting sessions. Her work will be entered in the Emerging Artists Jury Award with a cash prize for the strongest work among emerging artists.

This year marked the 19th year for the fair. It is regularly ranked among the top festivals in the nation by artists and visitors. The main focus is an easy-access, juried exhibition of gallery quality fine art and crafts. The fair attracts thousands of artists from all over the country who submit work to be considered for the show. Of those applicants, fewer than 200 are selected.

Besides the art exhibition, the fair offers live performances, artist demonstrations, children’s activities, food from St. Louis’ favorite restaurants and a sidewalk chalk drawing challenge for teams of high school students.

Story has been an art student at the Wildwood campus for two years, and has taken drawing, painting, ceramics and design classes. She hopes that her participation in the art fair will help increase the visibility of her work and spur sales.