Professional Development – The Art Students League

Professional Development

The Art Students League gratefully acknowledges a generous grant from the Dr. Lawrence Spielberger & Dr. Greta Spanierman Family Foundation in support of Professional Development Workshops.

In order to give everyone a chance to take part in the Professional Development series, please do not register for more than two workshops.



Pulling Back the Curtain

Michael Lyons Wier
Sept. 24-26
Monday & Wednesday

Fee: FREE!
Instructor present every day


Approaching a gallery for representation can be daunting. “Pulling Back the Curtain” is intended to help demystify the process of  finding gallery representation. In this seminar, we will focus the “do’s and don’ts” of the gallery pitch and create an open forum for discussing the good, the bad and the ugly of the gallery business.

Michael Lyons Wier opened LYONS WIER GALLERY in 1993 in the River North Art Community of Chicago. Lyons Wier Gallery soon became known as one of the top galleries in Chicago for representing representational artists with a conceptual edge that the gallery coined as Conceptual Realism. Upon completing his graduate work at the Art Institute of Chicago in the winter of 1999, Lyons Wier moved the gallery to Chelsea, New York. Having traversed the treacherous landscape of property leases in New York, the gallery finally secured its current ground  floor space on 24th street in 2010 and continues to build the careers of Conceptual Realists like James Rieck, Fahamu Pecou, Cayce Zavaglia, and others.