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If you attended the 2015 Business of Art, will be eligible to apply for our 2016 Zions Bank Grants.

Bring your friends next November 11 & 12, 2016 so they will be eligible for our 2017 Zions Bank Grants!

Positioning Statement The Business of Art is held annually each November, in Kanab, Utah. Artists come to learn to create a successful art business. Dixie State University, in St. George Utah, Cultural Arts Department, developed and sponsors this event as a community outreach program in collaboration with The Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) – a regional economic development organization in Kane County. Other sponsors include: Southwest Applied Technology College, Kane County Office of Tourism, and Kanab City. Kathy Cieslewicz, DSU Curator, originated the program and facilitates the event; Paul and Susan Bingham, owners of the Maynard Dixon Gallery serve as honorary founding co-chairs.
Mission Statement The Business of Art is a seminar for visual artists in all disciplines with a goal of educating and training artists and enhancing economic development in our state and region.
Core Values • Provide sessions taught by experts for artists to learn how to make money selling their art.• Encourage creativity and artistic achievement.• Practice personal professionalism.• Practice professionalism in presenting art.• Share resources necessary to build self-sufficient prosperous artists.• To teach social media to create a network for communication and to share exhibits, information on classes, opportunities, residencies, sources for materials, etc.• To provide an event for networking in an atmosphere of inspiration and innovation.
Vision This quality experience and event will result in the following:• Prosperous artists who excel in their field and in marketing.• Artists who contribute to the economy.• Artists who follow sound business practices.• Artists who maintain ethical practices.• An artist community that is inclusive, cohesive, and inspired.

Friday Evening Keynote Speaker

Dan Whalen, Writer/Director/Producer

“I Wanted To Be a Filmmaker”

A long time ago on May 25, 1983 and in a galaxy far, far away at the Century 21 Dome Theater in Salt Lake City, I watched the Rebellion crush the Empire on the opening day of Return of the Jedi. I watched the Rebels destroy another Death Star and create an alliance with the Ewoks on the Forest Moon of Endor. I watched a cinematic masterpiece and to the mind of a seven-year old, I wanted to create my own Star Wars Universe. I wanted to be a filmmaker.


Saturday Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Kirk Richards, Internationally Known Artist

“What It Takes to Be an Artist”

Kirk will share his expertise and his incredible journey to become a nationally known and beloved artist.


Founding Honorary Co-Chairs

Paul and Susan Bingham – Welcome and Presenters



Saturday Breakout Sessions:


  1. Make Your Art SING a More Vibrant Tune Mel Scott, Professional Artist | Artist Educator

This class will include a deeper dip into color theory, and the use of the ‘golden mean’ in composition, we will discuss focal points, how to dig deeper into our well of life experiences to sing our own song using our mediums of choice. Art lives in the heart, and we all have ONE. If a baby can respond so decisively to music, we must in some sense be MUSIC.


  1. Develop Personal Style Jason Bowen, Professional Artist | Instructor of Academy of Art at the University of San Francisco

This class will focus on the idea of developing your own personal style in your work. How is this accomplished? What are the myths behind creativity and personal style and how does your own personal voice in art get developed over time.


  1. Resources for Visual Artists in Utah and Beyond — Felicia Baca, Public Art & Design Arts Programs, Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

This session will be an opportunity to learn about a the various programs available to visual artists through the Utah Division of Arts & Museums-Visual Art Program. We’ll cover exhibition proposals, our Statewide Annual Competition, DesignArts Utah, and our Visual Art Fellowships for professional artists. We’ll also discuss best practices for artists interested in applying for opportunities, as well as other resources for visual artists. Additional time will be reserved to gather feedback from participants and discuss needs from various stakeholders in the Utah visual arts community.


  1. Accounting for Artists — Stevie Vogel, Dixie State University

This class offers a fresh look at some basic accounting principals for artists. Learn how to keep track of income and expenses, and review the most common accounting documents.


  1. Artistic License/Putting your Resume in DRIVE Mari Lopez, Professional Artist

This workshop will bring a straight-forward approach to help create an effective Functional or Hybrid Resume for the purposes of submissions, expressing interest in exhibiting as well as helping define and highlight creative strengths and skillsets. Guidelines, suggestions and the Dos and Don’ts of Resumes will be discussed.


  1. Enhancing Creative Flow Becky Cox, Art Therapist and Art Educator

This is an experiential opportunity to learn some proven tools to help energize your creative process. Using mindfulness, visualization and art therapy practices to enhance your creative flow. Artists have days or periods of time that they need to refresh and renew to maintain their creative energies. Join us to have fun and focus on enriching your art-making.


  1. Facebook- Professional Page Promotion — Bobbi Wan-kier, Founder of “Arts to Zion”/Southern Utah Facebook Network and the “Arts to Zion” Art and Studio TOUR.

Learn how to create relevant, shareable content in your business posts, and how to share them to grow your business network.


  1. Creating an Inspiring Studio Space Carol Merrill, Director of the Women’s Center at Weber State University, and owner of Merrill Academy of Fine Arts

Join in the fun as you learn how to effectively utilize space, design storage areas and have plenty of room to be creative.  Transform any size space into a studio that will inspire creativity.  You will discover ways to show off your work and do so in a pleasing environment.  Rediscover what you really need and what will be most useful in the future.  This is your opportunity to plan for he studio of your dreams.


  1. Building Your Website Today ­­– Tracy Anderson, Graphic Designer/Website Coordinator | Dixie State University

In this 50 minute session we will attempt to cover as much ground as possible such as: Why have a website; The basics of domain names; Basic costs to building a website; Planning, Creating, Updating and Maintaining your own website using WordPress.


  1. Creativity and Genius Glen Blakley, Cyrus Mejia, Cathie McCormick (moderator), Gary Sanders, and Brian Passey

The panel discussions have been so popular, annually we bring together some of the most creative minds to address relevant issues in a more formal class setting. These professionals all have highly successful art careers and/or profound influence on artists of different ages and stages of their careers. All artists want some inside information from successful people. Questions may include:

When did you decide to pursue your profession—teacher, professor, administrator, or business owner?

What is it about your profession that you find most challenging?

What was the most difficult project you have ever undertaken, and what was it that made it so difficult?

How did you resolve the problems you encountered?

What is your criteria for excellence?

How do we realize independent vision?

How do we understand aesthetic expression?

How do we cope with cultural critique and commentary?

How do we strive to be socially responsible—do we need to be socially responsible?

Are we part of a social and political environment from which art and artist emerge?

Is it possible to be creative and be detached from social values and politics?

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From St. George:
Take Interstate 15 North to 9/89 exit to Hurricane
Follow signs to Colorado City, Fredonia, and Kanab (route 389)
At Fredonia turn left at intersection and follow signs to Kanab
Once you’re in Kanab (on Hwy 89), turn left on 100 E.
Kanab Middle School will be on your left.  690 South Cowboy Way.

Click HERE to view map from St. George to Kanab.



Aiken’s Lodge
79 W. Center Street Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 877-644-2105 • Website:
Situated in down-town Kanab, 31 rooms with pool, pet friendly, wheelchair accessible..
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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Road Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2001 • Website:
Located within beautiful Angel Canyon, the home of Best Friends Animal Society there are 8 cottages, 4 cabins, and 2 RV sites. 
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Best Western Red Hills
125 W Center Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 800-830-2675 • Website:
Down town Kanab, hot breakfast included in room rate. 75 rooms with outdoor pool, and Hot Tub. Conferance Room available..
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Bob Bon Inn Motel
236 N Highway 89 Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 866-713-5115 • Website:
Western, log cabin Motel with kitchenettes, laundry facilities, pool, pet friendly. Wheelchair accessible. Local number: 435-644-3069
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Brook Side Cottage Bed & Breakfast
100 South 59 East Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 1-866-656-6664 • Website:
Tastefully furnished getaway for 2 set among shady, beautifully landscaped private grounds.
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Casita Mariana
199 N. Gunsmoke Pass Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 406-240-0593 • Website:
Casita Mariana…..Private Adobe Retreat for Two. This accommodation is a furnished studio with a queen bed, microwave, frig, toaster/grill and kitchen supplies. Enjoy the high desert with views of the surrounding Vermillion Cliffs right out your door. Relax in privacy under the back portico or explore the National Parks and Recreational areas in the area. Pet friendly. 

Comfort Inn
815 E. Highway 89 Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 800-574-4061 • Website:
Large, luxury Hotel with Pool and hot tubs. Conferance Room, Wheelchair accessible, some pet friendly rooms.
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Coral Cliffs Town Homes
250 S Fairway Drive Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 800-707-9706 • Website:
Situated right on the Coral Cliffs Golf Course, fully equipped and furnished. Use of the pool at nearby Quality Inn.
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Canyons Lodge

236 N 300 W, Kanab, UT 84741

Phone: (435) 644-3069  • Website:

Four Seasons Motel
36 N 300 W Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 866-430-6869 • Website:
Located along Highway 89 at the north end of Kanab. On site “Spurs” western Restaurant. Outdoor pool, some designated pet friendly rooms.
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites
217 S. 100 E. Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-3100 • Website:
Western motif throughout the entire building, also offering an indoor pool.
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Kanab Cottages
varying locations Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 800-648-3001 • Website:
3 fully equipped Vintage, Vacation cottages, can sleep between 6-10 people each with attractively landscaped yards. Best Friends Discount.
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Kanab Utah Lodging
349 N 200 E Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-689-8990 • Website:
i smallTown Home, i large Town Home, and the Rock Cottage available for Vacation Rentals. All fully equipped, and furnished.
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Lit’l Bit Ranch
2550 E. Highway 89 Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-899-9655 • Website:
Lit’l Bit Ranch offers newly remodeled, rustic lodging in peaceful, surroundings for those travelling with their equine companions. Bed and breakfast for up to 4 guests. Horses have large (16 ft.) outdoor pens, round pen and wash rack. Long term boarding also available. Current Coggins required. No studs please!

Mule Shoe Inn B & B
898 Grand Canyon Drive Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-3372 • Website: 
Comfortable westen hospitality for you and your horse.Bring your own feed or we can provide.( Non-equestrians also welcome.) 
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Parry Lodge
89 E. Center Street Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 800-748-4104 • Website:
Stay where all the movie stars stayed while filming in Kanab, Utah!!! Now serving: Breakfast 6:30 am-10:00 am Discounted to guests. Served 7 days a week. Lunch 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Served Tues – Sat Dinner 5.30 am – 9.30 pm Served Tues – Sat
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Purple Sage Inn Bed & Breakfast
54 South Main Street Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 877-644-5377 • Website:
Beautiful Historic Home located in down town Kanab with a variety of rooms, and suites available. Antiques used in the interior design. Nicely landscaped.
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Quail Park Lodge
125 N. 300 W. Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-215-1447 • Website:
Newly remodelled motel on the northern entrance to Kanab. Offers 2-bedroom family units in addition to regular rooms. On site pool.
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Red Door Cottage
241 N 300 W. Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-674-4433 • Website:
A lovely old Pioneer Vacation Home, renovated and remodeled, while retaining a sense of history. Fully furnished and equipped.
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Red Rock Country Inn
330 S. 100 E. Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-8774 • Website:
Comfortable, down town locally owned motel, offering a relaxation room, and pool.
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Rodeway Inn
70 South 200 West Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 877-424-6423 • Website:
Down town Motel with 39 rooms, 2 of which are handicapped accessible. Pool and jacuzzi available. Some smoking rooms. HBO. Designated pet rooms.
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Royal Inn & Suites
386 East 300 South Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-5373 • Website:
Newly remodeled & under new ownership. Spanish – style 64 room Motel in down town Kanab. Continental breakfast offered from April to November.
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Savage Point B&B
53 S. 200 E. Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2799 • Website:
Fully furnished private room in a lower level of a pretty bungalow cottage with separate entrance. Full separate private bath. Access to kitchen and downstairs entertainment room including DVD Blu-Ray. Wireless internet connection. Fully fenced yard with meditation space. (dogs 100% cat friendly welcome).

Days Inns Suites

296 West 100 North

Kanab, Utah  84741

Phone: (435) 644-2562  •  Website:

Stewart -Woolley House Bed & Breakfast
106 W 100 N Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-5079 • Website: 
This lovely pioneer home was built in 1872 by Levi Stewart, the first Mormon Bishop of Kanab. This B & B offers 2 bedrooms, each with private attached bath. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located 1 block from downtown Kanab. It is documented that Zane Grey, and other notables slept here.
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Sun-N-Sand Motel
347 South 100 East Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 800-654-1868 • Website:
Small, centrally located hotel with several rooms available for long term. 
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The Bunk House at Eagle Nest Ranch
6930 Johnson Canyon Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2902 • Website:
Private & secluded, located 20 miles NE of Kanab up scenic Johnson Canyon, Eagle Nest Ranch borders the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6 – 8. Horse corrals available.

The Crooked Gate Cottage at Eagle Nest Ranch
6930 Johnson Canyon Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2902 • Website:
Private and secluded, located 20 miles NE of Kanab, up scenic Johnson Canyon, Eagle Nest Ranch borders the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Horse corrals available.

The Victorian Inn
190 N Highway 89 Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-8660 • Website: 
Each of the 20 themed rooms has been professionally designed for the feel of the Victorian era while including a fireplace, a Jacuzzi, and cable television.
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Traveler’s Motel
544 East 300 South Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2228 • Website: 
Small, locally owned family style motel, in downtown Kanab.
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Treasure Trail Motel
150 West Center Street Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 800-603-2687 • Website:
Located in the heart of Kanab and within walking distance to many restaurants, shopping and theatres. 28 Rooms, Free Golf, Free Wifi, Fuel Discount, HBO, Pool, Pet Friendly, Best Friends Friendly Facility.
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Victorian Charm Inn
190 North Hwy 89 Kanab UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-8660 • Website: 

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2015 Artwork Display Labels (Download)

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2014 Business of Art Documents (Download)

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