The Learning Center Classes

Master Class: Getting Seen, Getting Shown: Professional Practices for the Fine Art Photographer

More than ever before, being an artist requires not only producing compelling work, but also possessing the professional skills necessary to get your work seen, shown, and collected. In this two-day Master Class, dealer Sasha Wolf and artist Jess T. Dugan will provide an overview of the skills required to build and maintain a career as a fine art photographer in today’s multifaceted and ever-changing art world. This is a rare chance to not only learn what today’s standards are regarding best practices but also to participate in a genuine dialogue between an artist and a dealer. This virtual Master Class is ideal for photographers looking to gain insight into the art world’s professional aspects.

Some of the questions that will be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • What constitutes a refined body of work? How do you determine when your work is ready to be shown?
  • What are the best practices for maintaining artist websites and using social media?
  • What is the role of a gallerist? What is the responsibility of the artist in an artist/gallery relationship?
  • How do you connect with individuals such as curators, publishers, or collectors who are in a position to support your work and further your career?
  • What are the pros and cons (and possible pitfalls) of publishing a book? 
  • What are some strategies for building community and sustaining a meaningful practice for the long haul?

Registration & Fees: $375
Members Enjoy 20% Off Tuition

This Master Class is SOLD OUT. In response to the popular demand, HCP has added another date for this Master Class. The new section of Getting Seen, Getting Shown: Professional Practices for the Fine Art Photographer with Sasha Wolf & Jess T. Dugan is scheduled for Saturday, December 5th & Sunday, December 6th. See the class page for more information and to register HERE.

Attention: This class has been moved online in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with information and a link to take this course at it’s scheduled time. 

To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.



Saturday, October 17:

10:00 am-12:00 pm (CST): Developing a Practice
12:00 pm-1:00 pm (CST): Break
1:00 pm-3:00 pm (CST): Presenting your Work

Sunday, October 18:

10:00 am-12:00 pm (CST): Working with Galleries
12:00 pm-1:00 pm (CST): Break
1:00 pm-3:00 pm (CST): Publishing


Presentation, Business, Career Development

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection

Sasha Wolf, Independent curator and dealer.
Jess T. Dugan, Artist.