The Business of Art

Business of ArtTHE BUSINESS OF ART WELCOMES a wide range of guest speakers who have made art their career. Hear their stories and benefit from their experiences and knowledge.


Stay past 5 p.m. in the Turner Memorial Art Gallery and stick around for The Business of Art lecture at 6 p.m. Lecture is free for members, otherwise a $5 donation is suggested. Some in-depth programs may have additional fees. 

The Business of Art is made possible by the
FMH Foundation.



An Illustrated Talk with Sixth Generation Photographer, Alexandra Solmssen
Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 6 to 7 pm
Turner Memorial Art Gallery

Alexandra Solmssen was born into a family of photographers. She uses her own family photos, which go back to the very beginning of the medium itself, to tell the story of how she developed her creative voice to discover a place where she fit into this rich history. In addition to a fascinating lesson in the history of photography, guests will also see how anyone can use a camera to focus thoughts and sharpen perceptions.

Solmssen is known both for her fine art photography and for her commercial work with clients like the renowned music group, Thievery Corporation and Brazilian lingerie line Belabumbum. She has had solo exhibitions in New York with GKG Fine Art and in Washington D.C. with the David Adamson Gallery.


pujan.gandhi.portraitTales from the London Art World with Pujan Gandhi
Wednesday, April 9 | 6 to 7 pm
Turner Memorial Art Gallery

Pujan Gandhi was raised in Atlanta, GA and dedicates his energy to absorbing the visual arts in a variety of modes: enthusiast, researcher, curator, educator and art advisor. He holds a Graduate Entrepreneur Visa in the UK, which has allowed him to establish a practice focused on providing clients with tailored art collecting experiences. In this talk, he will illustrate a selection of memorable, dynamic and fruitful tales from his time navigating the London art scene. The aim is to see just how he has gone about making ‘art his business.'  

Moreover, he hopes to propose a range of avenues that we as visitors to a city like London could take to maximize the opportunities on offer in this diverse and vast global arts capital.

Pujan Gandhi (BA, History of Art and Economics, Middlebury College; Dip., MA, History of Art, SOAS University of London) acquired his first work of art for a private collection in 2007. He worked for the art consultancy Nancy Rosen Incorporated (NY), assisted in the curatorial departments at the British Museum(London, UK); Middlebury College Museum of Art(VT, USA); High Museum of Art(Atlanta, USA); and interned at Jack Shainman Gallery(NYC) and Gallery Chemould (Mumbai). He organized the exhibition ‘Celebrity’(Middlebury College Museum of Art, Summer 2010) and co-curated ‘Re: Renewal’ (Goodenough College, London, January 2013). In the fall of 2014, he will co-lead the Indian Art Module at SOAS University of London.

AndyCloudDiscovering Archaeology in Texas' Vast Trans-Pecos: A Personal Story Including Paleoindians and Ancient Rock Imagery

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6 to 7 pm
Turner Memorial Art Gallery

Andy Cloud, a native Texan with over 35 years of experience in Texas archaeology and director of the Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) of Sul Ross State University, first found his archeological interest in the confines of what is now Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 1966 as a young boy. Today, Cloud oversees archaeological investigations across the vast eastern Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Focusing on recent CBBS discoveries from the Late Paleoindian period (ca. 10,000–6500 B.C.), Cloud will detail findings made at the oldest radiocarbon-dated site in the region— the ca. 11,000-year-old Genevieve Lykes Duncan site. In addition, an overview of the interesting and disparate rock imagery (i.e., pictographs, petroglyphs and petroforms) found in the region will be provided. Findings in each of these realms are extensive and have shed light on the elusive lifeways of past occupants of the greater Big Bend region.

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