Shoebox Lab

Shoebox Lab

Enrollment is now open for our 2022 Shoebox Lab 6 month workshop

(February through July 2022 – Meetings start February 5, 10am PST and we meet every other Saturday. Meetings last 1-2 hours.)

Open to artists outside of Los Angeles

Sign up information below (enrollment is limited)

When you enroll, you gain access to…

A Monthly virtual group meeting (via zoom)
Each month we will focus on a new business of art subject including: Social media, Exhibition proposals, Email Newsletters, Gallery representation, Art Fairs, Creating your own opportunities, writing a business plan, Portfolio tips and strategies, website suggestions, pricing and more.
You will also receive handouts after each meeting with more resources, links and tools to help you move forward in your career.

Monthly virtual Studio Visits (via zoom)
Each month we will meet with several artists at a time for 15 minute virtual studio visits. We will critique the work and answer any questions or offer suggestions, recommendations for galleries, curators and more. We are looking forward to helping you assess where your work fits in the contemporary conversation. (Each artist will get (1) 15 minute time slot within the 6 month workshop)

Exclusive Facebook group – Shoebox Lab
This is a place for the Shoebox community to get to know each other in between our virtual meetings. You can ask questions, share resources, upcoming events and more. This group is moderated by the Shoebox team so you will have access to our knowledge and expertise too.

Bi-weekly Call-for-art Subscription
You will have access to our bi-weekly call-for-art subscription. We research and filter out calls for art, grants and residencies to help you gain opportunities for exhibitions, money and community.

Art and Cake – Artist Registry
We will include your work and website in our artist registry on our Art and Cake, online art magazine, website.

Curated Group Exhibition organized by Shoebox Projects
You will be invited to participate in a group exhibition at Shoebox Projects once the workshop is finished.

Chance for a solo exhibition with Shoebox Projects
We will offer a solo exhibition to one artist at the end of the workshop.

Access to Mentorship, Community, Opportunity, Accountability and Encouragement

Early access to exhibition/event opportunities

25% Discount on individual 1-hour consultations


Fee is $600 for the 6 month workshop (non refundable)

If you are a California artist, you may be eligible for Center for Cultural Innovation’s Quick Grant of $600 for professional development activities. You must apply by December 15, 2021 for the grant. For more information click here

Sign up for Shoebox Lab here

TESTIMONIALS

Kristine gathered us into an accountability community that seems to have lit a fire for most participants. I have learned so much from her organization, generous sharing of resources, and specific feedback to our efforts. I feel my own work has gotten stronger as a result. I am so happy I took a leap of faith and applied! ~Debra Vodhanel


Kristine Schomaker’s Shoebox Lab has been a game-changer for my fine arts career and also for my motivation. Prior to starting the Shoebox Lab program I felt lost, vacillating between not knowing which marketing/communication/organization tools to use and floundering with the ones that I did pick. Kristine simplified everything and took the guesswork and ambiguity out of how to make a business out of art. Through well-organized information, explanations, suggestions, tools, feedback, and studio visits — Kristine takes a lifetime of hard-won knowledge and distills it down into easy and actionable methods to make making art — successful. ~Daniela Soberman


Kristine is very knowledgeable about the LA art scene, and the workshop is great for meeting other artists who are interested in progressing in their careers; the workshop is very helpful for artists who need some focus on the business side of being an artist. ~Lucas Novak


I would highly recommend Shoebox Lab: the workshop for artists who are at the beginning
of their careers or indeed midway.

The workshop explains how you can achieve a greater sense of success in the business side of
art making. It is done by identifying your goals and identifying the routes you can explore to fulfill them.

I really appreciate how the course is paced. There is a good balance between discussing
business topics one session and making online studio visits the next. The course topics are
covered thoroughly by the very informative Kristine Schomaker. You do not feel inundated by
the information given as it is delivered in an accessible way, with time to ask questions and to hear each others experiences. Learning from each other in an inclusive safe environment makes for a very positive experience.

It has been very beneficial to meet other artists. For me it is a very solitary profession, and can often be hard to make friends with others in the artistic community. This group gives you the opportunity to connect, to share experiences and to practice showing and describing your work to others and gain valuable feedback.

I now know I have a group of colleagues that will be a fountain of knowledge and support
going forward. It will be a pleasure to meet them in person for our group show. ~Kathryn Pitt


I am very glad I signed up for Shoebox Lab. It has been a lot of work, information to absorb and commitment of time but it has been invigorating to make new connections and be a part of a positive environment.

All of the information Kristine provided about best practices and what is currently going on in the art world has been very useful, even when it is about something that doesn’t exactly fit with my goals. The conversations amongst the group, sharing their experiences, ideas and suggestions is a bonus I hadn’t thought about when I signed up. I appreciate getting to meet a wide variety of artists at different points in their career and see their work in depth.

During the pandemic I had been working on many of the class topics and struggling through on my own. Shoebox Lab was like a boost of energy to keep the momentum going and get me to focus on my creative goals and not other peoples!

I was so blown away by the Artist Thrive questions, I would love to have talked about that more. That really impacted me and made me rethink my mindset on some issues.

I had been wanting to sign up for the Shoebox call for artists for a while. The combination of being in class, having worked on my goals and feeling encouraged really helped me engage and apply for things that were a good fit.

Lastly, it has been great to get to know Kristine a bit and I really value the energy and honesty to bring to the class. ~Julie Williams