Nuts & Bolts is a professional development opportunity designed to gain critical business knowledge essential for nonprofit arts leaders, startup and freshly established for-profit businesses, arts administrators, studio artists, and graduating students entering the career market. These dynamic webinars take you beyond the usual “visual art” classes to help you discover how to best utilize and protect your talents in today’s world with the opportunity to consider and discuss key questions and issues in the field of visual arts. You’ll hear from experienced attorneys, accountants, appraisers, professors, and artists on the practical nuts and bolts of stewarding your vocation, knowing when to do-it-yourself, or when to seek professional guidance. Each webinar will conclude with open Q&A between our panelists and participants.

Whether you are just starting out or have been in your career for a while — you will walk away from these webinars with a treasured supply of knowledge to flourish successfully and accountably. The presenter lineup includes the best of the best and they are always true to the Nuts and Bolts concept of practical, realistic best practices that are easy to implement. 

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Date TopicSpeakers
May 1 Setting Up for Success: Creating a Serious Art BusinessCollin F. Schaefer
May 8Degrees and Me: Should it be?Maria Fee
Nate Risdon
Robert Feuge
John Cobb
May 15Artist Residencies: Delving into PossibilitiesLauren Cross
Letitia Huckaby
Laura Tabbut
Justin Sorensen
May 29Putting Value to Creativity: IRS, Artist, and the CollectorKendra Miller
Mike Kollath
Jon Lipton
June 5Protect Your Work: Copyright and Intellectual Property 101Francesca M. Witzburg


Collin F. Schaefer

Business Lawyer

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Collin Schaefer worked in the software industry – specifically with data integrity and internal control systems. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business with concentrations in Sales and Spanish from Bradley University. Collin serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Collin is a partner at Ogden Glazer + Schaefer, an entrepreneurial firm founded specifically to serve the needs of entrepreneurs.

Francesca Witzburg

Intellectual Property Lawyer

Francesca Witzburg is an intellectual property lawyer who empowers artists, creatives and entrepreneurs to learn about the intellectual property tools available to protect creative works and businesses.  She’s a Partner at the law firm Loza & Loza and runs the Instagram and Clubhouse accounts @thetrademarkattorney to share information about trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property.  

John Cobb


John Cobb studied with Charles Normann at the Texas School of Fine Arts and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1976 he entered the undergraduate program at Rhode Island School of Design. Rather than obtaining a degree Cobb took advantage of their overseas program and traveled in Romance Europe for a year, returning eventually to obtain a degree in art from St. Edward’s University. His art is a life-long project—to form a Chapel reflecting a deeper psychological meaning to Texas Bible-Belt religious sentiments.

Jon Lipton

Certified Insurance Couselor

Jon Lipton started his insurance career in 1996 by opening his own property & casualty retail insurance agency. Jon Lipton has a heavy focus and concentration on NYC construction, Real Estate & Product liability. He has furthered his knowledge and expertise to better assist his clients by obtaining his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and CRIS (Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist) designations. He is also extremely active in his local community and the insurance community. He is on the Risk Management, Insurance & Compliance board of a large local hospital, an active member of the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), Deputy Chair PIA advisors board (NYC) and an executive board member with PIA New York State (Albany).

Justin Sorensen

Associate Professor of Art

Justin Sorensen earned his BFA from Kutztown University and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been featured in exhibitions at David Krut Projects in New York, Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC, and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, ND. He has also shown his work internationally in Canada, Russia, and Japan. In 2018 he completed a research seminar through the Nagel Institute at Calvin University, spending two weeks studying art and religion in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai.

Kendra Miller

 Art Appraiser

Trained by the American Society of Appraisers, Kendra Miller is the founder and principal appraiser of Strata Fine Art Services, a minority woman-owned and operated Christian firm specializing in fine and decorative art appraisals. The team has appraised works from as early as the 14th century for estate tax, charitable donation, insurance, and dissolution purposes. Strata’s U.S.P.A.P.- compliant appraisal reports have been vetted by the U.S. IRS’s Art Advisory panel; helped settle a case out-of-court on stolen works; and placed a valuation on uncirculated studio works before their donation to a major university.

Laura Tabbut

Gallery Administrator

Laura Tabbut is based in central Ohio and works in installation, new media, and textiles.Her work considers current ecological issues and questions the rituals and routines of the American landscape. She holds undergraduate degrees in Fashion Design and Sculpture, an MA in English from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and an MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University. She currently teaches at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and also serves as adminstrator of Schnormeier Gallery.

Lauren Cross

Artist/Filmmaker, Curator, Scholar

Dr. Lauren Cross’s work has been screened and exhibited across the country. Cross earned her BA  in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond, the American International University in London, England, and her MFA (2010) in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She has a Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Cross’s feature film, The Skin Quilt Project, was an official selection for the 2010 International Black Women’s Film Festival in Berkeley and screened at various museums, universities, and organizations across the country. She is an advocate for diversity in the arts and has written and contributed research in the fields of women’s, visual, and multicultural studies.

Letitia Huckaby


Letitia Huckaby has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in photography and her Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Huckaby has exhibited at Phillips New York, the Tyler Museum of Art, the Camden Palace Hotel in Cork City, Ireland, and Bridge Projects in Los Angeles. Her work is included in several prestigious collections including the Library of Congress, the McNay Art Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum. Huckaby was also a Fall 2020 Artist in Residence at ArtPace.

Maria Fee

Artist, Theologian, and Educator

Dr. Maria Fee’s visual art explores ideas of fragmentation, metizaje (cultural mixing), alienation, and hospitality. These notions also drive her theological research found in an upcoming publication on the art of Theaster Gates. As an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary she delves into theology and art topics through courses like Visual Arts and the Christian.

Mike Kollath


Mike Kollath is the Managing Partner at Kollath & Associates, a multi-service accounting and tax firm with experience from bookkeeping to complex CFO responsibilities. Mike has been a CPA for 30 years and has more than 20 years of experience in complex tax planning and compliance, as well as significant experience with self-employed individuals and their unique tax needs.. He’s been involved with tax returns ranging from large corporations with 50 states filing requirements to simple individual tax returns.

Nate Risdon, Ph.D.

Non-profit consultant

Dr. Nate Risdon has served in leadership in both nonprofit and education for 14 years, including as Director of Operations and Programs for the Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2019, he completed his PhD in Higher Education Administration. He recently established a consultation business for non-profits where his background in the creative arts and nonprofit leadership helps him provide organizations with creative, comprehensive solutions. Nate currently serves as Senior Research Associate for Race and Justice in Higher Education.

Robert Feuge


Robert Feuge’s goal as an artist is to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and see the value in those things marginalized or discarded.  His foundation as an artist is grounded in his childhood. Robert lived near a city dump that became his playground. Hewould rummage through those discarded things he found and create something new from seemingly disparate objects. Robert still embraces that childlike curiosity to ask “what else can this be and what is this thing trying to tell me?”