The 14th Annual SEA Conference was held February 21st and 22nd, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois. Over 400 attendees converged for two days filled with keynotes, workshops, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring, round table discussions, drum circle, create room, and lots of opportunities for networking. College students in the visual, performing, literary, media, and culinary arts were able to get a better grasp of business concepts as they relate to starting and maintaining a career as an independent artist. Over 50 different presenters provided sessions on a wide range of topics from "How to Find and Work with Clients" to "Overcoming Underearning." Additional activities included a Juried College Art Competition, $1,000 Artistic Business Plan Pitch Competition, and a performance by the Beloit College dancers.
Paul Klein delivered the opening keynote address. His role as a long-time proponent of artists and his desire to see artists empowered led him to create Klein Artist Works, a professional development series that seeks to demystify the art world, assist artists in a creating their own path, and make introductions to enable artists to succeed on their terms.(Link to Paul Klein's keynote address on YouTube)