Business and visual arts professionals will present an afternoon of expert insight into the business end of professional art careers during the annual Nanette Philibert Business of Art Symposium at Missouri Southern State University.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Billingsly Student Center’s Conner Ballroom.

The event will feature presentations from artists Jeffery Jones, owner of the Clay Cup and the Northwood Arts and Event Center in Neosho, Mo., and Grant Cottrell, director of product development at Nile Commerce in Bentonville, Ark.

Other presentations will include:

“Recent Community Developments for Art,” by Emily Frankoski, director of Joplin’s Connect2Culture.

“Overview of the Post Art Library,” by Jill Halbach, director of Post Art Library, located inside the Joplin Public Library.

“A Recent Graduate’s Perspective,” by Ellen Smith, owner Ellen Smith Design and head of design at Joplin’s Christ in Youth.

“MSSU’s Arts Management and Leadership Certificate Program,” by Dr. David Sharlow, director of choral activities.

“MSSU’s Interdisciplinary Photography Certificate,” by Dr. John Messick, professor of biology.

Held every fall, the Nanette Philibert Business of Art Symposium is a joint venture between the Department of Art and Design and the Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSSU. It was created to show those who attend how artists and other creatives build a career around their talent.

“The symposium allows for us to cover topics that sometimes do not fit neatly into our already established curriculum,” said Frank Pishkur, chair of the Art and Design Department. “It’s a service designed to highlight some of the resources, issues, and concerns that artists need to navigate as they plan to pursue and/or continue their professional practice.”

Admission is free and open to the public. To register to attend in person or via Zoom, visit For more information, contact Ken Surbrugg, SBDC consultant, at 417-625-9557 or