A Panel Discussion on the Business of Creativity

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Friday, Oct 14
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cofrin Auditorium (ATLS 100), Roser ATLAS Building

Event Details

To make ends meet, artists must get a day job or sell out… right?

Not so, according to our panel of successful artists and designers joining us for a discussion on the business of creativity. In fact, they say, designers and artists have more opportunity today than ever before to define their trajectories and realize their artistic visions, whether working as independent contractors or as members of a team.

Join this lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities of launching and sustaining successful, creative careers. 

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. RSVP here

Meet the Creators

Todd Berger
Co-founder and CEO, Ello, The Creators Network

todd-berger2Todd Berger has spent the past 19 years practicing contemporary graphic design, conceptual art and brand strategy. He and his business partner, Lucian Föhr, have built up their design studio, Berger & Föhr is international recognized and they have  extensively exhibited and published around the world.


Tran Wills
Entrepreneur, Fabric Lab, Svper Ordinary Art Gallery, Base Coat Nail Salon, Denver

thumb_willsfam-3Shortly after graduating from high school, Tran launched The Fabric Lab, a clothing boutique that sold limited run/bespoke clothing and accessories, while doubling as an art gallery and event space. Riding a wave of success that included being featured in the New York Times, she opened The Shoppe, a bright and vibrant cupcake and cereal bar that was open until 2am on the weekends that did not serve alcohol. Running both businesses, working with artists, planning events and building up the creative community in Denver, Tran developed a keen sense for community-based marketing and branding, which she later put to work working as the social media director for a large online retailer, increasing engagement twentyfold. He next venture included Base Coat nail salon and Svper Ordinary, a hybrid retail store and art gallery located in the RiNo Art District of Denver.

Justin Gitlin
Creative Coder, CacheFlowe, Denver

gitlin_nov_2012-smallerJustin Gitlin is an independent creative coder, musician and multimedia artist. Having spent nearly two decades in parallel worlds of software development and multimedia production, his disciplines have become ever more entwined as the lines between the mediums dissipate. Justin has built video games, interactive installations, websites and mobile apps for clients like Nike, Google, Audi and the Denver Art Museum. His work has been covered by media outlets like NPR, Buzzfeed, and Communication Arts Magazine, and has received awards from FWA, Awwwards and The One Club, among others. As a genre-crossing musician known as Cacheflowe, Justin has released music and shared the stage with artists like Amon Tobin, Ulrich Schnauss, DJ Olive, Machinedrum, Dizzee Rascal and Nels Cline of Wilco. As a visual artist, Justin creates algorithmic designs for print, apparel, physical products, music videos and interactive installations. His visual collaborations have been shown at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Dateline and Monkeytown 4. Justin was a co-founding partner of Mode Set, Ello, OhHeckYeah and Plastic Sound Supply.

Grant Dupré
Product Designer, Developer, Sid Factor

dupreGrant Dupré is director of product design for Sid Factor. He manages a small team of product designers and developers that specialize in technical soft goods and outerwear, such as gloves, footwear and bags. Sid Factor clients include Black Diamond, Cabelas, Yeti, and Prana. Grant is also a founder and co-owner of Mountain Standard, an independent apparel brand focused on premium goods at an honest price for a community that shares the adventure-ready spirit.


Lennon Barnica
Executive Producer, Plus Productions, Crispin Porter + Boguski & Owner/Furniture Maker, Dean Designs

Olennon-barnicariginally from Boulder, Lennon began her career at CP+B as an intern in the shop’s video production team, where she has remained for the last seven years, contributing to the creation of the CP+B production company, Plus Productions, based in Boulder and LA. Serving as executive producer, she manages productions for both local agencies and CP+B clients, as well as business development outreach. She has worked on projects for American Airlines, Hotels.com and Domino’s, as well as smaller brands such as Intrawest, Winter Park Resort, iFly, and Colorado Against Auto Theft. She also helped produce a music video for Solange. In her downtime, Lennon builds furniture as part of her side business, Dean Designs. 

*Additional panelists to be confirmed soon.

Free and open to the public, but RSVP here.