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Millikin University students were recognized for their outstanding efforts at the 13th annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference held Feb. 22-23 in Lisle, Ill. Students received accolades at the SEA Conference's Juried Art Show & Business Pitch Competition. Twenty-one students and seven faculty members from Millikin University attended the SEA Conference.

The SEA Conference's Juried Art Show featured 28 works of art from 18 college artists, including eight Millikin students. Amanda Sagan, a senior from Geneva, Ill., won the People's Choice Award and a Juror's Award for her artwork titled "Bear Suit."

"My professor encouraged me to submit my artwork "Bear Suit" for the art show, and to my surprise I won the Juror's Award and the People's Choice Award," remarked Sagan. "The SEA Conference is an experience any student in the arts should consider to attend. It allows students to see a glimpse into their future and it provides advice on how to be successful. The SEA Conference teaches valuable lessons for different students and majors."

Alexa Snyder, a senior from Springfield, Ill., also received a Juror's Award for her artwork titled "Time Lapse."

"Each year at the SEA Conference, I look forward to meeting new people, making new connections, and receiving advice from artists and entrepreneurs who are making a living in the world," remarked Snyder. "The desire to learn is infectious when you walk into the building. There are so many great sessions and speakers featured throughout the two-day program."

The SEA Juried Art Show was judged by Todd D. Reed, a painter and educator who currently teaches studio-art courses at McHenry County College, and the College of Lake County. Reed is actively producing and has exhibited regularly since completing his master's degree in fine arts in 2008.

The SEA Conference's Business Pitch Competition featured preselected college students presenting their businesses to a panel of judges. Lauren Lewis, a senior from Mendota, Ill., won second place for her business, double eLLe COMEDY, a management company that provides independent talents with the success of performing and recording comedy. The business focuses on developing the independent artist and being the premier hub.

The mission of the SEA is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. The SEA Conference is centered on the idea that artists who have business skills, market knowledge, a network, and access to resources will succeed as a professional artist. Through artist-led panels and discussions, the SEA Conference helps students, artists, and educators develop these tools.

For more information on Self-Employment in the Arts, visit www.selfemploymentinthearts.com.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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