PDSS: Taxes for Artists

PDSS: Taxes for Artists

Hamiltonian Professional Development Speaker Series presents:
TAXES FOR ARTISTS with Sunlight Tax Founder, Hannah Cole, ENROLLED AGENT
Wednesday, January 25, 6:30pm

Have you ever had these questions when preparing your taxes: What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? Is my art a business or a hobby? What is a Schedule C? How do I deduct my home studio? 
Join us at Hamiltonian Gallery for a tax workshop geared toward artists and creatives lead by visual artist and enrolled agent, Hannah Cole. Hannah will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically related to artists, followed by a Q&A.

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. She is the founder of Sunlight Tax.

Nakeya Brown + Christine Neptune

Nakeya Brown + Christine Neptune


January 14 - February 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday January 14, 7-8 pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, February 7, 7 pm

Through arranged still-life photographs and images culled from her family photo archive, Nakeya Brown's "Some Assembly Required" constructs a narrative that finds parallels between the politics of identity, labor and womanhood. In "Some Assembly Required", Brown isolates vintage mass-produced personal effects, meditating on their packaging and the nature of their production,  and contrasts them with family snapshots of her grandmother from the same era. In doing so, Brown displays the way which Black female subjectivity is instilled in activities and productions of labor. In "Some Assembly Required" Brown assembles a timeless and symbolic portrait of a complex Black woman who gracefully defied the societal constraints and limitations that were foisted upon her during her lifetime.

"Ms.______ (Interior)" is a followup to Christie Neptune's "Eye Of The Storm", a 3-part multimedia series that examines how constructs of race, gender and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. An Afrosurrealist installation that incorporates both photography and video,"Ms.______ (Interior)" allows viewers to contemplate the inner life of anonymous black females.  Through her slow-moving portraits, Neptune warps time and place, transporting viewers from the real world into a contemplative space that grants fleeting access into her protagonist's inaccessible psychological life.

Nakeya Brown (b. Santa Maria, CA, 1988)  holds an MFA in Photography from The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and a BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). She has exhibited in solo and two-person exhibitions at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI (2017); Paul Robeson Cultural Center, East Lansing, MI (2016) and Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). Brown has been featured in various online and publications including ARTS.BLACK, New York Mag, Saint Heron, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, NYLON, Hysteria and Elephant.

Christie Neptune (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1986) works primarily with film, photography, and mixed media to create provocative images which challenge the limits of self within the collective world. Neptune holds a BFA from Fordham University (New York, NY). Her films and photography have been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami Fl (2015) and UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY (2015), and she has featured in publications including The Creator's Project and Juxtapoze Magazine. Neptune will be a 2017 Artist In Marketplace (AIM) participant at the Bronx Museum of Arts, and she is a current Hamiltonian Fellow.

Join our team!

Join our team!


Hamiltonian is seeking a passionate and self-driven Development Manager to work in conjunction with the Program Manager to further Hamiltonian's mission to support emerging artists in the Washington, DC region.

The Development Manager will work under the direction and guidance of the Executive Director of Hamiltonian Artists Inc (HA), a 501c3 artist-centric art organization in Washington DC. The Manager will assist the HA board, its Executive Director and other Hamiltonian staff in developing and implementing plans and actions that will:

  • Expand awareness of HA among individuals, foundations, organizations, local governments, with an interest in the mission of the HA;

  • Further develop and promote ways of supporting HA programming and individual artist fellows;

  • Continue to engage potential donors and retain existing supporters via small events in the gallery, targeted mailings, and similar donor cultivation activities;

  • Continue to develop the base necessary for sustained funding to support the organization.

Specific tasks and responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Research appropriate funding sources based on local giving patterns and interests.

  • Develop targeted list of potential funding sources (corporate and stand-alone foundations, corporate gifts, wealthy individuals, business sponsors), including proposal due dates, giving history, etc.

  • Write fundraising letters and appeals, maintaining regular correspondence with foundations, donors, and board members, and oversee mailings.

  • Initiate fundraising and/or donor engagement activities and events.

  • Maintain and update in-house database for HA supporters and funders.

  • Prepare drafts of grant proposals and reports.

  • Prepare boilerplate information about the HA for use in proposals.

  • Monitor and update relevant websites (Network for Good, Guidestar).

  • Work with Hamiltonian Gallery to ensure that planned activities of the HA and the Gallery are complementary.

The ideal applicant will have the following qualifications.

  • BA required, MA a plus.

  • Excellent written communication, research, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports.

  • Interest in contemporary art.

  • Computer literacy, with experience with fundraising databases preferred.

  • 1-2 years of experience working in non-profit development and/or arts administration.

This is an ideal position for a self-driven and motivated individual looking to join a small, dedicated staff to make an impact in the Washington, DC arts community. Please send cover letter, CV, and relevant writing sample to info@hamiltonianartists.org with the subject line: “Development Manager Application.” Interviews will be conducted in mid-late January 2017.

Download Job Description here.

Fellows Converge | [RECOMBINANT] FELLOWS: RA

Fellows Converge | [RECOMBINANT] FELLOWS: RA

This year’s Fellows Converge encounter, titled [recombinant] fellows: RA, is curated by Camilo Álvarez of Samsøñ, a gallery and artist residency in Boston, MA. Samsøñ creates and presents programs that explore the diversity of cultures and voices that continually shape contemporary art and ideas today, introducing emerging and under-recognized artists as well as re-contextualizing established artists.

[recombinant] fellows: RA is the result of a trip to Boston in which the Hamiltonian Fellows were challenged to consider the viewer’s experience as observed within the “laboratory” of varied contexts including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s public art collection and List Visual Art Center. The resulting exhibition is the product of their consideration of audience engagement.

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– Camilo Álvarez (10.16)

Hamiltonian Artists at The Creative Time Summit

Hamiltonian Artists at The Creative Time Summit

What is the State of Gender Equality in the Arts?

On Sunday, October 16 Hamiltonian Artists, in partnership with ArtTable DC, will be hosting a breakout session on the state of gender equality in the arts at the Creative Time Summit. The open discussion will take place during both afternoon sessions (2pm and 3:30pm) at the Corcoran College of the Arts + Design, 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006. 

Geared toward arts administrators and artists alike the discussion will focus on how women working in the arts experience, confront, and resolve gender issues in their fields. Whether issues manifest through policy challenges, generational roadblocks or direct discriminatory behavior, we will share experiences and discuss how various types of environments and models affect women's artistic career paths. The outcome of the session will serve to develop discussion questions for ArtTable DC's third State of Art DC event on Monday, October 24 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Register for Creative Time here. Then sign up for a session time.