Art Office

is an accountability program designed to help artists work more effectively in their creative practices. We do this by implementing a regimen based on our three guiding values: personal responsibility, peer interconnection, and public engagement.

Here’s How it Works

Art Office sessions are 12 weeks long and are held in the Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer of each year.

Most Art Office members join for one of two reasons: to add fuel to their creative practice in general, or to put the heat on a specific project. Every Monday during the session, all members get together virtually to share their progress from the previous week and goals for the week ahead.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, they convene again to simply work in the same room. We think of it like a work shift. It’s always surprising how much work we get done in that short amount of time!

Every Friday, we have a Happy Hour, to wind down and get social. Getting to know each other builds camaraderie and helps us hold each other accountable.

At the end of every session, we set up work and wares at our Session Finale Art Market––this December hosted by Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City, Iowa (pending Covid restrictions).

So that’s the skeleton of how it works, but let me tell you a little bit more. There are some fun features that give Art Office some real substance. First of all, we are big proponents of the idea that your creativity is interconnected to your physical body. So we require that members take two calisthenics breaks every work day (you can see the regimen we follow under the “Calisthenics” tab.

Another delightful aspect of Art Office is that we have a Compensation Program! Here’s how this feature works: each member artist sets their own “worth rate,” and keeps track of their hours throughout the week. They submit their hours weekly and we mail out “paychecks” of their earnings. It’s not a real check––however, it is a real voucher. Every hour worked (up to twenty per week) represents a discount off future session fees, Art Office merch, or cubicle rental at our future physical location.

Oh! And one last thing–– we do Employee of the Month! This honor goes to the employee who has followed the program best.

Art Office has gone through several morphs and moltings since coming into the world. It’s a relatively new idea, with little-to-no existing comparisons, so we remain a flexible experiment of sorts, adding on elements and ideas that make sense, and pruning where needed. That being said, the foundational concept has stayed the same throughout our young life. And that’s because it works. The regimen we prescribe is and will always be based on personal reflection, peer interconnection, and public engagement.

Ready to apply? We’re always accepting applications! Head over to the “Membership” tab to learn more, and follow us on social to find out when our next session begins!