Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Public Special Events


Paul Dorrell Talk
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 6:00pm
Lecture Hall
Free & Open to the Public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Paul will discuss his book, Living the Artist's Life: Updated & Revised, and conduct an abbreviated version of his career workshop, which will be accompanied by a handout. A book signing follows the presentation.

About the Author

Paul founded Leopold Gallery in 1991. His clients include Warner Brothers, Steven Spielberg, the Kansas City Chiefs, H&R Block, the Mayo Clinic, and over 1000 private collectors. Paul has written for numerous Art Magazines, and spoken at venues such as the Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Students League of New York. He specializes in helping emerging artists to structure viable careers without compromising on their art.

Some of the topics covered in Living the Artist's Life: Update & Revised

  • How to structure a successful career, regardless of one's goals, medium or style
  • How to cope with the emotional challenges that result from years of working in obscurity
  • The current recession, how Paul's gallery survived it, and what he learned as a consequence
  • How to approach galleries, write contracts, and work with private collectors and corporations
  • Paul's experiences in working with major corporations, both the good and the bad
  • How political/corporate corruption helped create the recession, and how that is affecting artists
  • How to successfully utilize the Internet, social network and related issues

Praise for Living the Artist's Life: Update & Revised

"The success of the Book hasn't dimmed Dorrell's drive to help undiscovered artists get the recognition he feels they deserve. It's also heavy on pragmatic advice from pricing and promoting one's work to gaining acceptance by galleries." —The Associated Press

"Dorrell's book offers a frank and inspiring look at all aspects of the Artist's Life, from the creative and emotional challenges to the nuts-and-bolts of the art business."
Hartford Courant

"An entertaining and highly valuable guide for aspiring and working artists." —Murray Dessner, Painting Instructor and Critic, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.