For over 20 years, McLean has been advocating for and directly assisting visual artists make significant strides in their professional development and Business of Art acumen. She’s worked with thousands of artists, providing them with education, opportunity, and support.
A problem-solver and den mother by nature, McLean’s professional development consultations and classes grew out of a tangible, yet largely unaddressed question: “How do you bridge the gap between art production and promotion?” Artists seemed to have limited resources for help with career concerns.
McLean sympathized with their struggles and became determined to bridge that gap.
As the former Executive Director of a visual artist nonprofit organization, director of a contemporary art gallery, art writer and art consultant, McLean openly shares her multifaceted experience and insight to help artists prosper. She educates them on becoming a smarter artist so they stay ahead of the pack and top-of-mind with industry professionals, collectors, and their audience when it comes to projects and opportunities. She also helps them to become their own best problem-solver and advocate.
Seonna Hong, On the Outside Looking In, acrylic on wood, 8 x 8″, courtesy of the artist