the WORK of art

with Lori Vrba and Tobia Makover

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Course Description

Lori Vrba and Tobia Makover lead this online weekend workshop with big ideas for expanding how we consider and pursue a viable career in the photographic arts. Examine the radical shift from the traditional notions of fine art success to what is now a game-changing movement in the exhibition, curatorial, and marketing arenas.  

Lori and Tobia walk you through an avant-garde world of exhibition, production, and curation and take a deep dive into the current and liberating swings in the business of art with topics of the marketplace, social media, and branding. 

Re-imagine your creative life by exploring alternative exhibition venues, connections to your local and global community, and innovative business thinking for the art marketplace. If you’ve got a fire in your belly and the fierce spirit to be audacious in today’s art world, this workshop is for you. 

Participants are encouraged to share portfolios for brainstorming the how, what, where, and why we are at a paradigm shift in the visual arts scene. 

Only the brave and open minded need apply.

Additional Information

All are welcome

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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Creative Vision, Fine Art, One-of-a-Kind, Professional Development
Lori Vrba

Lori Vrba is a self-taught artist based in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  With a southern sensibility for storytelling, her imagery and assemblage is rooted in themes of memory, illusion, loss, and revival.  

Lori’s work is held in private and permanent collections throughout the world including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey. Vrba has curated numerous exhibitions including Tribe for the Fox Talbot Museum in 2018. Her first monograph “The Moth Wing Diaries” was published in 2015 and named one of the year’s best by American Photo Magazine.  

She is recognized for her commitment to the photographic community with a long history of hosting retreats, festivals, portfolio reviews, lectures, and teaching. Her bold solo and collaborative installations have been widely regarded as groundbreaking.  

Lori currently lives on a small farm with her newly retired husband and is crazy about the garden, baby goats, and chickens. 


Instagram: @lorivrba

Tobia Makover

Tobia Makover is a mixed-media visual artist.  She is especially recognized not only for her photographs but her mastery of the encaustic process and her radical approach to alternative installations.  

Tobia has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Les Ateliers de L’Image in St. Remy, France, PH-Neutro in Verona, Italy, the Griffin Museum in Boston, AIPAD in New York, and SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah. Her work is also included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.  

She received her MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and her BA in Sociology and Communications from the American University in Washington, D.C.  Tobia is a former professor of photography at Savannah College of Art and Design and now teaches private individuals, groups, as well as through Los Angeles Center for Photography and Santa Fe Workshops.  

Tobia lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, two teenage boys, and her first dog (third son), Quinn.

Instagram: @tobiamakover

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