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In 2015, Professor Benjamin Knox began teaching design and drawing at Texas A&M University in the Department of Visualization, College of Architecture secondary to his professional art career. Knox exclaims, “It is very rewarding to share all of the knowledge that I have accumulated from my lifetime of mentors. It is like passing a valuable torch from one generation to the next.”
Benjamin is also invited to be a guest lecturer for the Department of Agricultural Economics on entrepreneurship and the Corps of Cadets on leadership topics at Texas A&M University. Knox explains, “If you want to make a living as an artist, you must know not only how to create great work, but also how to create a market for it. Selling any art can be very challenging, because art itself is discretionary. In essence, the same rules that entrepreneurs deal with apply, even if an artist is just trying to find representation in a gallery or museum. The artist still has to sell their artwork to the museum. I have had over 40 years of experience in the promotion and marketing of my artwork. I also have entrepreneurial experience in building other businesses. Sometimes it is very difficult to survive. As my good friend and mentor David Leffel told me, “Keep painting! The world needs more great art!” So I feel that it is important for the health of our world community that I share my expertise to help hard-working and dedicated artists and businesspeople, so that they may more easily traverse over the stumbling blocks that I have experienced and that we all face. By sharing my in-depth knowledge it can save others years of frustration, and help them to reach success faster.
Benjamin Knox is a celebrated public speaker whose inspirational message is in high demand. He has addressed audiences of up to several thousand people. He began as a public speaker per the request of the many Texas A&M Former Student Clubs and Aggie Mother’s Clubs. Some of his speaking venues include:
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