Here’s what previous attendees had to say about FACE:

If you care about advancing as a figurative artist, this is mandatory. Feeds your work on every level. Great way to network.

Barb Williams

There is a huge variety of instruction. I have been an artist for 40 years and still learned so much.

Karen Frieda Kaiser

The value surpasses the cost to attend. The fact that I could greet supporters and collectors of my work and thank them with a handshake and develop those friendships and with other artists makes this event immeasurably valuable. If I have to save all year, I am going to attend next year!

Brianna Lee

Well rounded conference of demos, educational discussions, and meaningful conversation and connections.

Mardie Rees

It’s about the unexpected connections, revelations and Aha moments. The experience is complex to describe because it is deeper than the listed agendas and programing. Great job everyone!!

Suzanne Johnson

You are participating in the future of a “New Renaissance” along side those who have ushered it in and those who will take to the generations yet to come. You rub elbows with the finest artists creating today.

Krystal Brown

This conference has substance; it is truly designed for the contemporary living artist. Demonstrations, workshops, studio time and lectures were available from 8 AM until 11:15 at night. The conference is dynamic, relevant and meaningful.

Mary Catherine Watson

Fabulous learning opportunities. The experience can change your direction and promote better habits, methods, more positive energy and joy.

Sara Jane Reynolds

It has been a fantastic experience that has marked my life, my knowledge and my sense. I enjoyed every minute of this great event.

Michael Cervantes

High caliber of professional artists. Demos by these artists. Connections with like minds. We all speak the same language! Camaraderie very professional and well organized.

Nora Venturelli

Great opportunity to meet so many artists, learn so much from both the instructors and attendees. Do a pre-workshop! It was amazing.

Kelli Folsom

I attended FACE 2017 and I assumed when I went that it would be a one time splurge. I’ve been attending conferences as a consultant for years so I though I knew what to expect. FACE vastly exceeded those expectations. So much so that I didn’t hesitate to sign up for FACE 2018 while still at the 2017 conference. If you’re serious about being a professional artist you have to be willing to make an investment. And as a professional artist you have to understand that you’re a business as well. So that investment needs to return an equal or greater value. FACE delivers. I’m already signed up for 2019.

Ken Davy

High quality experience filled with content covering many dimensions of the contemporary figurative art world.

Dan Kraus

If you are interested in elevating your work or break past a rut, you have to surround yourself with professionals who can elevate you. Be around the next level up and aspire to inspire. The FACE is a stepping stone to better.

Jessica Perez

I want to thank you for such a fabulous convention this past week in Miami.  I am tough to please and I was impressed many times over. Everything about the week was inspiring, enriching and far reaching for me as a painter, instructor and professor of representational drawing and painting.  I have taken many workshops, but have not been in a venue where there was the opportunity to learn from so many groundbreaking and influential, accomplished working artists. Since getting home, I have thought about my time at FACE almost constantly as I continue to carry the powerful experiences into my thinking and into my studio practice.

As a result, I expect to work more confidently, more boldly and with tested ideas about materials and techniques.  Nothing compares to watching a master at work, and you gathered many masters who were all open and generous to us, their students and audience. Though all your instructors worked differently, there were no contradictions, and clearly they respect and support each other.  I am spreading the news of this incredible week to my colleagues and my painting community, I look forward to seeing you next year in Williamsburg.

Again, my thanks and congratulations!!!


The community experience. The opportunity to see so many other approaches to contemporary figurative realism. The spectrum of players in this field, curators, gallery owners, collectors, and of course, artists from all over.

Jim McComas

Demos are great for every level of artists. Never talked down to or over. Wonderful snippets of humor.

J Douglas

The accomplished painters are approachable. Very hands on, lots of understandable information.

Rodney Collins

One of the most informative and worthwhile experiences for anyone who is an artist in training or emerging artist. You learn so much and get to interact with great like minded people.

Khanh Mai

Variety of artists, methods, personalities. There is something for everyone. And it is so inspiring. Really gives you a jump start and possibly even new direction.

Starr Daubenmire