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146. Artist/Entrepreneurs: Supply with Ian C. Hess

I heard about a faculty member at a top-tier art school who got ridiculed by another faculty member because they were teaching art students to run successful businesses. “You’re just turning people into whores,” the faculty member said. The only thing my friend could say was “Well maybe your opinion is bad and wrong.” Just like we have been saying all along in this series, art and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. Creative practitioners sometimes can’t stop the ideas, and every once in a while, those ideas turn into successful ventures and careers.

This week Ryan and Garreth sit down once more with Ian C. Hess to unveil his latest labor of love, Supply. Supply will be Richmond’s second art supply store and will be opening on December 2, 2022. There have been ups and downs, supportive folks and those eager to scoff, but whatever has been the case, this new store is by artists and for artists and seeks to build upon the already vibrant arts community in Richmond, Virginia.

You can follow Supply on Instagram, and you can visit the store in person starting December 2nd at 320 W. Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia.

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