Art is a business, and every business professional needs the right tools and information to be successful. In order to serve Savannah artists and live our mission statement, Desotorow Gallery introduces our second annual Professional Development Lecture Series. Come and learn the tricks of the trade from business professionals of Savannah!

Limited seating is available, so please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to each session. All sessions are free and open to the public.


Contracts and Intellectual Property

Join us for a presentation on contracts and intellectual property issues by Shawn Kachmar and Matt Henerson.

Shawn Kachmar is a Partner with the Savannah law firm Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn. He specializes in employment law, intellectual property, and business issues. After graduating from Penn State, he obtained his law degree from Emory. Shawn has volunteered in the past for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and is active on a number of boards throughout the Savannah community and the state. Matt Henerson is also an attorney with Hunter Maclean. His practice focuses on intellectual property, information technology, contracts, and business-related torts. Matt received a B.S. from Auburn University, worked for a few years as a civil engineer, then earned his law degree from the University of Alabama. He is active in the Savannah community and speaks regularly on intellectual property topics, most recently to a fashion design class at SCAD.

Funding in Georgia

Tom Cannon was born and raised in Alabama. After graduating from the University of Montana on an ROTC scholarship, he went on to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Cannon spent twenty one years in the Army as an intelligence analyst and area specialist for Africa and Europe before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has been the City Manager for Dandridge, TN and Tybee Island, GA, and was the Development Director of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA. Cannon has written and supervised applications that have brought in $1,400,000 worth of grants to his organizations. Cannon recently wrote the online course, “Raising Funds for Arts Organizations” for SCAD’s Arts Administration Master’s program.