your work is worthy

The Works

with Erika b Hess

Are you ready to confidently get your work out there?

If so, join The Works!


The Works is a professional practice course that teaches you how to professionally create your materials, utilize social media, build your website, and more! Erika shares her behind the scenes tips from running and curating multiple open calls over the year.

We have a private community to support you and give feedback! Trust your materials, trust your work, easily apply to open calls
and find the right audience.

Lessons: Each week a new lesson is available to help you in your Professional Practice. The lessons are created to help you understand the materials and easily update or create them. Each lesson includes a video, educational text, quiz and goal. 

Goals: Each lesson has a goal for you to complete. The goals are achievable and broken down to make them easy to accomplish and give you the maximum benefit.  

Community: A private community for YOU to connect to new artists from around the world, ask questions, get feedback on your work and materials, and share opportunities. 



Artist Talks & Crits

We bring in artists to give Artist Talks and, if you would like, provide feedback/critique your work.

Visiting Professionals

We have Workshops & Classes with professionals in the field.

Monthly Video Meetups

Twice a month we meet up via Zoom so I can answer your questions

Check out what The Works looks like behind the scenes,
just watch this video!

Common Questions

  • Weekly videos by Erika b Hess to develop your professional practice.
    • This means you get four in-depth lessons a month!
  • Weekly goals to help you move forward in your Professional Practice.
    • In order to move forward, we need not just to learn but do!
  • private community to connect with artists, ask questions, and get feedback on your work and materials.
    • Support others and get support!
  • BONUS: Artist Talks/Critiques: We hold artist talks so you can learn/hear from other artists and get feedback
  • BONUS: We bring in amazing professionals to give a talk about a range of professional practice topics! Examples include: Photographing Work, Approaching Spaces
  • BONUS: Twice a month online meetups where Erika answers questions and offers feedback.

We cover:


Artist Bios

Artist Statement

Taking Images

Address Lists

Press Packets

Social Media

Reels and Engagement

Finding Your audience and how to connect



How to Apply to Open Calls

Application Tips


Residencies and Academic Jobs

Financial Basics

Creating Opportunities

Studio Visits /Gallery Basics

Time Management

Giving an Artist Talks

Write your own feature

I am a painter with an active studio practice and gallery representation. You may know me from the podcast, I Like Your Work which I created and currently host. We also curate open calls and exhibitions. On top of this I’m a mom to three so I understand the need for time management. I received my MFA from Boston University, spent three years in NYC working as a studio assistant to amazing artists, and then worked in art admissions reviewing artwork. I co-founded MUSA Collective, an artist collective in Boston, MA because I realized how crucial community for artists really is. I love artists. I love being one, I love talking to fellow artists and I genuinely want others to succeed which is why I started this membership.

No. The membership is designed to have each lesson build on the previous one so each week you receive a new lesson. This allows you time to work on the lesson at hand and achieve your goal.

What if I want to skip ahead?

We have carefully designed the curriculum to drip out at a pace that allows you to absorb the material and take action. Even though it may feel like going faster is better, our experience has shown that our members get the best results when they go one step at a time so for this reason you cannot skip ahead.

Just a few of the courses you will have access to!

The Works

$ 47 Month
  • Weekly Instructional Videos for One Year ($150 a mth)
  • Professional Workshops ($65)
  • Private Artist Community ($27)
  • Visiting Artists and Optional Critique
  • Total Monthly Value of $242 for ony $47!!

The Works

$ 470 One Payment for One Year
  • Weekly Instructional Videos for One Year ($1800)
  • Professional Workshops ($650)
  • Private Artist Community for a Year ($324)
  • Visiting Artists and Optional Critque
  • Total Value of $2774 for only $470!!