The Southern Atelier, Inc
7226 21st Street E.
Sarasota FL 34243
Southern Atelier provides instruction in painting, drawing and sculpture in the classical style to artists of all abilities and levels.
We encourage dialogue between students, professional artists, researchers and instructors. We seek to foster community relationships by inviting the public both to enjoy art and to learn about art, art history and classical training methods.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Charles Miano
Board Chair David Miano
Board Chair Affiliation Southern Atelier
General Info
Organization DBA
Southern Atelier
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS determination SAView
Impact Statement
2017 Accomplishments:
1. We offered 5 workshops instructed by internationally recognized Master Artists, which brought in students from outside the
local community.
2. We offered 6 Color Labs, short workshops, each focused on a specific topic in painting.
3. The public was invited 5 special art events and openings featuring musical artists, poetry and art from visiting artists.
4. On-going classes in classical drawing and painting brought new students to our doors.
5. A new executive director oversees day to day operations.
6. We were awarded 4 refurbished computers for use by students and staff by way of a grant.

Goals for 2018:
      1. Roll out our new website, which allows students to enroll online. 
      2. Continue to explore partnerships within the community.
      4. Increase public awareness via social media and print media articles and press releases.
      5. Expand course offerings and bring in new instructors.
6. Reorganize our workshop/studio space to make room for a new cast drawing area.

Needs Statement
1. Director and Executive Director pay (total): $70,000
2. Updated technology: POS system for school store, computer applications for graphic design, library research and student support services: $5,000
4. Maintenance and repair of the workshop facility, including a new air conditioning system: $10,000
5. Accounting support: $15,000

Background Statement
The Southern Atelier is a grass-roots educational organization at which students can pursue fine craftsmanship in the visual arts. Atelier is a French word literally translated as “workshop.” In English, it refers to a working studio, typically an artist’s studio. It can also be used as a short hand for the Atelier Method, a style of art instruction modeled after the private art studio schools of 15th-19th century Europe. We are dedicated to the belief that the atelier tradition is valuable for a renewal of figurative art. For over 10 years, Southern Atelier has provided a facility for people to build their artistic repertoire through time-honored and disciplined training. The skills required to create realistic art takes years to build on, and many artists cannot afford the tuition associated with for-profit schools. Many ateliers have opened in the northeast so there is a need for these schools in the south. Southern Atelier is an Art Renewal Center (ARC) certified organization. The ARC, a non-profit, is the foremost and only vetting service for skill-based visual art schools.

Southern Atelier is located on what is known as Florida's Cultural Coast. The Atelier takes advantage of its subtropical location in Manatee County to provide year-round access to the natural beauty and light of Florida in its spacious, naturally lit studio. To encourage and assist individuals from all walks of life in realizing their artistic skills to their fullest potential, Southern Atelier holds numerous classes, open studio sessions, workshops, and open houses. It is a part of a wide community of artists in a multitude of disciplines that is recognized as a cultural destination.

Southern Atelier is accredited by the Art Renewal Center (ARC), an organization that is devoted to establishing basic visual literacy standards across the globe. ARC accreditation puts Southern Atelier in the company of like-minded ateliers across the United States and Western Europe. From students at the Ringling College of Art and Design and New College, to retirees looking to fulfill their dreams of making art, Southern Atelier offers sessions to serve all of these locals, thereby enabling a continuum of lifelong learning.

In the years since opening in 2007, Southern Atelier has offered over 2000 classes. A Core Program including classes and uninstructed open life sessions is offered throughout the year and a number of visiting artists and multi-day workshops are offered as special events: to date, there have been 150+ workshops drawing in visitors from all over Florida and out-of-state.

Workshops in the recent past have included:
   Red Chalk Drawing with Charles Miano
   The Classic Figure in Oil - A Modern Approach with Robert Liberace
   Still-Life Painting with Robert A. Johnson
   Sculpture Studies with Steven Perkins
   Painting The Impressionist Landscape with Lois Griffel
   Landscape Painting Workshop with Charles Miano
   Painting with Dan Thompson
   Classical Protrait with Mary Minifie
   Figure with Background with Lynn Sanguedolce
   Structural Anatomy with Stephen Perkins
   From Drawing to Painting with Robert Liberace
   Painting with Russian Tradition with Ilya Mirochnik
   Sculpting for Painters with Edward Jonas 
   Painting Luscious Floral Still Life with Teresa Oaxaca
   Expressive Compositions in Oil with Jove Wang 

The Southern Atelier also provides opportunities for local artists and creative partners to showcase their work. Off campus, demonstrations and workshops by Southern Atelier's instructors bring art to locations other than at their "home", offering more exposure to the fine arts for the public. Southern Atelier instructors have held workshops all over the state of Florida as well as internationally, such as in Tuscany, Italy. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments The Southern Atelier is located in North Sarasota, and is easy to access by residents of both Sarasota and Manatee counties. Because Southern Atelier offers workshops taught by internationally recognized Master Artists, students often arrange to travel to the area to participate in our programs. We also draw students from more local communities such as St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers or Tampa; these students are highly motivated to attend our on-going classes and our weeklong workshops with the Masters.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Southern Atelier is requesting funding to expand its course offerings, grow our student base and maintain our facility. Last year, we concentrated on building a website that will allow students to enroll in classes, creating new courses, and increasing enrollments. Our web site is just about ready to roll out in early 2018. We are always seeking new strategies for garnering community interest and networking locally. We strongly believe there is no school quite like this one and we are passionate about what it has to offer the community.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Southern Atelier offers a program of art that is different than other art schools in the area.  Many art schools provide a contemporary take on art instruction.  The Southern Atelier teaches classical art techniques, which is much the same as classical music and classical dance.  Students learn to polish their skills by studying the Old Masters and copying their works, including portraits and plaster cast drawing and painting. They learn drawing, perspective, anatomy, the use of colors and a dozen of other skills that artists of the past did.  This is the way every artist learned in the past, and Southern Atelier is having success with this program. These skills help students to be more creative and to move on to freedom of expression. Accessible art centers offering instruction in Old Master techniques are scattered throughout the country, with the greatest concentration of ARC-accredited schools in the Northeast. Floridians looking for Old Master instruction at an affordable cost have only 2 accredited choices in FL - Sarasota and Miami. Southern Atelier in Sarasota is requesting support for running a fine arts center that provides affordable training, a work-study program and professional development for artists as well as public access.
~ Charles Miano
The Southern Atelier Core Program is divided into weekly instructed sessions.
Beginning student core classes include the following:
1. Fundamentals of Drawing; 
2. Fundamentals of Oil Painting;
3. Cast Drawing & The Bargue-Gerome Drawing Course.
Intermediate classes include:
1. Still Life Painting;
2. Old Master Copy Work;
3. Introduction to Life Drawing.
Advanced classes include:
1. Classic Life Drawing and Painting;
2. Classic Portrait Painting.
Budget $50,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Instruction
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success After completion of the beginner courses, students will have an understanding of how to compose a drawing, beginning with a gestural construct, and proceeding to a finish of tone light and value. They will also learn the basics of anatomy needed for accurate rendering of the human form.
Long Term Success
By the time they reach the advanced stage, students will effectively use rhythms, structure, mass, value and form to create cohesive figures with life and light. The successes of this program depend on what the individual student wants to achieve. For professional fine and commercial artists the skills taught at the Atelier help them to compete in the marketplace and in galleries. For hobbyists, the Atelier is a place for fulfilling personal goals of exploring artistic potential and allowing for a creative social outlet in a supportive environment. 
Program Success Monitoring
Individuals participating in arts instruction are surveyed at the beginning of their workshop or class to identify their needs, interests and expected outcomes. Following their entrance into the program, students are periodically asked to respond to additional surveys that ask them what they've learned, how the program has affected their work and lives, whether it has lived up to their expectations, etc. This information helps Southern Atelier shape and strengthen the curriculum as well as to evaluate program instructors.
Southern Atelier also tracks visitor numbers at all events, ticket purchases, sponsor dollars, etc. This data is used to track attendance trends and the sustainability of programs and events. Events not attracting a sufficient number of attendees are scrutinized for change and/or removal. 
Program Success Examples
Serious students at the Atelier have become instructors in our programs as well as privately. They have also been able to increase their income in the commercial arts fields through enhanced skills that allow for more commissions and higher prices for their work. Hobbyists are given a supportive family-like social, as well as learning, environment. An elderly lady recently told an instructor that it is her classes at the Atelier that give her a reason to keep living.
Description The Southern Atelier Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Program is a non-credit program for students in grades 10 through 12, who plan to apply to colleges of fine art. The curriculum is designed to help students create a body of work that reflects the strength of their ideas, abilities, and understanding of fine art. The program promotes mastery of technical skills and creativity and takes high school students through the development of a solid portfolio, composition of an artist's statement, and preparation of a strong CV or resume.
Our specialized courses focus on skill-building, creative self-expression, and in-depth exploration of art materials and techniques. All courses are taught by practicing professional artists, many of whom teach regularly at Southern Atelier. Each student works one-to-one with faculty to develop individually-focused and discipline-specific portfolios. Students have a productive dialog with an expert faculty member and fellow students. Each course in the program includes assignments based on the student’s major interest, online resources, and individual critiques. This intensive program focuses on developing observation in a variety of media in order to produce a varied portfolio that demonstrates technical skill as well as creativity and conceptual skills. Students in the program can choose courses in a variety of art disciplines or focus on a specific area of study.

Budget $8,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success The combination of hands-on classes to develop a body of work, and the practical course to prepare a portfolio while building college and career skills, creates opportunities for high school students interested in fine arts to fully prepare appropriate materials and apply for undergraduate fine-arts programs.

Depending on the students skill level upon beginning of the class, students finish the program with better ability to represent what they see through drawing and painting. They have a solid representation of their work and abilities and are able to successfully enter the art program at the school of their choice.

Long Term Success The long-term goal of this program is for the students to successfully embark on an art career and, of course, to instill a love of art in the students and motivate them to begin to develop the skill set needed to learn how to draw and paint skillfully. 

Program Success Monitoring The success of this program is monitored by the Director who reports provided to the Board. The success of the program is evident in the work of the students and in their success in finding placement in art programs at colleges and universities.
Program Success Examples For young people in general who have taken classes the response has been extremely positive. A passion for learning to draw and paint realistically can enhance students's critical thinking skills and be useful in many areas of communication. For young people who love to draw, the traditional fine art education provided at the Atelier offers a positive reinforcement and a focus that no other activity can. Our instructors have been told by parents that the weekly art class is the highlight of their children's week.
Program Comments by Organization The Southern Atelier offers classical training program for visual artists in Florida. Our commitment to representationalism in art stands out as distinctive and separate from other visual arts program at the professional arts level. We are proud of this important and unique contribution to the community of the Gulf Coast of Florida.  The natural beauty, luminous light and subtropical climate on the Gulf Coast of Florida have proved to be an ideal setting. Artists at Southern Atelier have the unique opportunity to improve their skills all year long, both out of doors and in our spacious naturally lit studio. Our firm belief in the classical revival of skill in the traditions of drawing, painting, and sculpture provide a encouraging  example for today’s art students both young and old.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Charles Miano
CEO Term Start Mar 2008
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Charles Miano serves as President, executive director and Instructor of Art. Miano is a highly regarded contemporary classical painter. His academic training includes the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, as well as the Studio Incamminati with world famous Nelson Shanks. He trained 5 years with America's respected muralist, Joseph Brown. He has taught at numerous art centers including the Art Center Manatee and Longboat Key Center for the Arts. He also has taught a master class at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art where his students spent months copying masterworks of European art.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 6
Volunteers 3
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations include the workshops we host with visiting artists of national renown on an annual basis, making Sarasota and Southern Atelier a destination for the out of town students who attend these workshops. These include Max Ginsburg, Teresa Oaxaca, Jove Wang, Dan Thompson, George O’Hanlon, Robert Johnson, Edward Jonas, and Robert Liberace. Past collaborations have been with the National Portrait Society.
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota2016
Art Renewal Center2016
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization Our greatest challenges have been in communication and advertising - letting the public know who we are and what we do. Our greatest opportunity is that we are the only educational organization in Florida with a primary focus on nature-based, traditional realism and the fact that there is an enthusiastic response from artist and students who learn about our programs. Other challenges include accounting, administration, and the need for new computer software, web support and facility updates, including a new air conditioning system.
Board Chair
Board Chair David Miano
Company Affiliation Southern Atelier
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Melanie Dellas community volunteer
Susan Foster Southern Atelier
Margaret Kruger Retired
David Miano Southern Atelier
Mary Louise O'Connell community volunteer
Frank Perry Community Volunteer
Patricia Sorg Southern Atelier
Kerry Vosler Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 10
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Academic Affairs
Governance Comments by Organization Challenges facing Southern Atelier include advertising and getting the word out about who we are and what we do. We have heard that Southern Atelier is the best kept secret in the Sarasota arts scene. We have a devoted following, but want to expand in order to serve a larger audience. Southern Atelier is especially interested in acquiring more serious students with professional goals. Reaching these students has been a challenge, as has been funding for website design and support and administration. Other challenges include a need for computer software, a new air conditioning system, and accounting support..
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $132,400.00
Projected Expenses $125,300.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$131,585$119,895$56,729
Administration Expense$0$696$28,250
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.981.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$26,468$26,126$28,337
Current Assets$26,468$26,126$28,337
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$26,468$26,126$28,337
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountArt Instruction $112,992Art Instruction $112,016Art Instruction & Workshops $87,334
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $13,396Contributions, gifts, grants $6,364Contributions, gifts, grants $16,900
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $5,5390 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Each year we ride a fine line between revenue and expenses. We depend on grants to keep us in the black. Our President was paid $23,000 in 2016, far below what he deserves, considering the hard work and hours he puts in. We are in need of new computers and money for promotion and advertising.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit The Southern Atelier, Inc
Address 7226 21st Street E.
Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone 941 753-7755