Commercial Gallery Program — Course 2

Gallery Inventory & Career Research

Instructed by Raymond Bonilla

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Refine your skills, establish goals, and build a body of work to attract galleries and clients.

This second-level course is designed for artists who are looking to take their careers to the next level by applying the skills and practices they learned in Commercial Gallery Course 1, Skill & Style for Gallery Arts. Over the course of 10 weeks, you will delve deeper into the intricacies of career-mapping and skill development, with a focus on refining your technique and solidifying your unique style and voice.

You will work closely with a highly experienced mentor who will provide you with the guidance and support you need to take your art to new heights. By the end of the course, you will have a clear understanding of your professional goals as a gallery artist and will have evaluated different genres that align with your style and interests.

This course is ideal for artists who are looking to deepen their understanding of the industry and develop their skills to a mastery level. Through hands-on exercises and one-on-one feedback sessions, you will leave this course with the tools and knowledge you need to succeed as an accomplished gallery artist.

From hands-on assignments, to in-depth feedback every week from a team of pro artists, you will have all the resources you need to identify your future in the arts and pursue it full force. 

Mediums Covered: All traditional 2D Mediums.

Skill Requirements: Intermediate

Delivery: Live & Online (all classes are recorded and available on-demand)

Key Takeaways From The 10 Week Course

  • Exploring media (continued)

  • Defining your audience and clientele

  • Research Galleries and Directors

  • Identifying networking opportunities

  • Creating an inventory

  • Making your work personal

Super EarlyBird [$300 Off]

Ends Feb. 25

Semester Dates

April 21  – June 22, 2024


10 weeks (23 Live Classes)

Class Time

Sundays, 4:30pm – 7:30pm PT



Course Outline

A mentorship taught by seasoned pros

Illustrator and gallery painter Raymond Bonilla

Raymond Bonilla

Raymond Bonilla is a highly acclaimed illustrator and fine artist based in Buffalo, New York. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in New Media and Illustration from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2005, and later received his Master of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2009.

Raymond has been recognized for his exceptional talent, winning numerous awards such as Best in Show in the Great Lakes Emerging Artist Competition, being a finalist in the Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition, and being awarded Gold Medals for advertising by both the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual.

In addition to his painting, Raymond shares his knowledge and passion for the arts by teaching part-time at Visual Arts Passage. He is represented by the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado, and Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery in East Aurora, New York.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Pa’lante, Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery, East Aurora, NY
Recuerdos Privados/ Private Memories, Abend Gallery, Denver CO
Epílogos Privados / Private Epilogues, Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery, East Aurora, NY

Group Exhibitions

LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
Five and Under, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
31st Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO Small Works, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA Richeson75 International Art Competitions: Landscape, Seascape & Architecture Exhibition, Richeson Art Gallery, Kimberly WI
The Great American Paint In Traveling Exhibition, Gallery CERO, Longwood, FL Black Friday Sale, Abend Gallery, Denver CO
30th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO Flower Power, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
The First Annual Vining Gallery Invitational Group Exhibition, Vining Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
5×5 Project VII, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Five and Under, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Wish You Were Here, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA Society of Illustrators New York 62nd Annual Exhibition, New York, NY
Solo Exhibition: Epílogos Privados / Private Epilogues, Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery, NY Dusk To Dawn, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY
In a Nutshell, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY
5×5 Project VI, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Horizons, Abend Gallery, Denver,CO
29th Annual MINI SHOW, Abend Gallery, Denver,CO
28th annual MINI SHOW, Abend Gallery,CO
Ray Bonilla Lights Up!, Resource Art, Buffalo, NY
Bonilla: Process Work, ART LAB Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Summer Show: The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry,Resource Art, Buffalo, NY Summer Salon, Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery, East Aurora, NY
Art Invasion House Party IV, Resource Art, Buffalo, NY
Art Invasion House Party III, Resource Art, Buffalo, NY Raymond Bonilla: Recent Works, Fredonia Incubator Gallery, Dunkirk, NY
Observed and Imagined , Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery, East Aurora, NY Artist to Artist, Benjaman Gallery Group, Buffalo, NY
Society of Illustrators New York 57th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 53rd Annual Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA The Ridge, Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery, East Aurora, NY
Society of Illustrators New York 55th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 51st Annual Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
Illustrators West 50th Annual Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA Mirror Mirror, Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT
Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA Portrait Invitational Exhibition, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO Requiem,Gallery 688, San Francisco, CA

Museum Collections

Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo,NY

Connect with Industry Leading Guest Artists

Every semester, Visual Arts Passage invites 7 guest speakers to connect and share wisdom with all students. These industry leaders answer student questions, complete in-depth demonstrations, review work, and more.


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Editorial & Publishing Illustrator

What makes this Mentorship unique?

As a mentorship student, you will gain access to a vast wealth of resources to better your understanding and improve your skills. You will be paired with a high-caliber professional, who will be with you every step of the way.

Live Classes

Every class is delivered live and is fully interactive with lectures, demos, critiques, and guest speakers. Consider this your front row seat.

Connect on Discord

laptop image of zoom art class for illustrators and concept artists

Study Hall

guest speaker events with comic book artist, Afua Richardsons

Guest Speakers

Learn-by-doing Assignments

Broaden and explore new skills while developing work that appeals to galleries and clients

Students are tasked on a weekly basis with a variety of skill-building exercises, real-world assignments, and projects to help refine and improve. Once students establish direction, their assignments will aim to build a body of work with that focus.

Super EarlyBird [$300 Off]

Ends Feb. 25


Student Testimonials

I was pushed to try new techniques and materials. I really enjoyed the projects and the opportunity to let loose in regards to my own process and style.
Ren LindroosIllustration Student

Payment Installments Available

Even though our courses are the best value, with the high caliber instruction and personalized mentoring, there are finance options available to make the mentorship program financially possible for as many artists as possible. Select Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout to view options.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Students only commit to one mentorship course per semester. Once you complete a course, you can register for the next course, to continue your progress in the mentorship program.

The Mentorship Program can be complete within a 10 month period. Students are encouraged to repeat the third course in the program, Establishing Career & Clients.

Each course in this Mentorship Program is $1199.

The Mentorship program is a "get out of it, what you put in" experience. That being said, our courses are structured to accommodate individuals with a busy schedule. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 3 hours for your live course and 2 hours to complete assignments and course work. We highly encourage students to commit more time if their schedule allows.

Mentorship courses enroll 4 times per year, during the winter, spring, summer, and fall semester. You can view the program calendar here.

We recommend that most students start with the first course in the Commercial Gallery Program, Gallery Fundamentals: Direction & Voice. Highly experienced students may qualify to attend the second course in the program, Gallery Portfolio & Inventory. If you are not sure, feel free to send your work to hello@visualartspassage.com and a team member will get back to you with a recommendation shortly.

Need Some Guidance?

We can help you with any questions related to enrollment, portfolio development, and the student experience.