Clients & Testimonials

Selected Client List
Alliance of Independent Motion Media (Boston, MA) Island Moving Company (Newport, RI)
American Dance Legacy Initiative at Brown University John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities at Brown University
American Association of Museums Musica Dolce (Peace Dale, RI)
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston National Alliance of Media Arts & Culture
Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island National Arts Marketing Project – Americans for the Arts
Arts Midwest Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI)
Association of Youth Museums Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Business Arts Council (San Francisco, CA) Providence Art Club
Tricia Rose Burt – artist Rhode Island Foundation
Capitol Center for the Arts (Concord, NH) Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
Carroll & Sons Art Gallery (Boston, MA) Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Chamber Music America Smithsonian American Art Museum
Doubleday Studios – Jim Doubleday, artist Smithsonian Council
Holly Ewald – artist Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Fine Arts Fund (Cincinnati, OH) State Fund on Culture and the Arts Hawaii
Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Administrators The Stadium Theatre (Woonsocket, RI)
Xima Hulings – artist Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts –
Artist Professional Toolbox


What Clients Say

“Thank you for your advice to check out Martha’s Vineyard as a good place for my work. I visited the island right before Columbus Day this year to get a feel for the gallery scene. I connected right away with a gallery owner there and after visiting my studio yesterday, he’s asked me to join. Your advice was spot on! I enjoyed your lectures during the Toolbox program and am very glad I had you over for a consultation.
Grace Vasta-Carr, Artist

“Deborah Obalil understands both business and the working practices of a studio artist — a rare and invaluable combination. Together we crafted a comprehensive business plan tailored specifically for my work, helping me to set priorities, establish attainable goals, and gain control of my career. I now spend more time creating and less time worrying, and pursue more productive avenues for my art. Working with Deborah was one of the most worthwhile investments I have made in my career — and she has a terrific sense of humor, which always helps!
Tricia Rose Burt, Artist

“The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre’s Board of Directors hired Deborah Obalil to facilitate their strategic planning process. Her management skills, organization, dedication and work ethic were amazing. Through her coaching, she engaged all levels of the staff and board, bringing this diverse group to a clear consensus. She has a strong assertiveness in keeping the group on task while also being sensitive to board members’ feelings, all without being patronizing. She was attentive, responsive, reliable, approachable and very knowledgeable. Deborah has so many positive attributes that she will be a fine asset to any organization. I am pleased that Deborah continues to advise and consult with the Theatre as situations occur. The end result has been a successful strategic plan and a rewarding experience for all.”
Cathy Levesque, Executive Director, Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre

“I send our deep thanks for your superb workshop on Saturday.  I know we covered a great deal of information at the speed of light, but it was both truly substantive and informative.  You are so much fun to watch work!  The response of the workshop participants was excitement and renewed energy.  I am so very grateful we were sent in your direction.”
Catherine Conant, President, League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling

“I just wanted to take the time to say I found your presentations today for the Arts & Business Council to be extremely informative.  The information will be very useful in helping to enhance my work, as well as helping me to frame the context in which I direct my department’s marketing efforts.  Your knowledge of marketing is obviously apparent, but fused with your own anecdotal experiences truly left me feeling like I received more than my money’s worth.”
Training participant, New York City

“The evaluations from the workshop speak for themselves.  The ‘overall rating’ was a 4.0/5 (5 being excellent) and everyone enjoyed your dynamic style of presentation.  The workshop was extremely relevant and based on the responses, many arts groups are now prepared to take a more clear approach to their research.”
Celeste Wilson, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

“Thank you very much Deborah, your lecture was my favorite of the conference.  It was refreshing to have such a bright, young, intelligent speaker.”
National Arts Marketing Conference participant, 2001

“Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to lend your expertise as a facilitator of our NAMP Advanced Training Program.  Your insight, knowledge and vast experience in the field were invaluable, combining to create a successful and exciting user-friendly workshop.  And, as always, I know I can relax when you’re in charge!  The participants’ evaluations showed we weren’t the only ones who where impressed.  You were consistently rated ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ and were oft cited as the strongest feature of the day.”
Gary P. Steuer & Julie Peeler, National Arts Marketing Project, Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts