Pathways to Creative Entrepreneurship: How to Monetize Your Passion Projects @ Ovation Jewish Home, Milwaukee [21 June]

Pathways to Creative Entrepreneurship: How to Monetize Your Passion Projects

18:00 - 20:00

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Ovation Jewish Home
1414 North Prospect Avenue Rubenstein Pavilion, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
We live in the era of side-hustles and passion projects – the work you can’t help but focus on after you leave your 9-5 gig. If you’ve been dreaming about linking your creative outlets to your personal “economic development” this event has your name all over it!

Join FUEL for «Pathways to Creative Entrepreneurship,» an exploration of business and a behind-the-scenes reveal about ways makers are monetizing creativity. We’ll hear from two millennial artists, Pui Che and Tim Von Rueden, who are “crushing it” on the arts scene.

Both artist have managed to blend creativity and business innovation into lucrative careers and they’re sharing with us their career best practices and personal journeys to sustainable entrepreneurship.

What to expect:

* Complimentary hot and cold appetizers, courtesy of our sponsor
* Complimentary beer+wine bar, courtesy of our sponsor
* A tour of the Ovation art gallery, featuring works from Pui and Tim
* An intimate and interactive conversation about creativity, courage, and artistic business strategy
* Networking with a diverse peer-group of business-minded creatives and young professionals

Come ready to stretch yourself, refine your ideas and expand your network of influence. Don’t miss this one.​


Pui Che, Fantasy Illustrator

Pui Che is a fantasy illustrator exploring philosophy and the spiritual world through visual story telling. He graduated with a degree in Game Art & Design from the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg in 2008.

He has worked on various freelance projects, from mobile games, cover illustrations, indie game developments, trading card games (Legend of Draxia-2016, Tempest- Shards of the Gods) and many more.

In 2014, looking to explore more opportunities, Pui decided to present his illustrative works at Anime Central, the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention. It was there that he realized the potential of building his creative work into an entrepreneurial pursuit.

Learning to hone marketing, branding and creative experiments in his artistry lifestyle, Pui began traveling across the United States as well as the globe doing international shows. more information on Pui or to see his works, please visit

Tim Von Rueden, Independent Artist

Tim Von Rueden is an independent artist. After earning a degree in Game Design, he became an educator at CGCookie. He spent the next few years creating tutorials and step-by-step picture illustrations. He also recorded and edited time-lapse pieces and hosted weekly livestreams.

With time, he shifted his focus more toward creating art. His work became more personal and strayed from the realism that originally defined it. Today, it includes deep meaning, as well as intense beauty.

In 2014, Tim expanded his focus to include regular exhibits of his art. He released his first sketchbook and embraced traditional graphite art over digital art. He enhanced his social media presence and saw his business success blossom.

Today, Tim works as an independent artist and successful entrepreneur. He is a public figure who inspires and motivates other artists to stay on their path and persevere at entrepreneurship. He spends his time travelling the world, exhibiting his works and writing illustrated fantasy novels. He is truly carving a path as a successful artist in the modern age.

For more information, please visit


Ovation Jewish Home is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Dedicated to offering care to residents in beautiful surroundings and a vibrant atmosphere that encourages engagement and joy, Ovation has beautiful art galleries and a regular exhibition schedule. Explore this architectural jewel located in the heart of Milwaukee's downtown. ​


$0 Members, $0 Non-Members

(Preregistration is required and includes complimentary appetizers, wine and beer)​


There will be limited, free underground parking in the Ovation lot in addition to free street parking. Visit for more parking options.​


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