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Documenting Your Work for Exhibition and Collecting: LEGACY

Published: Thursday, March 11th, 2021

A recording of a panel discussion with Cheryl D. Edwards & Helen Frederick
From Monday, March 8, 2021, 7pm

Creating a legacy for your artwork is critical to ensuring that your work is protected and preserved for future exhibitions, scholarship, and sales after your lifetime. The actions that you take now as part of your basic art practice are critical to ensuring the possibility of that legacy.  And, the added bonus is that it will significantly simplify the processes of applying for exhibitions or residencies in your lifetime.

Watch the recording below of the March 8 panel discussion featuring Cheryl D. Edwards and Helen Frederick, who discussed steps to incorporate into your studio practice, and provided specific examples of how to organize, document, and archive your work during your career to be best able to compete for exhibitions and opportunities, such as museum and university exhibitions, and for the placement of your work in permanent collections.

CHERYL D. EDWARDS, an African American artist was (b. 1954) in Miami Beach, Florida. She began her studies in art during 1988 in New York City in a class at the Art Student League taught by Ernest Crichlow. She has been living in Washington, DC for the past 26 years. Cheryl has exhibited in many shows in the Washington, DC, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Texas, Pennsylvania, Rotterdam, Germany, Monaco and Hong Kong. Her medium is oil, ink, printmaking, mixed media and acrylics. Represented by Gaby Mizes Fine Art. Cheryl is an awardee of the Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter received in 2020. Cheryl is a 2015 and 2021 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Awardee. Cheryl is an awardee in the Art Cart: Saving The Legacy project selected by the Research Center for Arts and Culture. The Art Cart Project resulted in the archival of her artwork in the Academic Commons Columbia University archives. Cheryl is also a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the David Driskell Center (University of Maryland); Board member of The Studio Visit, a member of [KUN:ST] International, a member of the Education Committee of the McClean Project for the Arts and an Advisor to the Washington Sculptors Group in Washington, D.C.

HELEN FREDERICK is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book. As an advocate for and an active participant in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area arts scene, she has served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces, various local and national boards including the College Art Association, and national peer-review panels. Her work has been exhibited at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York, Henie-Onstad Museum, Norway, and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and is in collections of the Whitney Museum and Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among many others. She has received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award and is featured in the Feminist Art Base Archive, the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Her private Reading Road Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides collaborative opportunities for artists interested in works in and on paper, constructions, artist books, and critical conversations about social justice, cultural and visual literacy. Frederick is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design.

This Panel Discussion is part of WSG’s ongoing series of Professional Practices Talks for Artists, Becoming a Professional in the Art World. View Previous Talks:
Audiences for Art: Approaching a Gallery, September 21, 2020
Developing Your Elevator Speech, August 20, 2020
How to Write an Artist Statement, August 6, 2020
Estate Planning for Artists, March 14, 2020