Professional Development

Janet Fries, Senior Counsel at the law firm of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and WSG Advisory Board Member, has practical answers for artists at all stages of their careers. Fries has been on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) since 2004, so her concern for local artists is especially important to her. Fries is an expert in issues involving contract negotiation and preparation, website review, copyright and trademark protection, and enforcement. This program will address topics generally, so it should not be thought of as a replacement for actual legal counsel for ongoing issues. Attendees should come away with a better understanding about what the law allows in order to protect themselves and their creative property.

While it’s nearly impossible to predict the outcome of juried competitions, it’s not difficult to understand that a well-crafted application at least stands a better chance than one that is put together poorly. This workshop will cover some best practices for approaching submissions, including organizing deadlines, paying attention to pertinent details, preparing written materials and images according to required specifications, etc. Getting a handle on these details will help ensure you stay on top of all the opportunities that come up and that you always present your work in the best possible light.

While it’s nearly impossible to predict the outcome of juried competitions, it’s not difficult to understand that a well-crafted application at least stands a better chance than one that is put together poorly. This workshop will cover some best practices for approaching submissions, including organizing deadlines, paying attention to pertinent details, preparing written materials and images according to required specifications, etc. Getting a handle on these details will help ensure you stay on top of all the opportunities that come up and that you always present your work in the best possible light.

This year’s Members’ Image Show was hosted virtually by the Washington Sculptors Group and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in conjunction with International Sculpture Day 2021, a global celebration of sculpture. Watch our members present their artwork live, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Perhaps the most difficult thing for any artist to do is put a price on an artwork. Eric Celarier and Joan Weber discuss successful strategies and important tips for organizing the business side of what artists do. Remaining viable in the art world can rest on knowing how to assess value in a crowded art market. This presentation takes a common sense approach to pricing pieces.

A recording of a panel discussion with Cheryl D. Edwards and Helen Frederick from Monday, March 8, 2021.