“Etched in Memory: Legacy Planning for Artists” is a web resource designed to assist artists in preparing for and protecting their professional legacy through sound planning and archival practices. All artists face the issue of building and maintaining their artistic reputations and creative output. Artists can assist their surviving partners, family and friends with decisions on financial issues and estates, as well as the disposition of their personal papers, business records and artwork.

Some of the resources found here are the result of a one-day symposium held in the Scholarly Communication Center (SCC) at Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers in New Brunswick, on Friday, March 20, 2009.

Dr. Doris Friedensohn
Profess includor Emeritus, New Jersey City University, widow of New Jersey artist Eli Friedensohn, Moderator

She is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at New Jersey City University and the widow of the painter Elias Friedensohn. Her projects over the years haveed curating and co-curating five photo and oral history projects, including “Generations of Women,” which was exhibited in more than 100 venues in the US and abroad, and “Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women,” based on a scholarly volume bearing the same title. Ms. Friedensohn has held two Fulbrights, consulted with universities in Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe about American Studies and Women’s Studies, and she is the author of a food memoir, Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad. In 2003, Ms. Friedensohn was awarded the Bode-Pearson Prize for a lifetime of achievement and service within the field of American Studies.

Etched in Memory logo features Miriam Schapiro's "In the Land of Oo-bla-dee: Homage to Mary Lou Williams," 1993. Courtesy of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions.

The original symposium was sponsored by the Institute for Women and Art (IWA) at Rutgers in partnership with the Rutgers University Libraries. The IWA operates under the auspices of the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic & Public Partnerships in the Arts & Humanities. These events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Etched in Memory Project Team included: Dr. Ferris Olin, Principal Investigator; Nicole Plett, Project Manager; Joe Namashe, Videographer; Ricki Sablove, Symposium Organizer; Katherine Scott, Symposium Organizer and Web Site Developer.