“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. Joan M. Marter
Executor, Dorothy Dehner Foundation; Board Member, the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust and Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat; Co-editor, Woman’s Art Journal; Professor of Art History, Rutgers

Among her many honors, Dr. Marter was named Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Symposium Scholar, Hofstra University (2009) and Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Stony Brook Research Fellow (2004-5), and she was elected to the University of Delaware Alumni Wall of Fame (2004). Dr. Marter is the author of Abstract Expressionism, The International Context (2007), American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, V. II (2001), Off Limites: Rutgers University and the Avant-Garde, 1957-63 (1999), Theodore Roszak, The Drawings (1992), and Alexander Calder (1991 and 1997), as well as numerous articles and essays. She serves as co-editor of the Woman’s Art Journal, which is celebrating 30 years of continuous publication in 2009. Dr. Marter has also organized numerous exhibitions.

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.