“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.

Magda Salvesen
Art historian, curator of the estate of John Schueler, author of Artists’ Estates: Reputations in Trust

A historian of art and landscape design, she is the curator of the estate of her husband, the American artist Jon Schueler. After receiving her MA from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, she studied at the Courtauld Institute in London, and worked for the Scottish Arts Council in Edinburgh. In 1976, she moved with Mr. Schuler to New York, where she lectured in art history and environmental sensitivity at New York University, and has been teaching landscape design theory and other courses at the New York Botanical Garden. Ms. Salvesen served on the Board of the Queens Botanical Garden, and is founding member of its Horticultural Committee. She is the editor of The Sound of Sleat: A Painter’s Life by Jon Schueler; was the director and executive producer of the video “Jon Schueler: A Life in Paint” in 1999; and was the consultant editor for Jon Schueler: To the North (Merrell Publishers, Ltd., London, 2002). Her latest publication is Artists’ Estates: Reputations in Trust (Rutgers University Press, 2005).

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.