“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.

Paul Sepuya,
Artist Support Director, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, New York

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PAUL SEPUYA, Director of Artist Support, Joan Mitchell Foundation, is a Brooklyn-based artist and the director of Creating a Lasting Legacy, a support program in development by the Foundation. The goal is to assist artists in the documentation and archiving of their work. He is organizer of the Joan Mitchell Foundation exhibition projects at the CUE Foundation, and works with ongoing support with New Orleans/Gulf Coast artists. Prior to joining the Joan Mitchell Foundation, he was Artist Services Informations Officer at Creative Capital Foundation from 2005-7. He has also worked for Blue Medium, an arts-related P.R. company, and for Simon Watson, private curator/SCENIC Group, and as assistant to artist Anthony Goicolea. Sepuya is the publisher of the artist ‘zine SHOOT, and his photography, video and installation work have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Basel, Sydney, Berlin and Paris. Features and reviews of his work appear in T, The NY Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Interview, Paper, and SLEEK.

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.