Institute for Women & Art at Rutgers
Friday, March 20, 2009

“Etched in Memory: Legacy Planning for Artists” is a one-day symposium and web resource designed to assist artists in preparing for and protecting their professional legacy through sound planning and archival practices. Aimed at New Jersey visual artists working in all media, the program will be of interest to all artists faced with 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.

The one-day symposium will be 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.

Registration for the daylong symposium is free. There is a $15 charge for hospitality and a box lunch to be served during the moderated lunchtime discussions.

Conference Schedule

9:00–9:30 am Registration opens; Coffee, tea and beverage reception
9:30 am Welcome: Judith K. Brodsky
9:40–10:00 am Introductory address: “Etching in Memory”
Dr. Ferris Olin
10:00–12:00 pm Panel Discussion: “Organizing Your Professional Life and Achievements: Hard Copy and Digital Recordkeeping”
Moderator: Marilyn F. Symmes
• Ronald Becker
• Helen M. Stummer
• Paul Sepuya
• Camille Billops
• Nicole Plett
12:15–1:15 pm Working lunch with moderated roundtable discussions
1:30–3:25 pm Panel Discussion:“Leaving Legacies: Body of Work, Artists’ Trusts, and Foundations”
Moderator: Dr. Doris Friedensohn
• Richard Greenberg Esq.
• Magda Salvesen
• Dr. Joan M. Marter
• Faith Ringgold
3:25–3:30 pm Closing remarks: Judith K. Brodsky


Ronald Becker
Head, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Camille Billops
Artist, founding director of the Hatch-Billops Collection of Black Cultural Arts, New York

Judith K. Brodsky
Director, Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers; Founding Director, The Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers

Dr. Doris Friedensohn
Professor Emeritus, New Jersey City University, widow of New Jersey artist Eli Friedensohn

Richard Greenberg Esq.
New Jersey Trusts and Estates Attorney, Greenberg & Schulman, Woodbridge, NJ.

Dr. Joan M. Marter
Executor of the Dorothy Dehner estate, and president of the Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts, trustee of the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust and Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat; co-editor of Woman’s Art Journal, Professor of Art History, Rutgers

Dr. Ferris Olin
Director, Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers; Curator of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series; Founding Head, Margery Somers Foster Center, Rutgers University Libraries.

Nicole Plett
Project Manager, Women Artists Archives National Directory (WAAND), Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers

Faith Ringgold
Artist, author and illustrator; Professor of Art, University of California, San Diego; founder of the Anyone Can Fly Foundation

Magda Salvesen
Author, “Artists’ Estates: Reputations in Trust”

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

Helen M. Stummer
New Jersey artist, photographer, and visual sociologist

Marilyn F. Symmes
Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers


Tracey I. Batt, Esq.
Executive Director, New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Inc.

Marianne Ficarra
New Jersey-based art appraiser

Sandra McKenzie
President and Director of the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Fernanda Perrone
Archivist, Head, and Exhibitions Program Curator of the William Elliot Griffis Collection at the Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers


Registration for this event is now closed.

We apologize for our limited seating. Videos of the panel presentations will be posted to this website, in addition to helpful links and resources, in the month following.



Free parking will be available in the multi-level deck located next to Alexander Library. Entrance to the parking deck is on College Avenue, immediately adjacent to Alexander Library. We suggest finding your own driving directions using Mapquest or Google. The Alexander Library address is 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Here is a link to the Rutgers campus map.


From Trenton and South:
Take the northbound New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor Train from Trenton, Hamilton, or Princeton Junction. Exit the train at New Brunswick Station. Walk in the same direction train was traveling to the end of platform, and take concrete stairs to street. At foot of stairs, you will be on George Street. You are also facing a crosswalk that will take you across George Street to RU bus stop on the other side of George Street.

NOTE: If you need to take an elevator to exit the platform, you will find one at the rear of the platform; walk back in the direction your train came from. Exit the station on Albany Avenue, turn left and walk to George Street.

From New York and North:
Take the southbound New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor Train. Exit the train at New Brunswick Station. Walk along the platform back in the direction you were traveling from. Take concrete steps down to street. You are now at the corner of Somerset and George.

NOTE: If you need to take an elevator, you will find one on the platform just before the concrete stairs. It will take you to Somerset Street. Follow directions to George Street above.


On George Street, between the train bridge and Albany street, there is a large pedestrian crosswalk. On the side of the crosswalk adjoining a corporate park, there is a bus stop shared by NJ Transit and Rutgers University. Take the red and black Rutgers EE or A bus lines to Alexander Library. BE ADVISED: Our event is during the spring academic break, and the bus stops at 45-minute intervals.

If you wish, you may take a taxi from the train station. Cabs can be found at the taxi stand alongside the station, near the station’s main entrance (Albany Street) and flower shop.

From the corner of George Street and Somerset (across from Rutgers historic gates, take Somerset Street to College Ave. (College Ave. runs roughly parallel to George St.). Take a right onto College Avenue which will take you directly to Alexander Library, about four blocks on your right.

Upon entering Alexander Library, walk to the right and take the elevator to the Scholarly Communication Center (SCC) on the Fourth Floor.

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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.

This program is 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.