Artists’ Archives Mini-Workshops

The Visual Resources Library of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be conducting a series of short Artists’ Archives workshops on focused topics for the Fall 2018 semester. If you are a member of the UNC community who is an artist, art historian, archivist, librarian, or just art-interested, these one-hour sessions will introduce you to concepts and tools for managing the many materials, records, documents, images, and files–physical and digital–that you acquire and keep as part of working with art or making art. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by large quantities of “stuff,” you can begin to use these materials as resources for your professional advancement: for artists, you can increase your productivity, make your work more accessible to others, retain your rights to your work and its reproductions, and increase your visibility in your community of practice; for archivists and scholars, you can increase critical access to these materials that support and inspire new works and create sustainable relationships with the makers in your community. Each mini-workshop is intended to model a practice of establishing ongoing goals for managing your archives that are SMART: Specific, Manageable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of space restrictions, each workshop can have a maximum of 20 participants. Below each workshop listing is a registration form to sign up for a spot. We will keep a waitlist and there is an option to sign on to the waitlist for a given workshop at the bottom of the page. Similar workshops on new topics will be offered in the Spring 2019 semester.

All workshops will be held on a Friday from 3-4 pm in the Visual Resources Library, Hanes Art Center, Room 214, UNC-Chapel Hill, 115 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599.

Workshop I September 21, 2018
Archiving 101: Introduction to archiving for artists–what it is, why you want to be doing it now, and how it can help you in your professional practice


Workshop II October 5, 2018
Documenting Your Work: Keeping track (usually digitally/photographically) of every idea, sketch, mock-up, model, prototype, edition, version, installation, finished work, unsold or sold, on exhibition, in your studio, or in storage


Workshop III October 26, 2018
Organizing Your Files: making order from your digital files by using consistent file formats, naming conventions, file sizes, and strategies for backing everything up

Organizing Your Files

Workshop IV November 9, 2018
Inventory Basics: now that it is all organized, how do I find it again (embedded metadata and/or a database/filing system)? How do I keep track of where my artwork was, is, and will be? Is there an image of it on my website/instagram/facebook page (and where is the smaller image file for that)? Where has it been published (who has the rights to that photo)? Receipts (taxes!)? Documentation (so I can apply for that residency)?

Inventory Basics

Waitlist Registration