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Building a Studio Archive: Artist Workshop Led by Kara Jefts

Building a Studio Archive:

Artist Workshop Led by Kara Jefts

This workshop provides an overview of how build an archive using simple tools and procedures in order to create searchable digital records and establish systems for documentation and handling.

Establishing an archive is like contributing to a savings fund; as interest (information) accrues, the investment you make generates a greater return over time. The first step toward benefiting from the return of an organized studio practice is to create an archive system and commit to implementing it.

The workshop will cover:

  • Techniques for managing digital images including digital file organization, sustainable file formats, and embedded information

  • How create and use inventory numbers to track artwork, organize files, and order searchable digital records

  • How to review database management systems in order to match your resources and technical capabilities

About the Instructor

This workshop is led by Kara Jefts, founder of Studio Archive Services. Jefts has managed museum, library, and private collections for over 10 years. She received her MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in Art History from Union College, Schenectady, NY. Jefts serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Chicago Area Archivists.