Where Research is a Delight!
As a Fellow in the Learning from Artists’ Archives program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Erin Dickey developed a studio archiving project with western NC artist Connie Bostic. This project entailed the digitization of selected materials, creation of an artwork inventory, and recording of oral histories in order to provide context on and insight into her art and legacy, as well describing her role in the growth of the Asheville arts community in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The inventory and digitized works were subsequently archived as part of the collection of the NC Room at Pack Memorial Library. As this project demonstrates, navigating between the roles of artist, archivist, and art historian instills an understanding of archival materials as living and connected to people, clarifying the connections between archival work, art history, and community engagement. In conversation with Connie Bostic, Erin Dickey will discuss this project, contextualize it within recent similar artists’ archives initiatives in the South, and provide tips for artists hoping to improve their own record-keeping systems.
This program will include a 20-30 minute talk with Erin describing her work, a 15-20 minute discussion between Erin and Connie and a question and answer period.
If you’d like to browse this digital collection go to the North Carolina Room’s Special Collection’s website and in the “Keyword Search” box at top right, type in MS233.005* and it will bring up all of the folders for this collection. Connie Bostic has donated other materials to us regarding her two previous art galleries, The World Gallery in conjunction with Western Carolina University and Zone One Gallery that was at 37 Biltmore Avenue. If you’d like to view this material type in MS233*.AR