Panel: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7pm
“Perhaps the most difficult thing for any artist to do is put a price on an artwork. Eric Celarier and Joan Weber will discuss successful strategies and important tips for organizing the business side of what artists do. Remaining viable in the art world can rest on knowing how to assess value in a crowded art market. Come join us Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7PM, for a presentation of common sense approaches to pricing pieces, followed by your chance to tell us what has worked for you.”
Eric Celarier was born, lives, and works in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in 1991 and his Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1997.
His work has developed the theme of biological evolution associated with human impact. Exploiting garbage as a metaphor, Celarier engineers sculptures and prints from everyday cast-offs, calling attention to earth’s history of radical, biological change, change that seems to coincide with dramatic environmental shifts. As an artist, educator, reviewer, and curator, much of his work can be seen as designing opportunities that allow audiences to construct personally meaningful understandings of the world we live in.
His most immediate activities include: Biosphere, a solo show in NoMa Lobby, and Wasteland, a solo show at Honfleur in 2019, Wasteland, a solo show in NoMa Lobby, Alternative Evolution, a solo show at Artist & Makers, Finder-Maker, a group show at Honfleur Gallery, in 2017, and Trash, a solo show at VisArts in 2016.
In addition to making artwork, Celarier reviews gallery shows, having recently published in East City Art. He is active in the Washington Sculptors Group, as a member of its board, and currently helps administer the DCAC Sparkplug fellowship.
JOAN R. WEBER
Joan R. Weber has served on the Board of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) since 2017 and is Liaison to the WSG Advisory Board. She was previously on the WSG Board from approximately 2000 to 2008 as the only non-sculptor on the Board. Ms. Weber is an active art collector and avid supporter of Washington area art production and arts organizations. As a collector, she is a longtime member of ArtTable, a national organization of women professionals in the visual arts and, independently, has curated two large exhibitions in Baltimore at Gallery Four and School 33.
A business person, Ms. Weber is a partner with a commercial real estate development company since 2005, and brings strong business management and analytic experience to the company. For 23 years prior to that, Ms. Weber was a Senior Vice President of Sales for one of the largest commercial printing companies in the Washington metro area. Previously, Ms. Weber co-founded a company which exported printing and paper converting machinery from Germany, England and the U.S. to Africa, South America and the Far East. In addition, Ms. Weber, having completed her Master’s degree work and most of her Ph.D. work in Sociology and Medical Sociology, taught for eleven years at the university level – at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
This Panel Discussion is part of WSG’s ongoing series of Professional Practices Talks for Artists, Becoming a Professional in the Art World.