WPA Professional Practices Presents: Working with Galleries

By Editorial Team on June 16, 2014
Photo courtesy of Phil Hutinet.
Eric Hope at the 2013 (e)merge art fair. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.


Event: Thursday, June 19 from 6pm to 7:30pm


WPA Professional Practices presents Working with Galleries, a panel discussion intended to address and demystify the often complicated relationship between gallerists and artists. WPA Membership Director, Jeremy Flick, will a lead a conversation with gallerists George Hemphill (Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC), and Amy Eva Raehse (Goya Contemporary & Goya-Girl Press, Baltimore, MD) discussing various topics related to the complexities and protocols of working with commercial galleries. Expectations from the artist and gallery points of view including: gallery research, approaching a gallery, group shows, art fairs, flat files, backrooms, sales, commissions, and common business practices will be addressed followed by a question and answer session.

Artists at all stages of their careers are encouraged to attend.

This event is free for members and $10 for non-members.

About the Panelists:
George Hemphill: A 32 year resident, Mr. Hemphill came to Washington DC in 1979 after teaching at the Atlanta College of Art. In 1984 he established the fine art photography department at Middendorf Gallery, later becoming director of the gallery. In the fall of 1991 he established Hemphill Fine Arts (HEMPHILL), offering art advisory services to corporate and private collectors. In 1993, HEMPHILL opened a gallery in Georgetown. In his current gallery space on 14th Street, the work of emerging artists, contemporary mid-career artists, and modern masters are presented. Mr. Hemphill has helped to build many of the most significant corporate and private collections in the area.

Along with his work as an art dealer and curator, Mr. Hemphill is a founding member of the board of directors for the District of Columbia Arts Center, an organization that champions local artists. He is also a founder and past board member of FotoWeek DC, an annual photography festival in the District, and a former board member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. In both 1992 and 1993 he served as co-chairman of the Washington Project for the Arts’ auctions.

Amy Raehse is the Executive Director and Curator at Goya Contemporary/Goya-Girl Press in Baltimore, MD. Goya Contemporary promotes the art and culture of our time by presenting new works and ideas through curatorial practice, texts and catalogs, print publishing, artist representation, and by encouraging artistic collection. Goya-Girl Press works with artists to create unique fine art editions. Established in 1996, the press has completed hundreds of projects collaborating with myriad artists throughout the country. For over 11 years, Goya has participated in art fairs in Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, among other locations.

Goya Contemporary has earned international acclaim for thought-provoking exhibitions, innovation programming, and unique collaborations with artists. Known nationally as one of the most prestigious and long running galleries in the mid-Atlantic, Goya is dedicated to scholarly programming, which fosters the work of mid-career artists.

Jeremy Flick is the Membership Director at WPA. A practicing artist, educator, and seasoned arts administrator, Jeremy has been an active member of the DC arts community since 2006. Prior to joining WPA, Jeremy served as Assistant Director of CONNERSMITH and Coordinator for the (e)merge art fair in addition to his experience as Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, Montgomery College, and the University of Maryland. Jeremy received his MFA from the University of Maryland and his BFA from the University of Cincinnati. His artwork has been exhibited extensively with recent exhibitions at Anacostia Arts Center (Washington, DC), Heiner Contemporary Art (Washington, DC), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Runnels Art Gallery (Portales, NM), and Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum (Cincinnati, OH).

About WPA Professional Practices Series
From its inception, WPA has been an artist service organization. The Professional Practices Series, previously called No Artist Left Behind, offers 6-8 workshops per year that teach artists business skills, provide valuable career and practical advice, and expose them to new skills and techniques that can help them grow or refine their artistic practice. WPA strives to offer information that goes beyond the basics and addresses the needs of artists at every phase of their career. WPA’s Professional Practices workshops are always free to WPA members.

The panel will be held at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at Lounge, 10 I (eye) Street SW.

More information and prior Professional Practices workshops can be found at wpadc.org/category/profpractices.

More information about WPA Membership can be found at wpadc.org/membership/benefits.