CALL Legacy Specialists Daniel A. Matthews

Daniel A. Matthews

Can you share what you and your CALL Artist were able to accomplish through the CALL program?
Through the CALL program I worked with a team of Legacy Specialists. Working with the artists we were able to accomplish all of our goals. For example we were able to create an easy to use system of cataloging the artist work, create an organized storage space that housed both paintings and prints and we are able to develop a new website with updated images of art works.

Can you give us a sense of how the CALL experience may have influenced you and your work as an artist? 
As an artist I was able to implement many of the strategies in both when creating my work and in my personal life.  For instance the CALL road map is a tool I use to help me achieve my short and long term goals.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of this work?
The most rewarding aspect of the CALL program for me was the ability to work with an artist who have had an extensive body of work and being a part of a conversation that relived some of the most important events in New York History.

What has been most difficult?
The most difficult part of this program is the end of the program.  Working with an artist for a year getting to know them and sharing in some of the most vulnerable part of their work then leaving is the most difficult. I wished that life didn't move so quickly.

What do you recommend to a anyone assisting an artist in the career documentation process?
The most valuable thing I can think of for anyone assisting an artist in the career documentation process is that you set up your goals and understand that it will change so you should be flexible. I also think the most important thing to make this work successful is to develop strong communication in the beginning of any professional relationship.

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