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Documentation for Visual Artists

Image: Robert Chase Heishman, _IMG, 2016
Image: Robert Chase Heishman, _IMG, 2016
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Recognizing the critical importance of capturing high-quality images of artwork in many creative careers, Robert Chase Heishman will introduce artists to the aesthetic and technical knowledge that informs his work as an art documentation professional.

Following a concise lecture, Robert will lead participants through a series of hands-on demonstrations including lighting, photography, and post-production tailored for the work of visual artists.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand photographic basics and how to use a DSLR camera
  • Develop an awareness of the thought processes that guide professional documentation photographers’ decision-making
  • Gain hands-on experience with lighting artwork, including professional and DIY methods
  • Learn foundational principles underlying post-production software and how to implement them

Robert Heishman holds an MFA in Studio Art from Northwestern University (2012) and a BFA from in Photography and Art History from Kansas City Art Institute (2008).  His work has been exhibited at McIntosh Gallery (London, ON), The Tetley (Leeds, UK), H&R Block Artspace and Paragraph Gallery (Kansas City), Propeller Centre for Visual Arts (Toronto, ON), and widely around Chicago at Sullivan Galleries, LVL3, Roots & Culture, Document, and Johalla Projects. Recent grants and awards include participation in the 2016 Silver Eye Editions from Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh) and a 2015 project grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. His work is in the permanent collections of the BNY Mellon Collection, Walker Art Center, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Heishman is the co-founder and director of Private Birthday Party, a research and preservation initiative for a collection of historical photographic slides documenting the underground drag culture in Kansas City in the 1950s and ‘60s. Heishman lives and works in Chicago, where he teaches at Northern Illinois University.

In addition to his art practice, Heishman co-owns the art documentation business, RCH | EKH. Together with Emily Kay Henson, their business specializes in exhibition + artwork documentation for galleries, artists, curators, consultants, and collectors.


$20 General Public | $10 CAC Artist Members | FREE for BOLT, FIELD/WORK, HATCH, and LAUNCH Residents

Online registration for this program is now closed. Registration is available at the door prior to the event!