Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) in partnership with DC Arts Studios is pleased to present Professional Practices: Art Handling 101. This free workshop is geared towards artists and exhibition organizers and will provide the opportunity to learn how to professionally handle artworks in a gallery environment, install artworks for an exhibition, and how to safely prepare works for shipping and storage. 

Led by exhibition specialists from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Larissa Raddell and Rachel Schmidt, the workshop will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 2-4pm at DC Arts Studios, Studio 209, 6925 Willow St NW, Washington, DC 20012 (3 blocks from the Takoma Metro Station).

The workshop will include hands-on demonstrations of installation techniques and discussion of strategies and best practices for handling and packaging works of art. 

Admission is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested.  Priority access will be given to current WPA Members. You may RSVP HERE or by emailing Membership Director, Jeremy Flick at jflick@wpadc.org.

Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions about installation or art packing challenges.

Special thanks to DC Arts Studios.

About the presenters

Larissa Raddell hails from Cleveland, Ohio where she is descended from the great artisan sausage makers, Raddell's Sausages. Larissa received her BFA from the University of Dayton and her MFA from George Washington University in 2007. She has been an art handler at the Hirshhorn Museum since 2005 and has been a full time Exhibit Specialist since 2011.Larissa has been involved in the installation of many of the Hirshhorn's major exhibitions, including: Ai Weiwei: According to What?, Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950, Days of Endless Time, and At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection.

Rachel Schmidt was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas and received her BFA from the University of Kansas. Rachel received her MFA from MICA's Mount Royal School of Art in 2007 before moving to Warsaw, Poland for a year. Rachel is an Artist in Residence at the Arlington Arts Center and has worked as an Exhibit Specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum since 2012. Schmidt currently has artwork on display at Flashpoint and Transformer as well as a public installation at 5th and K Streets NW.


DC Arts Studios is an arts incubator providing work spaces for artists of all disciplines, creative agencies, and arts organizations so that they can have sustainable careers in the DC Metro Area. They also provide exhibition opportunities and professional support, and  foster connections between working artists so that they can collaborate and grow in their practice.

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 Professional Practices workshops are always free to WPA members.


DC Arts Studios
6925 Willow Street NW
Washington, DC 20012




Saturday, June 27, 2015, 2–4pm