Commissions: The Artist / Client Process — A Unique Educational Enterprise
Many visual artists supplement their income by working with clients to create one-of-a-kind, commissioned works; but it is rare that art students have the opportunity to gain practical experience with this type of professional relationship. Professor Goldsmith’s answer to the need is Commissions: The Artist-Client Process, an upper level course at the University of Washington School of Art.
Layne Goldsmith Professor of Art at the University of Washington since 1983, is an educational entrepreneur specializing in many aspects of textile production. As a studio artist, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in both private and public collections. Her research has led to textile projects with artists and artisans from Italy, Japan, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, Peru, and Nepal. She is the 2011 recipient of the UW Distinguished faculty award for Lifelong Learning. Since 2004 she has designed and produced custom rugs woven in Nepal by Good Weave certified producers and now under her own label, Layne Goldsmith Studio. In 2003 she designed the unique course for students in the School of Art entitled Commissions: The Artist/Client Process in which students design custom rugs for sponsors. The rugs are hand woven in Nepal and now grace the homes of some of Seattle’s finest!