Art Resource Traditions: education and community development with indigenous arts

Presentations, Workshops, and Exhibits

Illustrated Lectures
William Swetcharnik is available to give slide lectures regarding all aspects of art resource work mentioned in other parts of this Art Resource Traditions site. Lectures can be adapted to general or specialized audiences. General topic areas are listed in the Information Forum section. Specialized topics are listed on the Consulting Services page.

Demonstrations and Workshops
Presentations can be combined with art resource demonstrations and workshops in which materials are prepared and used. Workshops are especially recommended in college and university settings, For simple, small workshops, the artist can bring all the raw materials and tools, but extensive workshops will need to be coordinated well in advance. Extensive workshops may include field trips to gather materials, trips to museums, and other outside activities.

Exhibitions can be arranged, showcasing examples of Swetcharnik’s art that make interesting use of indigenous Mesoamerican materials and traditional retablo formats. Parts of the exhibition area can also be devoted to demonstration materials and photographic documentation of art resource traditions. These exhibitions are most effective when organized concurrently with lectures and workshops.

Embassy Exhibitions
Long-term exhibitions can also be organized through the Art in Embassies Program, a privately funded program that works in tandem with the State Department of the United States. Below, we show a photograph of an exhibition of William Swetcharnik’s work that was installed in the diplomatic residence of the US Ambassador to Honduras, Dr. James Creagan, and his wife Gwendolyn.

Although Art in Embassies exhibitions are limited to US diplomatic auspices overseas, foreign embassies may feel free to contact the artist to arrange exhibitions in their own facilities in the in Washington, DC and New York, both of which are near the artist’s home studio. This would be particularly appropriate in the case of Latin American embassies.

Lecture and workshop fees vary, depending on the nature of the activity. All fees are applied to defray the long-term operating expenses of the art resource program. All exhibitions must be fully insured and have an adequate budget for shipping, mounting, publicity and events. Both the Art Resource Community and the Latin American Art Resource Project are supported largely through William Swetcharnik’s income as an artist. One way that people can indirectly support the art resource program is through the purchase of his works of art. For additional examples of art by William Swetcharnik, see his site at