Trunk Archive is a full-service image licensing agency representing the most influentual and sought-after photographers in the world. Here I managed the company's partnership with an external law firm to generate over $350,000 in annual revenue from the enforcement of copyright infringements, protecting our photographers' intellectual property. I also managed the contractual re-use of all publisher-commissioned stories for Conde Nast, Hearst, ELLE, Meredith, and T Magazine international editors.
Mark Seliger Photography Studio
New York, NY, April 2018 — Feb. 2019
Mark Seliger is an American photographer noted for his role at Rolling Stone magazine from 1992-2002, where he shot over 150 covers. Under the mentorship of Seliger Studios Director of Archives, Rachel Crowe, I reconciled the archive’s inventory of over 3,000+ prints, recovering over $1 million in print assets back to the studio from expired consignment agreements.
Additionally, I assisted in staging Mark Seliger Photographs, an exhibition held at Chase Contemporary in the Spring 2018 to coincide with the publication of a monograph of the same title.
Mercy Care Atlanta, City of Refuge
Volunteer Art Therapy Instructor
Atlanta, GA, 2016 — 2017
Mercy Care is a federally qualified non-profit health center and Atlanta’s only healthcare for the homeless program. Within Mercy Care’s rehabilitative day program, I taught art classes to a population of underserved women ranging in age from 18 to 60+. The two hour craft-based classes were held once a week during which up to fifteen students engaged with me in a practice of restorative care through the arts.
Argha Noah x Harp Transmission
Pop Up Community Arts Center
Curatorial Project Manager
Atlanta, GA, Fall/Winter 2017
Argha Noah was an artist-run civic engagement platform that, for one season, transformed an unused auto-body repair shop into a multi-disciplinary showcase for innovation in art, music, education, urban agriculture, and recreation. As Curatorial Project Manager, I oversaw strategic partnerships with Bojana Ginn, Dashboard, Signs of Solidarity ATL, The Plate Sale, and many more to stage numerous events during Argha Noah’s residency at Harp Transmission.
The Coca-Cola Company
Fine Art Intern
Atlanta, GA, Oct. 2016 — December 2017
At its global headquarters in Atlanta,
The Coca-Cola Company holds an exceptional corporate fine art collection including works by Andy Warhol, Egon Schiele, John Baldessari, and Auguste Rodin, as well as an extensive collection of 20th century photography. As an undergraduate student, I learned best cataloging and archival practices through the hands-on experience of researching, cataloging and rehousing the collection’s 2,000+ works into a renovated storage facility. My work for Coca-Cola included archiving the collection’s provenance records, historical documents and Fine Art department ephemera in advance
of the adoption of a new DAM system.
Melly Wirtes is a multi-hyphenate creative professional with a background in fine arts administration, archiving and copyright law.