Artists’ Archives

Artists’ Archives brings together three artist-writer-archivists working at the intersection of artists’ publishing, library and archival systems, and collecting practices. Sarah Hamerman (Princeton University Special Collections), Hailey Loman (Los Angeles Contemporary Archive), and Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (Lesbian Herstory Archives / The Graduate Center Library).

Reading Series Full Schedule:

Thursday March 29
7-9 pm
Writers Who Publish
Anna Gurton-Wachter & MC Hyland (DoubleCross Press), Isabel Sobral Campos (Sputnik & Fizzle), and Lee Norton (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Thursday, April 26
7-9 pm
Artists’ Archives
Sarah Hamerman (Princeton University Library Special Collections), Hailey Loman (Los Angeles Contemporary Archive), Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (Lesbian Herstory Archives / The Graduate Center Library)

Thursday, May 31
7-9 pm
Women in Art Publishing: Collaborative Networks
Corina Reynolds (Small Editions), Karen Kelly & Barbara Schroeder (Dancing Foxes Press), Tammy Nguyen (Passenger Pigeon Press)

Organized in collaboration with Sonel Breslav (Blonde Art Books)

Thursday June 28
7-9 pm
Language Weavers
Francesca Capone, Martha Tuttle, Sarah Zapata
Moderated by Jill Magi

Sarah Hamerman is an art librarian, writer and arts organizer based between New Jersey and New York City. Sarah currently works as Poetry Cataloging Specialist at Princeton University’s Rare Books and Special collections, and has previously worked with the libraries of the MoMA and the Whitney Museum. Her writing and research focuses on artists’ publishing and artists’ networks, and she has contributed to Art Libraries Journal,,, among other publications. Sarah is a co-organizer of the Cybernetics Library, an independent library project which looks to the history of cybernetic thought to uncover connections between art, technology and society. She organized a panel on artist-run reading spaces for the 2017 BABZ Art Book Fair, and was a presenter at the 2017 NY Art Book Fair conference.

Hailey Loman
is a multi-disciplinary artist working in installation and performance. She is the Co-Founder and Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), an artist-run archive and non-circulating library in which contemporary creative processes are recorded and preserved. She sits on the Advisory Council for Actual Size Gallery and Bar-Fund. Loman is currently a Master of Fine Arts degree candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)
is an artist-run non-profit archive. LACA is a non-circulating library, which collects, preserves, and protects underexposed artistic modes of expression happening now. Challenging established concepts of the archive and art space, LACA sustains a unique experimental environment for critical inquiry, artistic research, and public dialogue. We hold a variety of interdisciplinary events and public programming, which includes exhibitions, performances, lectures, and readings that emphasize the archiving of materials.

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
is a zinester, archivist, writer, and black-dyke-participant of community spaces from Brooklyn, NY, living in the Bronx, and trying to figure out where to move next. Personal projects include archiving black lesbian herstorical narratives, memoir writing, and efficiently changing her daughter’s diapers. She is a volunteer coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA), Chair of the Archive Committee for CLAGS: the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center, and an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library. She helped to coordinate the inception of the Salsa Soul Sisters collection to LHA and the traveling exhibition with LHA and the Salsa Soul Zine with the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Shawn had the honor of co-editing Sinister Wisdom 103: Celebrating the Michigan Women’s Music Festival and is featured in additional Sinister Wisdom issues, including the most recent release, Sinister Wisdom 107: Black Lesbians, We are the Revolution!, where she published, “Black Lesbians in the 70s: How a Zine Marked Herstory.” Shawn has an MFA in Fiction and an MLS with a focus in Archives from Queens College. You can find more about Shawn’s zines at

Leading support for Public Programs at Bard Graduate Center comes from Gregory Soros and other generous donors.