The Jefferson Place Gallery Archive was developed to allow exploration of the artwork and artists associated with The Jefferson Place Gallery. The archive’s development was directed by John Anderson, and coordinated by Robert Bettmann, for Day Eight, a non profit organization. The archive’s initial development was through and in support of the exhibition, “Making A Scene: Jefferson Place,” at American University’s Katzen Museum, in 2017.
The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects.
John Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist, and independent curator and writer, living and working in Michigan. Previously he was the program coordinator for Visual Communication in the Department of Art at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD, and had also taught various courses related to art and design at American University, The George Washington University, George Mason University, and The Corcoran College of Art and Design. His work has exhibited throughout the United States, and has been reviewed in the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among others. His work has also received several grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His arts coverage and criticism has been published by Washington City Paper, re:sculpt, DCist, The Washington Times, and Art in America, among others.
Robert Bettmann is the editor of the recently published e-book, Bourgeon: Sixty-Five Artists Write About Their Work, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, and authored the book Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body (2009, VDG). Early in his career, following training on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey School, and the School of the Washington Ballet, he performed ballet and modern dance. He received an MA in Dance from American University, and in 2005 founded the non-profit Day Eight. From 2010 – 2016, Mr. Bettmann served as Board Chair of the DC Advocates for the Arts, and in 2014 was elected to the governing council of the State Arts Action Network. He contributes dance criticism and arts policy coverage to publications including DC Theatre Scene, Huffington Post, Dance USA, and Americans for the Arts.