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No Pictures Please: Fair Use in the Visual Arts panel discussion

  • J. Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young Street Dallas, TX, 75201 United States (map)

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Laurie Evans Studio, 3rd floor
Reception: 6pm-6:30pm

Fair use is being celebrated as a powerful tool for the arts, and many museums, art history professors, art critics, and artists have exercised their right to the fair use of images of works of art. However, not everyone has embraced fair use and/or have a more conservative approach to its application. Using the relatively new Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts developed and published by The College Art Association, this panel discussion will cover many of the principles of the Code and will explore how artists and art professionals in the DFW area have approached fair use in their day-to-day work.

This program is brought to you by The Cedars Union in conjunction with Arts Counsel Texas.

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Consuelo Gutierrez

Consuelo Gutierrez

Consuelo Gutierrez (moderator) is currently the Director of Programs & Membership at The Cedars Union. She was previously head of the Imaging Services Department where she oversaw all Rights & Reproductions issues at The Menil Collection in Houston including exhibition and marketing materials, ads, website, and media coverage. Her professional experience includes over 10 years as a graphic designer before starting her career as an arts professional. She first worked on a large-scale digitization project for the Dallas Museum of Art and then later joined Artstor, a non-profit founded by the Mellon Foundation in New York, where she worked with over 125 museums, libraries, archives, photographers, and artist estates worldwide to grow the image collections in the Artstor digital library, an online resource for teaching and study.

Gutierrez earned both a B.F.A. and an M.A. in Art History from the University of North Texas and is currently working toward an M.S. Information Sciences, focusing on imaging, archives, and digital curation.


Stefanie Ball

Stefanie Ball

Stefanie Ball is the Publications Manager at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her professional experience includes editing museum publications at the Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her work entails editing museum Calendars and Program magazines, exhibition materials, press releases, signage, and books. She has also managed museum website, assisted with budgeting, managed publication project schedule, acquired images, and negotiated publishing contracts.


Thomas Maddrey is the founding partner and lead attorney for Maddrey PLLC. Prior to this, Maddrey was a commercial photographer, entrepreneur, and gallery owner. His entrepreneurial endeavors and artistic background give him a unique perspective on the laws and cases facing those groups. His practice includes art law for artists, galleries, collectors, and museums; entrepreneurship; copyright law; and estate planning.

Maddrey's photography training was at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA where he obtained his first bachelor’s degree. Next, he obtained a Business degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. He then obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law in Dallas.


Josh Rose

Josh Rose

Josh Rose is an Art Historian and Museum Educator living in Dallas. He currently serves as full-time faculty at Brookhaven Community Collage teaching Art History and Art Appreciation courses and previously taught at El Centro Community College. Additionally, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including specialized topic classes on Surrealism, Postmodernism, and the history and culture of comics. Rose has also worked in Museum Education, most recently serving as the Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs at the Dallas Museum of Art. He has previously worked in the Education departments at art museums in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Rose has a B.F.A. in Painting and an M.A. in Art History from the University of North Texas. In his spare time, he helps organize and leads the Dallas Comic Book Club, a comic and graphic novel-focused reading group.


Erica Felicella  Photo: Can Turkyilmaz

Erica Felicella

Photo: Can Turkyilmaz

Erica Felicella is an artist and creative professional focusing on performance, installation and new media living in Oak Cliff – Dallas, Texas. She was previously the Executive Director of the nonprofit Art Conspiracy or Art Con for short and is a community activist for creativity and the artists that live within it. She specializes in all things creative from her own projects, collaborative projects and consulting with other individuals and companies.

She is actively involved in her local art community not only as an artist, organizer, consultant and a mentor to new and emerging artists, but also as a creative in constant search for new and exciting ways to share her own unique perspective with the rest of the world. 


Anne Lenhart is the Collections Manager for the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. Previously, she was the Registrar of the Collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she worked for almost 12 years. As Collections Manager at Meadows, she handles all image rights and reproductions requests.