Tips

Creative Futures: If Disaster Hits

The tragedy currently unfolding in Houston and the Gulf area led us to revise our recently posted Creative Futures. We want to offer tools and ideas for recovering those items that form our life history, our shared memories, and our treasured works.

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Personal Property Appraisal: What, When, and How

Among the most frequent questions we are asked about art collections and legacies is: Do I need to get these works appraised? Why is the appraisal useful? Here are some answers to better understand the process, product and services available.

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Creative Futures: To Keep Track

Whether you created, inherited or collected them, you’ve been trying to figure out how to keep track of your art works for a while, wondering what they’re worth, how to store and preserve them properly, whether you have rights that need protection, and how to elevate and ensure this legacy or collection can be enjoyed now and in the future.

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The Future is Creative

Creative Futures is a round-up of the best resources, tips, and insights for artists, collectors, and artist estates by POBA. Addressing a different major issue with each feature, our primary aim is to help State Arts Councils and those who rely on, and benefit from, them.

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Creative Futures: Building Art Value

You’ve been staring at the art in your possession for years, wondering what it’s worth, how to store and preserve it properly, whether you have rights that need protection, and perhaps (if you’re a relative or champion of the artist) how to elevate and ensure the artist’s legacy or a collection.

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When You Least Expect It: Saving Art

If Hurricane Katrina had not been warning enough, after Hurricane Sandy hit the New York area, the creative community reached a critical awareness of the losses suffered to art throughout the region. Wildfires in western states bring this home again. Years and years of creative works, imagination, heart and effort can disappear in moments.

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Inventory Your Art

At a recent Roundtable for working artists, Glen Wharton focused on Preserving Art Works, and among his memorable words of advice he gave these practical steps on creating an inventory of your art works, whether you have created, collected, inherited or otherwise are responsible for an art collection.

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Salvaging Treasures After A Disaster

Super Storm Sandy in the New York region. Earthquake in Haiti. Flooding in Minot, ND. Wildfires in Washington State. All were terrible natural disasters with a common thread: conservators – specialists in preserving and salvaging important art and historical works – volunteered onsite to help protect and salvage works of art, archives, and more.

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Preserving Art Collections: Tips on Preserving Art In Your Home

While art collections are meant to be seen and enjoyed, many collectors and families don’t have the space in general, or the proper space for display, and many are all too aware of the potential for physical damage. It is essential for the long life and value of any artwork or collection to take care of it so it can be both enjoyed and preserved.

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Tips for Visual Arts

Berta Walker, renowned gallerist and expert in visual arts, offers these tips for preserving a creative collection in the visual arts. Handling an artist’s estate or an inherited collection can be a big task. Each collection is different and deserves good guidance.

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Tips on Music 2: Preserving Vinyl Collections

Vinyl record sales have increased nearly 800% since 2008, and hit an all-new high in record [no pun intended] sales in 2013. If you have a significant vinyl collection, or have kept just those few vinyls that have great meaning in your life or bring that incomparable sound to your ears no digital recording can reproduce, here are some useful tips for preserving and enjoying your vinyl collection.

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Tips for Sculpture Collections

“Sculpture” is a broad and multifaceted field which describes an art form created and displayed in three dimensions, viewable “in the round” and meant to be seen from all sides. They’re created through four basic methods: assembly, carving, modeling and welding. These methods can and should have a role to play for the artist and for the stewards and owners of sculptures in preserving and displaying sculptured works in any size or medium.

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Managing A Creative Legacy

There are many reasons why some of us become responsible for a creative legacy, and as many reasons why we do not always get the collections we have in shape to serve the artist, fans, the public, and the beneficiaries of the creative legacy. Far too many artists in all creative fields leave behind collections with little or no direction for heirs or estates on how their work should be preserved for private enjoyment, public display, or even for sale or auction.

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Tips for Art on Paper

Art prints pose special challenges for their owners as sometimes the very act of displaying them can affect their long-term survival and/or value. Works of art on paper are by their nature are fragile and the aging of a print is a natural process. Colors can fade and paper can degrade. Today’s modern environment poses some additional concerns: pollution and even modern conveniences like central heat, can impact works very quickly.

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Tips on Music 1: Reclaiming Copyrights

While Copyright Act of 1976 affects all fields of artistic expression, it will have its most profound impact on music – the industry, the creators of songs and sound recordings, and their heirs. You should consult your own counsel if you believe this may apply to a music estate you manage or to musical works you own, even if you did not create those works.

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Tips on Music 3: Legacies and Collections

If you have or should ever come into control of musical works after someone has passed away, there are essential first steps to take – whether for songs, compositions, or sound recordings. These are basic guidelines to aid you in protecting your collections and preserve the artist’s body of work. Whether you do so for personal or commercial reasons, the steps needed are quite similar, varying a bit depending upon whether you’re concerned with compositions or (master) sound recordings.

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Tips on Photography Collections

POBA’s experts recommend tips for preserving, cataloguing, storing and appraising a creative collection in photography.

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