About Us

POBA is Where The Arts Live!

POBA is a groundbreaking online arts hub that celebrates and features the works of a broad range of exceptional artists who have died without recognition of the full measure of their talents or creative legacies.

Keeping Creative Legacies Alive

POBA was founded to showcase, promote, and preserve creative legacies through compelling displays and interesting human stories about these art makers. Individuals who become Presenter Members can create displays for an artist they represent with our assistance, or on a DIY basis using our comprehensive FAQs.

Under-recognized means that these artists are not national or household names for the art forms displayed on our site, but some are famous for other reasons and some have received recognition in their local communities or regions for their work. Our artists range from highly trained to self-taught, and some pursued art as a hobby or second career. We think you will find their stories as engaging as their creative works.

POBA also does more. Through online resources and tangible services, POBA assists individuals and institutions that own or manage a creative legacy or arts collection to preserve, protect, document, digitize, and in many other ways, ensure these collections live on. POBA can also assist working artists in managing their own works for future preservation, viewing, and value.

Help For Heirs and Estate Executors

If you own or manage the rights to a creative legacy of a deceased artist, POBA is where you can:

  • Store digital still and moving images and recordings of their creative works in private, secure digital storage Vaults – including paintings and drawings, writings, spoken and musical performances, video and film, photography, dance, object arts, and more.
  • Create and Display the art works of exceptional, deceased artists in one or more portfolios on POBA–on a DIY basis or with POBA’s help.
  • Use POBA’s personalized POBA Concierge and POBA-affiliated appraisers, archivists, cataloguers, producers, publishers, and more to organize, preserve, digitize, appraise, or market creative works across genres.

Help for Art Collectors

POBA assists individuals, estates and institutions that own or manage an artist’s collection of various types or sizes to authenticate, conserve, protect, document, digitize, or in many other ways ensure these collections have a long and vibrant future. POBA Concierge Services and POBA-affiliated authenticators, appraisers, archivists, cataloguers, conservators, producers, publishers, and more can help you to ensure art and historical works live on for personal pleasure or public enjoyment. POBA may also act as an art-matching service for buyers or sellers with inquiries or as opportunities arise.

Help for Working Artists

POBA can also assist working artists and their families, agents, and representatives in managing their own works for future preservation, viewing, and value. POBA also organizes and provides POBA Tips, webinars, professional development, and hosts a YouTube channel to assist working artists in managing their art careers, while focusing first and foremost on their creative output. POBA Concierge might help working artists to get their creative works organized, preserved, digitized, appraised, and catalogued.

Work With POBA’s Outstanding Partners and Experts

POBA has formed selective affiliations and partnerships with key cultural institutions and professional associations in the arts and sciences. These organizations provide best-in-class professional expertise to POBA members and clients, and receive special benefits and other support from POBA to help promote their missions, membership, and other development and educational goals. Visit our Partners and Affiliates page to see a partial listing.

POBA is a Non-Profit

POBA is a program of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, a non-profit created to honor the memory and interests of Jamie Bernard, a young writer and artist (1987-2010). Memorializing and sharing Jamie’s artistic passion and talent in a creative legacy served as inspiration for POBA, Where the Arts Live, and the mission to recognize and support the legacies of other talented deceased artists across a range of genres and media.

The James Kirk Bernard Foundation seeks to create-connect-contribute and the foundation staff and board believe in the power of the arts to connect and to heal – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. POBA preserves and shares the creations and contributions of these artists, and encourages art appreciation and art making for everyone.

If you would like to recognize someone through a tribute on POBA Remembers, or if you believe in the work we do to promote art and preserve creative legacies at POBA, please consider making a donation.

What’s a POBA?

POBA is the pronounced form of phowa, a Tibetan term that describes the transformation of consciousness at the time of death to begin a new life. This word captures the essence of POBA, Where the Arts Live, as the enduring and transcendent power of the arts to outlive our human forms, and creative works to transform the experience and consciousness of those with whom they connect. At POBA, art lives. In following our social media and sharing our site and these works, you are helping art to live.

Contact us or Join Us to find out more about how you can partner with, benefit from, and/or support POBA’s mission to keep creative legacies alive.