Tips

Art Preservation: Ensuring Your Artwork Will Be Enjoyed For Years To Come

You have put a lot of work into your creation. A lot of feeling, energy, and effort. In a very real sense, your artwork is a part of you, and it should last beyond you. There is no one reason to create art. Some people create for the sheer joy of creation, some to spread […]

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Archive Music: Preserving a Musical Legacy

Tips for Handling Music 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: Locate historical documentation and samples of the work(s) Know whether copyright(s) were ever filed, and if […]

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Personal Property Appraisal: What, When, and How

General Tips on Appraising Personal Property Among the most frequent questions POBA is asked about art collections and legacies is: Do I need to get these works appraised? What would the appraisal be useful for? How do I get one done? Here, we offer insights from  Jane H. Willis, Independent Fine Art Appraiser, to provide […]

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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 stand with our neighbors in Texas during this terrible disaster and acknowledge the unquestionable priority of saving lives over any objects. At the same time, we want to offer tools and ideas for […]

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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 […]

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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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Saving Your Art: When You Need A Conservator

Finding someone to care for or repair a valued piece of art can be an overwhelming decision, whether your work has financial or sentimental value. Fortunately, conservators are here to help! Conservators are highly trained collection care professionals, dedicated to examining, preserving, repairing and maintaining artworks. They can assist you with figuring out the best […]

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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 that POBA conducted for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Glen Wharton was among the experts whom POBA brought together for this event at the Newark Museum. Wharton focused on Preserving Art Works, and among his memorable words of advice he gave these practical steps on creating […]

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