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Artist-Dealer Relationships Clinic

In 2012, New York passed an amendment to its Arts & Cultural Affairs Law, N.Y. Arts & Cult. Aff. Law §12.01 (2012), that affects the consignment relationship between artists and dealers and creates critical new duties—and liabilities, for the art dealer. Most importantly, it makes using any form of agreement drafted under the old law risky, particularly for the gallery or consignee. In 2022, Center for Art Law is launching its third clinic, the Artist-Dealer Relationships Clinic.

The Clinic connects artists, dealers, and attorneys to forge meaningful relations and provide a platform for artists and dealers to learn about consignment agreements and have their questions on the topic addressed by experts in the field.

In addition to one-on-one pro bono consultations, the Clinic will offer primers, workshops and webinars on the law governing artist-dealer relations and facilitate conversations between artists, dealers and attorneys on drafting and negotiating contracts and consignment agreements.

Volunteering

If you are interested in the clinic or would like to participate in any way as an artist, dealer or attorney, please fill out our interest survey here.

Upcoming Clinic Events

More events coming soon!

Past Programming

To view or gain more information about our previous programming, please visit our Event Archives.

6

June

2022

Artist – Dealer Relationships: Reading the Fine Print (w/artist Eric Aho and attorney Dean Nicyper)

Join the Center for Art Law in conversation with Eric Aho, an artist represented by the DC Moore Gallery, and Dean Nicyper, partner at Withers Worldwide as they discuss on contracts, consignments, the art market and more from the perspective of an artist and an attorney.

12:00 pm EST

25

May

2022

Artist – Dealer relationships: contracts, consignment agreements & negotiation (w/ Dean Nicyper, Jim Kempner and Paula Scher)

Join the National Arts Club and Center for Art Law in conversation with Dean Nicyper, partner at Withers Worldwide, artist Paula Scher, and fine art dealer and artist Jim Kempner. Together, the panelists will discuss their experiences and the intricacies of drafting and negotiating consignment agreements from the perspectives of an attorney, dealer, and artist.

6:00 pm EST

National Arts Club Sculpture Garden

7

April

2022

Workshop on Licensing and Negotiation (w/ Catlan McCurdy)

Join the Center for Art Law along with Catlan McCurdy, Esq. in a presentation that covers licensing and negotiation in arts contracts.

12:00 pm EST

  • June 6

    2022

    Artist – Dealer Relationships: Reading the Fine Print (w/artist Eric Aho and attorney Dean Nicyper)

    Join the Center for Art Law in conversation with Eric Aho, an artist represented by the DC Moore Gallery, and Dean Nicyper, partner at Withers Worldwide as they discuss on contracts, consignments, the art market and more from the perspective of an artist and an attorney.

    12:00 pm EST

  • May 25

    2022

    Artist – Dealer relationships: contracts, consignment agreements & negotiation (w/ Dean Nicyper, Jim Kempner and Paula Scher)

    Join the National Arts Club and Center for Art Law in conversation with Dean Nicyper, partner at Withers Worldwide, artist Paula Scher, and fine art dealer and artist Jim Kempner. Together, the panelists will discuss their experiences and the intricacies of drafting and negotiating consignment agreements from the perspectives of an attorney, dealer, and artist.

    6:00 pm EST

  • April 7

    2022

    Workshop on Licensing and Negotiation (w/ Catlan McCurdy)

    Join the Center for Art Law along with Catlan McCurdy, Esq. in a presentation that covers licensing and negotiation in arts contracts.

    12:00 pm EST

Volunteer Attorneys and Professionals

Coming soon.

FAQs

  • Who may register?
    • We encourage participation by visual artists who wish to build and strengthen their case for employment-based visa applications over the next 6-12 months.
    • The 1:1 consultations that occur at the Clinic are not suitable for artists with urgent immigration issues. However, all visual artists are welcome to attend and listen to the presentation.
    • The Clinic best serves those artists which have no attorney and are seeking a first-time legal consultation. If you already attended a session of the Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic, we encourage you to reach out to the attorney(s) you already met with (contact information is in the handouts distributed at the session).
  • How do I register?
    • Pre-registration is mandatory for a $10 fee.
    • Registration takes place through Eventbrite, where you will need to fill out a confidential intake form.
    • Choose your preferred session date; you do not need to attend all open sessions.
    • Dial-in details and other instructions will be emailed once registration has been confirmed; be sure to check your emails in the days leading up to the Clinic.
  • How do I prepare for the Clinic?

    Make sure that you have the following documents on your computer:

    • A passport showing your current visa;
    • CV or resume;
    • List of exhibitions and media publications about your work.
  • What happens after the Clinic?

    The Center for Art Law will be providing immigration law guides and the contact information of the Volunteer Attorneys participating in each session.

    If you wish to pursue the conversation with the Volunteer Attorneys participating in the session, you should reach out to them directly!

If you have any further questions, please contact us at clinic@itsartlaw.org