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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.


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.

Volunteer Attorneys and Professionals

Coming soon.


  • 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