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Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Clinic

The death of the artist is inevitable, but artistic legacy can avoid a similar fate. So what happens with an artist’s works after death? Secondary market sales for artists can be an assurance that the artist’s creative output will live on well after the artist themself; yet, relatively few artists reach those secondary markets, leading to the potential loss of 20th and 21st century art. This fact does not escape artists dealing with these uncertainties and ambiguities.

Artists have options when determining where their art will go and how it will be distributed by their estate. While art transcends time and space, artistic legacy, estate management, and intellectual property are complicated and practical issues that artists should address in due time. The Center for Art Law is rolling up its sleeves and pooling together a taskforce of estate and legacy planning resources and professionals to guide artists and their heirs through this difficult process.

The Artist Legacy and Estate Planning Clinic connects artists, estate administrators, attorneys, tax advisors, and other experts to create meaningful and lasting solutions for expanding the art canon and art legacy planning.

In addition to one-on-one pro bono consultations, the Clinic will offer primers on how to start assessing the physical and IP assets artists create throughout their lives and how their works and influence can have a lasting impact on their community, contemporaries, and generations of artists and viewers.

Programming

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

16

May

2022

A Conversation on Artists’ Trusts and Estates (w/Julia Szabo and Diana Wierbicki)

A conversation with Julia Szabo & Diana Wierbicki on the ins and outs of legacy and estate planning, from the perspectives of an attorney and a family member planning for the estate of a loved one.

6:00 pm EST

National Arts Club Sculpture Garden

7

July

2022

Workshop: Finding a Home for your Art Archive (w/ Lisa Darms, Executive Director, Hauser & Wirth Institute)

12:00 am 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

12

July

2022

Artist-Dealer Relationship: Building Lasting Galleries (w/ Fabian Lang, Judd Grossman & Irina Tarsis)

12:00 am EST

21

November

2022

A Primer on Artist Trusts: Part 2

12:00 pm EST

Tickets

30

March

2022

Legacy and Estate Planning for Artists (w/ Ralph E. Lerner)

5:30 pm EST

27

June

2022

Artist Legacy and Estate Planning (w/ Peter J. Caruso II)

5:30 pm EST

  • May 16

    2022

    A Conversation on Artists’ Trusts and Estates (w/Julia Szabo and Diana Wierbicki)

    A conversation with Julia Szabo & Diana Wierbicki on the ins and outs of legacy and estate planning, from the perspectives of an attorney and a family member planning for the estate of a loved one.

    6:00 pm EST

  • July 7

    2022

    Workshop: Finding a Home for your Art Archive (w/ Lisa Darms, Executive Director, Hauser & Wirth Institute)

    12:00 am 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

  • July 12

    2022

    Artist-Dealer Relationship: Building Lasting Galleries (w/ Fabian Lang, Judd Grossman & Irina Tarsis)

    12:00 am EST

  • November 21

    2022

    A Primer on Artist Trusts: Part 2

    12:00 pm EST

    Tickets
  • March 30

    2022

    Legacy and Estate Planning for Artists (w/ Ralph E. Lerner)

    5:30 pm EST

  • June 27

    2022

    Artist Legacy and Estate Planning (w/ Peter J. Caruso II)

    5:30 pm EST

Volunteer Attorneys and Professionals

Private: Leslie Calero

Art Appraiser, Department
of Appraisals

Private: Christopher Wise

Risk and Insurance Management,
Risk Strategies

Private: Elizabeth Devolder

Founding Attorney, Elizabeth
Devolder Law Office

Private: Amanda Nelson

Principal, Atrium Amore

Private: Ashley Burke

Appraiser, Burke & Co.
Fine Art Consultants

Private: Galina Portnoy

CPA, TAG Associates

Private: Charles T Rosoff

Appraiser, ASA MRICS

Private: David J. Bright

Attorney, Pugh Hagan Prahm

Private: Irina Tarsis

If you are interested in participating in the EPC, please write to clinic@itsartlaw.org

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.

Media Features

The East Hampton Star, Estate Planning for Artists,

Dec. 9, 2021