SAI: Preserving the Artist’s Heritage

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Beth Levitt presents about the Senior Artist Initiative, an ongoing project to work with late-career artists to help preserve their legacy and estate. A new focus of the organization is to help artists consider their archival legacy.

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SAI: Preserving the Artist’s Heritage

  1. 1. Preserving theArtist’s Heritage www.seniorartists.org
  2. 2.  Is a nonprofit organization Assists artists with documenting and inventorying their life’s work Educates artists about legal issues pertaining to their art, estate, and artistic rights Produces video oral history interviews of artists for online viewing
  3. 3.  Death of printmaker Jerome Kaplan in 1997 Wife Anne faced with inventorying his body of work for estate/probate Realized how early organization could help the inheritor Founded SAI in 1998
  4. 4.  Website provides written and video essays on  Approaching museums  Appraisal of the artist’s estate  Tax implications  Inventorying artwork  Creating an archives
  5. 5.  Utilizes docents and students Collaborative effort with local cultural institutions  The University of the Arts, James A. Michener Art Museum, Community Arts Center, Drexel University, Fleisher Art Memorial, Moore College of Art & Design, PAFA, and Temple University Tyler School of Art Artists are selected by the participating organizations
  6. 6.  Meetings with docents, students, board members, and videographers Discussion of estate planning, appraisal, weeding and inventorying the art, arranging papers and records, and the interview process Each group (artist, student/docent, videographer) works together on project
  7. 7.  Provide on-line access to  Sample gallery of artist’s work  Artist’s resume  Oral History Interview 2012 Artist, Peter Rose 2010 Artist, Niles Lewandowski

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