THE FUTURE OF ARTS COLLECTION MANAGEMENT
NOW THAT WE SEE THE WONDERFUL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN THE ARTS COLLECTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY COURSES, THE PRACTICAL AND DIRECT NATURE OF THE PROGRAM AND ITS ENORMOUS POPULARITY, LET’S EXPLORE THE FUTURE POTENTIAL IN THIS FIELD FOR THE ARTS PROFESSIONAL. WE HAVE AN EXPERIENCED EXPERT, GERI THOMAS, AT OUR DISPOSAL, WHO RUNS AN ESTABLISHED AND SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT AGENCY IN THE ARTS AND DEVELOPED THESE NYU PROGRAMS. PLEASE POSE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL POSSIBILITIES THAT AWAIT.
GERI, HOW DO YOU ENVISION FUTURE PROGRAMS? DO YOU WANT TO EXPAND ON THE PROGRAMS YOU HAE DEVELOPED TO DATE AND WHAT DIRECTION WOULD THEY TAKE?
I would love to expand the programs to include those that cover specific areas in greater depth and specialization. It is now geared to fine art but it would be very interesting to expand to other areas of the arts such as natural history, science and history collections. Another exciting option is to develop on-line courses that would have na interactive dialogue between the student and the teacher in order to supervise and direct the student as the coursework develops. I would be very interested in coordinating the NYU program with Continuing Education programs in other universities.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THOMAS AND ASSOCIATES FOR THE FUTURE AND WHAT DIRECTION TO YOU ENVISION YOUR BUSINESS TAKING TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ART FIELD?
Because of the global art market, we have been approached by individuals or groups from abroad from countries such as Turkey, China and Indonesia. I anticipate more work in this advisory capacity. They seek information and guidance about opening a gallery, about marketing the work and about how to deal in both the primary and secondary markets. They are interested in using their business acumen in other areas to further their goals in the are of art, whether it is to set their children up in business, to approach art as an alternative asset class, or to shelter money outside of their homeland.
AND WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO WORK IN THE ARTS AND CULTURE FIELD?
My joy and my motto, in whatever endeavor you want to pursue in this field is, “See art every day!”
THANK YOU SO MUCH. WHAT EXCELLENT ADVISE. ART WITH A CAPITAL A IS TRULY TRANSFORMATIVE- OF MOOD, EXPERIENCE AND SPIRIT. THANK YOU FOR CREATING THESE GREAT COURSES AND PROVIDING STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER THE PROGRAM AND ENRICH THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY OF GALLERY, MUSEUM AND PRIVATE COLLECTORS WITH EXPERT COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT.
THE CONSERVATION OF WORKS OF ART, PARTICULARLY WORKS ON PAPER- GOUACHES, WATERCOLORS, PENCIL DRAWINGS- REPRESENTS BOTH SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND AN AESTHETIC SENSIBILITY. COLLECTORS SHOULD DETERMINE THE CONDITION OF WORKS ON THE SECONDARY MARKET PRIOR TO PURCHASE AND KNOW THAT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONAL CONSERVATORS WHO CAN EVALUATE THE WORKS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THEIR RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION.
ANTONIO ALVAREZ, OF ALVAREZ FINE ART SERVICES, AND HIS TEAM ARE RESPECTED EXPERTS IN THIS CRUCIAL ASPECT OF COLLECTING AND IN OUR NEXT SERIES OF BLOGS, WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY AND SCOPE OF SERVICES A FINE CONSERVATOR CAN PROVIDE.
PLEASE ASK ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS THAT COME TO MIND!