CERF+ guide helps working artists plan the ‘afterlife’ of their tools and other studio assets.
No one knows the full story of your artistic career better than you—your artwork, your creative vision, your art-making process, and the professional activities through which you have shared your passion and talent.
To ensure that you have a say in how you are remembered, it is vital to have a plan in place that will serve as a guide to your heirs for protecting and preserving your artistic legacy. These resources can help demystify the work of estate planning—and help break down the tasks into doable steps.
Now that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has existed for nearly two whole months, it’s timely to to answer some of the most common questions we’ve been hearing from creative professionals, specifically visual artists and crafters. So here are three of our favorite questions and answers, in no particular order.
In October 2017, British artist Clifford Rainey’s home and studio in Napa were destroyed by the Altas Peak Wildfire in Northern California. Principally a sculptor who employs cast glass and drawing as primary methodologies, Rainey’s work has been exhibited internationally for 35 years.
Throughout my curatorial career, I’ve visited countless artists in their studios to conduct interviews and critiques. Each experience helped me develop useful perspectives on an artist’s creative and technical process. Over time, I came to appreciate the value that lay in preserving these unique creative journeys. When tools to suit a desired outcome didn’t exist, artists frequently customized items they had purchased or inherited. Some even fabricated their own or even invented new machinery.