Essential Legal Topics for Artists

The art industry consistently relies on handshakes and verbal agreements, but as Judith Prowda explains, “verbal contracts only work, until they don’t.” She acknowledges that clarifying terms relating to exclusivity, payments, commissions, copyright, and shipping is meant to protect the artist and their artistic legacy throughout their career. Moreover, establishing written agreements and contracts between artists and dealers can allow both parties to clarify areas of misunderstanding and outline expectations.

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Natalie Baumgartner
Natalie Baumgartner is the Educational Coordinator and Digital Reporter at the Clark Hulings Foundation. She is committed to the mission of the Fund and hopes to see artists enrich their businesses through the tools and grants offered. Natalie recently graduated with her Masters of Science in International Development and has worked for several non-profits, focusing on issues revolving around human rights and gender equity.

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