SeminArt: Contracts for Artists

Monday, March 7, 2011 / 6:00 – 7:30pm

LegalArt
1035 N Miami Avenue
Suite 200, Second floor
Miami, FL 33136

Register for this SeminArt

$10 Suggested Donation online or at the door

Unsure if you need a contract? Unsure what should be in a Contract? This SeminArt is an introduction to basic contracts for artists. Attorneys Carolann Swanson and Johnlee Curtis will outline common types of contracts professional artists use to protect and sustain their careers including gallery, commission, licensing, sale and work for hire. They will discuss the differences and requirements for written and oral contracts and how email correspondence between parties may or may not suffice as a contract. They will also provide information on how to handle contract disputes and what to do when you want to terminate a contract. You will leave the SeminArt with greater knowledge of the steps that should be undertaken to avoid contractual  problems as well as a better understanding of what contracts look like and how they can be more easily understood.

Carolann and Johnlee will be available for specific questions at the end of the program. Stick around to meet other artists and community leaders—LegalArt SeminArts are great networking opportunities!

Parking: Our building is located on the corner of N Miami Ave and NE 11th Street. Parking is available in the lot located just south of our building on N Miami Ave, the entrance to the lot will be on your left. An attendant will give you a parking pass to display on your dashboard. Please be on time to ensure you get a parking pass. Metered parking is also available on N Miami Ave and on 11th and 10th Streets. Directions to LegalArt

For more information please email [email protected]

About the Presenters:

Carolann Swanson – Carolann Austin Swanson is an attorney whose practice focuses on commercial litigation – primarily lawsuits over business transactions including the law of sales.  She has broad experience in business law and is knowledgeable about the legal issues affecting artists and the art market.  As a young person, Carolann studied painting under the tutelage of Ann Spann Tyler, a South Florida artist known for portraying the natural beauty of the Everglades.  Carolann’s favorite notable modern artists include Deborah Kass and Takashi Murakami among others.

Johnlee Curtis – Johnlee Curtis earned his LL.M. in International Trade Law and Economics, magna cum laude, from the World Trade Institute (Switzerland). He has served as an international trade law consultant in Berne, Lucerne, and Geneva in coordination with the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and other centers of research on the nexus between the rules governing international trade in cultural commodities (visual art, music, films, etc.) and their application to new and emerging technology. Prior to his work in Europe, Mr. Curtis received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, where he received the Book Award from professors Bickel and Lake, and the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, and his B.A. in Political Science from Furman University, while maintaining a full music scholarship (violin). He is licensed in Florida and the District of Columbia, and has authored articles in many publications, including Cambridge University’s International Journal of Cultural Property. Mr. Curtis practices law at the firm of Moore & Company in Miami, and serves as the chairman of the firm’s art law practice group, assisting in all sectors of the international art industry.

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