AEFI Artists' Conversation: The Bay Area

On October 3, 2015, AEFI presented an invitational, small group session for Bay Area artists interested in philanthropy and planning for their life’s work. Artists’ Conversation: The Bay Area drew on the findings of AEFI’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations to promote awareness of the ways artists may determine whether a foundation is an appropriate choice for long term stewardship of their creative works and rights, and to share information about how to plan effectively for a foundation that will successfully fulfill its charitable purpose.

AEFIOffered periodically in collaboration with local cultural institutions, AEFI’s Artists’ Conversations help artists and their spouses/partners, as well as artists’ surviving spouses and heirs, explore considerations in creating an artist-endowed foundation.

Panelists for the Artists’ Conversation: The Bay Area included:

  • Leah Levy, Director, The Jay DeFeo Trust
  • Mary Clare Stevens, Executive Director, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
  • Christa Blatchford, CEO, Joan Mitchell Foundation
  • Stephen Urice, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, AEFI Advisor
  • Christine J. Vincent, Project Director, AEFI

The program was organized in collaboration with:

  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Lawrence Rinder, Director
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator
  • Oakland Museum of California, René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Janet Bishop, Curator of Painting and Sculpture