Permission, Ownership, Copyright, Preservation, and Sale of Public Art

Nov 26, 2018

Dave Bright recently presented at the 6th Biennial Grant Wood Symposium, which was hosted by the Grant Wood Art Colony and the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. The Symposium, titled “Art in Public,” addressed the role art plays in community building, the responsibilities of the artist and the community, and more. Artists, scholars, attorneys, architects, and community planners from across the country presented and discussed these issues.

Dave’s presentation, titled "Permission, Ownership, Copyright, Preservation, and Sale of Public Art,” discussed discussed the ownership and use of copyright with respect to public art. It considered the intersection of preservation of public art for public consumption, with the growing market to sell, buy and collect public art. Both issues were discussed in the context of the legal rights and interests of the property owner where public art is created and exists.

Dave also recently presented at 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Iowa Museum Association. His presentation, “Legal Issues for Museums: 2018 Update,” focused on the use of new technology in museum exhibits; employment law trends; negotiating and drafting naming rights agreements; deaccessioning; updates to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations law, including recent tax law changes; and incident/controversy management.

These presentations relate to Dave’s practice, as he regularly represents artists, arts organizations, and museums on legal issues that include copyright, deaccession, provenance, gift agreements, and naming rights agreements. Dave is active with many arts organizations and museums, including the Iowa Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where he serves as President of the Board of Directors, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, where he serves as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees.


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