You Ask: Legal Experts Answer

Track
Collections Management
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
224 America's Center
Description
We all have questions about collections that require advice from experts in highly specialized areas. Sometimes, finding the right expert is difficult. Ask questions on a variety of topics related to antiquities, provenance research, deaccessioning, and insurance. Hear what experts have to say in response to your questions and those of your colleagues.
Learner Outcome
  1. Find resources available to perform due diligence in provenance research based on expert experience.
  2. Learn how to deal with partially documented and undocumented antiquities in a collection.
  3. Learn how to determine whether you have adequate insurance coverage for both permanent collections and incoming loans.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Darlene Bialowski
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Principal
Organization: 
Darlene Bialowski Art Services, LLC
Bio
Darlene A. Bialowski, a Contract Museum Registrar, has been in the museum field for over 25 years and is a former Chair of AAM's Registrars Committee. Her practice is collection management work for museums, historical and cultural organizations, private collectors and artists. She has arranged and spoken on panels for regional, state and national museum and art organizations. And she is also an Accredited Fine and Decorative Arts Appraiser.
Presenter: 
Eric Fischer
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Vice President
Organization: 
Willis, Towers, Watson
Bio
Eric Fischer is a specialist at Willis Towers Watson, with over twenty years of experience working with museum collections insurance. Eric speaks at conferences and workshops on a variety of issues including terrorism insurance, loss prevention, disaster planning and coverage for natural history collections.
Presenter: 
Jennifer McComas
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator of European and American Art
Organization: 
Eskenazi Museum of Art
Bio
Jennifer McComas is the Curator of European and American Art and head of the Nazi-Era Provenance Research Projet at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University. She received a PhD in Art History from Indiana University. She has spoken widely and published on topics including modern German and American art, Nazi-era provenance issues, and the history of collecting and display.
Presenter: 
Mark Gold
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Partner
Bio
Mark S. Gold, a partner in the law firm of Smith Green & Gold, LLP, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and International Studies from The American University, and a law degree from Georgetown University. His practice includes museum law. Mark has written on the ethical rule pertaining deaccession proceeds and has participated in panels on those topics at AAM and regional museum association meetings.
Presenter: 
Ricardo St. Hilaire
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Attorney
Bio
Rick St. Hilaire, Executive Director of Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research, is a litigator who has practiced law since 1993 serving 15 years as a prosecuting attorney. His current practice focuses on cultural heritage law and museum administration. He holds executive positions on several national cultural heritage committees. St. Hilaire earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.