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The Dos & Don’ts of Collecting Unusual Mediums
Speaker(s): David Sleeman, Sam Pugatch

The Dos & Don’ts of Collecting Unusual Mediums

Panelists will conduct an interactive discussion on past and present mediums used by fine artists and how they affect aspects of valuation, security, shipping, storage, restoration, climate controls, title and authenticity.

Talk Details

Speakers will discuss the Visual Artists Rights Act and how it relates to damaged works.

Participants will learn:

  • What VARA is and how it relates to damaged works.
  • How new and different mediums affect the way a work is valued long-term, how it must be cared for and how it can be restored.
   

Speaker Details

Sam Pugatch

In his current position as Director of Business Development for the Fine Art Department at DeWitt Stern, Sam is responsible for overseeing a number of premier accounts as well as developing marketing and sales strategies for continued growth. He has created initiatives including an automated online program for insurance targeting the rare book market and a post-Sandy flood insurance program for fine art businesses. Before joining DeWitt Stern in 2007, Sam began his career with Sterling and Sterling, Inc., an insurance brokerage in Woodbury, New York in 2004.  As an Account Executive, Sam was responsible for handling large commercial Entertainment and Non-Profit related risks.

Sam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany in 2004.  In 2008 he completed a Masters of Business Administration concentrating on Risk Management and Insurance from St. John’s University.  In 2013 and 2014, Sam was recognized with the Power Broker: 40 Under 40 award and in 2014 as a Power Broker in the Fine Art category by Risk & Insurance Magazine.

David Sleeman

David Sleeman is Director of Business Development at Winston Art Group, the largest independent art appraisal and advisory firm in the United States. Winston Art Group assists clients with appraisals for all purposes, advises clients on buying and selling works of art, and handles the management of clients’ collections. The firm’s 50 specialists cover all areas of fine and decorative art, jewelry, and collectibles in the United States and overseas through offices in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Palm Beach, Houston, and Denver, and representatives in Miami, London, and Geneva. Prior to joining Winston Art Group, David was Senior Vice President of Business Development at another art appraisal firm for nine years. Before that, he was a Fine Art Specialist and Risk Management Appraiser for Chubb Insurance Company in London and a Manager in the Valuation, Tax, and Heritage department at Sotheby’s, London.

David attended the University of West England, where he received his B.S.C. degree with honors in Valuation and Estate Management. David serves on the Steering Committee of Professional Affiliates for the Appraisers’ Association of America, the Arts and Records Committee for the Inland Marine Underwriting Association, and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and has lectured at numerous art institutions and events around the country, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, Art Hamptons, the US Artists American Fine Art Show in Philadelphia, New Britain Museum of Art in Connecticut, The Bruce Museum in Connecticut, The von Liebig Art Center’s Lecture Series in Florida, and the South Eastern Museums Conference in Virginia.

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