Your Own Private Art Advisor


The What, Why and How of Advisory Services.

With so many different styles, artists, and galleries out there, it can be tough to figure out where to even begin when it comes to collecting art. That's where a private art advisor like Joe Houston comes in. A qualified art advisor can help you navigate the often complicated world of art collecting, and they can offer invaluable expertise and guidance when it comes to building your collection.

What Can an Art Advisor Do for You?

Simply put, a private art advisor can provide guidance and expertise when it comes to collecting art. They can help you understand the ins and outs of the market, introduce you to new artists, and assist you in building a collection that aligns with your taste and budget. Advisors also typically have relationships with galleries and dealers, which means they can help you secure works by your favorite artists or get access to exclusive exhibitions. In short, an advisor can save you a lot of time, energy, and money in the long run.

How Do You Choose a Qualified Art Advisor?

When it comes to choosing an art advisor, the most important thing is to make sure they are qualified. Before working with anyone, be sure to vet their credentials and experience. A good place to start is by asking for recommendations from people you trust who are already knowledgeable about and involved in the art world. Once you've compiled a list of potential art advisors, do your own research on each one by reading reviews, looking at their past projects, and speaking with them directly to get a sense of their knowledge and expertise.

What Should You Expect from the Advisor/Client Relationship?

The best advisor/client relationships are built on trust, mutual respect, and clear communication. When working with an advisor, be sure to set clear expectations from the outset so that there are no misunderstandings down the road. Discuss what type of budget you're working with, what kinds of works you're interested in collecting, and how involved you want them to be in the process. It's also important to remember that an advisor works for you—so if at any point you're feeling pressured or uncomfortable with their advice or suggestions, don't hesitate to speak up or end the relationship entirely.

If you're thinking about starting an art collection but don't know where to begin, consider working with a private art advisor. An experienced and qualified art advisors can provide invaluable guidance throughout the process, from helping you understand the market to introducing you new artists and securing exclusive works for your collection. Just be sure to do your research before working with anyone so that you can find an advisor who is the right fit for you and your needs.

Join Art Advisor Joe Houston

This session with Joe Houston is an introduction to the services of an art advisor and is designed for both novice and seasoned collectors alike.

In light of the exponential expansion in the marketplace for contemporary art, personalized guidance from a qualified advisor can be an invaluable asset. You’ll gain an overview of the ethics and responsibilities of the profession and learn about the various ways an advisor can assist you in your collecting endeavors.

Joe Houston, President of the Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA), will teach participants about:

  • What can an advisor do for you?
  • How to choose a qualified advisor?
  • What should you expect from the advisor/client relationship?

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Joe Houston

Joe Houston is President of the Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA) the standard setting organization for the advisory industry. He is a private advisor and Curator of the Hallmark Art Collection–the nation’s most enduring corporate collection–based in Kansas City, Missouri. Joe previously held curatorial positions at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio; Cranbrook Art...

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