The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts presents a series of panel discussions addressing issues related to art and the law. 

Events will all take place at the Education Auditorium of the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, and are FREE and open to the public. For more information call 505-768-3833 or email


Understanding the Artist-Gallery Consignment Agreement: Lecture by Peter Ives, Esq.

June 19, 2014, 6 – 8 pm  Education Auditorium

This lecture is for artists and gallery owners who value the importance of understanding the complexities of the gallery consignment agreement, or the lack thereof, and how these decisions and agreements impact the artist-gallery relationship. Important terms of the consignment agreement will be covered, including commissions, shipping, insurance, negotiation, promotion, inventory lists, warranties, and other important considerations when entering into such relationships.


The Art of the Dealer: Best Practices for the Modern Gallery/Artist Agreements, A Panel Discussion

July 17, 2014, 6 – 8 pm Education Auditorium

This panel of experts and professionals in the field will discuss the importance of establishing ethical gallery practices and how to address ethical dilemmas that arise inside the gallery-artist relationship, including best practices in approaching such issues as damaged artwork, art world employment practices, collaborations with other artists and important gallery-preferred artist practices, among many other issues.  Panelists will include a number of local gallery and museum administrators.


Public Art, Censorship and the Visual Artists Rights Act: A Panel Discussion

August 21, 2014, 6 – 8 pm Education Auditorium

When is the censorship of art acceptable? What rights to artists have in relation to the destruction or alteration of their public art? This panel will cover the First Amendment to the Constitution and U.S. obscenity law, examine censorship in the arts and its relationship to public funding, and the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). Free and open to the public.


New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts Summer Series “The Law and Business of Art” is produced by New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts.

New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing artists and arts organizations with pro bono legal clinics and educational programming throughout New Mexico.