Tips for beginning art collectors as well as for experienced art collectors.

Good reminders for anyone interested in art or already collecting art.

  • Buy original art because you like it and because it moves you, and because it will
    enhance your life and your living space.
  • Visit as many art galleries and art museums as you can, gallery staff can be helpful guides in
    your art education.
  • Get on gallery or art museum mailing lists so you’ll be invited to openings and special events.
  • Visit and join your local art museums and nonprofit art centers.
    Curators sometimes give lectures on collecting art.
  • Attend National and International Art Fairs and Art Expos whenever possible.
  • If you know art collectors, talk to them and find out what they know and what
    they’ve learned about collecting art.
  • Read books on art history and books about collecting art such as Collecting African American Art by Halima Taha.
  • Subscribe to a few art magazines such as The International Review of African American Art..
  • Read reviews by local and national art critics, keeping in mind that reviews
    usually just reflect one person’s opinion.
  • Working with a professional art advisor / art consultant is a good way to learn
    about art collecting, and they will guide you through the process of purchasing art.
  • Once you’ve educated yourself and have fallen in love with a work of art
    buy it, take it home and enjoy it.

Also always keep in mind that most artists and galleries are willing to accept a payment plan

to suit your budget and help you purchase that wonderful piece of art.



Marcella is a visual artist that made a leap of faith in 1995 and took an early retirement from a successful elementary teaching career of 27 years. She and her husband moved from California to the Atlanta area to continue as a full time artist. She has a formal education in the arts, and has been a creative visual artist for over 40 years.

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