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The James and Jennifer Nixon Symposium: The Art of Collecting

  • PAFA 118 North Broad Street, 19102 (map)

Becoming a collector of art does not have to be an overwhelming process. This day-long symposium introduces artists and art lovers to the information, determination, and courage needed to collect original works of art.

Through a combination of talks, panels, and demonstrations, this event will offer insights into why collecting is important, provide the tools to feel confident in making choices and understanding aesthetics, and allow new collectors to engage directly with artists, museums, and galleries in an empowered way.

This event will feature a keynote conversation between actor Delroy Lindo (Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Get Shorty, Cider House Rules; film schedule permitting), artist and educator Nashormeh Lindo, and PAFA Museum Director Brooke Davis Anderson to conclude the day’s events. The discussion will center around how the Lindos have established an inspiring art collecting practice as a couple.

Location at PAFA: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

9:30 AM Coffee and Check-In
Anne Bryan Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building


10:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building


Welcome remarks by James Nixon, James and Jennifer Nixon Foundation
Opening Address Kimberly Camp, President, Galerie Marie, LLC

How do you begin to create your personal aesthetic decisions about what appeals to you and why? Camp will talk about the lessons to be learned from one of the most successful collector’s in our nation’s history, Albert Barnes, founder of the Barnes Foundation.


11:00 AM Break-out sessions
Getting Started
Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

What kind of art do I like? Where do I go to find it? How do I decide what type of collection we want to build? Join Carolyn Lowe, Jim Nixon and more of Philadelphia’s most prolific collectors for tales of what they purchased when they were starting out, how they developed a mission for their collecting and what twists and turns they encountered along the way.



What You Need to Know About Collecting Prints
Auditorium, Historic Landmark Building

For many collectors, prints are the first point of entry to collecting art. What should you look for in a print when you’re purchasing one? Join Judith K. Brodsky (printmaker, founder of the Brodsky Center) and Paola Morsiani (Director of the Brodsky Center) for an introduction to printmaking techniques, producing editions and which ones retain value, and how and why artists from other mediums like painting and sculpture engage with printmaking throughout their careers.


12:15 PM Lunch On Your Own

1:30 PM Breakout sessions
Caring for Your Artwork
Auditorium, Historic Landmark Building

Good conservation practices are key to keeping your art collection safe over time. Hear directly from professional conservator Mary McGinn about the best practices for storing, framing, and displaying works of art; how and when to clean your collection (or not!), and what to look for in works you may be considering adding to your collection.



Demystifying the Cost of Collecting
Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Why does art cost what it does? How do I tell what’s worth the money and what to question? Every art collector thinks about these questions as they enter the marketplace for the first time. Brittany Webb (Curator, John Rhoden Collection) and Alisdair Nichols (Chairman and Director of Fine Art at Freeman’s Auction House), discuss some of the finer points of buying artwork, including how size, provenance, and condition affect worth and how the market for artists changes over time.


3:00 PM Keynote Conversation: Delroy and Nashormeh Lindo with Brooke Davis Anderson
Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building


Introduction by Reggie Brown

Delroy and Nashormeh Lindo have been collecting art for decades prior to the blossoming of their careers in the arts. Their stories about the importance of talking with artists directly, trusting their investments in emerging artists of all ages and cultivating their son’s interest in collecting hope to inspire attendees with enthusiasm for the art of collecting. In conversation with PAFA Museum Director Brooke Davis Anderson, this keynote presentation highlights the personal and professional mission of one family to support art and artists by building a collection and supporting art education as a pivotal part of the story of American Art.


4:30 PM Closing Reception