Preferred Qualifications Department Chair, with expertise in any area of Studio Art or ArtHistory Significant experience in academic administration, such as oneor more years of previous service as department chair.Evidence of vision and leadership skills in administrative andinterdisciplinary collaboration.Evidence of commitment to diversity in the pedagogicalpractices of art and art history. Department SummaryThe Department of Art & Art History at San José StateUniversity seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenuredposition (Rank: Associate or Full) as department chair. Theposition offers a leadership opportunity in in a large,well-established department dedicated to fine art practice and thestudy of art history. With nearly 40% of students enrolled inDigital Media Art programs, the department provides a unique bridgebetween the more traditional areas of fine arts training and theinformation sciences that connect the department to the surroundingindustries of Silicon Valley. Both students and faculty also pursuestrong interests in environmental and social justice, finding waysto support values of equity across many areas of artisticexpression. Given the diversity of our student population, wehighly encourage applications from candidates with experience atinstitutions serving historically underrepresented minoritiesand/or students from a wide variety of ethnic, racial, religious,gender identity, and national backgrounds. We also encouragecandidates who are dedicated to supporting faculty success inresearch and creative activities, particularly as these activitiesdraw on interdisciplinary and collaboration and the development ofdiverse audiences for art and art history.Founded in 1911 and located in downtown San Jose at the heart ofSilicon Valley, the Department of Art & Art History offers aunique combination of award-winning faculty and staff, outstandingfacilities, and a wide range of focus areas, including traditionaland digital media arts, art history, and curatorial studies. Ouracclaimed network of alumni, curators, artists, teachers,historians, and arts professionals offer our students theopportunity to build a robust practice within a chosen discipline.We offer BA degree programs in Studio Practice, Preparation forTeaching, and Art History and Visual Culture. We also offer fourprofessional BFA degree programs in Digital Media Art, Photography,Pictorial Art (including drawing & painting, and printmaking),and Spatial Art (including ceramic art, glassblowing, woodworking,metal sculpture, and installation art). For graduate level study,we offer an MA degree in Art History and Visual Culture, MFAdegrees in Digital Media Art, Photography, Pictorial Art, andSpatial Art. We also offer pre-professional minors in such areas asArchitectural Studies and Photography.Required Qualifications Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art; or Ph.D. in Art History orrelated field;Minimum of six years of full-time teaching and administrativeexperience in a department of art and art history or independentart school, including experience with art accreditationrequirements;A distinguished record of exhibition and/or publicationcommensurate with a tenured faculty member in Art and ArtHistory.A demonstrated commitment to the fine arts and to the promotionof excellence in teaching and research.A demonstrated ability to engage with community and corporateleaders.A demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty,students, and administrators, while supporting diversity across thedepartment and University.Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivityto the educational goals of a multicultural population as mighthave been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching andother comparable experience. Candidate will participate in shared governance, in department,college, and university committee and other service assignmentsnormally associated with the duties of department chair.Candidate will be responsible for facilitating communicationamong faculty, staff, students, and administrators in accordancewith all relevant policies.Candidate will be responsible for course scheduling, enrollmentmanagement, temporary faculty recruitment, and coordination offaculty evaluations.Candidate will supervise all department staff and manage anannual budget allocation of approximately $150,000.Candidate will be responsible for promoting departmentprograms, including managing publicity materials, recruitingapplicants, and maintaining relations with alumni and donors.Candidate will collaborate with the Director of the ThompsonGallery to bring public programming to the department and connectwith the wider community.Candidate will be responsible for leadership in curriculumdevelopment, program planning, and maintaining accreditation.Candidate will be responsible for teaching at least one courseper year in the area of expertise.Candidate will be responsible for collaborating with theDepartment of Design and other departments with shared curricularinterests.Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experienceunderstanding the needs of a student population of great diversity– in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language andacademic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement. Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications andexperience.Starting Date: August 2021Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: For full consideration, please apply by Monday, February 15th,2021.Inquires may be directed to Daphne Purisima email: [email protected]: (408) 924-4320.The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: November 03, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close: letter of interestcurriculum vitaestatement of leadership vision and experiencestatement of teaching philosophy and inclusive pedagogiesselected portfolio of artwork and/or published scholarshipdiversity statement, with attention to supporting historicallymarginalized studentsthree references with contact information Responsibilities
To tell the truth, I wince at some recent articles describing a financial institution’s renaming initiative – and the time, money and expertise that were surely spared on the effort to create their new name. Unfortunately, short-changing on strategy almost always comes at the detriment of the organization’s brand. When it comes to something as momentous as a new name, especially for an organization that is steeped in 40, 70 or more years of history – with stakeholders equally entrenched in that legacy – shortchanging so vital a process is the last thing to do. Consider a credit union’s rich history: perhaps the original sponsor was a large employer, a school, or military base. Perhaps it was a bank connected by geographic and local community boundaries. Either way, the institution has worked a long time to bring financial success and trust to the people it serves. And because of these long-term connections, all stakeholders have some skin in the game, which really is a good problem to have. Still, there are challenges in determining if 50 years later, you still have the right name.Reminds me of a story about a guy (I’ll call him “Jeff”) who had this fantastic idea to sell books online. Of course, his brainchild deserved a catchy name. After some serious deliberation, Jeff decided upon Cadabra, short for abracadabra. Seems pretty cool, right? Jeff loved this name, and the story behind it: the customer could order a book online and voila! It would magically appear on the customer’s doorstep within days. As you might imagine, the crux of Jeff’s problem was not in his business model but the name itself; specifically, how someone could muddle the pronunciation of ca·dab·ra.Try saying it aloud a few times. One of Jeff’s friends thought he said, “Cadaver” (as in dead body, stiff, etc.). Not so cool, right? I’m not sure if Jeff was amused but he got the message, it wasn’t such a great name. A year after starting Cadabra, Jeff changed it to its current name: Amazon. Why Amazon?Just as the Amazon is South America’s largest river and the lifeblood of one the world’s most massive ecosystems, it’s also portrayed in books and lore as a romantic destination; somewhere mysterious, fierce and extraordinary. Jeff had similar visions of “his” Amazon becoming its own major destination, and eventually the world’s largest retailer. The rest is history.There’s a lot to think about when it comes to creating the right name, at the right time. Every week, I come across new bank or credit union names. Some make perfect sense for them, but quite frankly, many give me pause. Of course, it’s not up to me to judge (at least too harshly), especially when we at Strum weren’t the ones to help create that new brand. I don’t know the processes they followed, research or testing conducted, measurement and strategic criteria selected, who their targets are, and the other integral practices that are part of a legitimate renaming initiative. Then there are the more severe consequences to weigh, names that border on trademark infringement or copyright law that can trigger a cease and desist order, but that’s a discussion for another day.While Amazon owns a lot of brand equity, it doesn’t own this process. Any company can try to pick the right name on their own – but will it be one with nuance and verve that represents its values, principles and the audience it hopes to grow with?At Strum, our portfolio includes a large collection of successfully executed renaming and branding initiatives; names that we helped craft and brands that resonate and elevate an organization’s value proposition and growth. Consider our client Red Canoe Credit Union, with a new name that focuses on the legacy, ingenuity and adventurous spirit of its members living in the Pacific Northwest and of its founding wood products employer, Weyerhaeuser. Also befitting is the credit union’s simple yet highly memorable icon, the red canoe.Great names should be rooted in strategy, vision and sometimes rich history. Vital (a nod to their healthcare legacy), Naveo (a coined word from the root word “navigation” for a Portuguese-based credit union whose ancestors have always been sailors navigating the seas of the world), Frontwave (just as the Marines always lead the first wave, so is their credit union, the leader in its SoCal surf culture towns), Veridian (“verdant” a color of green, and an Iowa original just like their founders at John Deere Company), and iQ (celebrating their educational roots – and smarter banking). We’ve had the privilege to help build distinctive brands for all of these fast-growing financial institutions. Each has a unique story behind its name, and a bold and authentic brand that represents individuals as unique as the organization itself.Our work with US Federal Credit Union (now Firefly Credit Union) is another fascinating rebranding story.Continued market confusion, mistaking the credit union with federal government agencies, stifles growth and detracted from all the great things the credit union was doing for its members. The final straw occurred during a gathering welcoming a new Mexican Consulate. Attending credit union staff sported corporate gear with the US Federal Credit Union logo. They received an icy reception at best, and many guests were going out of their way to avoid them. One attendee approached, pointing at the US Federal logo, and asked, “Immigration?” It was only then that staff realized their confusing name predicament. Market research confirmed the deep name confusion.The good news for Firefly is that a data analytics-led naming and brand strategy helped create a new name and brand that distinctly celebrates the warmth and joy of Minnesota’s lifestyle, surrounded by 10,000 lakes.Like the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed…try an agency who knows how to get it done right the first time.”An effective renaming and branding initiative takes vision, research, consumer and cultural insights, and commitment to the future. Strum is ready to make any bank or credit union’s renaming initiative a success.For a free industry white paper, “Is your Name Helping or Hurting your Future Growth and Success,” or to learn more about the process the transformation, click HERE. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Schultz Randy has more than 30 years of financial industry marketing experience. His unique “out-of-the-box” approach to exceeding clients’ expectations has garnered him numerous industry accolades. Having worked as a marketing … Web: www.strumagency.com Details
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsSixteen points separated the two teams in the final regular season standings, but the last time the two teams met nothing was decided in 120 minutes of play.Which is why it’s anyone’s guess as to which team will come out on top when the Kootenay Wildcats travel to Pitt Meadows to face the Fraser Valley Phantom in the best-of-three B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Playoff series beginning Friday.“I think the games are going to be determined by how the officials allow the girls to compete then I feel we’re going to have a successful weekend,” Kootenay coach Mario DiBella told The Nelson Daily after the Cats’ final practice Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.“If the referees are going to call coincidental contact, then we’ll have to adjust our game to how the game’s being called.”The Cats see an uphill battle on the stats page against the Phantom.During the regular season Kootenay scored 32 fewer goals than the team allowed. Plus the Cats face a team in Fraser Valley that has three players — Rachel Dong, Reaghan Chadwick and Megan Taylor — in the top six in league scoring.“We’ve done a lot of work on offensive play of late,” DiBella explained. “I feel we’ve got the personalities in the room that can put the puck in the net they just have to understand that that is their role on this team.”The series opens Friday at the Pitt Meadows Arena at 9 p.m.Game two of the series goes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with game three, if necessary, played Sunday at 9:15 a.m.The best-of-three playoff series is new this season to the B.C. Female Midget AAA League.A move DiBella likes.“I think it’s great . . .. I think it brings more credibility to the Major Midget Female program,” said DiBella. “I never liked the tournament format where you can get bounced because you play poorly in one game.“At least here you can determine your own fate in the best-of-three.”The league has already seen one upset this season as Prince George rode the red-hot netminding of Megan Spooner to knock off the Vancouver Fusion 2-1 in the best-of-three quarterfinal.Taya Garneau’s goal late in the game sparked the Cougars to a 1-0 win in game three of the series.The Cougars now travel to Kelowna to meet regular season champion Okanagan Rockets in the other best-of-three semi final beginning Friday at the Rutland [email protected]
FRONTRUNNER IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES THE GRADE I FRONTRUNNER STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 6 (of 11) Approximate post time 3 p.m. PST ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Well accomplished and on a roll, Bob Baffert’s Klimt seeks his fourth win in a row and Keith Desormeaux’s Straight Fire will try to avenge an odds-on defeat as they both head a field of seven 2-year-olds in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. A handy 4 ¼ length winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity Sept. 5, Klimt, who was off at odds of 5-2, easily bested 4-5 favorite Straight Fire, who came up empty late. KLIMT: Owned by Kaleem Shah, he was a disappointing fourth going five furlongs in his career debut at Santa Anita on June 25, but made amends in his second start, winning a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight by 5 ¼ lengths here on July 10. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano in all four of his races, he was subsequently an impressive 2 ¾ length winner of the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 13. A Kentucky-bred colt by Quality Road, Klimt will be trying a route of ground for the first time on Saturday and can be expected to be forwardly placed early. Originally run as the Norfolk Stakes from 1970-2011, Baffert has won the FrontRunner a record seven times, including the 2014 edition with eventual Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. STRAIGHT FIRE: A devastating 10 ½ length maiden special weight winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Aug. 6 at Del Mar, this Kentucky-bred colt by the Smart Strike stallion Dominus thus earned a FrontRunner-best Beyer Speed figure of 98 leading into his second place run in the DM Futurity. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, LNJ Foxwoods, KMN Racing, LLC and partners, Straight Fire has a win and two seconds in three starts and could be the quickest horse early in what will be his first test around two turns. Gormley–Victor Espinoza–122Plum Dandy–Mike Smith–122Secret House–Santiago Gonzalez–122Midnight Pleasure–Martin Garcia–122Straight Fire–Flavien Prat–122Klimt–Rafael Bejarano–122Vibe–Kent Desormeaux–122First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please visit santaanita.com
Will @KingJames end his career in Cleveland? #NBAMediaDay pic.twitter.com/8goKT4rrum— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It hasn’t changed,” he was quoted as saying in a video uploaded by NBA TV on Twitter.“And that’s why I sit up here today, still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship, put us in a position where we can be successful,” he added.James also assured everyone that his looming free agency won’t be a distraction this season, as he plans to deal with it come summer time.“Obviously you guys know with me any time I am able to either be a free agent or my contract is ending I will approach that when the summer comes,” he explained.“I won’t ever cheat my teammates or cheat the fans. Or in a situation where I’m worried or talking about free agency all year long. Because I’m not going to give energy to something that I can handle in the summertime. “ADVERTISEMENT After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 204:50LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next The 2017-2018 NBA season will mark LeBron James’ final year of his three-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the four-time NBA MVP made it clear in a heartfelt essay in 2014 that he intends to finish his career with his hometown team, rumormongers have continued to speculate on where he will take his talents next.Speaking to reporters during the Cavaliers’ recent media day session, “The King” made it clear that he remains loyal to “The Land” and dedicated to its fan base. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ LeBron, of course, has been able to keep his promise of ending Cleveland’s 52-year title drought in 2016.He reportedly owes $33.3 million this season and has a player option worth $35.6 million for 2018-19, according to The Score. /raRELATED STORY:LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: PH’s David Carlos rules Chengdu 3×3 Dunk Contest
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking feedback from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) on the Sunshine Coast. Below is a link to the TFA Event Survey and we would encourage those that attended to complete by clicking on the link below: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013_NYC TFA is committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at its national events, and your responses to the questions within this survey will greatly assist us in this regard. Please let us know through the survey process any issues you experienced so we can try and resolve them for the 2014 and 2015 NYC events.Related LinksNYC Event Survey
Kayo will be the only place you can watch all broadcasted games. Games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo. Sign up using this link: goto.kayosports.com.au/c/1396894/585543/9635?sharedid=artGame 1 (Saturday 6th April) and all other Saturday games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo, as well as NRL.com. (The NRL.com stream will be able to be viewed globally.)All Sunday games will be broadcast live on Fox League and live and on-demand on Kayo.In New Zealand, all Fox League games will also run on Sky Sport. We’re pleased to announce our four broadcast partners for the #NRLTouchPremiership: Kayo, Fox League, NRL.com and Sky Sport.
A Canadian sports economist believes Calgary’s already decided on the Olympics, and he’s warning the price tag of hosting could snowball.Moshe Lander, from Concordia University in Montreal, is uncomfortable with the city spending $30-million on a bid he feels is “pre-determined.”“This just looks like it’s for show for the public, to make everyone feel that everyone did their due diligence, but the reality is the games are not going to make money — and the reason for pursuing the games is for reasons other than economics,” he said.Lander said Calgary should already know roughly what facilities are ready to go and what needs to be upgraded, but there are always going to be unforseen costs.“I kind of liken this a little bit to the idea of you get a quote from a contractor for home renovations — and when you get the quote from the contractor, this is what it costs to do the project. But, when they actually start ripping apart the walls and taking this out, and they realize there was something else that they didn’t anticipate, or there was this damage wasn’t realized at the time — bit by bit this starts to add into the cost,” he said.He said the International Olympic Committee’s offer of just under a billion dollars to help with hosting the games could be the perfect excuse to add on project after project — maybe even a new arena.“If you don’t rebuild the Saddledome in time for the 2026 Olympics, by that point the Saddledome will be 40 years old. Is there any conceivable way that whoever the mayor is of Calgary at that time can say ‘now that the Olympics have come and gone, now let’s spend the money and replace the Saddledome?’,” Lander said.He said the $4.6-billion price tag that’s being thrown around will only grow.
TORONTO – A former money manager involved in insider tipping of information about Amaya Gaming Group Inc. has agreed to pay a $350,000 penalty and $50,000 in investigation costs as part of a settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission.Under the conditions of the settlement approved today, former co-chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Aston Hill Asset Management Benedict Cheng is prohibited from trading any securities or derivatives for six years.Among other things, Cheng is also prohibited from becoming or acting as a director, or officer of any issuer, registrant or investment fund manager for six years as well.In 2014, Cheng learned about Amaya’s impending acquisition of the parent company of online gambling site PokerStars because funds he managed agreed to participate in the financing for the transaction.Before the acquisition was publicly announced in June 2014, Cheng informed his Aston Hill subordinate, senior vice president John David Rothstein, and said he could pass on the information to others.Also as part of the settlement, Cheng has agreed to co-operate with OSC staff in its ongoing investigation into illegal insider activities in securities of Amaya, including testifying as a witness.“Mr. Cheng’s involvement in insider tipping was a serious breach of Ontario securities law,” said OSC commissioner Mark Sandler in his oral reasons for the settlement approval. “The improper use of insider information leads to unfair advantages for those who use it and can undermine confidence in the integrity and fairness of public markets.”
TORONTO – David Heffel says he likes art as part of an investment portfolio because it provides daily dividends.“They’re assets that you can live with and enjoy on a day to day basis, but more importantly you can share them with family and friends.”Heffel, president of the Heffel Fine Art Auction House, has seen his share of paintings bought for a pittance sell for hundreds of thousands or even millions that prove to be fantastic returns on investments.But while returns are far from reliable, investment advisors say it can be a creative way to add a bit of diversity to an investment portfolio.“I think it’s a great idea,” said Michael Taglieri, who studied art history and worked in the art world before transitioning to become senior wealth advisor at Assante Capital Management Ltd.“It’s another way to diversify a portfolio, which is important, and it’s a good way to support culture.”The sentiment is part of a wider trend among wealth advisors who see art as part of growing passion-based investments.Deloitte’s Art and Finance report said 88 per cent of wealth managers polled said they think art and collectibles should be part of wealth management offerings and about half say diversification is one of the strongest reasons to include art in wealth management.The 2017 report showed the market can provide steady returns, citing Artnet indices that showed the global contemporary art market had a compound annual growth rate of 8.54 per cent over the previous 15 years.Investors shouldn’t, however, bank on such returns, as even some high-end art segments have shown negative returns in recent years, while average investors generally don’t have access to the higher-end art tracked in the indices.Taglieri’s advice to potential buyers is to look for young or emerging artists because the costs of entry are generally much lower.“If you’re going to an auction and buying from the secondary market of an established artist, your investment is a bit safer, a bit more solid, but you’re going to pay for it.”People looking to devote a small portion of a portfolio to dabbling in art should look around at many galleries, magazines and auctions to find what style they like, and make sure they love what they’re buying since it’s quite a speculative purchase, said Taglieri.“You really have to enjoy a piece, because it may take a long time to appreciate.”Heffel said that while the costs of entry are higher, he prefers to stick with more mid-career artists because the vocation is just so challenging that many artists drop out before being able to establish themselves and add value to earlier works.“I like to focus on mid-career painters that have some track record of some museum recognition, a public collection inclusion, and if you’ve had an opportunity to meet those artists, that they have a lifelong dedication.”To improve the chances of making a sound art investment, Heffel recommends exploring online databases of private auction sales and other online tools to understand the art market itself and which kind of art holds or increases in value.Buyers should also factor in insurance costs and make sure the paperwork is in order so the provenance of a piece can be proven, he said.For investors who would rather avoid the process of identifying, buying and storing high-end art, there are art funds where investors pool capital and buy pieces that would otherwise be out of reach.However, they don’t come cheap. Art funds are generally only accessible to high net-worth individuals, and can have opaque structures and sometimes onerous terms, making them a fairly niche product.The funds also run counter to the advice of collectors like Heffel who recommends buyers explore the creative world of fine art and carefully buy according to your taste, and budget.“In the early stages look at as much art as you can…standing face to face in front of as many art works as you can to educate your aesthetic eye.”