1. We are a consultancy dedicated to the visual arts, creative, and cultural sectors. Our expertise and experience are used to build things for and with our clients. What kinds of things? SLP Art Advisory builds art collections and programming. SLP Collect/ Collection Management builds inventory tools and organizational systems. SLP Creative builds creative small businesses, galleries, and fundraising initiatives. Our market competitors generally do one of these things. We find that by working across the creative community, we are continually developing expansive knowledge and an ever-widening network of friends and colleagues. These yield a level and a type of success that goes beyond what’s expected from more conventional approaches.

  2. Strategy, structure and vision. Our vast knowledge of art, culture and business is important. So too are the relationships that we’ve developed and enjoyed over the years. The more essential component – that which serves all of our clients – is the ability to develop and perform client-specific strategies that make use of those assets. Every new inquiry poses two core problems: What does the client want and need? How can we create it for them in a way that is efficient, substantial, and lasting? The solutions are a plan and a procedure reflective of that client’s vision. From conceptualization to execution to completion, all of our work relies on the interplay of two dynamic forces: mutuality and transparency.

  3. Yes and no. From the very onset of her career, Sheri was truly interested in exploring how mutuality and transparency could impact the art market and its culture. Further, she believes that structure is what gives rise to innovation and creative freedom. These were the principles on which the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) was conceived, for example. Over time, this curiosity led to a wide-range of opportunities. The diversity of work that Sheri & SLP have performed to date may have appeared disparate to others. It’s actually allowed us to see what works best and why. We are confident that the service options we present to you today are as distinct as they are refined and specific.

  4. SLP collaborates with experts on a project-basis in order to achieve the best possible results for our clients. These include CFPs, CPAs, MFAs, JDs, PhDs etc. Please see our About page for more details. As for Sheri, she began her education as a National Science Foundation Young Scholar, researching and studying molecular biology. Prior to completing her B.A., she began an MA in Art History with a focus on Architectural Theory & Criticism. These are the educational credentials that most inform our work: the understanding of how the smallest of details correspond to infrastructure and the bigger picture.

  5. Mutuality & transparency. We want to protect your interests. We want you to trust that you are never pressured to buy a work of art for the wrong reasons. You should take time to make the right decisions. You should be well-informed about what you are acquiring and why. You should enjoy yourself, and work with someone who can create a positive, enriching experience for you. We will make every possible resource available to you in order to make these things happen. In return, we ask that you agree to protect and respect us too.

  6. SLP has had the rare experience of working with both blue-chip art at a high level, as well as galvanizing an entire community of emerging artists and their dealers from 2000 – 2010. This expansive network & background is applied with strategies that respect the identity and integrity of our clients. We work in close collaboration over years and ultimately guide asset management, philanthropy, and other cultural engagements. We have become known for this long-term commitment, as have our clients. This has further strengthened our mutual respect & relationships in the art community, and impacts the quality of works we are able to access.

  7. Most good art advisors offer art expertise & a professional network. Those are the basic job requirements. It is everything else that determines whether they are right for you. Can the two of you communicate easily and clearly? Do you have the same priorities in terms of how you relate to art and the art world? Are they well versed in the business? Do they make you feel comfortable? Can you trust them? Like attracts like; we realize that SLP is not right for all collectors, and vice versa. We have many colleagues that we trust & respect, and make referrals when appropriate.

  8. All services are paid for by the client. This is an added assurance: you can trust that we work for you, not for the art galleries or auction houses. Payment options include annual retainers, hourly fees, percentage-based commissions, and/or some combination of all three. It varies based on the needs and wishes of the client. There is no minimum annual budget. Feel free to contact us for a proposal and estimate.

  9. SLP Collect is unbelievably safe. It is an encrypted program with a SSL certificate – two layers of security. No email accounts are linked to the online server. SLP office staff members do not have access to client databases unless the client gives SLP a password and express permission. When you acquire an account, you are given a temporary password. Once you change that, only tech support knows how to access your database (in the case of an emergency, like you forgot your login details).

  10. As soon as possible. If you begin your archive at the moment of your first acquisition, you will save yourself time, money, and stress down the road. Even if you only ever acquire twenty objects…you are better protected with clean, accurate, well-organized documentation than without.

  11. A paper archive is necessary to safely store all of the original invoices, photos, bills of lading and other original documents that you get when you acquire a work of art. A digital archive is helpful in being able to easily and conveniently access the details of your collection.

  12. Ideally, it is super important to have both. The reasons in the short term include proper insuring of art works (for which your database comes in handy), and having the necessary paperwork on hand in the event of a claim (located within your well-organized physical archive). There are many reasons beyond insurance however. One reason is purely experiential – a good archive helps you to appreciate and understand your own collection. More practically, an archive and a database are essential for the resale or transfer of assets; this is especially important for estate planning.

  13. SLP Creative is tailored to the needs of each client. The most common package is our 3 Phases. Phase 1 focuses on identifying the core values of your business and examines your internal dynamics. Work in Phase 1 begins with assessments of the employees, workflow, and infrastructure. This requires one-on-one interviews with all owners and staff. We produce an analysis of the strengths and challenges of the team and the individuals. Recommended solutions for improved structure, efficiency, and job satisfaction are also presented. Then we work directly within the business to lead, train, and implement change. Phase 2 focuses on external dynamics: how are your values & vision reflected in the work that you perform for your clients, and how do you tap them to pursue an active growth strategy? How do your peers or competitors do things? Phase 3 looks at the impact and future of Phases 1 & 2 on the business, and may include monthly or quarterly reviews to ensure that things are operating smoothly. Growth, resourcefulness and financial responsibility are emphasized in all 3 Phases.

  14. Like a Life Coach, SLP will observe and discuss the personal habits or traits of the owner(s) that are hindering their success or the health of their organization. We do not stop there, however. We actively work with you to develop new work and personal habits. We help you to play to your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. Like a Business Consultant, we will work directly within your business to implement restructuring and efficiency. We do not stop until a new system is in place that can be self-sustained. Thus, SLP Creative is like both a life coach and a business consultant. Our technique is similar to how venture capitalists work on developing small companies. Our end goal, however, is not the sale or liquidation of your business; it is maximizing the rewards and knowledge of effective leadership directly for you, the owner.

  15. When SLP first launched in 2006, we offered Gallery Consulting. This service was a ‘boot camp’ that relied upon Sheri’s experience and research in the art gallery as a business. Small galleries, mostly emerging, hired us to help them start up or to improve their existing operations. Over time, Sheri did more research and developed insights into the model of the small service business and the onus of being an owner. In 2011, the service was useful and expansive enough that one of our gallery clients recommended a non-gallery business friend. We are grateful to that client: today, SLP Creative is the fastest-growing part of our company. We work with amazing creative visionaries across contemporary art, fashion, architecture, media, design and beyond.