Some interesting comments were left on the blog about donating art that are worthy of your consideration.
I now donate gift certificates from my studio toward the purchase of paintings or art lessons. The charity gets their bid money for the certificates, and the winner must visit my studio or go to my website to redeem them. They either don't use it, for whatever reason, or they usually spend more than the certificate is worth, so I get new clients and sales. Either way, I can't lose.—Linda Blondheim
I once read something that Oprah said and it changed the way I donate. She said that if you donate to everyone you spread yourself too thin and can't really make a big difference. She suggested donating to only a few charities that support a cause you are passionate about.–Rachelle Disbennett Lee, Ph.D.
Rachelle also recommends Giving Advice.
I have donated work that is a a few years old, that way I don't get into trouble with the gallery that is representing me and showing my current work.–Diane McGregor
One caveat for artists just starting out is to remember that a donated piece may be someone's first exposure to your work, so it should be of a quality that you would expect someone to buy.–Marianne Konvalinka
I've been juried into the 2nd Juried Art Exhibition for Sponsorship at Pagosa Mountain Hospital. They have an interesting solution for how to deal with getting art donations. Don't know if it's unusual or just something I haven't heard of before. Anyway, the accepted artwork is available for sponsorship, to build the hospital's permanent art collection. The artist gets paid, the donor gets the tax write-off and the hospital gets some nice art! What do you think of this as a strategy?—Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara: I had to think about this for a bit–follow the trail of money. It sounds like a wonderful solution! Of course, I'm not a tax attorney, so I can't address the legality of it, but I don't see why it wouldn't be a good model.