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Artists Rights

Public Address supports the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), a federal mandate which protects artists' moral rights of attribution and integrity.

Attribution includes the rights to claim authorship of a work, to prevent attachment of an artist's name to a work which he/she did not create. Where there has been a subsequent distortion, mutilation, or modification of the work prejudicial to the artist's honor or reputation, the artist has the right to disclaim authorship and to prevent identification of his name with the work.

The right of integrity gives the artist the right to prevent any intentional distortion, mutilation or other modification of her work prejudicial to her honor or reputation. Where the work is of recognized stature, the right of integrity further includes the right to prevent any intentional or grossly negligent destruction of the work.

The members of Public Address believe that the recognition of these rights is essential to the successful adoption of any public art policy, program or project.