About Us

POBA is Where The Arts Live!

POBA is a groundbreaking online arts hub that celebrates and features the works of exceptional artists who have died without recognition of the full measure of their talents or creative legacies, regardless of artistic genres and mediums.

Keeping Creative Legacies Alive

POBA was founded to showcase, promote and preserve their creative legacies through compelling displays and interesting human stories about these art makers.  POBA accepts nominations of deceased under-recognized artists and creates displays of their works on POBA.  Individuals who become Presenter Members can also create displays on a DIY basis using our comprehensive FAQs.

POBA also does more.  Through online resources and tangible services, POBA assists individuals and institutions that own or manage a creative legacy or arts collection to preserve, protect, document, digitize, complete and in many other ways ensure these collections live on.  POBA also assists working artists in managing their own works for future preservation, viewing, and value.

Help For Heirs and Estate Executors

If you own the rights to, manage or advise about the creative legacy of a deceased artist, POBA is where you can:

  • Store digital still and moving images and recordings of their creative works in private, secure digital storage vaults – including painting and drawings, writings, spoken and musical performances, video and film, photography, dance, object arts, and more
  • Create and Display the art works of exceptional, deceased artists in one of more portfolios on POBA  on a DIY basis or with POBA’s help.
  • Sell (and buy) original art works and fine art prints of original works of artists displayed on POBA through the POBA Shop
  • Use POBA’s personalized POBA Concierge and POBA-affiliated appraisers, archivists, cataloguers, producers, publishers, and more  to organize, preserve, digitize, appraise, market, and sell creative works in all genres.

Help for Art Collectors

POBA assists individuals, estates and institutions that own or manage an arts collection of any type or size to authenticate, conserve, protect, document, digitize, complete and in many other ways ensure these collections have a long and vibrant future. POBA Concierge Services and POBA-affiliated authenticators, appraisers, archivists, cataloguers, conservators, producers, publishers, and more can help you to ensure art and historical works live on for personal pleasure or public enjoyment.

Help for Working Artists

POBA also assists working artists and their families, agents and representatives to manage their own works for future preservation, viewing, and value. POBA Concierge Services also helps working artists to get their creative works in all genres organized, preserved, digitized, appraised, and catalogued affordably. POBA also organizes and provides webinars and professional development events to assist working artists to manage their art careers smartly while focusing first and foremost on their creative output.

Work With POBA’s Outstanding Partners and Experts

POBA has formed selective affiliations and partnerships with key cultural institutions and professional associations in the arts and sciences. These organizations provide best-in-class professional expertise to POBA members and clients, and receive special benefits and other support from POBA to help promote their missions, membership and other development and educational goals.  Visit our Partners and Affiliates page to see a partial listing.

POBA is Non-Profit

POBA is a program of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, a nonprofit created to honor the artistic interests of Jamie Bernard, a young writer and artist (1987-2010) and to use his creative legacy as a springboard to recognize and support the legacies of other talented deceased artists, regardless of genre or medium. The Foundation sought to develop a project befitting Jamie’s artistic passion and talent and to ensure that the creative works and legacies of other under-recognized deceased artists can be enjoyed and appreciated long into the future.

POBA is the pronounced form of phowa, a Tibetan phrase that describes the transformation of consciousness at death to begin a new life. This phrase captures the essence of POBA: the enduring and transcendent power of the arts to transform the experience and consciousness of all who contact great works of art. Whether by creating them or by meeting them over time, we aim to give such works a new life on POBA.

Contact us to find out more about how you can benefit from and support POBA’s mission to keep creative legacies alive.