To develop more art collectors.
To support the development of private art collections across the United States, to provide resources for potential and current art collectors, and to support private galleries.
The Budget Collector is an association of people who believe in the following:
We believe that every individual is responsible for supporting an artist’s vision that reflect their unique interpretation of the world around them.
We respect our personal finances and will maintain discipline in our purchases. We respect the artist’s time and education, we will always attempt to pay fairly in a manner that supports the artist’s continual career.
We believe that our passion supports something greater. Art is a financial investment, but it is also an investment in ourselves and our vision for the greater community-at-large.
My name is Ebonique, and I am the co-founder of Budget Collector. I love private art collections, and I used to spend all summer at the Barnes Collection or the Walters Art Gallery, sketching and absorbing the clear vision of the collection’s namesakes. After ten years in the political sector, where I have helped countless campaigns secure victory through voter research, I found myself lost without art. I named myself the “budget collector” because I had a strict budget of $5000. I didn’t have time to research myself, so I used my budget to fund a student to write and research on the topic of art collections to help me find my first piece.
I soon discovered that other collectors used art advisers, but those advisers tend to only work with clients looking to secure six-figure investments, despite the fact that the average price of contemporary art is in the mid-four figures.
I wondered whether I was alone on this journey as a mid-career professional ready to purchase art but was not a fit for traditional art advisers’ assistance. So I used my background in market analysis to conduct several research studies on consumers who were a similar profile to myself.
During our current research phase, I learned several things about the consumer profile of middle-class (potential) collectors, and I joined with my sister/co-founder Anya on taking this research to the next level by creating a mobile app. We also received grants from Stanford University and the National Science Foundation to further develop our research into the market and the artificial intelligence capabilities of the app.
We are in the process of finishing closed beta testing (ending August 2021) and plan to further test in open beta as soon as the next updates are completed. We believe our technology will challenge the internal biases of the art world that lead to the same types of people directing aesthetic visions. We believe the current defacto standard creates a culture of exclusivity that is unwelcoming to middle-class consumers. Our technology is built envisioning an inclusive society.
More people buying art will empower the art community to overcome challenges and re-envision themselves as a stronger, bolder entity. Myself and my team create new products and services championing developing new art consumers to help change the world through one art collector at a time.
For us, it is vitally important to support local art galleries and museums, so we work closely with these teams to continue to build out support services. I hope you enjoy our app when it’s launched in open beta and our collective journey with Budget Collector.