Serving 37 multi-generational families
18 years in business
Working in 16 cities around the world
Expert with 11 data management programs
Supporting 15 museums with IT services
J Whitley Smith Consultants (JWSC LLC) is a team of art registrars and IT specialists. Our systems reduce complexity to bring order and understanding to important private collections. We specialize in the preservation, interpretation, and creative communication of your records to enhance the experience and value of your art.
We believe that candid inquiry should be the beginning, middle, and end of every project. From our first interview, JWSC project leaders know the right questions to ask to be sure we understand your goals.
We build long-term relationships with our clients, flexible digital catalogues to weather any new trend, and archives to last a century. Through regular conversation, listening, and refining our services, our expertise and understanding of your needs grows with you and your collection.
More than technology specialists
As systems and document analysts, we can support your family office or in-house collection manager with on-demand technology solutions, training, and ongoing support for existing hardware and software.
For collectors with minimal or no staff — and no desire to hire or invest in IT — we offer a complete suite of consulting services including data hosting and management, professional registrar expertise, and confidential representation.
JWSC project leaders have years of experience making, handling, studying, and writing about art. We all began in the liberal and fine arts, and later developed our expertise in computers and databases in the service of these interests, becoming skilled entrepreneurs in the emerging field of art management.
Working in collaboration with you and your team, we build catalogues and archives that are comprehensive, elegant, and personalized. Our candid, independent perspective and strong aesthetic bring additional depth and value to your collection.
New day, fresh data
You wouldn’t eat week-old bread if you could easily have fresh-baked, and you shouldn’t settle for last year’s outdated inventory when you could have today’s digital data on demand.
Art objects are impacted by environmental conditions. Market values rise and fall, techniques and materials are improved, and professional standards evolve. We understand your collection and the creative energy behind it as a dynamic asset, and by aggregating information in a powerful digital catalogue we can be sure that every report is up-to-the-minute and accurate.
A digital catalogue is more than a list: our databases capture conditions, locations, and values as they change over time — along with hundreds of inspection details and photographs — to create an accessible, dimensional, and flexible resource.
We’ve built a powerful network of collaborators, and JWSC project leaders are in touch every day with property managers, gallerists, advisors, appraisers, art handling specialists, and insurance experts working around the world to be sure our clients’ interests are served.
Whether your art is traveling in an international exhibition scheduled for multiple venues, or being transported to a local conservator’s studio, we can reduce risk each step of the way. Our digital catalogues create illustrated reports in minutes, so everyone has a clear understanding of your property. We aggregate written records and photographs, and can record the “who, what, when, where, and why” of every important move.
We also provide programming, workflow solutions, and training to museums. Because of our deep experience with professional cataloguing software, registrars working on behalf of institutional collections rely on our expertise to cost-effectively supplement their own data management and report design skills.
Many of these institutions are the same ones our families support through private philanthropy, allowing our advocacy of art and collection care to resonate throughout our growing network and client base.