Now this is a great idea.

If you are at all like us, and we suspect you are a bit, you like and appreciate good art. Since we were wee we certainly have. And someday when our ship comes in we'd even like to maybe own some. We know we'd keep said art in good condition and display it nicely, we just don't have the bank or the art-know-how to get to that point in our lives yet. But that was then. Enter the Fine Art Adoption Network. From their info page:

The goals of FAAN are to place artworks by committed artists into deserving homes and institutions, as well as to offer a channel for new audiences for contemporary art. It is the intention of FAAN to engage art enthusiasts who never thought of themselves as art collectors, and to introduce them to the experience and pleasures of owning and caring for contemporary art.

Much of the artwork in FAAN was created by artists who have widely exhibited in museums and galleries. Yet, these artists have chosen to present their artwork here because it has the potential to generate a unique relationship between them and new audiences. As much as artists want to sell their work, they also want to communicate with others and have an impact on the lives of their viewers.

And here's some more specific Q's and A's about FAAN:

What is an art adoption?

An art adoption is to take an artwork into one’s space, and to care for it as its collector.
Is the Artwork loaned?
No, an artwork which is adopted is the property of the adopter. However, the artist may put conditions on resale of the artwork.
How much does it cost?
There are no costs except possible fees associated with transporting the artwork.
Can anyone adopt?
Any individual or institution may attempt to adopt an artwork. It is the artist who determines who can adopt the artwork.

How awesome is this program? Even better the site, which is the brainchild of artist Adam Simon, is a breeze to navigate and is filled with interesting contemporary work searchable by artist or medium (paintings, drawings, sculptures, photos, installations and others). If you've ever wanted to take part in the art world but were too intimidated to do so, this is your chance. Now excuse us, we're going to go browse...

Man on the Mountain by Rosi Hayes from the Fine Art Adoption Network.