Ask an Expert: Legal Advice for Public Art Professionals

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April 9th, 2018 at 4:00PM (ET)

Public art has made the headlines recently with a few different legal issues, with a focus on artists rights and private use of artworks. For this Ask an Expert, we will be joined by Sarah Conley Odenkirk, a field leader and lawyer who specializes in public art law. Join us a she unpacks artist’s rights and VARA as impacted through the recent 5Pointz settlement and current lawsuit between a street artist and retailer H&M. Come with your own questions to learn from our Expert! 

***This webinar is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of  providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

Learning Objective:

  • To help public art professionals better understand their legal obligations to artists



Sarah Conley Odenkirk, Attorney, The Law Office of Sarah Conley Odenkirk



Sarah Conley Odenkirk has practiced law in the area of fine art for more than 20 years.  She advises clients in transactional matters related to the arts in the private and public realms.  Through her years of practice, Sarah has developed a deep understanding of the field of public art and cultural policy.  She uses this experience to provide strategic planning guidance through a legal lens, supporting innovative programs and the evolution of balanced and sustainable cultural ecosystems.

Sarah is the author of A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts for Artists and Other Creatives; and publisher of an online database and the comprehensive Resource Guide for Public Art in Private Development.  She is a frequent speaker at professional conferences in both the legal and art fields. 

At the same time that she maintained her legal practice, from 2013-2017 Sarah was the Associate Director of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Art Business and Arts Management masters degree programs at Claremont Graduate University, where she was instrumental in developing the curriculum, ran several conferences on art law and community engagement topics, and was the Professor for Legal Foundations; Public Art; International Transactions; and Cultural Property and Restitution. 


Ask an Expert: Legal Advice for Public Art Professionals
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