Bespoke Strategies for Artistic and Cultural Innovators

For more than 20 years, we have provided consulting and legal services related to the arts in private and public realms. For every project we combine a sophisticated business sense, a deep knowledge of the law, and a wide network of art world contacts. Together, these components comprise a holistic approach for success.

Photo Credit: “The Oculus” by Larry Kirkland, installed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA

“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage. ” —Georgia O’Keeffe

“Anything is art if an artist says it is.” —Marcel Duchamp

“I see your life as already artful, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.” —Toni Morrison

“Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented – which is what fear and anxiety do to a person – into something whole.” —Louise Bourgeois

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” —Paul Klee

“Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said.” —Louise Bourgeois

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” —Pablo Picasso

“I think art is a total thing. A total person giving a contribution. It is an essence, a soul.. In my inner soul art and life are inseparable” —Eva Hesse

“That which takes us by surprise-moments of happiness-that is inspiration.” —Agnes Martin

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” —Andy Warhol

“Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity that I cannot derive from other sources.” —Albert Einstein

“Art is a way of recognizing oneself…” —Louise Bourgeois


Integrating art into public spaces, civic conversations, or corporate cultures can be challenging. Using a legal lens, ArtConverge meets these challenges with thoughtful discourse directed at assessing goals and establishing clear courses of action.


ArtConverge works with Artists, Developers, and Communities to navigate public art requirements and ensure that extraordinary projects are realized on time and on budget. We also provide the needed guidance to craft strategic plans for development, draft ordinances, implement specific policies, and assist in problem-solving as challenges arise along the way.

“Sky” by Merge Conceptual Design, installed at the San Francisco International Airport in 2014. Photo Credit: San Francisco Art Commission


The only database of its kind, our Public Art in Private Development (PAPD) database contains Executive Summaries for more than 90 communities and over 3000 pages of PAPD policies, ordinances, and other useful resource materials. The PAPD database is a work in progress and is regularly updated. Access is free of charge, but we ask that you register with your contact information.

“Weather Report” by Spencer Finch, installed for Bosa in San Diego, CA in 2013. Photo Credit: Darren Bradley




ArtConverge is a culmination of Sarah Conley Odenkirk’s 20 years of legal practice and art world experience. Founded to bring the diverse facets of her business together under one creative umbrella, ArtConverge combines Sarah’s extensive knowledge, experience, and her global-affiliated network of experts to provide clients with stellar legal and consulting services.

Photo Credit: Nick Koudis, 2018


“My consultations with Sarah have all proved invaluable. Her holistic approach to the issues impacting our business serve to broaden our perspectives and open new areas of opportunity.”

Adam F Gross, Director
The Lapis Press

“When I need clear insights and directions, I call Sarah. Sarah’s ability to clarify murky situations and articulate plans of action have saved the day many times!”

Irene Tsatsos, Director of Exhibition Programs/Chief Curator
Armory Center for the Arts

“Boise’s municipal legal team greatly appreciated Sarah’s tutorial on art law. She brought forward a needed, specialized perspective on copyright, the Visual Artists Rights Act, artist contracts, and intellectual property. The workshop Sarah provided to Boise’s emerging artists gave them a wealth of information that will help them enormously in their developing practices”

Karen Bubb, Cultural Planner,
Boise, Idaho

“Every time I write a new artist agreement, I am grateful I hired Sarah Odenkirk to consult with my office. She developed a suite of agreements for us that addressed our specific working methods while adhering to best practices. Sarah was great to work with: thoughtful, helpful, and strategic.”

Renee Piechocki, Former Director,
Pittsburgh Office of Public Art


Art Law Resource is a network of carefully selected, experienced professionals who provide legal services to the creative community.  It was founded in 2015 by art attorney Sarah Conley Odenkirk to help artists, art industry professionals, and lawyers share their knowledge and connections to better serve the creative industries. Its growing number of member lawyers and practice areas are advancing opportunities where law and art intersect.


ArtConverge News

ArtConverge moves to Hollywood!

Visit us at our new address in the heart of Hollywood:
6253 Hollywood Blvd
Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90028

New phone number too: 323-499-1144

We are excited to have a fantastic new office where we will continue to provide consulting and legal services to our creative, innovative and entrepreneurial clients in the arts!

In the Media

A recent article in the NYTs described some of the challenges facing public art in the context of private development. The article cited the Best Practices Guidelines developed by the Public Art Network Council of the Americans for the Arts. Sarah was, and continues to be, deeply involved with the drafting and honing of these Best Practices Guidelines. Though no longer on the PAN Council, Sarah remains active in working with the current Council-members to compile annotations to the Guidelines. These annotations should be available in the coming months.

Upcoming Events

When does the IP become as important as the art?


On November 8th, Sarah will be speaking at Art Law Day in New York City with Massimo Sterpi, partner at Gianni Origin Grippo Cappellii & Partners; and Abbey Green of Christie’s. The panel will be moderated by Virginia Rutledge of PIPE Arts Group. This promises to be a very lively discussion!


We would love to hear from you!