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


ArtConverge Office Hours are designed for the creative professional who needs a substantive consultation on a limited matter.  Your appointment can be used to ask questions, review a brief document, strategize an opportunity, or explore how ArtConverge can help guide and advise you on a longer-term project.



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

Court of Arbitration for Art

ArtConverge founder, Sarah Conley Odenkirk, has been selected as a Mediator/ Arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Art. CAfA is a joint initiative of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and Authentication in Art, and was founded to resolve disputes in the wider art community through mediation and arbitration. As such, it offers parties to administrate their arbitration and mediation proceedings with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute. 


Redefining Success for Arts Professionals During Covid-19

Please join us for a conversation with Independent Consultant Corrina Peipon as we explore the magnified challenges of working as an artist or arts business during this extraordinary time. We will talk about the realities the creative community is facing during this global health and economic crisis, and explore the ideas of resilience and evolution in our work.

Online and In the Media

Public Art in Our Communities at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Mid-Year Seminar

On April 20th ArtConverge’s Sarah Conley Odenkirk and Jill Jones presented Public Art in Our Communities at the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Virtual Mid-Year Seminar.

Public art in both private and public development presents specific and unique legal issues for municipal attorneys. Understanding key state and federal laws, and best practices in the public art realm is crucial to providing counsel to municipal public art and cultural affairs programs. This presentation examined one-percent programs; public art policies, and procedures; and common challenges that come up during the lifecycle of public artworks.


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