Pool of Arbitrators

Sarah Conley Odenkirk

Founder, ArtConverge

Sarah is the founder of ArtConverge located in Los Angeles, California, and has practiced law in the area of fine art for more than 25 years. Sarah is a problem-solver and often asked to assist in the resolution of art world conflicts. She also advises clients in matters related to visual arts in the private and public realms, and provides strategic planning guidance through a legal lens.

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 has a forthcoming book on visual art in public spaces.

Sarah is a frequent speaker at professional conferences in both the legal and art fields in the United States and abroad, and has served on numerous boards of arts organizations and institutions including: UCLA’s Fowler Museum; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Council; Fulcum Arts; and Cedar Sinai’s Art Council. Additionally, she serves as pro bono counsel to two Los Angeles-based arts organizations: the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, and Fathomers.

From 2013-2017 Sarah was the Associate Director of the 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.

Sarah is admitted to practice in five states: California, New York, the District of Columbia, Oregon, and Washington.

Her educational background includes: a year as a visiting jurist at UCLA from 2010-2011; a law degree from the University of Oregon (1994); undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and at Paul Valéry Universite in Montpellier, France. Sarah speaks English and French.

Jurisdiction: U.S.A