The Artist’s Contract

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Explore artist’s rights, negotiating legal contracts and artistic copyright with Stephanie Mercedes and John Wierzbicki. Emphasis will be placed on practically navigating legal artistic contracts and possible artistic interventions in the legal contract.

About the Organizers:

John Wierzbicki is a California lawyer based in Rochester, NY and San Francisco, CA.  For nearly a decade, he led the author contract and relationship team at Thomson Reuters’ legal publishing division.  He conducts workshops for artists on artist’s rights, artistic contracts, and negotiating, preferring that to training lawyers. He likes to point out that the first contract in human history is the rainbow.

Stephanie Mercedes is VisArts’ current studio fellow. Mercedes believes artists and lawyers should work together. Mercedes is Argentinian/American and her mother was a lawyer. Workshops she has taught include: “How to Use Art as a Political Tool” and “Law as Form (and Why it Should be Female).” She performs and makes art across the Americas.


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