At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.



Masha Rasner, President. Masha is a contractor for the U.S. Department of State where she works on human rights and democracy issues. Having spent over 15 years in international development, she has lived and worked abroad, including a stint in journalism. Her education is in foreign affairs, international law, and comparative literature. 

Olya Gurevich, Secretary. Olya is a linguist turned technologist. She is currently Co-founder and Chief Scientist at, a San Francisco-based startup aiming to bring artificial intelligence to the analysis of political messaging and propaganda. In the past, she’s been a data scientist and manager at Apple, Microsoft, and several startups. She has a long-standing interest in bringing insights from humanities into technology, as well as reconciling academic research and industry.

Irina Tarsis, Esq., Treasurer and Managing Director. Irina is an art historian and a practicing attorney in New York. She earned her Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY). In 2012, she took over what is today Center for Art Law and made it a sustainable non-profit. A member of bar associations in New York, she also personally contributes to scholarship through regular publications and lectures on various topics, including resale royalty rights, due diligence in provenance research, and fair use issues affecting visual arts. 


Jana Farmer, Partner at Wilson Elser. Jana represents clients in matters of copyright, sale, and transfer of rights in artworks, protection of valuable creative assets, and general commercial disputes and transactional matters. A key contributor to the expansion of the firm’s Art Law practice, Jana is an active member of NYSBA’s Entertainment Arts and Sports Section and its Fine Art Committee, and of ArtsWestchester. She also publishes articles, presents on art law topics, and provides pro bono services for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. 

Diego Figueroa-Rodriguez, Of Counsel at DLA Piper. Diego’s main practice focuses on public finance transactions. A philanthropist, collector and board member at various cultural institutions, Diego also advises artists, museums, galleries, and other major organizations involved in the art world on matters including business, intellectual property, finance, litigation, tax, and real estate. Diego currently serves as a member of many boards, including the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, the International Bar Association, and the Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the ABA. Diego is one of the author of The Art Collecting Legal Handbook, published by Thomson Reuters.

Cynthia Gayton, Gayton Law. Cynthia is a member of both the State Bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia Bar. She is the owner of Gayton Law, in Arlington, Virginia which concentrates on small business formation, intellectual property, information technology, and business transactions/contracts. She has worked for the federal government, in the private sector, and for non-profit organizations. She has written several articles and publications on smart contracts and blockchain, including Legal Aspects of Engineering, Design and Innovation published by Kendall-Hunt in January 2017 and self-published work Guide to Copyrights & Trademarks for CryptoCreatives in January 2019. 

Mia Tomijima, Consultant at Deloitte. Mia is a New York attorney, with a specialized focus on technology, brand management, and privacy and data risk. She currently consults global Fortune 500 companies in Deloitte’s Risk & Financial Advisory practice, where she provides operational advice to companies on their data management, privacy, and information security risk and compliance with US and international privacy laws and regulations. Prior to Deloitte, Mia worked at a New York-based law firm, advising clients on intellectual property, brand management, and enforcement issues. She also worked at Christie’s and served as a Post-Graduate fellow at Center for Art Law. Mia has an art history degree from UCLA, and a passion for advising artists and creative entrepreneurs on how to protect and profit from their creative outputs with the use of technology.


Center for Art Law relies on the generosity of its supporters to pursue our research and education mission. Major supporters of 2018 include:

Abigail Carroll

Burton Fendelman

Hobart Associates

Harry Martin

Flora Midwood

Christopher Robinson

Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving

Mikhail Zeldovich

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