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Some Like It Digital: NFT Marketplaces 24/7

About the Event

NFTs, increasingly ubiquitous, and somehow rare, because non-fungible, have captured imagination of the creatives and the speculative alike. Assuming NFTs are here to stay, overpriced or not, and so the question is where does one go to make/get/or sell an NFT and why? What should artists and collectors keep in mind when they decide to invest time and get involved with NFT market places.

Our speakers discuss what different NFT marketplaces have to offer, types of wallets to bring for the ride, the challenges and experiences of working with blockchains as well as (smart) contracts. What questions artists and collectors might want to ask when choosing the right platform and whether all NFT marketplaces are equal? View the program to find out.

About Our Speakers

Elena Zavelev is the founder and CEO of New Art Academy, the authority on Art and Tech for the global art market, and CADAF, international contemporary and digital art fair. She is an is an entrepreneur focusing on art, tech & NFTs and an advocate of new media art and its adoption within the traditional art market. Elena has successfully built tools for artists, curators & collectors in digital art and NFT space since 2017 with CADAF, Digital Art Month, and New Art Academy. In 2021/2022, Elena conceptualized, developed, and organized Digital Art and NFT courses for Christie’s Education, NYC. Elena is on the International Selectors Committee for The Lumen Prize and has contributed essays for Forbes, Observer, ESP Cultural Magazine, and Deloitte. Earlier engagements include Christie’s, 1stDibs, Skate’s Art Market Research, etc. She holds a MA degree in contemporary art and connoisseurship from Christie’s Education.

Sarah Conley Odenkirk is a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP, where she co-heads the Art Law practice group. She is based in the firm’s Beverly Hills office where she has a core practice in fine art and emerging technologies, and advises clients on matters pertaining to navigating the art market, business transactions, intellectual property, blockchain, public policy, and strategic planning.

Sarah works with artists, collectors, dealers, art institutions, and a wide range of creative entrepreneurs to guide them in the art market, business development, sustainable growth, the protection of intellectual property assets, and the application of emerging technologies such as NFTs and blockchain. Sarah also works with municipalities to craft ordinances, policies, and procedures pertaining to public art in both public and private development.

In addition to her practice, Sarah serves as co-president of the board of directors for Fulcrum Arts, and sits on the Art Council for Cedar-Sinai Hospital. Previously, Sarah served as the Associate Director for the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Art Business program at Claremont Graduate University where she was instrumental in curriculum development, management of adjunct faculty, administering of internship programs, and taught courses including: Legal Foundations for the Creative Industries (Art Law); Cultural Property and Restitution; International Transactions; and Public Art.

Sarah is also the author of A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts for Artists and Other Creatives.

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