Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento

SMS_Rhizome_2015_reducedSergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an art lawyer. He is interested in the relationship between contemporary art and law, with a primary focus on copyright, moral rights, free speech, deaccessioning, art foundations and nonprofit arts organizations. He currently has his own private practice, The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento. In 2010 he founded The Art & Law Program, the first residency of its kind, as well as the Art Law School, a lecture series on legal issue for artists.

He received his BA in Art from the University of Texas-El Paso and an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts. He was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art in 1997-98, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2006.

Sarmiento has taught in a number of universities and art schools, including NYU, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, University of California-Irvine, Occidental College, CalArts, Hofstra University, and Brooklyn Law School.

He speaks frequently on artist rights and art law matters in the U.S. and abroad, including:

American Association of Law Schools

Arts Counsel of Texas

Bronx Museum, AIM Program

Brown University School of Art

Centre Sociologie de l’Innovation, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France

Columbia Law School

Columbia University School of the Arts

Cornell Law School

Creative Capital

CUNY Graduate Center, Center for the Humanities


El Paso Museum of Art

Fordham Law School

Fundación Cisneros, Caracas, Venezuela

Harvard University, Department of Visual & Environmental Studies

International Center of Photography

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC

McGill Faculty of Law, Montréal, Canada

Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit

New York Law School

NYU School of Law

School of Visual Arts

SUNY, New Paltz

SUNY, Oswego

Texas A&M School of Law

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina

University of California-Irvine School of Art

Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School

Yale Law School

Yale School of Management

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