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Dr. Theodore Feder (or Ted), President of the Artists Rights Society, received his Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, where he also taught the subject. He started Art Resource while still a graduate student, and later founded Artists Rights Society (ARS) at the behest of the then two French quasi-governmental artists rights organizations, ADAGP and SPADEM.
ARS now represents more than 80,000 artists worldwide. Its repertory includes such prominent names as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Georgia O'Keeffe, but also thousands of lesser-known artists. Ted has published extensively in art history, biblical archaeology, comparative literature, and not least on intellectual property.
Marley Bernard is a Regional Vice President in the New York City branch of AXA advisors, LLC. Mrs. Bernard focuses on retirement and distribution strategies, estate planning tactics, wealth management, tax efficient investments, asset protection strategies, and corporate benefits
Sophie Matisse is an international contemporary artist. She initially gained notoriety for her series, Be back in 5 Minutes, in which she recreated famous old master paintings while erasing the figures. Media coverage is often quick to note Sophie's family background; an art pedigree originating with her great grandfather, Henri Matisse. Britain's Sunday Telegraph once referred to Sophie as "Art Royalty", a term occasionally paraphrased when discussing this artist and her work.
Barbara J. Lawrence has more than two decades of experience in all aspects of estate planning and the administration of trusts and estates. She assists high-net-worth individuals and families in developing customized estate plans to transfer and protect wealth for future generations and achieve their charitable objectives. Her practice includes advising business owners in connection with the transfer of business interests to the next generation with minimal transfer tax cost and without disruption of the family business. This area of Barbara's practice includes developing tax strategies related to crucial transition events in the life of a business owner, such as initial public offerings or sales. The transfer tax planning strategies she employs include grantor retained annuity trusts, sales to a grantor trust, qualified personal residence trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, life insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, charitable split-interest trusts and private foundations. Barbara has significant experience administering complex estates and trusts involving substantial real estate holdings and art collections. Barbara received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University.
Grace Cho founded Orangenius on the premise that artists were lacking the necessary tools and resources they needed to thrive in the creative economy. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services, media and entertainment, and private equity industries, Grace has transformed global business units at GE Capital, NBCU, and Nielsen. Skilled at taking conceptual initiatives and turning them into $100 million businesses, Grace founded Orangenius to assist independent, working artists in building their own creative empires. As a painter and designer, her commitment to the arts is profound. Grace's vision for the creative economy encapsulates her singular mission: to do away with the myth of the 'starving artist' and empower future generations of creators.