We embrace a collaborative spirit across our own team at ARS, as well as with our members, based on the simple truth that working together leads to the most satisfying outcomes. We strike a balance between rigor and open-mindedness in our work, grounded in the importance of building strong reciprocal relationships.
Theodore Feder (Ted) received his Doctorate in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University, where he also taught the subject. In his early years he worked as a French language interpreter and French radio broadcaster, and also wrote and directed plays. In 1975, he founded Art Resource which represents the image rights of many museums in the U.S. and abroad. In 1987, at the behest of the French artists rights organization, ADAGP, he founded Artists Rights Society (ARS) which represents the intellectual property rights of the French artist repertory now numbers more than 122,000 painters, sculptors, architects, and illustrators. Included are such prominent artists as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Rene Magritte, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois, and many others. Additionally, Ted has published widely in the fields of literature, Biblical Archaeology, comparative religion, art history, and intellectual property rights. In 2016 he was knighted by the French government for his contribution to artists rights, and made a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Janet is Vice President and Director of Licensing at ARS, and serves on the Executive Committee of the visual arts arm of CISAC, known as CIAGP, the International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic, and Photographic Arts. She is also the ARS representative for IFFRO, the International Federation of Reproductive Rights Organization. At ARS she handles advertising, film and television uses as well as major museum exhibits and international and membership relations. She has a MA in Art History from the University of Oregon and is also a curator and advocate for emerging contemporary and outsider artists at her art gallery, One Mile Gallery.
Katarina Feder is a Vice President and Director of Business Development for ARS, where she oversees new membership and client initiatives. A reformed theater actress, Katarina holds her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Emory University and an M.A. in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Her first love being literature, Katarina’s favorite works tend to be conceptual and text based. Check out her monthly advice column "Know Your Rights", where she answers all your questions on copyright (and then some) on artnet.com.
Irina Tarsis, Esq. is an art historian and a commercial attorney specializing in art, cultural heritage and nonprofit governance legal issues. Having founded the Center for Art Law, a New York-based nonprofit organization, she has worked with artists, their heirs as well as collectors and students in different arts-related fields, including art market issues, alternative dispute resolution and property rights. She publishes and consults on a range of issues including due diligence, copyright infringement and fair use, artists’ rights, restitution, authenticity and provenance research. She works with creators and curators to assist with legal protections, encourage economic growth and positive social impact.
Currently Irina serves on the faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Sotheby's Institute of Art. Previously, she has taught at Columbia University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as well as the European Shoah Legacy Institute. Her publications include: “Moral Rights and Droite de Suite,” The Art Law Review (Winter 2021 and Winter 2022) and “20th Century Shadows over the 21st Century Art Field: Title Disputes Arising From the Soviet Nationalization and Sales of Cultural Property” (Oct. 2016).
Andrea Fisher-Scherer has worked at ARS for 7+ years and now holds the title of Licensing Executive, Product Development. A fine art copyright aficionado, Andrea holds her B.A. in Art History from Pratt Institute and an M.A. in Art Market Studies from F.I.T. Before joining the ARS team, Andrea worked as a corporate Art Advisor, sourcing art from around the world for some of our biggest financial institutions. A craftsman in her own right, Andrea’s favorite artistic media are fabric and clay.
Andrea Mihalovic is a Senior Licensing Executive and VAGA Artists Liaison at ARS. Andrea joined the ARS team through its 2018 merger with VAGA, having worked there since 2002. Originally from Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (modern day Slovakia), Andrea obtained her B.F.A. from the College of New Rochelle and her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Andrea works predominantly with The Easton Foundation, the Holt/Smithson Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Harmony Hammond, and David Salle. Andrea loves paintings and works on paper and is especially inspired by Louise Bourgeois.
Fernanda Pessaro is a Senior Licensing Executive at ARS. A staff member for over 15 years, Fernanda is the senior managing liaison for many ARS artist estates and foundations and has extensive experience working with art institutions of all sizes as well as academic and commercial publishers. Fernanda received her Bachelor of Humanities and the Arts in European Cultural Studies and Visual Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. She is particularly moved by Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism and Surrealism.
Alan Baglia is a Senior Licensing Executive and Auction Liaison at ARS, managing copyright adherence for the auction market, media, and publishing. Alan was mentored by the late Harry H. Lunn Jr., a pioneering fine art photography dealer, and previously worked for Hulton/Archive, a division of Getty Images. Alan lives with his wife Jennifer, daughter Virginia, and their three cats in their home in central Connecticut. His artistic heroes include Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, and Francesca Woodman.
Lisa Ballard is a Licensing Executive at ARS. Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Lisa moved to the states for college, obtaining her B.A. with honors in Art History from New York University. Lisa obtained her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School, where she focused her studies on Intellectual Property Law. During her time in law school, she interned with the Office of General Counsel at the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration. Lisa’s interest in art history and art traces back to her childhood, where she spent much of her free time visiting museums. Lisa feels particularly drawn to mixed media art, which she also enjoys creating in her limited free time.
J’Aimee Cronin is a Licensing Executive at ARS who specializes in handling permissions for museums and publishing houses. J’Aimee holds a double B.A. in International Studies and French from New York University’s Gallatin School. J’Aimee’s love of documentary/street photography led her to Getty Images and later to the Aperture Foundation, where she worked prior to joining ARS. When she isn’t handling client requests or preparing onion dip and cheese plates for her colleagues, J’Aimee is fixing up her 100-year-old house with her husband and 2 daughters in Montclair, NJ.
Josh Medina is the Office Manager and occasional Instagram model for ARS. A native of New York, Josh moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 14, where he finished his studies. Josh loves fashion, with a particular affinity for street-style. His favorite artists include Jean-Michael Basquiat, Ray Johnson, and Andy Warhol.
Sara Moinian is a Licensing Executive at ARS. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Sara holds a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Design and Business from Virginia Tech, where she graduated cum laude in 2017. Before joining ARS, Sara worked at the Museum of Modern Art as a 12-Month Intern in the Director’s Office. Sara’s interests lie at the intersection of art, culture and fashion. She is fascinated by the sociology of fashion and how people relate to products. In 2018 one of her designs was picked up by American Apparel and featured on a T-Shirt campaign. Largely inspired by the Italian Renaissance, much of Sara’s work modernizes the iconic images of the era.
Ingrid Lundgren is a Licensing Executive at ARS, where she manages membership and business development. Prior to ARS, Ingrid worked at Gavin Brown’s enterprise as an artist liaison, assisting with exhibitions and production for Joan Jonas, Ed Atkins, Alex Katz, Frida Orupabo, and others. Ingrid received her BA in art history from Barnard College in New York. Outside of ARS, Ingrid co-runs Winter Street Gallery, a contemporary art gallery based in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
Siobhan is a Licensing Executive at ARS. A lifelong art lover and museum aficionado, Siobhan holds a BA in Art History and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and an MA History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, with a focus on the architecture of the Barberini in Renaissance Rome. In addition to her storied career as a gallery girl, Siobhan was previously a Rights Specialist at VAGA, and she's thrilled to be working with those member artists again at ARS (and many more!). In her free time, Siobhan loves spending time with her husband and two cats at home in East Williamsburg, seeing as many gallery shows as her Converse can get her to, and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles (go birds).
Dan Trujillo is a Licensing Administrator at ARS and a self-educated art lover. Dan has had a variety of careers in the arts, writing for magazines, television, and theater. Dan has an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University. He currently curates a street art wall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he likes to showcase works by some of his favorite artists including Shepard Fairey, FAILE, and Margot Kingon.
Stephanie Tallering is a Licensing Executive at ARS. A seasoned licensing professional with a lifelong passion for art and background in intellectual property law, Stephanie holds a B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to her tenure at ARS, Stephanie handled licensing and intellectual property matters for a prominent artist’s foundation, and worked as a Legal Fellow at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She is most compelled by art that challenges existing power structures and societal inequities.
Jacqueline Simon is a Licensing Executive at ARS. Born and raised in San Francisco, Jacqueline moved to New York City to attend Columbia University where she studied Art History, Architecture, and Economics, for which she holds her B.A. Jacqueline possesses close to 25 years of professional experience in the art business, having worked in everything from sales, curation, licensing, art publishing, marketing, and artist and client relations. Jacqueline is fluent in both French and Spanish and is a lifelong devotee of the arts with a passion for literature, music, drawing, painting, and artists’ rights.
Robinson Varghese is the IT Manager at ARS who has been with the company for more than 20 years. A native of India, Robinson attended University in Mumbai where he obtained a degree in Computer Science. Robinson is a phenomenal cook and a true lover of nature who is drawn towards art that incorporates plant and animal life.