Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an artist and arts lawyer with a primary focus on intellectual property, moral rights, authentication issues, free speech, contractual relationships, and nonprofit arts organizations. 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, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2006.
His art projects have been shown nationally and internationally, and he has lectured and performed in a wide range of institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell Law School, Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, Fundación Cisneros, UC Irvine, and Brown University. He has also published essays and projects in Law Text Culture, Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, Canceled: Alternative Manifestations and Productive Failures, Texas A&M Law Review, The New York Times, and Art Asia Pacific.
In 2010, Sarmiento founded the Art & Law Program, a semester-long seminar series with a philosophical focus on the effects of law on cultural production and reception. He currently teaches contemporary art and law at Fordham Law School.