Vera Zlatarski Draws on Experience as ARTstor GC
As an art history major at Yale University, Vera Zlatarski would roam the dimly lit hallways at 3 a.m. where her professors had tacked up the images that weren’t in textbooks that students needed to learn for their exams the next day. “We didn’t have cell phones, much less resources such as ARTstor to help in studying images,” explained Zlatarski, referring to the organization where she was just appointed general counsel and secretary.
The nonprofit, which was started in 2002, has a digital library of more than 1.6 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. With collections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Magnum Photos, and the Scala Archives, ARTstor aims to enhance teaching, scholarship, and research for its 1,400 educational institution subscribers.
“I appreciate the amazing tools that ARTstor has developed and continues to be in the cutting edge of developing,” Zlatarski, who began as GC on June 10, told CorpCounsel.com. She succeeds Gretchen Wagner, who moved to the Save the Children Federation to serve as its vice president and general counsel. Zlatarski is “extremely excited” to be working with the ARTstor legal team of three lawyers. She will be reporting to the organization’s president, James Shulman and will have oversight of all legal matters, ranging from the usual mix of employment and contract work to “fascinating intellectual property matters,” she said.
Zlatarski is coming to ARTstor from the Rainforest Alliance, where she developed its first legal team and considers herself “very lucky to have the background of running the legal team at a very dynamic, entrepreneurial nonprofit that grew very quickly.” She began her legal career as a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in 1998 and then worked in the firm’s corporate department until 2004, where she assisted the American Museum of Natural History, and advised both the Opelousas Museum of Art and Magnum Photos.
Though Zlatarski has always loved art history, she realized early on in her education that she “had a very practical bent” and was encouraged by even her art history advisers at Yale to pursue a legal education. She graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1999, where she took courses in other disciplines, including some offered by the graduate school of architecture, which were “incredibly interesting and, ultimately, relevant.”