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OVLA Workshop: Destruction, Mutilation, and Attribution: Visual Arts & Federal Law

Date: 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT August 8, 2014 Location: PCNA BridgeLab

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In 1990 Congress passed the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) granting special federal rights to creators of works of visual art. This session will explore those rights, describe a variety of federal lawsuits that have helped shape those rights, and hear from one artist about his experiences with using VARA to protect his work.

Speakers: Professor Lydia Loren & Artist Jim Pallas

Professor Lydia Loren is the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics at Lewis & Clark Law School. She has written extensively on a variety of intellectual property law topics. Her textbooks “Copyright in a Global Information Economy” (3d. ed. co-authored) and “Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials (3d. ed. co-authored) are used in law schools throughout the country. More info.:

Artist Jim Pallas is a Detroit, Michigan native and recent transplant to Oregon. His artworks are generally interactive, performing sculptures that depend on a combination of electronic logic and environmental stimulation to produce behaviors of movement, sound, light, or other phenomena. He began creating responsive, content-laden kinetic sculpture in the 1960’s. He has exhibited extensively and received wide recognition and numerous awards. His work is included in the collections of many museums including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. His work has been selected for international awards and exhibitions in France, Austria, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. More info.:

1 MCLE credit applied for through the Oregon State Bar

OVLA’s Volunteer Legal Clinic also will be held on August 8 at PNCA, before and after the workshop. Appointments with attorneys still are available - please visit  to arrange an appointment before they are full.


Event Cost

The event is open to the public. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch - some drinks will be provided. This event is free for PNCA students, alumni, and faculty and other students (with a current PNCA or student ID card). OVLA suggests a donation of $10 for all others (collected at the door). Questions: contact Andy Sfeir at

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