Yayoi Shionoiri, Photo credit: Masami Shioda

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Executive Director Pauline Shaver today announced Yayoi Shionoiri, Associate General Counsel of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, has joined the board of Artists’ Legacy Foundation. Ms. Shionoiri is a published specialist and frequent presenter on art law and is respected for her research on the application of copyright and intellectual property law to art issues. In her role at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, she advises on the legal aspects of matters that include exhibitions, special projects, non-profit operations, intellectual property issues, and digital media strategy. From 2008 to 2011, she served as legal advisor to Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, managing his contract negotiations and worldwide intellectual property rights.

Ms. Shionoiri joins an accomplished board of artists and executives who provide a depth of advice, guidance and oversight to advance Artists’ Legacy Foundation’s mission and programs to support visual artists and promote and protect the legacies of deceased “Legacy Artists.” The Board of Directors includes: painter Squeak Carnwath; community advocate Gary Knecht; Leah Levy, director of The Jay DeFeo Trust; Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; sculptor Sandra Shannonhouse, trustee of The Robert Arneson Trust and director of the Arneson Archive; and Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum.

“Yayoi’s knowledge and point of view will enhance our abilities to shepherd the reputations and resources of Legacy Artists and allow them to posthumously support other visual artists through our programs and annual Artist Award,” said Ms. Carnwath. “Legacy Artists are painters and sculptors who made significant contributions to the visual arts during their lifetimes and are interested in both protecting their legacy and recognizing and supporting other artists.” “I am so delighted to join the board of an organization of artists and arts professionals working together to ensure that artists’ voices accurately extend and amplify beyond the present,” said Ms. Shionoiri. “It is wonderful to know that an institution like Artists’ Legacy Foundation exists for and by artists.”

Ms. Shionoiri received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. She earned her M.A. from Columbia University in Modern Art. A US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow and an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, she actively contributes to the ongoing development of cultural collaborations and political ties across nations.