Meet the Board
President and Co-Founder
“The more the world is intertwined, the more we need to be aware of our cultural differences. FLAX responds to this challenge."
Sauvage first conceived FLAX in 2003, with the help of his dear friend and future FLAX co-founder Gerald du Manoir. Inspired by their love for Southern California—host to the second largest French community in the U.S.—and a strong desire to connect its cultural corridors with those of France, he envisioned FLAX as being an international cultural and philanthropic platform that would nurture French artistic talent and strengthen the shared humanistic values that have existed between the two countries for centuries. In 2006, FLAX became a reality.
Now, a decade later, FLAX continues to draw the two countries closer together through compelling collaborations with France-based artists, curators, and cultural institutions and their SoCal counterparts.
Gerald du Manoir
Secretary and Co-Founder
“Art is the most common language to share among peoples; it needs no translation, inspires all, and brings communities together."
“Our mission at FLAX is to explore the cultural similarities and differences between France and Southern California. Now, more than ever, we need to support collaboration between these rich and diverse cultural communities."
Sarah Conley Odenkirk
“I joined the Board of FLAX because of the high caliber of people involved on both the organizational side and the artistic talent side. The work that FLAX does in connecting the arts in Los Angeles and France is unique, engaging, and incredibly important."
Conley Odenkirk is also the Associate Director of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Art Business and Arts Management Master’s Degree programs at Claremont Graduate University and a Clinical Assistant Professor for Legal Foundations, Public Art, International Transactions and Cultural Property and Restitution.
In 2015, Conley Odenkirk founded the Art Law Resource network, an online database that provides access to a carefully selected group of experienced professionals, who provide legal services to the art community.
In 2014, she published the book A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts with AMMO Books, and a textbook on art law is forthcoming, to be published by the American Bar Association.
Conley Odenkirk is active on a number of boards, including UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, FLAX Foundation, and Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND).