Sue Hartke, Founder & Owner

Sue has decades of experience in the fine arts and arts-related businesses, including post-graduate study in the fine arts, undergraduate lecturing in art history, curating for museums and private collections, and, most recently, twenty years’ experience managing art & illustration collections for Corbis, a global image licensing agency.

Her expertise includes the history of art and photography, copyright and rights issues, the image licensing business, contract negotiation, museum and artist relations, digital imaging and the arts, fine art merchandising and marketing, and extensive research and image editing skills. 

She has broad experience working with museums, arts organizations, artists, auction houses, estates, and private collections, including the Ansel Adams Trust, the Smithsonian Institution, the Hermitage, Christie's auction house, and the Andy Warhol Foundation among hundreds of others.

At Corbis, Sue was solely responsible for the art and illustration program worldwide. She oversaw planning and strategy, contract negotiation, copyright assessment, collections management, social media, image selection, and digital and metadata quality assurance related to the arts. She was the company’s resource on copyright and intellectual property issues relating to fine & graphic art.

A lifelong collector of early process photography, in the late 1980s Sue also began collecting vintage ephemera, being drawn to the visually graphic creations of book illustrators and designers for early prints, posters and advertising art.  She eventually made the collection available for licensing.

Sue lives in the rural Snoqualmie Valley outside Seattle with her wife, corgi, chickens, and various other creatures.

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