Save the Date!

National Conference: Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the New York Athletic Club.

Art Law Day: Friday, November 7, 2014 at NYU Kimmel Center.

Details to come. 


Thank you for attending the 2013 National Conference! 

Visit our Conference Recap Page for pictures and more.

View our Conference and Art Law Day Sponsors.

National Conference
Each year, the Appraisers Association of America organizes a national conference in New York City which serves as one of the most important educational opportunities for our members, friends and colleagues. Over the course of three days, conference attendees are provided with thought-provoking morning panel discussions that address new developments and relevant issues in the profession, and each afternoon, specialist sessions and workshops present numerous opportunities to learn about everything from shipping and storage to silver and more. There is plenty of time for networking as well as an evening reception and our annual meeting.


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2013 National Conference: Connoisseurship in Context

November 9 & 10, New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South, New York City 

Plus Art Law Day @ NYU Kimmel Center on November 8th

Saturday, November 9, 2013

8:00 – 8:45am
Check-in and Coffee
NYAC, 180 Central Park South, at 7th Avenue

8:45 – 9:00am
Harmer Johnson, AAA, Conference Committee Co-Chair
Betty Krulik, AAA, President, Appraisers Association of America

9:00 – 9:30am
Keynote Address
Amy Herman on The Art of Perception: Rethinking How We See
A discussion on the applicability and relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and the use of analysis and perception of works of art in providing an innovative way to reconsider the skills necessary for professional success. Sponsored by Phillips

9:30 – 10:30am
Panel Sponsored by 1stdibs
Current Issues at the IRS
Representatives from the Office of Appeals and the Office of the Chief Counsel will cover all of the most current issues pertaining to the process of reviewing income, estate, and gift tax appraisals. Speakers: Ruth Vriend, IRS: Art Appraisal Services, Appeals; Karin Gross, IRS: Office of the Chief Counsel; Theresa Melchiorre, IRS: Office of the Chief Counsel

10:30am – 11:00am
VIP Lounge / Coffee Break Sponsored by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Book Signing:
Robert Kashey: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century European Sculpture: A Handbook, 2012.

11:00am – 12:00pm
Panel Sponsored by 1stdibs
The Effect of Digital Images and Prints on the Photography Market
A discussion and evaluation of the impact of technology on 21st century photography and photobooks appraisals. Speakers: Edward Yee, Penelope Dixon & Associates, Inc.; Daile Kaplan, Swann Auction Galleries; Sarah Morthland, Archive Consulting and Management Services LLC.

12:00 – 1:00pm
Panel Sponsored by 1stdibs
Fake-ish Objects in Appraisals
How appraisers evaluate restrikes, afters, and surmoulage of prints sculptures.Speakers: Roslyn Goldman, Fine Art Appraiser and Consultant; Robert Kashey, Shepherd Gallery Associates; Jacob Lewis, Pace Prints Chelsea

1:00 – 2:30pm
Sponsored by Herrick Feinstein LLP

Afternoon Session Options
1. American Silver: Stylistic Periods and Today’s Market; Joseph Brady, Joseph P. Brady Appraisal Services 
Sponsored by Aleya Lehmann Bench Photography
2. Planning Strategies and Financial Tools for Your Clients; Paul Aitken, borro; Sonya Weisshappel, Seratim, Inc.; Michelle Bergeron Spell, Herrick Feinstein, LLP; Deborah Spanierman, DGS Fine Art Consultants, Inc. (Moderator) Sponsored by Fortress Storage NY
3. Getting Started in Social Media: How to Use Social Media to Market Your Practice; Loraine Kasprzak, Advantage Marketing Consulting Services Sponsored by Appretium Appraisal Services
4. Understanding and Valuing American Period Frames; Tracy Gill & Simeon Lagodich, Gill & Lagodich Fine Period Frames Sponsored by W.C. Ferry and Associates

3:45 – 4:15pm
VIP Lounge / Coffee Break Sponsored by Roland New York
Book Signings:
Tracy Gill: One Hundred Years on the Edge: The Frame in America 1820 to 1920, 1996.
Loraine Kasprzak: Turn Your Practice into a Client Magnet (e-book), 2012.

4:15 – 5:30pm
Panel Sponsored by DGS Fine Art Consultants, Inc.
De-Mystifying the IRS: Preparing a Successful Report for Tax Purposes; Ruth Vriend, Appeals, IRS: Art Appraisal Services; Karin Gross, IRS: Office of the Chief Counsel; Theresa Melchiorre, IRS: Office of the Chief Counsel; Karen Holtzman, Art Advisor and Appraiser (Moderator)

6:00 – 8:00pm
Evening Reception and Annual Meeting
Bonhams; 580 Madison Avenue
Sponsored by Bonhams New York


Sunday, November 10, 2013

8:00 – 8:45am
Check-in and Coffee
NYAC, 180 Central Park South, at 7th Avenue

8:45 – 9:00am
Cynthia Herbert, AAA, Conference Committee Co-Chair
Linda Selvin, Executive Director, Appraisers Association of America

Keynote Address
Bonnie Magness-Gardiner on FBI Art Theft Program: Recent Trends
Case studies will illustrate current issues in art theft, reveal how the FBI detects and solves these cases, and identify the important repercussions of art theft crimes Sponsored by Litchfield County Auctions, Inc.

9:30 – 10:30am
Panel Sponsored by Skinner, Inc.
Challenges with Conserving Contemporary Art
The difficulty of conservation with works created in new materials, new media, and nontraditional materials from the perspectives of a conservator, appraiser, and insurance professional. Speakers: Renee Vara, Vara Fine Arts LLC; Michelle Impey, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company; Gloria Velandia, GV Art Conservation

10:30 – 11:00am
VIP Lounge / Coffee Break Sponsored by artnet
Book Signing:
Brian Cummings (pictorial research and content contributor): John Wayne: The Legend and the Man: An Exclusive Look Inside Duke’s Archive

11:00am – 12:00pm
Panel Sponsored by Skinner, Inc.
Africa, Asia, and the Americas: Cultural Patrimony
Legal realities and issues of important and exporting art and antiques to and from the United States.Speakers: Michael Cohn, Michael Cohn Fine Art Consultants, LLC; Harmer Johnson, Tribal and Ancient Art; Howard Nowes, Art for Eternity

12:00 -1:00pm
Panel Sponsored by Skinner, Inc.
The Current Market in Vintage Fashion and Luxury Accessories
An informed discussion of the rise in popularity of vintage fashion and luxury accessories and establishing values for auction and retail markets. Speakers: Karen Augusta, Augusta Auctions; Matthew Rubinger, Heritage Auctions; David Ornstein, Manhattan Vintage

1:00 – 2:30pm
Sponsored by Art Peritus, LLC

Afternoon Session Options
1.  Appraising Wine: Challenges and Solutions; Charles Curtis MW, Wine Alpha Sponsored by Harmer Johnson
2.  Reconstructing Value: The Damage and Loss Appraisal and the Role of Experts in Extraordinary Assumptions; Steven Pincus, DeWitt Stern Group; Jonathan Schwartz, Atelier 4; Yuri Yanchyshyn, Period Furniture Conservation LLC; Molly Seiler, Art Advisory and Appraisal Services (Moderator)  Sponsored by Fortress Storage NY
3.   Blockage Discount: A Primer; Jannette Barth, Ph.D., Pepacton Institute LLC Sponsored by Freeman’s
4.   Studio Glass: A Market in Transition; Douglas Heller,Heller Gallery Sponsored by Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance

3:45 – 4:15pm
VIP Lounge / Coffee Break Sponsored by Doyle New York
Book Signing:
Ann Fensterstock: Art on the Block, 2013

Panel Sponsored by Betty Krulik Fine Art Ltd.
Current Conflict of Interest Issues in the Art World; Judith Bresler, Withers Bergman LLP; John Cahill, Cahill Partners LLP; Karen McManus, Jacqueline Silverman & Associates, Inc.; Patricia Dillon, Putnam Art Advisors & Consultants, Inc. (Moderator)

Continuing Education (CE): 6 credits per day, 12 credits for both days

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Hotel Accommodations:
Participants may make reservations using the Appraisers Association group rates at the following locations where we have reserved blocks of rooms: New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South at 7th Avenue, 212.767.7135, $350 - $370/ night, cut-off October 11th; Jolly Hotel Madison Towers, Madison Avenue at 38th Street, 212.802.0600, $265-$285/ night, cut-off date September 23rd. 

Art Law Day Registration:
Entrance to Art Law Day is not included in Conference registration. You must register directly with NYU-SCPS. Attorneys, please note: this program is eligible for 6 non-transitional CLE credits in the category of professional practice. Appraisers Association members please note: Art Law Day provides 6 Continuing Education (CE) credits. Those facing financial hardship, applications are available for financial aid. Register directly with NYU/SCPS: Online:; Call 212.998.7289; OR Email:


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2012 National Conference: Risky Business: Determining Value in a Complex Market
November 10-11, at the New York Athletic Club. View Schedule.

2011 National Conference: Tomorrow's Challenge: Valuing Art and Design in the 21st Century
November 13-14, at the New York Athletic Club. View Schedule.

2010 National Conference: Accessing Expertise Today
November 13-14, 2010, at the New York Athletic Club, NYC. View Program. View schedule.

2009 National Conference: New Vistas in the Marketplace
November 7-8, 2009, at the New York Athletic Club, NYC. 

2008 National Conference: Changing Times, Changing Markets
November 8-9, 2008, at the New York Athletic Club, NYC. 

2007 National Conference: Valuation & Condition
November 10-12, 2007, at the Yale Club, NYC. 

2006 National Conference: The Unique Role of the Independent Appraiser
November 11-13, 2006, at the Yale Club, NYC. 

2005 National Conference: Beyond the Essentials
November 12-14, 2005, at the Yale Club, NYC. 

2004 National Conference
December 4-6, 2004, at the Yale Club, NYC. 


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