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November 13-14, New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South, New York City   Register now!
Including Art Law Day on November 15, at NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion   Register now!
Connect with fellow appraisers and allied professionals to debate and discuss new issues and challenges facing the independent appraiser at our annual national conference in New York City. We will offer panels, specialist sessions, networking, and evening receptions.


6:00 8:00pm     Phillips de Pury & Company, 450 Park Avenue
Sponsored by Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP
On view at Phillips’ flagship galleries will be highlights from the upcoming Latin America Auction, providing a spectacular setting for the Opening Reception. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and special presentations!

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

Nancy Harrison, AAA, President, Appraisers Association of America

Keynote Address
James McAndrew, Forensic Specialist, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP on A Decade of Transition in the Trade of Art and Antiquities.
Sponsored by Skinner, Inc.

Panel Discussion
International Marketplace: Where do we stand now?
In this world of insecure economies and uncertain prospects, many areas of the art market are thriving and we are witnessing world record prices. What are these areas, where are they, why are they, and who are the players? What are the fields of collecting in which great works are little affected by the dramatically escalating prices for masterpieces, and what are the reasons? Moderator: Marley Rabstenek, Marley Rabstenek Asian Works of Art, Inc. Speakers: Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage; Anthony Grant, Sotheby’s; Mike Moses, Beautiful Asset Advisors LLC; Richard Vine, Art in America

VIP Lounge Coffee Break    Sponsored by Fortress

Panel Discussion
Approaching International Appraisal Challenges
This panel will address the many global changes appraisers face today working in other countries with their worldwide colleagues as well as important information to assist foreign clients here in the US. Moderator: Kimball Higgs, Winston Art Group Speakers: Tash Perrin, Christie’s; Barden Prisant, RICS, Telepraisal, Inc.; Josefa Velazquez, Art Appraisal Services International

Luncheon Roundtables    Sponsored by Doyle New York

Afternoon Sessions    Sponsored by Freeman’s

Following your Appraisal through the IRS    Gretchen Wolf, Internal Revenue Service
Ask the Print Expert Roundtable    Roslyn Bakst Goldman, AAA
Appraising Outsider Art    Shari Cavin, AAA, Cavin-Morris Gallery
American Furniture at Auction    Lynda Cain, Freeman’s

VIP Lounge Coffee Break    Sponsored by Roland Auctions NY

Afternoon Sessions    Sponsored by Freeman’s

What’s New at Paddle8    Thomas Galbraith, Artnet
Ask the Fine Art Expert Roundtable    Kathleen Harwood, AAA, Harwood Fine Arts Inc.
Tangible Commodities as Art and Investments    Jon and Janet Frank, Frank and Frank LLC
Appraising Rare Books and Maps    Peter Costanzo, Doyle New York

Evening Reception and Annual Meeting     6:00 8:00pm   
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Annual Meeting of the AAA including special presentations, awards, and raffle prizes. (Open to all members, including those not attending the conference). On view Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design, which explores the rich interplay of art and design in clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and alternative materials that exploded across the United States during the postwar era. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres!
Sponsored by 1stdibs

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

Aleya Lehmann Bench, Executive Director, Appraisers Association of America

Keynote Address
Michael Bruno, Founder and President, 1stdibs, on Creating Global Confidence for Buying and Selling Online
Sponsored by Art Peritus LLC

Panel Discussion
Current Trends in Interior Design: What You Will be Appraising in the Future
Trends in interior design are set by designers, gallerists and auction house experts who act as filters for their clients, guiding them through myriads of material before arriving at the furniture, art and design that will constitute the backdrop of their lives. What trends do these current taste makers see, and how are they composing the homes that appraisers will be working in? Moderator: Eric Cohler, Eric Cohler, Inc. Speakers: Melissa Gagen, Christie’s; Cristina Grajales, Cristina Grajales Gallery; Robert Passal, Robert Passal Interior and Architectural Design

VIP Lounge Coffee Break    Sponsored by Day & Meyer, Murray, & Young

Panel Discussion
What Museums Collect Now: A Curator’s Perspective
Design is a catch-all term for a very broad segment of artworks. Museums and galleries play an important role by selecting collectable works. How do these institutions navigate historical and contemporary productions, what criteria are used in evaluating and collecting design objects, to what extent is process and material key to understanding design, how do collectors keep ahead of the curve of understanding what works are important? Moderator: Brent Lewis, Artnet Speakers: Jane Adlin, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Ronald Labaco, Museum of Arts and Design; Emily Zilber, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Luncheon Roundtables    Sponsored by iGavel

Afternoon Sessions    Sponsored by Freeman’s

Serving as an Expert Witness    Ray Dowd and Thomas Marino, Dunnington
Ask the Americana Expert Roundtable    Jane Willis, AAA, Jane H. Willis Appraisal Service
Toys, Past, Present and Future    Eric Alberta
Historic Letters and Autographs    Stuart Lutz, Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc.

VIP Lounge Coffee Break    Sponsored by Harmer Johnson

Afternoon Sessions    Sponsored by Freeman’s

Condition is Everything!     Patricia Shea, Fine Art & Appraisal Services; Gloria Velandia, GV Art Conservation
Ask the Folk Art Expert Roundtable    Helaine Fendelman, AAA, Helaine Fendelman & Associates
African American Documents    Wyatt Day, Wyatt Houston Day Bookseller
Current Trends in the Print Market    Kelly Troester, Phillips de Pury & Company

Closing Reception    6:00 – 8:00pm
Spanierman Gallery, 45 East 58th Street
On view, Sarah Lamb, an exhibition of paintings by contemporary artist Sarah Lamb including still lifes in the tradition of Chardin and Vallayer-Coster. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and special presentations!
Sponsored by Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance

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We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors!


  • 1stdibs  More
  • ARIS Title Art Insurance Corporation  More
  • Art Peritus LLC  More
  • Day & Meyer, Murray & Young  More
  • Doyle New York  More
  • Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP  More
  • Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance  More
  • Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP  More
  • Freeman’s  More
  • Harmer Johnson  More
  • Heritage Auctions  More
  • iGavel  More
  • Lynn & Cahill LLP  More
  • Roland Antiques  More
  • Skinner, Inc.  More
  • Withers Bergman LLP  More

Continuing Education
AAA Members receive 6 points per day for Sunday and Monday; 7 points for Art Law Day (register separately)


  • Click here to register online; secure payment via credit card or submission of check accepted.
  • Click here to download registration form; please return this form with payment by November 7.
  • Mail to: Appraisers Association of America, 386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000, New York, NY, 10016
  • Fax to: 212.889.5503; Email to: aaa (at) appraisersassoc.org ; Call 212.889.5404 x 11 to register via phone.
  • Register in advance, deadline is November 7; registration accepted only with payment. Confirmation notices will be sent via email upon receipt of payment. Tickets may be picked up each morning at NYAC.

Luncheon Roundtables
During lunch on both Sunday and Monday, each table will have a topic posted, so you may select any table and join the discussion if you wish!

VIP Lounge
Come and visit the VIP Lounge on the 10th floor, meet with colleagues, talk with exhibitors, and relax in between sessions. Coffee and snacks served.

Book Signings
Book-signings with Maureen Stanton, University of Missouri in Columbia, author of “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money”, 2011; and Anthony M. Amore, Director of Security, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, author of “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists”, 2011. Authors will be on hand during the coffee breaks in the Vendor Room

Have your picture taken for the website!
If you are looking to have a professional picture taken of yourself for the AAA website, David Smith, conference photographer will be available to take your portrait during the coffee and lunch breaks on Sunday and Monday. Free of Charge!

American Institute for Conservation
ARIS Title Art Insurance Corporation
Art Loss Register
Capo Auction Galleries
Chartis Private Client Group
Christie’s Fine Art Storage
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Day & Meyer, Murray & Young
Heritage Auctions
Hutter Auction Galleries
Period Furniture Conservation LLC

Board of Directors
Nancy Harrison, AAA
Alasdair Nichol, AAA
First Vice President
Elizabeth von Habsburg, AAA
Second Vice President
Daile Kaplan, AAA
Erica Hartman, AAA
Jane C.H. Jacob, AAA
Sharon Chrust, AAA
Recording Secretary

Kate Carmel, AAA
Roslyn Bakst Goldman, AAA
Shari L. Cavin, AAA
David A. Gallager, AAA
Ramona Hillier-O’Hara, AAA
Betty Krulik, AAA
Robert I. Levy, AAA
Elvin Montgomery, AAA
Anne Frances Moore, AAA
Kathy Rosenblatt, AAA
Jacqueline Silverman, AAA
Deborah G. Spanierman, AAA
Renée Vara, AAA
Beth G. Weingast, AAA
Jane H. Willis, AAA

Aleya Lehmann Bench
Executive Director

Judith A. Bresler
General Counsel

Brochure Design: C. Harvey Graphics, NYC (charvey.com)

Images in Brochure courtesy of:
Andy Warhol, Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick), 1986, © 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (color has been altered from the original); Brice Marden, Tiles Portfolio, 1979, © 2011 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Bruce Nauman, Double Poke in the Eye II, 1985, © 2011 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Pablo Picasso, Grand vase aux danseurs, 1950, © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Conference Committee
Brian Cummings
Cole Ferry
Jennifer Garland Ross, AAA
Cynthia Herbert
Jane C.H. Jacob, AAA
Harmer Johnson, AAA
Aleya Lehmann Bench
Deborah Spanierman, AAA
Sabine Wilson, AAA

Conference Location
The New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South at 7th Avenue
New York, New York

Participants may make reservations at AAA group rates at the following locations where we have reserved a block of rooms: New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South at 7th Avenue, 212.767.7135, $260-$360, cut-off October 21, 2011. Jolly Hotel Madison Towers, Madison Avenue at 38th Street, 212.802.0600, $259-$299, cut-off date October 21, 2011.

Please contact the Appraisers Association of America for further information on the program, tickets and accommodations. 212.889.5404, x 11; 212.889.5503 fax; aaa@appraisersassoc.org



Download the Conference Brochure here.

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386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10016  212.889.5404, x11  aaa@appraisersassoc.org


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