Continuing Education


The Conference is valid for 6 CE credits per day.
You may access your Certificate of Attendance by logging into your profile on our website after the Conference. 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

9:00 A.M - 9:30 A.M. 
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A Collector's Perspective
Keynote Speaker: Alvin Hall, Broadcaster, Writer, Art Collector

While wealth and art have always been inextricable, the field of contemporary art now can seem to privilege prices above all else. Through the lens of personal experience and financial expertise, this presentation seeks to distinguish among the many reasons people acquire art.

9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

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Collectors’ Panel: Value, Social Responsibility and the Ethics of Collecting

Join collectors Benedicta Badia Nordenstahl and Alvin Hall in conversation as they each share what drives them to collect, their approach to collecting, and what are some of the most pressing issues they think about when collecting today.

Alvin Hall, Broadcaster, Writer, Art Collector
Benedicta Badia Nordenstahl, Art Advocate
Moderator: Mireya Lewin, AAA

Coffee Break 10:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. 


11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

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  Should We Broaden the Way We Think of and Appraise Jewelry?

Panelists will engage in a conversation about the expanded world of artist and studio jewelry. Learn about the types of jewelry that capture their professional interests and debate and consider how appraisal methods might be expanded to include less traditional factors. Come ready to participate in a lively discussion about appraising objects that may not align perfectly with jewelry as we think of it today.  

Tiffany Dubin, Artist Jewelry Specialist, Sotheby’s
Bella Neyman, Co-Founder, NYC Jewelry Week
Emily Stoehrer, Ph.D., Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
Moderator: Barbara Gifford, Associate Curator, Museum of Arts & Design, New York
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

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Betty Krulik Fine Art, Limited


Perspectives on the Impressionist Art Market

Although French Impressionist art still draws big crowds to museum exhibitions,  and masterworks by the major artists still bring trophy prices, this market has had its vicissitudes, due to geo-political forces and a younger audience who seek a contemporary aesthetic.  Nancy Harrison AAA moderates a panel with leading art dealers Michael Findlay and David Norman, to discuss market dynamics and the future of the field.

Michael Findlay, Director, Acquavella Galleries 
David Norman, Owner, David Norman Fine Art 
Moderator: Nancy Harrison, AAA, Partner, Vice President, Senior Fine Art Specialist, Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance, Fine Art Asset Management 

Lunch 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. 

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Art for Eternity

2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

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Sharon Chrust

  The Art of Discovery: Brokering and Selling Estates 
Join auctioneer Nicholas Thorn as he sheds light on the complicated yet exciting process of brokering estates. With nearly thirty years of experience finding treasure– sometimes in the most unlikely of places– he surveys methods of deaccessioning work from large and small collections alike.  His insights are helpful to appraisers who are new to selling estates and to more seasoned brokers alike. Attendees will gain concrete knowledge about conducting home visits, selling work on the secondary market, and everything in between.

Nicholas Thorn, President/Partner, Capsule + Litchfield Auctions
2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

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Not Just Spaceships and Robots: Looking at Science Fiction on the Shelves

Henry Wessells, AAA gives a brief illustrated overview of science fiction and talks about how to look at science fiction books and magazines you might encounter on a appraisal visit, and how to identify value in the current market.

Henry Wessells, AAA, James Cummins Bookseller 

2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M. 

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Collector Cars: The Market, The Trends, The Future

We will examine the current market for collector cars, the recent trends and where this segment may go in the future.  We will also look at the impacts of the Covid shutdowns, how the market evolved and survived and what the “re-entry” to normal was like.
Finally, with acceptance and emerging strength of electric vehicles what might the future hold for the industry.

Christopher D. Sanger, President, Durant Enterprises

Coffee Break 3:45 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

4:15 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

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  Methodology of Appraising an Artist's Estate

Appraising an artist’s entire estate brings a level of complexity not often found with other assignments.  One may need to address a high volume of objects, multiple stakeholders, and a variety of working conditions in order to simply assess the scope of work.  The estate of American artist Stephen Pace (1918-2010) is our working model as we examine this type of appraisal report.

Christine Berry, Co-owner, Berry Campbell Gallery
Rachael Blackburn Cozad, Owner, Principal Appraiser, Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.


  Reception held at Bonhams 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

9:00 A.M - 9:30 A.M. 

Sponsored by
Jay Grimm

  A Network not an Empire: How Bonhams is Expanding its Footprint
Keynote Speaker:
Bruno Vinciguerra, Chief Executive Officer, Bonhams

Bruno Vinciguerra, the Global CEO of Bonhams, describes how the 225-year-old auction house is pushing boundaries, both geographically and digitally, to focus on growth opportunities in the auction world.

9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.



NFTs and the Evolving Art World Ecosystem 

Non-Fungible Tokens dominated headlines in 2021 with extraordinary prices realized for digital-only assets - what has subsequently evolved are the roles of auction houses, galleries, and services providers such as insurers and appraisers. This panel explores how NFTs have challenged observers and participants to reconsider what constitutes art, and discusses how this new technology is affecting the various affiliated businesses.

Nyasha Foy, VP, Assistant General Counsel, & NFTs, Sotheby's
Ankur Kacker, Senior Vice president, Head of Digital Assets UK, Marsh Ltd.
Anders Petterson, Founder, ArtTactic 
Moderator: Caroline Taylor, AAA, Founder & CEO, Appraisal Bureau

Coffee Break 10:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. 
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.   

The American Arts and Crafts Movement:  Understanding Today’s Market

This panel will explore how the American Arts & Crafts Movement has evolved into a niche area of the Twentieth Century Design market. The panel’s speakers will review the important designers and objects associated with the movement and the major dealers and collectors who served as market movers. The panel will take the form of a lively discussion focussing on the factors influencing today’s market, how to discern quality and value, and the relationship between auction and retail prices.

Johnathan Clancy, Ph.D, Director of Collections and Preservation, The Stickley Museum of Craftsman Farms 
Robert Kaplan, Private Dealer, Collector, and Former Principal of the NYC gallery Cathers & Dembrosky
David Rago, President, Rago/Wright
Moderator: Molly Seiler, AAA, President, Molly Seiler & Associates

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.   

Contemporary Art Glass in 2022: The United Nations International Year of Glass

Celebrate the Contemporary Art Glass movement during the United Nations International Year of Glass. Survey the movement with the Ringling Museum’s extensive collection as a guide. Look through the eyes of an experienced collector as they share their passion for the medium and experiences within the Contemporary Art Glass collecting community at large. Keep your finger on the pulse of the current market for Contemporary Art Glass in both the gallery and auction arena, while learning the nuances between the two. A question and answer session will follow.

Marissa Hershon, Curator, Ca' d'Zan and Decorative Arts,The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 
Sharon Karmazin, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer; Founder, Karma Foundation, Good Karma Productions
Suzanne Perrault, Partner, Rago Wright LLC
Moderator: Laurel Porcelli, AAA, Founder, Principal Appraiser, Artisan Advisory Group

Lunch 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. 

Sponsored by 
John Moran

2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.   

Playing to Win: Video Games as a Collectible in 2022

Though collected since their inception, video games only entered the mainstream as a collectible in 2019, when they quickly became one of the hottest new commodities. The market peaked in mid-2021 with multiple 7-figure sales for items worth a fraction of that only a year prior. We will cover the history of video games and video game collecting and how it parallels and differs from other collectible markets.

Valarie Spiegel, Managing Director, Video Games, Heritage Auctions

2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

Sponsored by
Jane Willis

Movie Poster Values: Blockbusters and Flops

Attendees will gain a perspective on the many categories of movie poster collecting and factors that contribute to fair market and insurance valuations. In addition to summer blockbusters, additional categories will be Animation (Disney)Directors (Hitchcock, Kubrick, Coppolla), Movie stars (Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean), 1950’s Sci Fi, Comedy Romance, Epics, Westerns and Silents.

Cole Ferry, Owner, W.C. Ferry & Associates

2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

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Native American Art: The Current State of a Shifting Field

The arts produced within the multitude of Native North American cultures are enormously rich and diverse. Likewise, the field of collecting is complex, nuanced, ever-changing, and, today, culturally and politically charged. This presentation will provide an overview of historical Native cultures, patterns of collecting, issues of connoisseurship and cultural sensitivity, current market dynamics, and the challenges facing appraisers in establishing fair market values.

Gaylord Torrence, Curator Emeritus of American Indian Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Coffee Break 3:45 P.M. - 4:15 P.M. 
4:15 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
*Please note that the IRS panel will NOT be recorded,
and can only be attended live (in person or virtually) on 11/10.


Q&A forum with an attorney and an appraiser from the IRS in recent changes, current issues, concerns and frequently seen errors.

Karin Gross, Special Counsel, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
Kelly Grimm Knowlton, Art Appraiser, IRS Art Appraisal Services