2020 Annual Meeting and Awards - Virtual
Registration Information
December 3, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:00pm EST
Virtual - Zoom

Join us on Zoom for the Appraisers Association of
America 2020 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation.

Members Only - Free

Please register in advance.

The following will be presented with awards:

Belmont Society Award
Sylvia Leonard Wolf

The Belmont Society Award is presented to a member who has made a significant contribution to the Appraisers Association of America over the course of 25 years or more.  The derivation of the name comes from the Belmont Plaza Hotel, where the Association Members met monthly from November 1958 – circa 1973.

Sylvia Leonard Wolf, AAA is a Certified member of the Appraisers Association of America, served on its board for 25 years. Ms. Wolf held the position of President from 1990-1992 and organized the monthly educational presentations, and was a member of the Conference Committee. She was an instructor for 14 years at New York University’s Appraising the Fine Arts, in partnership with the Appraisers Association.  Ms. Wolf has been appraising for 40 years for individuals, corporations and institutions. Ms. Wolf is a Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, chaired and serves on its Exhibitions Committee for 12 years, is a long-time participant of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (Acquisitions and Permanent Collections Committee), and for the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz she serves on the Advisory and Program Committees. 


President's Award
Edward Yee

For outstanding contributions to the appraisal profession by an Accredited or Certified Member.

Starting as a computer consultant to Penelope Dixon Associates twenty five years ago, Edward Yee, became increasingly involved with photographic collection management and eventually appraisals.  While working on appraisal assignments of all sizes, he specializes in the valuation of large archives & estates, as well as negatives, transparencies, and associated copyrights.  Over the course of his career he has appraised some of the largest and most widely known photographic archives in existence including the BlackStar and Keystone Montreal archives, each containing over 300,000 photographs, as well the archives of National GeographicMagnum, and Johnson Publishing, among many others.  In 2019, Edward became President of Penelope Dixon & Associates, following his position as Vice-President since 2003.  Additionally, he serves on the board of the Appraisers Association of America where he has held the position of treasurer since 2017. Edward is a certified member in Photography.


Director's Award
Lynn Killeen

For outstanding contributions that Contribute to the growth and development of the Appraisers Association of America.

Lynn brings more than 30 years of experience in personal insurance to HUB International's Family Office Practice. Lynn contributes to the development of new services and personal insurance solutions for affluent individuals and focuses on the needs of multi-generation wealthy families. She is called upon by many Wealth Management and Estate Planning Specialists to advise their clients as to proper Personal Risk Management of their personal assets.  She was charged with aggressively expanding Willis’ Private Client business in the Southeast Region and drove the Willis client-centric, value-focused model to the personal lines sector in the SE region for nearly a decade before deciding to move her practice to HUB International in 2015.

Through Lynn's support, Hub International have been the sponsors of our unique and highly attended monthly Lecture Series at the landmarked National Art Club in New York City.



Service to Education Award
Helen Hall

For exemplary dedication to the educating of the appraiser by a Member or Certified Member.

Helen Hall, AAA is a Certified Member of the AAA specializing in Entertainment Memorabilia as well as General Household Contents. An alumnus of Christie’s Education, London and a former Vice President of Christie’s, Helen has run her own appraisal business, DIG Appraisals, since 2008. DIG works with the Collections, Archives and Estates of some of the world’s most iconic Musicians, Film Actors and Celebrities. 


Regional Service Award
Sebastian Clarke

For active leadership from a member in the development of programming and/or membership development.

Sebastian Clarke is a Senior Vice President at Doyle and a Specialist in Furniture and Decorative Arts.  For many years, he organized Doyle’s auctions of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts, provided estate appraisals of important estates and collections, and served as an auctioneer for the firm. In addition to his years at Doyle, Mr. Clarke has vast experience in the auction world having worked at Sotheby’s in New York, Freeman's in Philadelphia, C.G. Sloan & Co. in Rockville, Maryland, and Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey. Born in Wales, Mr. Clarke hails from a family of art experts, including both of his parents. He moved to the United States in 1995 and began his career at the renowned Manhattan studio of Simon Parkes Art Conservation. Mr. Clarke sits on the board of directors of the Appraisers Association of America and is also a USPAP compliant certified member of the Appraisers Association. He is a featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, a WGBH production televised nationwide on the PBS network, and is a highly sought-after charity auctioneer.


Student Award
Elise Sargeant

For excellence in appraisal studies.

Elise Sargeant was born in New York and has lived most of her life in the Connecticut/NYC metro area.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology from SUNY Purchase and in addition to recently completing the CASP program, has taken several Arts and Appraisal courses through the NYU School of Professional Studies. Elise left the world of retail art sales last year to pursue her interest in appraisal and valuation. Prior to this transition, she worked for Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts for twenty years, specifically for its retail company – Martin Lawrence Galleries. Her extensive experience at MLG ranged from marketing and  sales support in the early years to inventory and merchandising management in the later years.  Understanding the valuation of artworks from a retail perspective was elemental to performing these roles and vital to the success of the company. Her many years at MLG provided Elise with an extensive knowledge of 20th Century master prints by house-hold names such as Picasso, Chagall, MirÓ, Warhol and Haring as well as more recent popular artists like Takashi Murakami and Vik Muniz. She expects to develop her knowledge of modern and contemporary prints further to attain a level of expertise in this area of art appraisal. However, she is interested in much more and notably enjoyed Susan Hunter’s ‘Form and Ornament in the Decorative Arts’ course immensely!

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