Meet the Presenters: 2017 ASA Personal Property Annual Connoisseurship Conference

ASA’s 2017 Personal Property Annual Connoisseurship Conference is set to take place on May 4-6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. With the theme of the conference, The Eye of the Beholder, this year’s lineup of speakers and topics will ensure stimulating and thought-provoking subjects that all will want to attend.

Here’s a look at this year’s lineup:

Topic: The American Impressionists in Connecticut
Jeffrey W. Andersen, Director │ Florence Griswold Museum
AndersenJeffrey Andersen is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, where he has served for 40 years. A native of Northern California, Andersen holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY-Oneonta) and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lewis and Clark College. Under his direction, the Florence Griswold Museum has evolved from a seasonal attraction with visitation of fewer than 1,000 per year to a dynamic art and history museum of over 75,000 visitation annually.

Topic: Asian Art and Asian Styles in Colonial America
Dennis Carr, Curator │ Museum of Fine Arts Boston
CarrDennis Carr is the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was a co-curator of MFA’s award-winning 53-gallery Art of the Americas Wing and a contributing author to various books. He holds graduate degrees from Yale University in the History of Art and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. His critically acclaimed exhibition, Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia, has awarded him with grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Topic: Opening Remarks
Nelson O. Clayton (Ned), ASA, Chair │ Boston’s ASA’s Personal Property Committee
ClaytonNelson Clayton is part of ASA’s Boston Personal Property Committee and founded ASA’s Investment Advisory Committee. Following a successful career in international banking, he joined ASA in 1991, received a Certificate in Art and Antiques Appraisal at Long Island University in 1995 and became an Accredited Senior Appraiser in 2004 and a Fellow in 2015. He has organized four seminars focusing on early American antiques and decorative art and has a personal interest collecting Boston Arts and Crafts Silver, particularly “Colonial Revival” pieces. At one point he purchased a Benjamin Burt silver cann matching one in the collection at Colonial Williamsburg and subsequently donated his cann to the Foundation.

Topic: Identifying Ceramics through Material and Method of Manufacturer & Ceramics: Differences among Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelains
Nicholas Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections │ Heritage Auctions
DawesBioNicholas Dawes is Vice President of Special Collections for Heritage Auctions in New York. After immigrating to the United States from Staffordshire, England, he controlled the Department of Ceramics and Glass at Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers in New York and has spent the last thirty years in the antiques or auction business. He is a former auctioneer and appraiser and is the author of four standard works on decorative arts including Lalique Glass and Majolica. He is familiar to many through frequent appearances on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow since the first season in 1996, appraising ceramics, glass, silver and decorative arts.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Jonathan Francis, Principal │ Bien Fait Decorative Arts Valuation Services, LLC
Francis photoJonathan Francis is the principal and founder of Bien Fait Decorative Arts Valuation Services, LLC. Mr. Francis uses his experience in investment management and economics as a foundation for his work as a skilled, independent appraiser. Mr. Francis is trained as a professional economist and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Prior to founding Bien Fait he had spent thirty years in the financial services and consulting industries. Most recently, he was Head of Global Strategy and Senior Economist at Putnam Investments in Boston.

Topic: Boston Silver & Boston Arts & Crafts Silver, Particularly “Colonial Revival” Silver
Nonie Gadsden, Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture │ Museum of Fine Art Boston
Nonie Gadsden Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts and SculptureNonie Gadsden is the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and her Master of Arts from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. At MFA, Gadsden helped plan and install the award-winning Art of the Americas Wing comprising 53 galleries featuring the arts of North, Central, and South America.

Topic: Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Print Making Shop Tour and Print Making Demonstrations
Nona Hershey, Professor and Coordinator of the Print Making Department │ Massachusetts College of Art and Design
nonahersheyNona Hershey is a professor and the coordinator of the Print Making Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has participated in over 150 Print Biennials and Group Exhibitions internationally and has done several solo exhibitions. Editions of her prints have been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Associated American Artists, Mary Ryan Gallery, Laboratorio Artivisive, Foggia, Lario Cadorago, Associazione Amici dell’Arte, Il Ponte Editrice, Hartford Art School, the Print Club of Rochester, and the University Print Club.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Karen M. Keane, Partner, Chief Executive Officer │ Skinner Inc.
Keane photoKaren Keane is the Chief Executive Officer at Skinner, Inc. She oversees the operation of one of the world’s leading auction houses and is a viable player in the international art and antiques marketplace. Along with running the company, she is also one of firm’s most versatile appraisers with broad knowledge of furniture and fine and decorative arts. Karen is also a familiar face and leading appraiser on the PBS Emmy Award-winning TV series Antiques Roadshow. Karen obtained her Master of Arts in Art History from Boston University.

Topic: Material Analysis: New Techniques for Identifying Proteins and Modern Organic Pigments
Daniel P. Kirby, Ph.D., Conservation Scientist │ Private Practice
danDr. Daniel Kirby is a leader in the application development of Mass Spectrometry. He has developed Peptide Mass Fingerprinting (PMF), a new technique for identifying proteins and the species from which they originated from in works of art.  He has also developed techniques for using Laser Desorption Ionization (LDI) to identify artists’ materials, especially modern organic pigments. He has been working for more than 20 years on bioanalytical mass spectrometry and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals on PMF analysis of proteinaceous materials in ethnographic art objects.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Analee McClellan, ASA, Member At-Large │ ASA’s International Personal Property Committee
McClellan photoAnalee McClellan, ASA, is an independent Accredited Senior Appraiser located in the Los Angeles, area. She specializes in antiques and decorative arts, as well as popular culture memorabilia and residential contents. She has been an instructor of ASA’s Principles of Valuation courses, as well as classes on silver and tools for the appraiser in association with ASA’s University Partners. She is an active member of ASA, having served as the past president of the Los Angeles Chapter and the Public Relations Subcommittee of the Personal Property Committee. She is currently serving as a Member-at-Large on the ASA Personal Property Committee and on the ASA International Education Committee as the Personal Property Education Chair.

Topic: Provenance: Museum Best Practices in Provenance Research and Collecting Cultural Property
Victoria S. Reed, Ph.D, Curator for Provenance│ Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Reed photoVictoria S. Reed was named the Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), in July 2010. In this role, she is responsible for the research and documentation of the provenance of the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, the review of potential acquisitions and loans, and the development of due diligence policies and practice throughout the curatorial division. Previously, she was the Assistant Curator for Provenance and Research Fellow for Provenance in the MFA’s Art of Europe department. Reed has lectured widely and published extensively on matters related to provenance research.

Topic: Current Trends in British Ceramics at Auction
Stuart Slavid, Senior Vice President of European Decorative Arts │ Skinner Inc.
solStuart Slavid is the Senior Vice President of European Decorative Arts at Skinner Inc. Stuart is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Wedgwood pottery, and his life-long passion for English pottery and ceramics characterizes the strength of Skinner’s fine ceramics department. In addition, Stuart is a recognized expert in Asian material, particularly silver and porcelains. As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Stuart often lectures, conducts benefit auctions, and can be seen regularly on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

Topic: Artist’s Work in Their Frames through the Centuries
Suzanne Smeaton, Frame Historian and Consultant │ Suzanne Smeaton LLC
Smeaton photoSuzanne Smeaton is the Frame Historian and Consultant for Suzanne Smeaton LLC. A pioneer in the study and scholarship of period frames, Suzanne Smeaton has framed fine art for over 38 years. Working extensively in the field of American period frames, Suzanne advises both public and private clients and conducts comprehensive frame surveys of public, private, and corporate art collections as well as American frame research projects. She has lectured to museum groups throughout the United States, researched and written educational videos, presented at numerous symposia, and curated and co-curated frame exhibitions in several museums.

Topic: Marks, Signatures and Unique Characteristics of the Object & Connoisseurship: The Development, Current Use and Pitfalls of Connoisseurship
Peter C. Sorlien, ASA, Senior Appraisers │ Accredited Appraisers
Sorlien photo2Peter Sorlien has 30 years of experience in appraising art and antiques. He has accumulated extensive experience with Illustration Art, Marine Art and art of the Cape Ann (Massachusetts) art colony, and has appraised a wide variety of antiques, from ancient glass to contemporary studio furniture. Mr. Sorlien has been a featured speaker at several ASA conferences, regarding the valuation of a corporate art collection, his appraisal of Jacques Cousteau’s expedition ship Calypso, and the principles behind Fair Market Value.

Topic: Ceramics: Differences among Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelains & Stoneware in America–Imported and Domestic Wares
Jayne Stokes, Consulting Curator and Design Instructor │ Rhode Island School of Design
72 Stokes Jayne photoJayne Stokes is a consulting curator and appraiser at Rhode Island School of Design who has taught classes on ceramics and silver. After earning a master’s degree through the Cooperstown Graduate Program, she joined the staff of Historic New England in Boston where she worked with a wide range of collections including ceramics of all types. She has served on the curatorial staff in the decorative arts collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum and Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.

Topic: Discussion on Changing Demographics and Its Effect on Values
Carey Vose, Director │ Vose Galleries
voseCarey Vose is the director of Vose Galleries on Newbury Street, which is the oldest family-owned gallery in the country. Ms. Vose studied studio art and art history at the University of Maine, with a concentration in foundry work and welding. Prior to joining her parents in the family firm, she helped manage the Signature Contemporary Craft store in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Ms. Vose has been a juror at a number of fine art exhibitions across New England, and has lectured on American art. She has also served on the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as on the board of the Friends of Fenway Studios in Boston.

Topic: Opening Remarks
Edith Yeomans FASA, Chair │ Personal Property Committee
Yeomans photoEdith Yeomans has over 30 years of experience in the arts in Canada, including working for a prominent art dealers’ association, arts management, and copyright licensing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in art history from McMaster University and is a fine art specialist with extensive knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international art scenes. Ms. Yeomans is on the faculty of the American Society of Appraisers Principles of Valuation education program and teaches the Introduction to Personal Property Valuation course. Her articles on valuation issues have been published in Canadian and American journals, and she has spoken to a variety of groups about professional appraisal practices.

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