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Scholarship Recipients

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The Foundation for Appraisal Education was formed to advance education related to personal property appraising and to assist individuals through scholarships for educational development to improve their capabilities by attending courses, classes, workshops and conferences. The Corporation began awarding scholarships in 2004.

In 2017, the Foundation presented four general scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each, and two general scholarship awards in the amount of $500 each. These scholarships were open to both new (less than two years of experience) and experienced appraisers.

Additionally, this year the Foundation is pleased to present a $500 scholarship to our FAE Seminar in Dallas through the generosity of the Decorative Arts Trust. The Decorative Arts Trust mission is to promote and foster the appreciation and study of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on providing opportunities for young professionals and graduate students.  In line with their mission, they offered this scholarship specifically for those appraisers who have five years or less experience as a professional appraiser.

To fund all of these important programs, the Foundation for Appraisal Education accepts memorials and gifts from groups and individuals as well as corporate donations and sponsorships.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s scholarship recipients.

2018 FAE Scholarship Recipients

Cathy Wright- Decorative Arts Trust Scholarship

“First of all, an official thank you to the Decorative Arts Trust grant program for the opportunity to attend the FAE Seminar and increase my knowledge and understanding of decorative arts.  The 2018 FAE Seminar was an excellent program and meeting so many helpful appraisers was a bonus.  The presentations were all appropriate and timely.  I’m grateful for the grant assistance provided by the Decorative Arts Trust for helping me to better understand the field of decorative arts and develop my connoisseurship and appraisal skills.  Thank you.”

Katie Silva

“I am so thankful for this scholarship! The FAE General Scholarship is jump starting my journey to becoming a qualified appraiser. As a young mother of three and running my own art brokerage business this scholarship is both necessary and timely. I’ll be using it to cover the cost of the Core Course in Appraisal Studies course. I am very excited to get the process started and ultimately join ISA as an Accredited Member.”

Stephanie Daugherty- Gloria Moroni Scholarship

“This is the first scholarship I have received from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. I am immensely grateful to have been awarded the Gloria Moroni Scholarship, which has given me the opportunity to attend ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art course in Naperville, IL. I have a great passion for learning about Fine Art and am confident that the class will help me contribute to the personal property appraising field in a meaningful way, both scholarly and educationally. Throughout my academic career, I have taken advantage of one-on-one meetings with my professor and discussions with my peers. I am confident this course will be indispensable for my fine art knowledge and career objectives.”


Jillian Van Volkenburgh

“Thank you Foundation of Appraisal Education!  As a recipient of the FAE scholarship it will help me further a career that I love. I recently made the leap to leave my position as Director of Education at a large art non-profit and into self-employment to focus on building my appraisal career. In making that decision, I knew that continuing my education in the near future would not be financially feasible. The timing of the FAE scholarship could not have been more opportune. It is important that an appraiser’s education is ongoing. It is my goal to be an exemplary representative of the personal property appraisal field.”



Monica Bryant

“This endeavor came about as an accident.  While working at a gallery, I was typing up art appraisals for my boss.  My background in art history and museums revealed that I have a natural inclination for this work and, better yet, genuinely enjoy it.  I feel like the Sherlock Holmes of art history when I engage with an object and gather information to decipher its value. This scholarship will greatly impact my understanding on the methods and principles of fine art appraisals.  This is an important opportunity that will educate me on how to become an effective art appraiser and continue to motivate me to stay on top of art market activities. Thank you ISA for this opportunity to take the 1st step towards achieving this goal.  I am incredibly for this journey!”


Sharon Berlin- Ruth Isgrow Scholarship

“I am very honoured and humbled to receive the generous Ruth Isgrow Scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. In 2004, after working in the auction business for many years, I decided to take the leap to start my own business and become a personal property appraiser. I truly love what I do. I love handling objects, seeing incredible works of art, researching, preparing reports, working with a wide variety of clientele…it is ever changing and I am always learning.

Over the past almost 15 years, I have taken or attended numerous courses, seminars, conferences and meetings and have updated my credentials as required. These requirements are necessary to maintain the integrity of this industry and to ensure that there is consistency and uniformity. This award is graciously accepted and will assist with my continued education. My sincerest thanks once again to the Foundation and those involved in bestowing me with this honour.”

Lourdes Ranero

“I am truly grateful to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for awarding me with this scholarship. My educational background is in archaeology and museum studies, and professionally, registration has always been a great portion of the work I do. For the last 18 years I’ve been fortunate to work as a Registrar and Collections Manager with different types of collections in museums, federal agencies, and private collectors in Puerto Rico and New York City. I really enjoy what I do and being able to accomplish another step towards my professional goals is very significant and important to me. This opportunity will allow me to focus on one of the most important aspects of my life: learning. With no doubt this scholarship will play a key role in becoming an accredited member within the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and expand my skills, as well as the services I can provide to my clients.”

Heather Dawson

“I am encountering interesting original works of art on all of my assignments and while I am apt at researching the archives and reaching out to curators, I would love to strengthen my own foundation of knowledge in that field. I enjoy researching and learning about different artists and seeing what has been created over decades and centuries. I spent years as a special education teacher and loved incorporating art and creativity into the work I did with students. I left teaching  a couple years ago to pursue working in the antiques and collectibles industry. I grew up in a family run auction company in Morris Plains, New Jersey called Dawson’s. My mother grew the business from a small tag sale company to a successful auction house. My father was an engineer and joined her full time when he was 45. Ironically, his passion became appraising art. He passed away unexpectedly at 68 years old a few years ago. Today, in my own journey as an appraiser, I feel happy having discovered an interest that I share in common with my dad.”

Brittany Boyd-Pyman

It is an honour to have been selected to receive a scholarship from the Foundation of Appraisal Education.  As someone who has been working in the fine arts for only five years and who is very new to appraising in particular, this scholarship provides me with an opportunity to take my career to the next level.

I have recently become involved in the Appraisals and Consignments department at Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Toronto, Canada.  With this scholarship I intend to pursue the Core Course in Appraisal Studies offered by the International Society of Appraisers, which will enhance my overall understanding of the field of appraising, and therefore enhance my contributions at Waddington’s and to our clients.  I would like to thank the FAE and their directors for selecting me to reap the rewards of this exceptional opportunity.

Christine Marques

“I am ecstatic to be the recipient of a scholarship that will facilitate me going to Naperville for the Antiques, Furnishing and Decorative Arts course. While taking the Core Course and USPAP online was very convenient, I knew that connecting with other appraisers in person would be an essential tool towards my success in this field. I attended Assets 2018 and wow, what an experience! I met knowledgeable, resourceful, collaborative, interesting appraisers and knew the next step would be to take an in depth course in person. The generous scholarship will most definitely help me achieve that goal.

Education is key and the International Society of Appraisers has proved a high value in the courses I have taken so far. I am very passionate about all aspects of appraising, from research to analysis, determining value, establishing and maintaining relationships with key players in the industry, maintaining a level of integrity and ethics in the appraisal practice. This course will help build additional skills, such as identification of quality, age, and design characteristics of periods and styles. Also, appraisers are such an interesting group of people, I can hardly wait for this terrific opportunity to be among them.”

Mason Riddle 

“With deep gratitude and delight, I am so appreciative to be selected to receive a scholarship for the 7- Hour USPAP update with Tim Luke in August. This gift lessens the financial burden and allows me to accomplish the USPAP requirement early into the 2-yr. update window. I am also looking forward to taking it with Tim. Each time I work with the ISA instructors (Kirsten Smolensky, Mickey Logan, Cathy Peters and Tim Luke), I learn more about both the macro and micro aspects and details of writing and assembling an appraisal report. This FAE scholarship comes at a very opportune time, and I am honored to receive it. Many thanks to the selection committee as this is extremely helpful in advancing my nascent appraisal practice.”

Catherine Stergar 

“I would like to express my immense thanks to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for the generous scholarship in honor of Wendell Garrett (1929-2012). The scholarship enabled me to attend the 2018 Ceramics Up Close: Hands-On Study Days program at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in late April. The conference was very beneficial for my research and professional interests, and I was thrilled to be able to attend it as a young professional in the decorative arts field.

I am a recent graduate of the master’s degree program at Bard Graduate Center in New York City, where I focused my coursework and research on American decorative arts and material culture. Since June 2017, I have been working as the Tiffany and Co. Foundation Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this year-long position, I have been assisting the museum’s curators of American decorative arts with exhibition and collections research in addition to administrative and curatorial tasks. My professional goal is to be a curator of decorative arts, and I am particularly interested in specializing in the study of ceramics. I was delighted to be able to attend the Ceramics Up Close conference and further my education in the history of ceramics. I met and learned from multiple specialists in the field over the course of the program and gained more experience with handling and close looking techniques that are necessary for the study of ceramics. Thank you again for this generous scholarship and the others that you have awarded to young professionals in the field.”

2017 FAE Scholarship Recipients

Meagan Gandolfo 

“After I found out that I had won the DAT scholarship, I scurried around making flight and hotel plans as quickly as I could. In the midst of making three changes to my flight arrangements and taking my dog back to my parents’ house on Long Island, I did not have time to reflect on what receiving the scholarship meant to me until after the seminar was over. In going, I did not know what to expect. I had a sense that I would meet the same circle of appraisers I always see at conferences in New York and in workshops. I had never been to Texas before and it turned out that I had never met any of the attendees before either.

My experience at the seminar was shaped not only by what I learned, but the people I met there. It was such a valuable opportunity to network with appraisers and professionals who had experience and could relate to where I was in my own career. Being in a different circle as those who I usually meet at seminars, they had new perspectives and on the whole, a different attitude about life. The notion that we are all in the same field as a team and not as competitors was a really ground-breaking realization for me. That the speakers and the attendees stood by sharing knowledge on the basis that it serves the greater good of the profession gave me hope that we can all work together and navigate these new developments in appraisals. To be honest, I always dreaded networking. Even the word gives me anxiety. I sat next to Alton Bowman on day one without having any idea he was a speaker. When he told me he was presenting that afternoon, I was surprised that a speaker could be so approachable! That set the tone for the next day and a half and I reallymade connections with people.

Though I initially set out to appraise fine art, I had found myself appraising household contents. The seminar gave me more confidence in what I might encounter in the attics (or even closets) of future clients. All of the lectures were engaging and I enjoyed all of them. The most valuable and surprising was Jake Keller’s “Fake or Real?”. There is a science to authenticating designer wares beyond looking up the serial number on the tag. As a detail oriented person, I thought his talk was very informative and practical. I actually cannot wait to encounter a closet now, rather than just passing it off to someone else. Many of the talks opened up collection fields that I knew existed, but never studied before. Civil War artifacts, rocks and minerals, comic books, Buddhist art, and quilts will not intimidate me now, because I have a basic understanding and at least one person I have met that will be willing to help.

I perceived the Decorative Art Trust scholarship as a way to increase my knowledge of household contents, but I found that it was also an opportunity to be part of a larger community of appraisers and to meet new colleagues.

Thank you!”

Giulietta Fiore – Wendell Garrett Scholarship Winner 2017

 “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for funding my education at the 2017 Winterthur Institute. The grant, in honor of Wendell D. Garrett, will be invaluable to my continued interest in the history and decorative arts fields. I am deeply appreciative for your support.
I am currently serving as Museum Administrator at the William Brinton 1704 House in West Chester, PA with primary responsibility for operations, conservation, and interpretation of the house and its objects. I am enthusiastic about contributing to the preservation and understanding of cultural heritage through continued participation in the museum field.
Having just completed the Winterthur Institute, I can now confidently say that the program augmented my skills and will allow me to be more effective in my future as a museum professional. My newfound understanding of American decorative arts from 1640 through 1860 has already begun to inform my work at the William Brinton 1704 House. The Winterthur Institute has also allowed me to foster relationships with knowledgeable and passionate professionals working in a variety of fields related to my own. It has opened my eyes to the broad array of people working to further appreciation for the decorative arts.
Without a doubt, this scholarship will play a key role in achieving my professional goals. Because of your generosity, the financial burden placed on me to pursue further education will be reduced.
Thank you for your investment in the futures of history lovers and young professionals like myself.”

Patricia Manzo

I am sincerely honored to receive the Foundation for Appraisal Education’s 2017 Scholarship. This scholarship will give me the chance to continue my education to meet my professional goal of becoming an Accredited Member within the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Receiving the FAE’s scholarship will allow me to complete ISA’s Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts course to enhance my appraisal skills. Thank you to the FAE’s directors for selecting me and to the community of Appraisers for your financial contribution towards this scholarship. As a new appraiser, I am committed in investing towards my education to assist me in enhancing my appraisal practice. I am enthusiastic that I have received this scholarship and I look forward to achieving my educational goals. Again, thank you for investing in my future and for making a positive contribution towards my education!

Erica Claus

It was a welcome surprise to learn I had been selected for a scholarship by the Foundation for Appraisal Education. It is both an honour and a responsibility to receive this award which underscores the FAE’s belief that the specialized course I am undertaking in Dallas in July of 2017 will serve to build on my foundation courses.  I became an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers in 2012 and have been taking courses, attending lectures, seminars and conferences, visiting art fairs in the US, Canada and Europe and continuing the learning and study required to stay on top of my game as an art appraiser. Knowing that there is a Foundation promoting and supporting ongoing training and education in the art of appraisals is reassuring to me for 5 reasons:

  • It demonstrates a highly professional industry that values advanced education.
  • It facilitates ongoing learning, a habit that is known to encourage rigour and excellence.
  • It stimulates appraisers to broaden their knowledge base.
  • It requires of the appraiser a clear rationale and focus in determining which courses to attend.
  • It provides concrete support and welcome relief by reducing the financial burden incurred by specialized courses.

Sophie Coco

I am honored to be selected by the Foundation for Appraisal Education as a recipient of this scholarship. This opportunity will open many doors into the community of appraisers. I look forward to taking the core course in Appraisal Studies from which I can build my appraisal education. As a recent graduate with a degree in Art History and French, I was naturally drawn to the auction community for its fast-paced nature and one’s proximity to an extensive array of objects. In my current position, I have been introduced to appraisals and have found a career path that excites me and allows me to further my education. An appraiser has the unique opportunity to be at the crossroads between the art market and academia and in this middle ground is where I feel can continue to learn and grow as a member of the art community. Thank you again to the Foundation of Appraisal Education for allowing me to further my education in appraisal studies.

Alyssa Rose

I am honored to receive this scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. I believe that without these scholarship opportunities a lot of dreams for a career in the appraisal field would be unfulfilled. With that being said, I send a sincere thank you to the people that are able to donate, and continue to do so, to help their fellow appraiser. With this scholarship, I will be able to continue my studies with the International Society of Appraisers. Specifically, this will allow me to complete my specialty Fine Arts course in the fall and, thus, be on my way to becoming an Accredited Member of ISA. I joined ISA in 2015 and could not be happier with the support and warm welcome I have received from current members. I am encouraged every day to continue following the steps to become an appraiser and could not be happier with my career path. Again, I would like to thank the FAE committee and all the donors. Thank you!

Michael Catanzaro

I am 59 years old and have been self employed all my adult life.  I have had several careers, all of which have been affected by technology and or globalization – most of the changes have not been to my benefit.  These disruptions in various industries have caused me to have to reinvent myself in thought and education constantly.  I have payed for my educations, always investing in books and schooling and have sought knowledge wherever I could find it to advance my careers. I have been working in the fine arts since 1992 and as an estate professional for the last 20 years. Our business has been on a steady decline regarding estate liquidation buying and selling.  Most profit centers have evaporated.  It appears to me that the only way to be able to continue to be engaged in this field, is to apply what I’ve learned to the profession of appraising.  It is in this future endeavor that I can be of the greatest service to my clients and continue to support myself financially. What it means to me regarding the granting of the scholarship that has been awarded?  It would be tragedy for me to leave the field to which I have dedicated so much time and effort. Having this opportunity to move forward with my education with some assistance is humbling. Understanding that someone else had the foresight and capacity to invest in another human being – and I being the proud recipient of this honor. Thank you whoever you are.

Molly Huang

From an educational background of Asian Art History and Museum Studies, I’m always interested in working with Asian fine and decorative arts. I’ve been working in the auction industry for nearly three years after graduate school. My interests in the appraisal business initiated from my work at an auction house. I feel extremely fortunate that my supervisor introduced me to the ISA family and I was able to complete the Core Course and USPAP classes with help from a group of outstanding ISA instructors last year. The most fascinating experience of working in art and antique industry is the opportunity of learning new things everyday. As a newly joined member, there are so many fields I’m not familiar with but eager to explore. I truly appreciate that the Foundation of Appraisal Education offered me this scholarship, so I could accomplish the ISA Asian art courses with two brilliant instructors this summer! The scholarship helped me realize my passion and encouraged me to continue chasing my goal of being a certified appraiser of Asian art! The development of technology and the transition of generations in the upcoming future need more energetic young faces in the appraisal industry, and I want to be part of it!

2016 FAE Scholarship Recipients

Kelly Juhasz

kelly juhaszIt’s wonderful to be selected as a scholarship winner from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. I’m a life-long learner and a naturally curious person. I’m a business owner who needs to continuously increase my knowledge and skills. The scholarship incentive is a true benefit for new appraisers looking to establish a strong foundation for appraisal practice. Building a new business is tough and expensive. Every element is a steep learning curve so it’s not only important to focus on the business infrastructure but also on appraisal practice and techniques. This scholarship will ensure that I do both. My clients are keen and often present me interesting items for valuation. It’s important for me to gain a better understanding of the nuances in other specialty categories of personal property so that I can provide the best service I can and know when I need to call on the expertise of my ISA appraiser colleagues. Thank you to the selection committee and the Foundation.

Lauren K. Abramowitz

AbramowitzThe Foundation for Appraisal Education was familiar to me once I became a member of the International Society of Appraisers. When renewing my membership with ISA, I began donating to their scholarship fund after finding in my area there were not many other jewelry appraisers affiliated with ISA and with USPAP and no mentoring programs. Where I work in the Southwest there is a need for this strategy of teaching and mentoring. I would like to be one of the people that can make this happen. The FAE is incredible for offering the opportunity of expanding our scope of education and experience and I am so thrilled to be a recipient this year. I am using the funds to apply for my Associate Membership with the ISA. Since my application may take longer than one practicing personal property, due to the jewelry specialty, I am excited that the Foundation for Appraisal Education thought that my road is a solid one.

Rachel Hoffman

Rachel HoffmanI am ecstatic to learn that I am to be the recipient of the Foundation for Appraisal Education’s Experienced Appraiser Scholarship. When I started in the educational process of being an appraiser, just attending the core course was a “pie in the sky” dream. Through the course, I made some precious friends and learned invaluable information that has served both myself and my community. The next year, I attended the ARC course through the ISA and loved every minute. I have always been an advocate for learning, education, and giving back. Every year, I give a lot advice that serves many. I give of my time to local museum fundraiser appraisal fairs. With my higher level of skill as an appraiser, I can better serve the community and myself in my own practice. Dolls are my specialty and in the last two years, I have focused my learning to extend to jewelry and general household contents. Fine Art is one of the things in my industry that I have always turned away as I didn’t feel like I had enough knowledge or know how to accept assignments or give qualified opinions. I know I have a lot to learn and with the foundational coursework that I will receive through the ISA Fine Arts course, I will be better equipped for the future of my industry. I am grateful to receive this generous scholarship and will be ‘paying it forward’. See you in Chicago!

Bin Li

Bin LiI am honored to have received this scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. With this generous award, I will be able to complete all principal courses related to the personal property valuation offered by the American Society of Appraisers. Growing up in China, my grandparents told me many painful stories from the Cultural Revolution – a time when one could be publicly humiliated, tortured, or even put to death for possessing books and art from older dynasties or the West. These stories had a profound impact, inspiring me to preserve truth by collecting cultural artifacts and rare books. My educational background is in business and music. I work as a CPA for the media and entertainment industry by day and compose music at night. My work in accounting often involves consulting and valuation projects, and my composition process includes intensive studies of manuscripts. I have always wanted to incorporate my passion for the arts into my business and music background. The scholarship encourages me to explore a new course for my career -realizing my dream of becoming a personal art appraiser with a specialty in Asian art, books and manuscripts.

 Anthea D’Souza

Anthea D'SouzaA big thank you to the Foundation of Appraisals Education for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. It is a true honor to be chosen as I begin a new career in the appraisals sector. The scholarship has provided the opportunity and confidence to continue my education with the International Society of Appraisers through the Core Course in Appraisal Studies and connect with other appraisers. The course will greatly assist in helping to build my knowledge base as I launch my own practice in Canada. In doing so, I will be able to marry my two main skill sets as a management accountant and sommelier to obtain membership as a qualified appraiser specialising in collectible wines and other alcoholic beverages.

Mary Catherine Godvin

mary_Page_1After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, I became interested in the field of appraisals. This interest gave me the opportunity to connect with my mentor, an ISA CAPP. This relationship has allowed me to further explore the field, while cultivating a true passion for appraising. I believe that a successful appraiser must possess technical, practical and hands-on experiences. Through my relationship with my mentor, and in my daily appraisal work, I have achieved the necessary experiences and foundations to build a successful career as an appraiser; however, I seek to further my education by earning my certification. This scholarship awarded to me by the Foundation of Appraisal Education has the potential to jumpstart my career and truly realize my passion. I am overjoyed and hugely humbled to have been given this chance. My hope is that this scholarship, and the opportunities that come with it, will help me develop into a hardworking, ethical, and loyal appraiser. My intention is to be an outstanding lifelong representative of the Foundation for Appraisal Education.

2016 Decorative Arts Trust Scholarship Recipient

Tracey Capes

Tracey CapesI am both honoured and grateful to the Foundation for Appraisal Education and the Decorative Arts Trust for choosing to award me the 2016 Decorative Arts Trust Scholarship. This scholarship, to attend the Foundation for Appraisal Education seminar “Focusing on Frauds, Fakes & Forgeries in the Decorative & Fine Arts” in Philadelphia, is an excellent opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge in both the area of the Decorative Arts, and in the area of Forgeries and Fakes. I am thrilled for this recognition and am eager to use the award to enhance my education and skills in this area. Professionally, I have worked in the fine art business all my life. I completed a double major in Fine Art History and Fine Art Studio at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. I have had a successful career working for various arts organizations, and currently work as an art advisor based in Toronto. Having the opportunity to join the International Society of Appraisers by taking the Core Course, and learn USPAP has opened many doors for me. This special recognition to attend the FAE seminar in September 2016 enables me to further develop my skills as a respected member of the appraisal community. Thank you. I am excited about attending this seminar and look forward to reporting back on my experience.

2015 Scholarship Recepients

Michelle Conliffe

Michelle Conliffe - headshotI am honored to be the recipient of the Foundation for Appraisal Education’s Experienced Appraiser Scholarship. With this generous scholarship, I will be attending the International Society of Appraisers’ Appraisal of Fine Art Course this October.

The reason that I applied for this scholarship is simple – raising the bar on appraisal standards starts with me. The Appraisal Foundation estimates that approximately 80% of personal property appraisals are currently performed by individuals held to no standard of professional accountability. It is time to change that statistic. Through rigorous coursework, such as ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art course, I believe it is possible to develop a higher level of skill among all appraisers, improve appraisal outcomes, and greatly increase the public regard for both appraisers and appraising.

Thank you to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for their commitment to appraisal excellence through scholarships for educational opportunities.

Erik Eide

I would like to express my gratitude to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for choosing to award me their 2015 Scholarship. I am thrilled and honored for the recognition and am eager to use the award to further enhance my education and experience towards becoming a well-rounded, deeply knowledgeable, professional fine art appraiser. The material covered in the International Appraisal Society’s Core Course in Appraisal Studies will provide an important foundation for professional standards as I develop my practice. Professionally, I have years of experience in the art world. I was raised going to antique shows and studied Art History at Northern Illinois University. Living in Chicago, I opened a successful gallery and worked closely with many fine art professionals. I am currently working with international artists, institutions and collectors to enhance the collecting experience. Thank you again for selecting me. I am looking forward to the Core Course in Appraisal Studies this coming October.

Julia Henri

JULIA-HENRI-HEADSHOTThank you! I am grateful to have received this scholarship from The Foundation for Appraisal Education. Through this support, I am able to continue work toward my current education and participatory goals within the International Society of Appraisers. I believe in going the extra mile to achieve accurate authentication in appraising. I thoroughly enjoy tracking data and provenance to determine valuations.

There is nothing more personally satisfying than to uncover important historical evidence about an item that otherwise appeared to be of little to no significance. As a child, I grew up in a family of collectors surrounded by antiques, art and vintage collectibles of every category imaginable. I was taught to appreciate the history behind each and every piece so that the provenance would not be lost. The natural transition into appraising came out of this life experience.

My formal education began at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in classical violoncello and piano performance before moving into journalism. Then, I studied graphic design and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art. While in art school, I worked at the venerable Boston antiquarian bookshop, Goodspeed’s. Eventually, I moved to the San Francisco Bay area where I owned a professional art and design studio. Today, I am building my business as an antiques appraiser in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am also a published journalist and photographer, with prior experience in reporting for The Boston Herald. Presently, I write and produce photography for weekly feature length articles published in several antiques, auctions and history related newspapers and magazines.

Candace Hill

Candace Hill HeadshotI have been buying, collecting and selling antiques, art, and home decor for decades as a hobby while focusing most of my attention on my career in corporate human resources management.  I never thought I would leave that world, but circumstances required that I set it aside to serve as a primary caregiver for multiple members of my family. During that challenging time, I found great satisfaction in my hobby and dabbled in new ones including photography and interior design. When my years as a caregiver ended, it occurred to me that my skills from the business world and my love for art and antiques could become the perfect foundation for a new career in personal property appraisal.

This last year has been a delightful dive into preparing for that new career.  I joined ISA and have immersed myself in my own studies as well as attended their annual conference and completed their Core Course in Appraisal Studies, 15 Hour USPAP Course, Antiques and Residential Contents Course, and Course in Asian Ceramics. My passion is for Asian art and antiques, but there isn’t a segment of this field that hasn’t captured my interest. With the receipt of this scholarship, I plan to attend ASA’s annual conference in the fall.  It will allow me to accelerate my education, broaden my knowledge, and apply it to a successful appraising career in the greater Denver metro area.

Thank you for your vote of confidence!  It means the world to me!

Rebecca Hogge

Becky Hogge HeadshotI am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2015 Foundation for Appraisal Education Scholarship and would like to express my sincere gratitude to you, the Board Members and Sponsors who have made this award possible. This scholarship has not only provided financial support for my continuing education but has given me the opportunity to further my education and add a specialty to my qualifications as a personal property appraiser.

My love of antiques and everything old started at a very young age and over the years became the driving force behind my becoming an appraiser. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and with a minor in Art and Architecture History.  After my children were grown, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an appraiser.  I apprenticed for a few years with a local appraiser, took the courses I needed and then started my own business. Once my name was listed on the ISA website, the phone didn’t stop ringing. I found myself working endless hours with little time for continuing education.  Even though I tried to set aside time each week for educational purposes, there were other demands of running a business, which always required my attention.

My first years as an appraiser were filled with difficult appraisals and assignment challenges that I now realize were just necessary steps in the learning process that can’t be learned from a book or class. I remember having a difficult time with one concept while taking the ISA core courses and my instructor, Leon Castner said to me, “You have the basics but now you have to start thinking like an appraiser”.  At the time, I didn’t really understand what he meant, but I do now.  The hard work paid off, everything fell into place and now I am looking forward to seeing what the future will bring. Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship and giving me the opportunity to continue learning and working towards my goal to obtain the ISA CAPP designation.

My future goals include giving back to the appraisal community by becoming a mentor and offering an internship position in my appraisal business. I would also like to work towards establishing an ISA chapter for Central Texas to provide support to appraisers living in the Austin and San Antonio corridor.

Janet V. Madrigal

Janet Madrigal headshotI am so excited to be one of the 2015 Foundation for Appraisal Education’s Scholarship recipients. My background includes a B.A. and M.B.A.; and in 2014 while sending my youngest to college and following his college football schedule, I decided to pursue going back to school by taking ISA’s CORE, ARC, and USPAP.

In 2015, I kick started my business, Attic to Appraisals, in the Chicago south suburbs.

I am currently on the Bauhaus Chicago Foundation Appraisal team. This has led me to enhance my art background by taking ISA’s Fine Art curriculum this Fall 2015.

Again, a heartfelt thanks to the Foundation for Appraisal Education organization for helping me to continue my appraisal studies.

New Appraiser

Vanessa Elmore

Vanessa ElmoreI would like to express my gratitude to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for choosing to award me their 2014 Scholarship in the New Appraiser category. I am thrilled and honored at the recognition and am eager to use the award to further enhance my education towards becoming a well-rounded and deeply knowledgeable professional fine art appraiser.

Earlier this year, I became a member of the International Society of Appraisers and then subsequently, launched my own business, Elmore Art Appraisals, which offers appraisals for fine art with a specialization in American Indian Art. I have 16 years of experience working within the antique and contemporary American Indian Art market, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History, concentrating on Art of the Americas.

I am quite confident that this scholarship, that is to be applied to the Fine Arts Appraisal Course as offered through ISA, will not only be a welcome challenge but a highly rewarding experience. Thank you, again, to the FAE for encouraging me to continue towards my goal of becoming a leader in our field by providing a high-standard of excellence through the demonstration of expert connoisseurship skills.

Emma Frank

Emma FrankAfter working in the arts sector for many years and recently completing a Master’s degree in Art History at York University, I am now very pleased to be part of the International Art department at Waddington’s auction in Toronto.

I truly enjoy working in the fast-paced auction industry, situated in the heart of the ever-changing art market and surrounded by an almost constant influx of paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings from both Canada and abroad.

The material covered in the International Appraisal Society’s Core Course in Appraisal Studies has proven highly useful in my current position and has also helped me to establish an essential foundation of professional standards as I continue to build my appraisal portfolio and practice. It has also opened up a wonderful community and professional network outside of the workplace. I sincerely thank the Foundation for Appraisal Education for awarding me the “New Appraiser” scholarship, which has allowed me to pursue this valuable educational opportunity.

Rachael Storey

Rachael StoreyI am beyond happy to have received this scholarship and very appreciative. I would like to thank the Foundation for Appraisal Education for their help in continuing my education.

Working for the family business Storey’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in London, ON I have been interested in the business since I was a child and look forward to having a career there. In 2009 I took the necessary steps to become a certified auctioneer. I then continued my education by getting my business degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2013. Lastly, in 2014 I have completed my core course in Appraisal Studies.

Again, thank you so much and I look forward to using the scholarship to further my appraisal education.

Darlene Wong

darlene-wongIt is with immense gratitude and thanks that I accept this generous scholarship for “Experienced Appraiser” from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. This award will be used to take the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors’ (NAWCC) watch valuation course in 2015.

I first became aware of this organization when I took ISA’s webinar on “Fundamentals of Watch Appraising” presented by Joe Cohen in 2011. My interest in antique, period jewellery and watches was first stoked when I worked for an estate retailer in the early 1990’s. As I was exposed to estate jewellery and the fascinations of provenance and jewellery design, my interest became a passion, a passion that fueled my future career and studies in gemmology with the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) and later in appraisal studies with both the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and Registered Master Valuer Program (RMVP). Eventually in 2005 I founded my own practice, Brilliant Evaluations & Appraisals to provide independent evaluations & appraisal services to the public and the other business organizations.

Through the 2000’s I practiced as a gems & jewellery appraiser but I felt a void in my formal knowledge of pocket & wristwatches. The study of time pieces is an entirely separate field from estate jewellery and cannot be learned from only reading textbooks alone. Even before my education I had always been drawn to pocket & wristwatches. I was utterly enthralled by their individual, unique mechanical movements paired with the variety of complex complications, casings, styles, and materials. The ISA webinar I took showed me that NAWCC’s watch valuation course would be integral to rounding out my skill set and broadening the services I can offer my clients.

Education is an important foundation to any business no matter what your specialty is. I look forward to adding my watch valuation skills to my repertoire as a gems & jewellery expert.

New Appraiser

Jenny Dortmans

Jenny DortmansA heartfelt thank-you to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for awarding me a scholarship the New Appraiser category! I am very excited for this opportunity and new challenge in my career. I have a love of jewellery, especially antique and period jewellery, that brought me to James O. Poag Jewellers, Ltd. in Strathroy, Ontario. I have been a member of the team here for the last ten years.

Six years ago, I graduated from the Gemological Institute of America with my Graduate Gemologist diploma, and now in 2013 I will be able to add “Appraiser” to my list of accomplishments! I am ready to take on a new challenge in the gems and jewelry field. This scholarship will give me the opportunity and ability to further expand my knowledge.

Thank you again for selecting me. I am looking forward to the Core Course in Appraisal Studies in October!

Maggie Lopez

Maggie LopezI am honored to receive this generous award from the Foundation For Appraisal Education. I have been collector of “everything” since childhood and it seems as though I have been around appraisals my entire professional career. I was a personal lines/kidnap and ransom insurance agent for high-wealth individuals for many years, and became exposed to the world of fine art, jewelry and furnishings.

Formally trained in the arts, I founded my own art consulting practice, Zeitgeist ARTifacts Inc. in 1999. I provide consultative and curatorial services to individuals and corporations with significant art holdings. It was a clear progression for me to become a Personal Property Appraiser and I commenced my studies eagerly with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) earlier this year, completing the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies as well as completing the USPAP course.

As with every profession I have practiced, my aim is to become an ambassador for the appraisal profession by promoting excellence through education, and eventually mentoring those entering the field. This scholarship will enable me to continue my educational studies and help me achieve my ultimate goal of earning the ISA CAPP designation.

Experienced Appraiser

Diane Stevenett

Diane StevenettI am thrilled to have been awarded an “Experienced Appraiser” Scholarship from the Foundation of Appraisal Education, and excited to attend the International Society of Appraiser (ISA) Core Courses in Appraisal Studies this October, in Illinois. I earned my MFA in Sculpture from BYU, Utah, I am an active studio artist, a former County Arts Commissioner and former owner of three art galleries.

After moving to Santa Barbara, CA. in 1990, I began cleaning and preserving sculpture, oil paintings, paper works, and refurbishing artwork for insurance claims with Conservator Scott Haskins of FACL (Fine Art Conservation Laboratories). After cleaning and restoring massive Murals on site for FACL and MCLA (Mural Conservation of Los Angeles), and assisting ISA Appraiser Richard Holgate on numerous appraisals of fine art, antiques, objects d’art and home inventories, I was encouraged to pursue my studies for certification as an Appraiser of Fine Art & Antiques.

After a lifetime of involvement in the arts, becoming an ISA appraiser with a specialty in Fine Arts is a natural step in my art journey. With knowledge and experience in art conservation, together with my art expertise, I can be an effective asset in service to my community and clients who may face damage of their art & antiques, need thorough home inventories and appraisals, sale consultation, or appraisals for legal matters. This grateful and generous scholarship makes it all possible.

Christine Vincent

Christine VincentA heartfelt thank you to all involved at the Foundation for Appraisal Education. With this generous scholarship I will be attending the International Society of Appraisers’ Appraisal of Fine Arts Course this November.

I am a graduate of George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) with a B.A. in Art History. I worked at The National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. before staying home to raise my children. After they left home, I began taking classes in Interior Design which led me to the study of the decorative arts. I was accepted into the M.A. program for The History of the Decorative Arts at the Smithsonian Institution (through GMU) and hope to take courses there soon.

I am a member of both the ISA, and our local National Capital Area chapter. I have taken distance learning courses in Appraisal Studies through New York University and will soon complete the ISA’s Core Course in Appraisal Studies. This past April, I passed the USPAP Exam and attended ISA’s Assets 2013 in Chicago. Next month I’ll be attending The FAE’s Annual Symposium at Quinn’s Auction Galleries – just a 10 minute drive from home!

I have been interested in art and antiques for most of my life, and in the past few years have become passionate about all things contemporary – art, decorative art, furniture and architecture. My introduction to the world of appraising came through an internship opportunity with a local appraiser. I am presently working with two appraisers in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area who are not only experienced and noted in their field, but have been extremely welcoming and generous, sharing both their time and knowledge. It’s an opportunity for which I will always be grateful.

I will be opening my own business very soon offering Fine Art and Antique appraisals as well as research services to both the public and the professional appraiser. I look forward to working closely with my clients, helping them make informed decisions with regard to their appraisal needs and to provide those services in an affordable, confidential and professional manner. I would also like to encourage all those interested in the field of appraising to actively pursue their interest, especially those starting a second career. There’s no greater satisfaction than going to work doing what you love and what interests you most.

The Gloria Moroni Education Scholarship

Jackson Frenzel

Jackson FrenzelI feel both honored and privileged to be awarded the Gloria Moroni Education Scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. My lifelong passion for vintage and collectible musical instruments led me to look into a career as a fine instrument appraiser and I am exceptionally grateful for the FAE for helping me embark on this journey.

I come from a long line of musicians and fine instrument enthusiasts and I plan on devoting my life to the continued scholarship, preservation and stewardship of vintage musical instruments as an appraiser. I hope to take my previous experience in fine instrument sales and combine it with the knowledge that I will gain from the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies to help me build a successful career as a vintage musical instrument appraiser.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Scholarship in Fine & Decorative Arts $1,500.00

Amelia Green – Monrovia, CA

Amelia GreenIn the three years I have been working for a personal property appraisal office specializing in Antiques and Residential Contents, I have found that my background as a UCLA History graduate sparked an interest in the history of decorative art styles. Due to this interest, I was encouraged to take a series of appraisal courses offered at UC Irvine, and would like to expand my knowledge of the decorative arts.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity given to me by Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales and the Foundation for Appraisal Education. This scholarship will enable me to take the Antiques and Residential Contents course offered by ISA this October, which will improve my connoisseurship and be invaluable to my current employment as an appraiser.

Experienced Appraiser $1,000.00 each

Laura Nelson – Tulsa, OK

Laura NelsonI am grateful to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for this generous scholarship. I very much look forward to attending the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Appraisal of Fine Art course in October.

I have maintained a lifelong interest in antiques and fine art, pursuing formal and informal education in art history and visual arts. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University and after a 20-year career in the marketing and advertising industry, became a dealer of fine and decorative arts.

Appraising became a central focus of my business, Nelson-Aaron, LLC. I successfully completed the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and most recently the Antiques & Residential Contents course (October 2011). With these, I achieved the International Society of Appraisers (ISA AM) Accredited Member designation. Because of my interest in fine art, I am pursuing further education in this area of study. The ISA Appraisal of Fine Art course will help me continue to build on the foundation set through my endeavors to date. With a more diverse educational background, it is my goal to better serve my clients and community.

Suzy McGrane-Hop – Cedar Rapids, IA

Suzy McGrane HopI am honored to be the recipient of the Experience Appraiser Scholarship. I am a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property specializing in Midwest Regionalism and WPA artists.

I have worked in art galleries for the past 16 years, since first interning at a gallery as an art student at Coe College. I began my appraisal studies in 2007 while working at a fine art gallery and then became a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property with ISA. I recently opened my own appraisal and fine art consulting business last year.

This scholarship offers me the opportunity to continue with my appraisal education and networking by attending Assets 2013. Thank you Foundation of Appraisal Education for offering this generous award.

New Appraiser $1,000.00 each

Danielle McAllister – Ontario, Canada

Danielle McAllisterI am a photo archives and heritage preservation professional who is currently based in Ottawa, ON, Canada. I hold a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Guelph (Guelph, ON, Canada) where I specialized in photography, printmaking and sculpture. My love of photography and my interest in heritage preservation led me to obtain my M.A. in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University (Toronto, ON, Canada).

On a professional level I have been involved with a variety of collecting institutions, such as libraries, museums and non-profit organizations; however I am truly passionate about photographic collections and archival institutions. After working with appraisers on a professional level, I realized the important role they play in preserving our history, heritage and culture.

It is a thrill and an honour to have been selected as the recipient of the New Appraiser Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship will allow me to enroll in the Core Course in Appraisal Studies offered through the International Society of Appraisers. I hope to use this education as an extension of my other professional skills in research, collections development and preventive conservation, to start a consulting business and potentially an art gallery.

Kamille Parkinson – Ontario, Canada

Kamille ParkinsonI am very pleased to have been awarded the New Appraiser scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education, and intend to use the award to take the Appraisal of Fine Art course offered by the ISA this coming autumn. Though I am an art historian and archivist by training, taking this course will help me to understand the nuances of fine art with respect to appraisals, supplementing and complementing my knowledge of fine art from an art historical perspective.

I have been operating my business for a little over two years, but only added fine art appraisal to the services I offer early in 2012 by successfully completing the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies (through distance ed.) and the 15-hour USPAP (2012-2013) course.

I earned my PhD in Art History from Queen’s University in 2005, specializing in 19th century British and Canadian watercolour landscape painting. I taught art history at the Bader International Study Centre (operated by Queen’s University) at Herstmonceaux Castle in southern England, and most recently taught at the State University of New York (SUNY), Potsdam. Prior to earning my doctorate I worked as an archivist at both Queen’s University and at Library and Archives Canada.

Additional General Scholarships $450.00 and $395.00

Carol Wamble – Hermitage, TN

Carol WambleI was so happy to learn I had been selected to receive this special scholarship for the CAPP Requalification course offered in October of 2012. I am looking forward to taking this required ISA course to continue practicing among the best-educated professional appraisers in the country.

I thought I was an appraiser in 1992 until I met Sally Boose, ISA AM in 1995. Sally took me under her wing and taught me what appraising was really all about. I became an ISA accredited member in 1996, and what I have gained from these 17 years as an ISA member has made all the difference in the world to me, professionally and personally. From attending ISA conferences and on-site classes over the years, I have developed a lifetime of networking with professional appraisers and friends from California to Florida to Canada. Over the past few years I have been able to help a few new appraisers in Tennessee and hope to give back a little of what so many ISA appraisers have given me.

I am very grateful to The Foundation for Appraisal Education for awarding me this scholarship.

Larra Nebel – Bronx, NY

Larra NebelI received my Bachelor’s of Fine Art with a studio emphasis in Photography and my K-12 teaching credentials at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. I moved to New York to work in the fine art photography field and am so thrilled to have received a general scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education to progress my appraisal studies at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in the appraisal of photographic prints.

New to the field of appraising, I am working as an assistant to a photography appraiser in New York and the scholarship will allow me to continue to pursue the coursework required for NYU’s certificate program, so that my training in traditional photography continues to be applicable to the art field.

Judy Martin Scholarship for the 2012 Quinn Seminar $375.00

Amanda Williams – Fairfax Station, VA

Amanda WilliamsI am honored to be granted the Judy Martin Scholarship to attend the Quinn Seminar next month. After raising two children I am combining my education in history with my interest in art and artifacts and beginning my education in the appraisal profession.

I have a bachelor’s degree in history from Colgate University where I focused on British History, spending half of my senior year in London, followed by graduate study in U.S. and Japanese History. I enjoy the research and stories behind pieces for their form, function, and historical significance. I am very grateful to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for helping me along this path.

New Appraiser category

Lauren Bradley

Lauren BradleyI am a graduate of American University, where I received my B.A. in Art History. After receiving my degree, I continued to further my education by enrolling in courses at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Last year I enrolled in the Core Courses in Appraisal Studies through the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). I successfully completed the course and the qualifying exam. I also completed the 15 hour course and examination on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

In addition to pursuing continuing education, I have worked in the art field for nearly ten years. Since graduating from American I have held jobs with a private art dealer and appraiser, large personal property appraisal firms, an internationally competitive auction house, and am currently managing a nationally recognized gallery, which specializes in the sale of American Impressionist artwork.

As a new appraiser I hope to further my appraisal education through ISA, with the intent of earning my Accredited Member status and eventually my Certified Member status. This scholarship will enable me to pursue these goals.

Experienced Appraiser category

Katherine Cutlip

Katherine CutlipI am thrilled and honored to be the recipient of the Experienced Appraiser Scholarship. I have been appraising for over 13 years in Florida in a multi-generational (grandmother, mother and myself) appraisal and estate sale business.

I have recently returned to Florida after a two-year hiatus in Cincinnati, Ohio and am very excited to have returned to Florida and to get back to work. This scholarship offers me the opportunity to attend the Antiques and Residential Contents Course in October that will be an excellent introduction back into the appraisal profession. I am very grateful to the Foundation for Appraisal Education for this generous award.

Rago Auctions Scholarship in 20th Century Design

Jess Sturtevant

Jess SturtevantI am excited to have been chosen for the Rago Scholarship, 20th century design is a passion of mine and an area that interests me.

I will be using this scholarship to take the Antiques and Residential Contents class in October to expand my knowledge as an appraiser. I currently run my store Braden River Antiques and have done so for the past 6 years and am working on expanding my appraisal business as well.


Experienced Appraiser Category Award

Susan Lahey – Toronto, Canada

New Appraiser Category Award

Marco Balzano – Phoenix, AZ

Keith Owen Ball Memorial Scholarship Award

Donna Bradshaw – Woodland, CA


Experienced Appraiser Category Award $1000

Linda Roberts – San Antonio, TX

New Appraiser Category Award $1000

Ann Rohloff – Nevada City, CA

Antique Week Award $1000

Kei Yee Chan – New York City