International Society of Appraisers Offering ‘Appraisal of Fine Art’ Course

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers will offer a six-day course entitled “Appraisal of Fine Art” geared for the professional appraiser and the advanced soon-to-be-appraiser in Chicago from September 10 to 15.

The course, which a credited course for ISA members, will be taught by Cathy Peters—a professional appraiser who is certified in fine arts appraisal with a background in history and art history—and offers an opportunity for professional and advanced amateur appraisers to increase their knowledge of fine art appraising and expand their reach in the appraisal marketplace. The course will be taught at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Chicago.

This wide-ranging and in-depth course will emphasize the primary categories of fine art frequently encountered by appraisers and dealers such as paintings, sculpture, works on paper, frames, photography, animation art, Russian icons and Spanish Colonial art. The major areas of focus will be art history, looking at artworks properly, identifying and researching fine art works, properly describing art works, correctly employing specific vocabulary, and art conservation.

The course will encompass required pre-course reading and in addition to the class room instruction will include a written assignment and a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to provide students with close exposure to the property categories being studied. The course will conclude with a written examination on the afternoon of the last class day.

The course will be conducted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 10 and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Enrollment is available to all appraisers and those interested in becoming appraisers. Appraisal of Fine Art is being offered only once this year and class size is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Cost of the course is $1,200 for ISA members and $1,470 for non-members. Registration deadline is Sept. 7. Registration is available online on the ISA Web site or through the ISA office main office. For more information contact the International Society of Appraisers at (312) 891-6778 or via e-mail at email ISA will offer a six-day course in October entitled “Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Content.”

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