ISA Annual Conference, 2018

The International Society of Appraisers released the program for its Assets 2018 annual conference. According to the ISA website, "Assets 2018 will take place at The Westin Pasadena in Pasadena, California, March 9-12, 2018. Join us as we explore the theme "The Gold Standard: Innovation & Valuation" through educational sessions and special tours. And, you'll get the opportunity to connect with your fellow appraisers at our social events."

The program, as usual is strong, and it will be nice to visit California and Pasadena for our conference.  I am also looking forward to trying  In-N-Out Burger.

I am honored to be one of the speakers in a joint presentation with Cindy Charleston Rosenberg, ISA CAPP titled, Beyond Readily Apparent Identity, with a brief description of the topic being

"As object identification and authentication grow ever more significant in developing credible appraisal conclusions, the proper application and use of the Readily Apparent Identity disclaimer becomes more of a challenge for appraisers. This presentation will explore the potential benefits and hazards of using Readily Apparent Identity disclaimers for both fine and decorative arts appraisals, and how to go further when required."

Cindy and I are excited about presenting on readily apparent identity and we will look at RAI disclaimers through the application and consideration of differing opinions, expert opinions, due diligence, research, and changing scholarship. Cindy will be presenting from a fine art perspective and I will be presenting from the decorative arts/furniture perspective. It should be a very interesting presentation with content that all personal property appraisers should be aware of and consider when developing value conclusions.

The ISA Assets 2018 conference program
Our Assets 2018 program, filled with 2.5 days of in-depth and hands-on presentations, is designed to both enrich and strengthen your professional appraisal practice.

The Assets 2018 educational program offers up to 13 Professional Development Credits.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Pre-Conference: Advanced Appraisal Methodology Course
Meredith Meuwly, ISA CAPP
Kirsten Smolensky, JD, ISA CAPP
Friday, March 9, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Fine Art Specialty Tour
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts Tours
2:00 - 5:30 PM
Assets 2018 Registration Open
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Opening Reception
A warm welcome to all conference attendees. Find yourself here!
6:30 - 8:00 PM
New Attendees Welcome Reception
Join Heritage Auctions and ISA Leadership in celebrating first-time conference attendees and new ISA members.

Hosted by Heritage Auctions

Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Registration Open
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 AM
President's Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 AM
California Dreamin' ...Missions to Modernism 
This presentation surveys distinctive California design by visionary artists, designers and craftspeople whose creativity and innovations have shaped and celebrated modern lifestyle.

Staci Steinberger
Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts and Design
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
10:15 - 11:15 AM
The Gold Standard of Leadership
Melody Kanschat will share data and techniques for developing your own leadership in the new paradigm of the co-creator age. She will explore what leadership entails in the world of fine art, antiques and decorative arts as well as share a few tips for leveraging your own strengths as a leader when working with museums, curators, collectors, collection managers and insurers.

Melody Kanschat
Executive Director, Executive Education for Museum Leaders
Getty Leadership Institute
11:15 - 11:45 AM
Networking Break
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Avoiding Errors and Omissions that Raise Flags in Tax-Use Appraisals
Tax-use appraisals can be complex and challenging. This demystifying discussion provides critical insight, information and guidance for fair market valuations.

To Be Announced
12:45 - 2:00 PM
Lunch (on own)
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Tracking and Verifying Assets: Better Authenticating Through Technology
This informative and in-depth presentation will explore new and emerging technological advancements that are making an impact on the verification and security of asset class collections.

Jordan Arnold
Sr. Manager K2 Intelligence, New York and Los Angeles
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM
From Dylan to Marilyn: The Value of Celebrity
Gain valuable insight into the multiplex of characteristics that can transform an intrinsically inexpensive object into a pop-culture treasure. This talk will provide a list of value characteristics useful in valuing unique celebrity objects with few direct comparables.

Laura Woolley
President, The Collectors Lab, Los Angeles, California
4:30 - 6:30 PM
ISA Committee Meetings
Sunday, March 11, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Registration Open
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Beyond Readily Apparent Identity
As object identification and authentication grow ever more significant in developing credible appraisal conclusions, the proper application and use of the Readily Apparent Identity disclaimer becomes more of a challenge for appraisers. This presentation will explore the potential benefits and hazards of using Readily Apparent Identity disclaimers for both fine and decorative arts appraisals, and how to go further when required.

Todd W. Sigety ISA CAPP
WSA Appraisals, The Appraisers Workshops, Alexandria, Virginia

Cindy Charleston Rosenberg ISA CAPP
Art Appraisal Firm, LLC, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
10:10 - 11:20 AM
Break-Out Sessions:
Break-Out A:
Personal Property Asset Collections and Their Collateral Lending Value
There has been a surge in growth of personal property asset class collections used as collateral. This session will illustrate how to recognize and apply caution to the issues surrounding the valuation of leveraged collections.

John Arena
US Trust, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Break-Out B:
Design Inspiration & Ingenuity: Discovering California Pottery
From the bright colored glazes of the 1930's to mid-century modern, learn about the inventive design and playful shapes associated with this sought after and often overlooked pottery.

Bill Stern
Book Author and Executive Director of the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles, California
Break-Out C:
New Appraisers Guide to the Galaxy
This instructive and empowering session will be most beneficial for appraisers in the beginning years of building their appraisal practices.

Kirsten Smolensky, JD, ISA CAPP
Owner, Minerva Appraisal, LLC., Brentwood, Tennessee
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Luncheon and ISA Awards Presentation
1:05 - 2:20 PM
Break-Out Sessions:
Break-Out A:
Good, Better and Best: Ansel Adams Photographs
Ansel Adams was a prolific photographer whose documentary portraits and landscapes form the iconic imagery of the American West. This session will elucidate how to have an educated eye and apply close scrutiny to important valuation characteristics in Adam's oeuvre.

Brittany Moorfield
Director of Photography Sales, Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite, California
Break-Out B:
Good, Better and Best: American Furniture and Silver
This session will focus on examples of furniture and silver with comparisons based on design and craftsmanship, illustrating how to rate each example from average to masterpiece.

Brooke Sivo
Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Bonham's, San Francisco, California
2:25 - 3:40 PM
Break-Out Sessions:
Break-Out A:
Current Trends in Post-War & Contemporary Fine Art
Holly Sherratt will address the state of the Post-War and Contemporary fine art market which has been the driving force behind global art sales this past year; and will highlight some of the best performing artists.

Holly Sherratt
Director, Modern & Contemporary Art, Heritage Auctions
San Francisco, California
Break-Out B:
Stay Golden! Explore what Glitters in Costume Jewelry
Our love affair with costume jewelry and its global influence continues to evolve. This hands-on session will focus on important costume jewelry makers and today's market.

Rosalie Sayyah
"Rhinestone Rosie", Seattle, Washington
Break-Out C:
The Intersection of Appraising and Wealth Management: Working with High-Net Worth Clients, their Collections and their Insurance Carriers
This session focuses on the holistic approach required for the collaboration and scope of services, solutions and expertise required for HNWI clients, from archiving to collection management, from insurance to claims.

To Be Announced
3:40 - 4:00 PM
Networking Break
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Break-Out Sessions:
Break-Out A:
Eight Street Artists to Watch in 2018
This presentation will focus on the current list of blue-chip emerging Street artists, their hierarchy and their art; providing an invaluable roadmap to this growing global art sector.

Executive Director, Contemporary and Street Art, Julien's Auctions, Los Angeles, California and President, TreasureQuest Group, Inc.
Break-Out B:
American Innovations: Studio Glass 
Bruce Orr will cover the origins of the American studio glass movement including artists and collaborations, as well as the current market and valuation.

Bruce Orr
Owner of Jaremos, Art Glass Consultant and Authenticator, Naperville, Illinois
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Liquid Assets: Wine Investment and Appreciation
Learn how to tell the difference between plonk and priceless; and the benefits and challenges of collecting wine in a market rife with fakes and fraudsters.

Amanda Crawford
Director of Fine & Rare Wines, Heritage Auctions, Beverly Hills, California
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Foundation for Appraisal Education Reception
"A Toast to the Future of Appraising"
Join FAE for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as we raise a toast to the future of our industry.

Hosted by Treasures Estate Concierge Services, Inc.

Monday, March 12, 2018
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Coffee and Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 AM
CAPP Appreciation Coffee
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Current Issues and Pending Legislation Impacting Native American Art 

Vanessa Elmore, ISA AM
Elmore Art Appraisals, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Source: International Society of Appraisers

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