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Educational Series to Fund Winterthur Scholarships

M.A.D. staff | September 6th, 2013


Matthew Quinn, vice president of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, introduces speaker Ken Farmer at the 2012 ISA FAE symposium. Image courtesy of Quinn’s Auction Galleries.

The Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE), the fund-raising arm of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), has announced the establishment of a scholarship program at Winterthur Museum, Library and Gardens in the name of the late Wendell D. Garrett. To be awarded over three consecutive years to graduate students or professionals with less than five years of experience in the field, the scholarships will be underwritten by funds raised through a series of FAE activities, including educational seminars. The scholarships to be awarded in Wendell Garrett’s name are for the Winterthur Institute, Furniture Forum, and Ceramics Conference.

This year’s seminar will take place September 6 and 7 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia (suburban Washington, D.C.). Registration is open to anyone with a working association or interest in antiques and fine art. ISA will award 15.5 professional development credits to those appraisers who attend the event in its entirety.

The seminar agenda is packed with entertaining, informative talks, as well as ample leisure time for socializing, dining, and networking. A meet-and-greet reception to welcome attendees will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Quinn’s second-floor gallery.

On Friday at 9:15 a.m., the lecture series will begin with Sumpter Priddy III’s talk on “Religion and Furniture in the Southern Back-Country.” This will be followed by New York City art dealer Betty Krulik’s address on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in American Painting.”

Speakers on Friday afternoon will include Luke Zipp of Crocker Farm Auctions, who will discuss “American Stoneware: Its History and Uses 1812-1900”; and Louisa Brouwer, the Israel Sack, Inc. Archives Fellow at Yale University Art Gallery, will recount the story behind the building of the Israel Sack empire and its legendary founder. An evening reception will follow immediately afterward.

Saturday offers another full day of insider information from a formidable lineup of experts. At 9 a.m., Daniel K. Ackermann, associate curator of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Old Salem (North Carolina) Museum and Gardens, will lecture on “Google It: Using New Tools to Unlock Secrets of Old Things.” Next, Alan Fausel, M.A., FRICS, vice president and director of fine arts at Bonhams, will reveal “Ten Ways to Tell a Fake Painting without Looking at It.” After lunch, Ronald W. Fuchs II, curator of ceramics and manager of the Reeves Collection, Washington and Lee University, will speak on “Chinese Export for the American Market 1785-1940.” The seminar will conclude with the personal recollections of highly decorated former FBI Agent Robert K. Wittman, who spearheaded the crack FBI art crime team and authored an autobiography, Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.

FAE board member Marcy Molinaro, ISA A.M., said the FAE made a commitment to underwrite the three Wendell Garrett Scholarships over the next three years as a posthumous tribute to one of the antiques trade’s most influential contributors. “Wendell Garrett left an immense legacy to appraisers, dealers, and collectors through his lectures, books, and magazine articles. In recognition of his lifetime of achievement, we approached the Winterthur Museum and asked if we could partner with them to fund scholarships in his name. Winterthur was an appropriate choice, as Mr. Garrett was a member of the first graduating class, in 1957, of Winterthur’s Early American Culture Program,” Molinaro said.

Matthew Quinn, vice president of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, noted that the series of seminars will offer attendees “not only a wealth of useful information, but also a unique opportunity to network at the highest echelons of the antiques and fine art trade.” He added, “It’s rare for so many VIPs to come together under one roof, make themselves accessible to others one on one, and share their knowledge so openly.” Quinn’s is hosting the seminar at its venue and providing hospitality to guests a courtesy to the antiques and fine art appraisal community.

The cost to attend the seminar, inclusive of receptions, lunches, and refreshment breaks, is $375. Of that cost, $200 is a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Attendance is limited to 100 registrants. Quinn’s is located at 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, Virginia. Nearest airports are Reagan National and Dulles International. A special room rate of $95/night is available at the Hyatt House, 8296 Glass Alley, Falls Church, Virginia, by quoting the booking reference QUINNS. To reserve a room at the Hyatt House, call (571) 327-2277.

Questions regarding the FAE Seminar may be directed to Andrea Lee at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, (703) 532-5632 or e-mail <info@quinnsauction.com>, or Marcy Molinaro at <molinaro.marcy@gmail.com>.

To view the entire seminar agenda, or to download a brochure or registration form, visit (www.foundationforappraisaleducation.org/seminar.html).


Originally published in the August 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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