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2013 Recipients

Past Recipients

A 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!

Jenny Dortmans

I 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.

Maggie Lopez

I 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.

Diane Stevenett

A 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.

Christine Vincent

I 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.

Jackson Frenzel