I 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.
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.
Thank 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.
I 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!
I 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
I 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.