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To be held in Quinn’s Auction Galleries, at 360 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia, the program will include Roadshow alumni and scholars from Harvard and George Washington U.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The 7th annual educational seminar of the Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE) will be held Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th, at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, located at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church. The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) will give professional development credits for those who fully participate.

The seminar is open to the public and professionals. The registration fee is $395 for both days or $200 for one day. To register, visit the seminar page at

Program topics include:

• Pitfalls and Possibilities in Appraising: A First-Hand Account, by John Buxton, ISA CAPP of ArtTrak, Inc., Joe Bothwell of Bothwell Fine Art and Leon Castner, ISA CAPP, of National Appraisal Consultants.
• The Anatomy of an Appraisal, by Leila “Lee” Dunbar, ISA AM, AAA, of Leila Dunbar Appraisals and Consulting LLC.
• Detecting Furniture Fakes, by Dr. Oscar Fitzgerald, author of American Furniture: 1650 to the Present, and professor at the Smithsonian/George Washington University Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design.
• An Affair with Beauty: The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy, by James Philip Head, Esq. of Williams Mullen.
• Provenance and Challenges in the Chinese Middle Markets, by Molly Huang, ISA and Director of Asian Arts, Quinn’s Auction Galleries.
• Chinese Snuff Bottles: A Guide for Appraisers, by Susan Lahey, ISA AM of Eastern Art Consultants, Inc.
• Demonstration of Gold and Ornamental Application on Frames, by Charles Rhodes of Golden Rhodes Frame Conservation.
• Neglected Art: Self Taught, Outsider and Contemporary Folk Art by Marcia Weber of Marcia Weber Art Objects.
• Museum Donation Panel – How Best to Advise Our Clients, with Karen Wawrzaszek of Rockefeller Capital Management and James Philip Head, Esq. of Williams Mullen.
• A Dialogue Panel on Cultural Property Challenges (speaker TBA).
• Impact of the Trump Tax Plan on Charitable Contributions, by Daniel Ruttenberg, Esq. CPA, of SmolenPlevy.

Appraisers attending this year’s conference will receive continuing education class credits to remain in good standing with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), based in Chicago, and with sister organizations like the Appraisers Association of America (AAA).

As a fundraiser, the event’s fees will benefit future scholarships and appraisal education. The money raised is key to ensure their continued success. The FAE also holds an annual benefit auction at John Moran Auctioneers to raise additional funds for scholarships.

The Foundation is currently accepting donations of quality items for next year’s FAE fundraising auction, which will be hosted once more by John Moran Auctioneers. Anyone wishing to donate an item should contact Fundraising Coordinator Wendy Gerdau, at [email protected].

Attendees will also have the opportunity to register for a special curator-led tour of the exhibition Fabergé Rediscovered at Hillwood, the estate, gardens and mansion of Marjorie Merriweather Post in Washington, D.C. The tour is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th, at 10 am. Click here to register for the tour:

FAE Seminar is also offering two educational opportunities by the International Society of Appraisers: “Advanced Appraisal Methodology” on Thursday, September 6th (available to ISA members only); and “7-Hour Personal Property USPAP” on Sunday, September 9th (available to non-ISA members). Registration and payment are separate for each course/seminar and registration information is available online at the International Society of Appraisers.

The Foundation for Appraisal Education was originally formed as the ISA Education Foundation under Illinois law and was granted non-profit status in 2003. In 2008, the name was changed to the Foundation for Appraisal Education (it has no affiliation with the similarly named Appraisal Foundation, a Congressionally authorized not-for-profit that also services the appraisal industry).

The FAE began awarding scholarships in 2004 and today presents four scholarships of $1,500 each, four scholarships of $500 each, one of $1,500 to one selected candidate in memory of Gloria Moroni and one of $1,500 to one selected candidate in memory of Ruth Isgrow. Grants for group educational opportunities, such as underwriting educational speakers for the ISA annual conference, are also awarded by the FAE.

Appraisers and friends of appraisers can now join the Foundation for Appraisal Education and support the Foundation’s ongoing work to promote the advancement of education related to personal property appraising by making a fully tax-deductible contribution.
To fund these programs, the FAE accepts memorials and gifts from groups and individuals, as well as corporate donations and sponsorships. The group is headquartered 225 West Wacker Drive, Suite #650, Chicago, Ill. To learn more, visit

Dr. Oscar Fitzgerald, author of American Furniture: 1650 to the Present, and professor at the Smithsonian/George Washington University Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, will give a talk on detecting furniture fakes.