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All About Appraisals: Foundation for Appraisal Education
by Meredith Meuwly

William Trost Richards: Woodland Glade

This summer I was invited to join the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE), a not-for-profit organization formed to promote the advancement of education related to personal property appraising.

The FAE raises funds for scholarships to aid those seeking to improve their knowledge in the field of personal property appraising by attending courses, classes, workshops and conferences. We began awarding scholarships in 2004 and currently present scholarship awards of $1,000 each to one new and one experienced appraiser. We also have a newly established scholarship program at the Winterthur Museum, Library, and Gardens in honor of the late Wendell Garrett, a phenomenal historian and trusted authority on American decorative arts.

To fund all of these important programs, the Foundation for Appraisal Education accepts memorials and gifts from groups and individuals, as well as corporate donations and sponsorships. The FAE also raises money by hosting an annual Educational Seminar. This year's seminar will be held September 5-7 th at Quinn's Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the fun and challenges in appraising fine and decorative arts. Guest lecturers include Sumpter Priddy III, Louisa Brouwer, Betty Krulik, Ronald W. Fuchs II, and Robert Wittman, among other renowned specialists in their fields. Registration is still open via www.foundationforappraisaleducation.org

I am honored to join such a dedicated group to furthering the education of new and experienced appraisers. The opportunity to continue exploring old and new subjects is an important part of an appraiser's training. It is certainly a major reason why I became an appraiser myself. Every day I challenge myself to learn something new, and every day I am able to share my knowledge with others. What can be better than that?


After five years at Christie's in New York, Meredith Meuwly joined Heritage Auctions in 2007 as Senior Consignment Director in the Fine & Decorative Arts Department and currently manages the Appraisal Services department. In 2009, Meredith participated as an appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow on PBS. She is also a member of the Fine Art committee for the International Society of Appraisers and looks forward to assisting with any formal appraisal needs.