Judith Vance, ASA

After careers as a professor of art history, a gallerist, writer, editor and publisher, Judith Vance completed the course work and examinations required for Certification in Fine Arts by the American Society of Appraisers and established an independent Fine Art valuation practice in the 1990s, appraising and consulting for corporate, public, and private collections. In 2003, she was granted Accredited Senior Appraiser status by the American Society of Appraisers.

She has taught appraisal studies courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. She has written a textbook for fine art appraisers and currently serves on the ASA’s Board of Examiners. 

Her area of concentration is the American and European Fine Art of the 18th through the 20th centuries; areas of special interest include American regional painting, artists’ estates, and portraiture. 


Ciriculum Vitae

Judith Vance, ASA

Accredited Senior Appraiser/Fine Arts, American Society of Appraisers

Appraisal Experience

Corporate and private collections of paintings, sculpture and prints. American and European, Eighteenth Century through Twentieth Century. USPAP-compliant reports for: charitable donations, insurance, damage and loss claims, estate distribution and tax purposes. Areas of specialization: American regional painting, particularly New England, Texas, and the Nineteenth Century art colonies, artists’ estates.

Related Experience

Instructor, Appraisal Studies Programs at Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute; Instructor in Art History, Emporia State College and Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas; Traveling Professor for the National Humanities Series, the National Endowment for the Humanities; Gallery Director, Peterborough Fine Arts; Financial research and analysis for Soros Fund Management, New York.

Professional Publications 

Textbook author, Seeing Things: an Appraiser’s Handbook for the Examination & Description of Fine Art.

Contributing Editor, The Appraisal of Personal Property; Principles, Theories, Legal Issues and Practice Methods for the Professional Appraisers, ASA Monograph Series

Syllabus author for appraisal methodology course in Examining and Describing Fine Art, Establishing a Fine Art Appraisal Practice; contributing author for the ASA core course in Valuation Methodology: Research & Analysis

Numerous published articles on appraisals, book and art reviews for newspapers, journals and magazines, including The ASA Professional and The Personal Property Journal.

Appraisal Education

American Society of Appraisers: Appraisal Studies program at George Washington University, Washington, DC; The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice course and regular updates.  

Continuing Education in Appraisal Practices: Seminars and workshops offered by the Appraisers Association of America, International Society of Appraisers, Appraisers Alliance of New England,and the American Society of Appraisers in Art Law, Provenance and Due Diligence, IRS Tax Policy, Appraisals for Insurance Damage Claims, Art Theft, Appraising in Disaster Situations, Asset Class Art Valuation, Expert Witness Testimony.  

Continuing Education in Connoisseurship: Travel seminars on Fine and Decorative Arts in the United States, Ireland, the Netherlands, City of London, Britain, Florence, Venice and Rome; courses and seminars in Pennsylvania Impressionists, Texas Nineteenth Century Artists, American Folk Art, Black Folk Art, Nineteenth Century Afro-American Artists, Painters of the American South, The Modernists in Europe and the United States, Marine Art, Audubon, and California Plein Air Painters.

University Education

National Endowment for the Humanities Post Graduate Summer Institutes for College and University Teachers, African American Art, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Master of Arts in Art History, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas; Bachelor of Arts in History, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Professional Affiliations

Accredited Senior Appraiser/Personal Property-Fine Arts, American Society of Appraisers, past Member of the Personal Property Committee, past Editor of The Personal Property Journal of the ASA, Consulting Editor for The Journal of Property Economics, Member of the American Society of Appraisers Board of Examiners for Fine Arts

Past Board Member, Foundation for Appraisal Education

Elected Member, ArtTable; Associate, International Foundation for Art Research; Member, Acquisitions Committee, Thorne-Sagendorf Gallery of Art, Keene State College; Board of Advisors, New Hampshire Endowment for the Humanities, founding member, Appraisers Alliance of New England

Member, CASETA: Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art; Friends of the Dublin Art Colony; Association of Art Editors; Association for Art History