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Appraisals and Identification of Artwork

The Museum of Art/WSU staff members, as employees of a State Supported organization, cannot, by law, provide written or verbal monetary appraisals or identification of artworks. To obtain an appraisal value for an artwork, consult the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) to find appraisers in your region or check the yellow pages for art dealers, galleries and consultants.

American Society of Appraisers Website: www.appraisers.org
Email: asainfo@appraisers.org

Keeping current values of your artwork for insurance purposes is advisable. Preparing the pertinent information about artist, title, date of work [if given], medium, dimensions, and marks will assist in the process. Having a good quality image of the work with details of the signature is helpful. The internet can be used to locate similar objects at galleries for sale, and sometimes provide important documentation about an object.

Permanent Collection Searchable Database

Please click on the link above to access the searchable database of our permanent collection.


Conservation

The rule of thumb for the conservation and the mounting of artwork is not to do something that can’t be reversed. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) provides a referral service and brochure titled Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator. Conservation and proper framing and matting of artworks is an excellent investment in your art. AIC lists professionals in your area.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works – The nation’s leading professional association for conservators and preservation professionals.


Caring for your collection

There are many simple rules for living with and caring for your art and heirlooms. These online resources connect you to methods and archival materials used to properly store artworks.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Proper care of your family heirlooms and art work will ensure that they are around for future generations to enjoy. To assist with your questions and care needs please go to the following site found at the AIC. www.conservation-us.org
Caring for your Treasures Page more info here →

National Park Service (NPS)

Collections Webpage: http://www.nps.gov/history/collections.htm
Email: joan_bacharach@nps.gov
Conserve O Gram Webpage: www.nps.gov/history/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes

CCI Website: www.cci-icc.gc.ca
Publications Email: cci-icc_publications@pch.gc.ca
CCI Notes Webpage: www.cci-icc.gc.ca/publications/ccinotes/index_e.aspx

The Textile Museum Guidelines for the Care of Textiles

The Textile Museum Website: www.textilemuseum.org
Email: info@textilemuseum.org
Guidelines for the Care of Textiles Webpage: www.textilemuseum.org/care/brochures/guidelines.htm


Appraisers

American Society of Appraisers: www.appraisers.org

Appraisers Association of America: www.appraisersassoc.org

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