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Gayle 's Classes and Lectures

Columbia County Historical Society


January 19, 2019

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106 

Part One of Two Lectures: 
"Early American Portraits" an illustrated lecture by Gayle Skluzacek, Art Historian & Appraiser


Early American and Columbia County Portrait Paintings are the theme of this Two-Part Winter Lecture Series sponsored by the  Columbia County Historical Society. Mrs.  illustrated lecture: "Early American Portraits", followed by a reception at the James Vanderpoel House.



Gayle Skluzacek AAA


Ms. Skluzacek is a classically educated art historian and appraiser. After working in curatorial, research, and public relations at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, the Oriental Institute, and the Carnegie Institute, she began appraising in 1981. She has catalogued important collections, estates, and archives, identified lost masterpieces, served as an art/personal property expert in court cases, and has worked closely with major museums in their art acquisition programs. Ms. Skluzacek served on the Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America and served as President, 2000-2002. She was presented with the Director's Award for her services in 2015.Since 1995 Ms. Skluzacek has been on the faculty of FIT's Graduate School, teaching appraisal classes. She has also been on the faculty of NYU since 1992, where she teaches classes on appraising, American Art, connoisseurship, wine, and ethics

Ms. Skluzacek teaches appraisal ethics to auction house experts throughout the country, including Sotheby's, Phillips, Skinner, Doyle, Freeman's, Bonham's, and Heritage. In 2001 she was invited by the Cuban government to teach a course on appraisal ethics in Havana. Recently she was appointed as fine art expert to a NY committee for the restoration of public murals.

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