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Gallery Owners, Gemologists, and Other Specialists Gathered to Learn the Craft of Appraisal at Purchase College “Boot Camp”

Purchase College-SUNY held its fourth annual appraisal camp from Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, June 21, 2016. The non-credit certificate program, run through the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education, is a partnership with the American Society of Appraisers. The intense two-week program has led more than 70 students toward accreditation over the past four years.

Kelly Jackson, Director of the School of Continuing Education at Purchase College, said, “We’re proud of this unique program which provides the skills necessary to build a fulfilling career. We’re confident that by the time participants leave our campus that they have taken an important step toward becoming an appraiser or working as an appraisal expert in a gallery, auction house, or insurance company.”Focusing on personal property and the collecting of fine art, decorative art, antiques, furniture, jewelry, coins, stamps, and other specialties, the participants learn the history and tools necessary to appraise and/or collect a wide range of items with assurance and competence. Lectures are complemented by field trips, and the use of the college’s Neuberger Museum of Art, one of the ten largest university museums in this country.Hailing from Wisconsin, Wyoming, New Mexico, Missouri, Maine, California, Texas, and beyond, this year’s cohort of 21 gallery owners, gemologists, auto experts, and others, spent two weeks taking classes in personal property valuation, appraisal, research and analysis, and the legal and commercial environment.


Auto expert Marvin Braund, who traveled from Tomah, Wisconsin to attend the program, said, “The course here offered exactly what I needed in a minimal amount of time. It was well worth the trip.”