The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced an illustrated lecture, “Early American Portraits,” led by Gayle Skluzacek, set for Saturday, January 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook.
Early American and Columbia County Portrait Paintings are the theme of this two-part Winter Lecture Series. The first lecture will explore Early American portraiture, focusing on the East Coast, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Post-lecture, all attendees are invited to the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ for wine or other beverages.
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.
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 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. She 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.
Regularly priced tickets will be available at the door, $15 for CCHS members; and $20 for non-members, and special early-bird rate tickets are available to purchase online, $15 for non-members.
The Van Buren Hall is located at 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.
Photo of Early American/Columbia County Portraits from the permanent collection of the CCHS provided.