Ed Beardsley is Heritage Auction’s Vice President and Managing Director, Fine & Decorative Arts. With over 15 years of auction experience, Ed brings a special focus to Heritage’s newer auction categories, including Fine & Decorative Arts, Luxury Accessories, Fine Wine, Fine Minerals, and Estate and Special Collections. He is also involved in Heritage’s strategic growth through new offices and showrooms in New York and Beverly Hills. Ed enjoys being a part of one of the industry’s most friendly, approachable, and growing auction houses.
Aviva Lehmann joined Heritage in January 2013 after fourteen years in the auction industry. With over ten years of in-depth knowledge and experience in American Art, she holds a broad interest in all aspects of the field. Ms. Lehmann previously served as Vice President, Specialist in the American Art department at Christie’s, where she was instrumental in establishing dozens of auction records in virtually every category of American Art. While directing their mid-season auctions in 2004-6 she doubled the value of these sales. Additionally Ms. Lehmann has lectured on American Art at museums and institutions throughout the country.
Prior to her tenure at Christie’s, Ms. Lehmann worked for two years as assistant curator of Judaica at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Ms. Lehmann graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Yeshiva University.
Rachel Peart, a Kansas native, earned her BFA in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2006. After college, she interned with the Registrar at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City where she began to develop her interest in Photography. Rachel joined Heritage Auctions in 2007 as a Consignment Coordinator in the Rare Books department. A year later, she advanced to Project Manager and Lead Cataloger for the Fine Art Department. Rachel joined Heritage’s New York office in the Fall of 2011 and was promoted to Director of Photographs. She has brought numerous private and corporate collections to the market and actively travels the United States promoting Heritage Auctions while seeking new consignments in Photographs and Modern & Contemporary Art. Rachel is a member of ArtTable and IFAR (International Foundation for Art Research).
Art historian Dr. Marianne Berardi serves as Heritage Auctions' Senior Expert in American Art and Director of Old Master Paintings. Her dual expertise in American 20th-Century Art and Dutch 17th Century Painting was the combination which first brought her to Heritage in 2006 to research and write the book-length auction catalogue for the Walsh Family Collection of American and European Painting sold through Heritage in the Fall of 2006. Since that time she was responsible for bringing to Heritage the following collections and estates, as well as researching and writing their accompanying catalogues: the Hon. Judge Paul H. Buchanan Collection of American Painting (November 11, 2009);Lucille Ball Memorabilia from the Collection of Susie Morton and Gary Morton (Lucille Ball’s second husband) (November 14, 2010); The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor (March 20, 2011); Contemporary Art from the Estate of Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury (October 26, 2011); Selections from the American Painting Collection of the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust (May 15, 2012; May 11, 2013; and May 2014 forthcoming).
Marianne holds both a M.A. in 20th Century American Art and a Ph.D. in Dutch 17th-Century Art from the University of Pittsburgh. She held a Kress Fellowship; a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship in connoisseurship studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and two consecutive Andrew W. Mellon fellowships. During her five-year tenure as Director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of American Art in St. Joseph, Missouri, she published widely on Benton and the Regionalists. In 1993, she curated a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Thomas Hart Benton and many of his pupils whom she tracked down from many regions of the United States. The exhibition, Under the Influence: The Students of Thomas Hart Benton (1993), was accompanied by her book-length catalogue of the same title. In 2010, her book on Benton pupil Margot Peet (Discovering Margot Peet) was published by Posterity Press. Following her move to Cleveland, Ohio, Marianne served as Director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation. She has taught art history at the University of Pittsburgh, the Kansas City Art Institute, Case Western Reserve University, and John Carroll University. She has a reading knowledge of French, Dutch, German, and Italian. She is currently completing a monograph and catalogue raisonne on the celebrated Dutch flower painter, Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), on whom she is the recognized authority.
Frank Hettig is Heritage Auction's Director of Modern & Contemporary Art. In addition to more than twelve years of auction experience, Frank has a well-regarded reputation as a curator, critic and connoisseur of contemporary art. Trained as an art historian at the University of Amsterdam, Frank advised on exhibitions and museum catalogues and has lectured at a number of colleges and universities both in the US and overseas. At both the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles (German Cultural Institute) and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, he conceptualized and coordinated a variety of international cultural events including lectures and symposia, guest artist exhibitions and performing arts programs. As an independent art critic he has written reviews and features in English, German and Dutch for publications such as Archis, Art/Text, Artforum, Bauwelt, Forum International, das Kunstwerk, Kunstforum and Metropolis, among others. Frank has handled auctions of many private collections, corporate art collections including a Fortune 100 Company, the Estate of Dr. Edmund Pillsbury among others; and is also overseeing Heritage’s growth in Latin-American Art and Chinese Art.
Meredith earned her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies and Art History from Duke University in 2000, and a Master’s degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie's Education in New York in 2001. She spent the next five years in the Christie's New York Antiquities Department as sale coordinator and cataloguer of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern works of art. During her time at Christie's, she worked on numerous high profile auctions including the Doris Duke Estate, Ancient Egyptian Art from the Harer Family Trust, and the John W. Kluge Morven Collection of Ancient Art.
Meredith joined Heritage Auctions in 2007 as Senior Consignment Director in the Fine & Decorative Arts Department, overseeing two auctions each year. In January 2010, she became the Director of Appraisal Services, preparing formal appraisals for 38 specialist categories.
In addition to her duties at Heritage, Meredith participates as an appraiser for Antiques Roadshow on PBS, specializing in Glass, Silver, and Decorative Arts. Meredith is a certified appraiser of personal property with the International Society of Appraisers. She serves on the ISA Fine Art committee and is an executive board member of the Foundation for Appraisal Education.
With a Master's Degree from the Cooper Hewitt Museum's program in Decorative Arts History, Karen's career has led her down numerous paths including the development of exhibitions and collections of modern design as well as into teaching. She entered the field working with renowned museum collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Honing her eye and expanding her knowledge through extensive travel and exposure to important European collections enhanced her roles in development and purchasing for galleries in Birmingham, MI, Chicago and Atlanta before joining the Silver and Decorative Arts Departments at Heritage in 2007.
Alissa is well versed on the art market, having managed multi-million dollar collections nationwide, helping collectors find premier paintings by important California and Western artists; and having worked both at major California and New York auction houses and alongside some of the country’s most respected dealers. Alissa received her BA in Art History with an emphasis in the Italian Renaissance, then pursued her Master’s in American Fine and Decorative Arts. After spending several years in New York, Alissa decided to return to her native grounds to specialize in the great masters of the American West, working in the California Painting department of another prominent auction house and as Director of a highly recognized California Art Gallery. “I realized early on that this niche of the market is filled with passionate collectors and I feel fortunate to continue to build relationships with those buyers ” In addition to her role as Director, California Art, Alissa acts as one of the company’s auctioneers.
Mark Prendergast earned his degree in Art History from Vanderbilt University and began his career in the arts working with a national dealer in private sales of 20th Century American Art. Joining Christie's in 1998 and advancing during a decade tenure to the position of Vice President, he was instrumental in bringing to market many prominent works of art, collections and estates. Based in the Heritage Houston office, he serves as Director of Trusts & Estates, providing assistance to fiduciary professionals in all aspects of appraising and liquidating their clients' tangible assets. Since joining Heritage Auctions, Mark has brought to market important estate collections of Western Art, Jewelry, Timepieces, Vintage Guitars and Firearms. He regularly represents Heritage at conferences and provides speaking presentations to professional estate planning groups throughout the country. From initial contact to final settlement, he strives to make the appraisal and auction process seamless and timely.
Brandon Kennedy earned his Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting & Drawing from The University of North Texas in 1996 and then graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1998. Since then, he has worked in a number of galleries, non-profit spaces, and museums in various capacities. In addition to his time spent working in art institutions, he has also exhibited, curated, and written about art and book culture. After a seven-year stint in the independent & collectible book trade in New York City, Brandon returned to the Dallas area in 2010 and was hired as a cataloguer in the Rare Books department at Heritage Auctions later that same year. In 2012, with his great interest and knowledge in Modern & Contemporary Art, he transferred to the department where he now works with clients as a Consignment Director.
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