Art Consignment Directors

Ed Jaster
Ed Jaster
Senior VP, Heritage Auctions
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From the very beginning, Ed Jaster seemed destined for the art business. His parents met while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s, the same school their son would later attend. Subsequently, for some 20 years, Ed owned his own commercial art firm in Chicago, acquiring, trading, and selling world class collections of American photography, illustration art, and vintage comic books. Ed brought his vast experience and expertise in collectibles to Heritage Auctions in 2002.

Ed Beardsley
Ed Beardsley
Vice President - Heritage Auction Galleries
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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.


Nicholas Dawes
Nicholas Dawes
VP, Special Collections, New York
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Nick began his career in his native England in the late 1960's and brings forty years of experience in the antiques and fine art auction business. He emigrated to New York in 1979 and has pursued his career there as an auctioneer, appraiser, author, lecturer and antiques dealer. He is a former Department Head and auctioneer at Phillips and at Sotheby's in New York, and has organized his own auctions at several prominent auction houses including Doyle and Rago, where his annual events dedicated to the art of Lalique received great critical acclaim between 2000 and 2006. He also conceived and helped organize two of the most successful live auctions of sports memorabilia in the history of the hobby. He has held an annual exhibition and sale of Lalique glass hood ornaments at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance since 1993, and is considered this country's leading authority on the work of Rene Lalique. Nick is the author of three standard works on decorative arts which have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, together with scores of articles, and lectures widely internationally.  He has been a faculty member of Parsons, the New School for Design, since 1984, and has taught Luxury Marketing at Columbia Business School and courses on English and French furniture at the Bard Graduate Center.  He first appeared as an appraiser on 'Antiques Roadshow' for PBS in the second ever broadcast of the show, and has appeared regularly ever since, discussing ceramics, glass, silver and other decorative arts.

Aviva Lehmann
Aviva Lehmann
Director of American Art, New York
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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.


Ariana Hartsock
Ariana Hartsock
Consignment Director
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Ariana Hartsock earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her M.A. in Modern Art, History of the Art Market, and Connoisseurship at Christie's Education in New York. Prior to joining Heritage, she held positions with two major New York auction houses as a Specialist in American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, and headed twice-yearly, record-breaking sales in the category. She began her career at prominent galleries in California, specializing in American and Early California art. She now serves at Heritage as a Consignment Director in Fine Art.

Rachel Peart
Rachel Peart
Director, Photographs, New York
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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).  


Marianne Berardi PhD
Marianne Berardi PhD
Senior Fine Arts Expert
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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
Frank Hettig
Director, Modern & Contemporary Art
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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.


Todd Hignite
Todd Hignite
Vice President of Heritage Auctions
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Todd Hignite has extensive experience working in the gallery and auction worlds, specializing in contemporary art, original comic art, and illustration art. Todd holds a Master's Degree in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, worked for a number of years at Pace Gallery, New York, and has curated many commercial gallery and museum exhibitions, notably the retrospective R. Crumb's Underground, which originated at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and toured the US, including the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. He has also written on contemporary art for numerous publications, and is author of the books The Art of Jaime Hernandez/The Secrets of Life and Death (Abrams, 2010) and In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists (Yale University Press, 2006).

Todd joined Heritage Auctions in 2008 and was promoted to a Vice President in 2011. Since coming to Heritage, he has managed a number of the most significant art consignments to be brought to auction.


Meredith Meuwly
Meredith Meuwly
Director of Appraisal Services
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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.


Atlee Phillips
Atlee Phillips
Director, Texas Art
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Atlee Marie Phillips was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. At that time, her parents J. O. "Dutch" Phillips and Mary Frances Phillips were already firmly established figures in the North Texas arts community. Atlee grew up working in their Fort Worth and Dallas art galleries. Throughout high school, she held an intern position in the Amon Carter Museum library for over three years. Atlee attended The Colorado College where she obtained a BA with a major in Art History. During college, she focused her studies on the development of modernism and worked as the Student Coordinator of the Coburn Gallery. Following her return from The Colorado College, Atlee completed another internship at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She then entered the graduate program at Tulane University in order to study Aztec and Colonial Mexican art. She was also lucky to find an enthusiastic mentor in artist and scholar, Stuart Gentling. As the Director of Texas Art at Heritage, she is building on her unique knowledge of Early Modern and Contemporary Texas art, as well as her studies in Texas history. She is looking forward to continuing her parents' work by raising the public awareness of Texas art, promoting Texas artists, and working with Texas art collectors.

Karen Rigdon
Karen Rigdon
Director, Decorative Arts & Design/Silver & Vertu
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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.


Delia E. Sullivan
Delia E. Sullivan
Senior Specialist, Consignment Director
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With a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, Delia E. Sullivan studied Primitive Art with Ted Carpenter and Shamanism with Michael Harner. She worked for 14 years at Christie's in New York City, seven of which were spent as head of the American Indian Art Department. From 2000 through 2007, Delia managed two auctions a year in that capacity, during which she significantly raised the profitability and reputation of her department.

Alissa Ford
Alissa Ford
Director, California Art
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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
Mark Prendergast
Director of Trusts & Estates
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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.


Carolyn Mani
Carolyn Mani
Consignment Director and Trusts & Estates, Beverly Hills
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Carolyn brings more than a decade of experience in both live and online auctions to her position at Heritage Auction Galleries Beverly Hills, as well as an extensive background in appraising and vetting Furniture and Decorative Arts, Fine Art, Collectibles, Musical Instruments and Entertainment Memorabilia. Prior to joining Heritage, Carolyn served as Director in the Sunset Estate Department at Bonhams & Butterfields, also serving as Generalist and Auctioneer,  where she established a proven track record in working with large consignments and institutions in Hollywood and Southern California.  During that 10 year span Carolyn also provided auction services to numerous charities including Stars for a Cause, The LOOC foundation, Wheels for Humanity, The Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers, The Chrysalis Foundation, Project Angel Food among the many.


Corey Cripe
Corey Cripe
Consultant
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Peter Fairbanks
Peter Fairbanks
Director, Fine Art, San Francisco
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Peter M. Fairbanks has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of American and European Art. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Peter received his Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and completed Sotheby's Executive Training Program in London in 1974. Upon his return to the United States, he founded the Fine Art Department at William Doyle Galleries in New York. When Phillips (Son & Neale) Auctioneers, the London-based company, opened in New York, Peter was appointed Senior Vice President, overseeing Business Development and Fine Art. In 1980, he was hired by Butterfield Auctioneers (now Bonhams), San Francisco, as Senior Vice President of Operations and Director of the Fine Art Department. Peter served on the Boards of the European Fine Art Foundation (organizers of The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht, The Netherlands), the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation and the American Conservatory Theater, among others. He is the Western Regional Representative of the Appraisers Association of America, and has served as a fine art appraiser continuously for the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow since its inception in 1997.


Brandon Kennedy
Brandon Kennedy
Consignment Director, Modern & Contemporary Art
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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.


Brian Roughton
Brian Roughton
Director, American and European Art
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After several years assisting Heritage Auctions on retainer, Brian Roughton joined the team as Director of American & European Paintings in January, 2012.  With 45 years experience as the owner and president of Roughton Galleries, Inc., he brings to Heritage a highly respected international reputation as an expert in both 19th & early 20th century important American and European paintings.

Mr. Roughton is distinguished for his scholarship and actively supports research in American and European art. He is currently working on the forthcoming catalogue raisonne for the works of French academic painter Leon Bazile Perrault. In addition, with Mr. Roughton’s extensive working knowledge, experience and expertise, he is an accepted authority for the works of Edouard L. Cortes, Antoine Blanchard,  Hovsep Pushman, Johann Berthelsen, and Guy C. Wiggins.

Along with his colleagues on the coasts, Mr. Roughton's goal is to assist and direct Heritage Auctions American and European Paintings department to become the house of choice for important American and European art at the highest level  and to continue his dedication to further the education of the American public regarding its artistic and cultural heritage.

Roughton is a member of several organizations including the IAGA (International Art Galleries Association), IFAA (International Fine Art Appraisers), and formerly the FADA, (Fine Art Dealers Association), where he held a position on the Board of Directors and Vetting Committee.