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Heritage Auctions Hosts 2nd Tuesdays @ Slocum

2nd Tuesday lecture
2nd Tuesdays @ Slocum is a monthly lecture series held at our Design District Showroom (1518 Slocum St., Dallas, TX 75207) that allows Heritage Auctions' clients the opportunity to hear from a variety of fine and decorative art experts, thereby enhancing their knowledge as collectors. Past topics have included:

  • Explorers, Reporters, and Inventors: Creating an Artistic Vision of the American West
  • What to Look for When Purchasing Antique Silver: A Hands-On Session
  • Art as an Asset
  • After the Flood: Preserving, Protecting & Restoring Your Collections
  • The U.S. vs. Art Thieves

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2nd Tuesdays @ Slocum Lecture Series Archive

Lecture: The Neiman Marcus Collection: The Passion and Philosophy of a Retail Legend Continues

Lecture Date: Tue, January 12th, 2010

Speaker: Julie Kronick

Speaker Bio:

Julie Kronick
Corporate Art Curator, Neiman Marcus

As Corporate Art Curator for Neiman Marcus, Julie Kronick uses her knowledge and expertise to serve both the company’s renowned art collection as well as its customers. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987 with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in Art History. From Austin she moved to New York City where she held and internship at the Whitney Museum of American Art before taking a position at Castelli Graphics, a division of the Leo Castelli Galleries. For four years she worked at the gallery, gaining an appreciation for the artist/dealer relationship, learning the inner workings of the gallery business and the importance of educating clients. After her stint in New York, Kronick returned to Dallas and joined Neiman Marcus as an Art Consultant in 1992.

At the time the company was expanding and, with new stores opening around the country, the need for a corporate art collection became evident. After a year Neiman Marcus created a position for Kronick, Corporate Art Curator. For the past 17 years she has continued to nurture and grow the collection, maintaining existing works as well as acquiring new pieces as new projects arise. As the collection grows, Kronick continues to bring Neiman Marcus’ appreciation for visual art to fruition and grow its commitment to sharing the collection with the many visitors to the various Neiman Marcus locations.

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Lecture: Illustrating the Playboy Image

Lecture Date: Tue, February 9th, 2010

Speaker: Aaron Baker

Speaker Bio:

Aaron Baker
Curator, The Playboy Collection

Aaron Baker is the Curator of the Playboy Collection; an archive of original artworks by 20th century icons such as Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Franz Kline, Salvador Dali and Alberto Vargas. He manages the display, care and cataloging of over 5,000 works across 5 locations, including the Playboy Mansion. Baker works with galleries, museums and publishers to bring greater awareness to Playboy's history and to highlight the role the magazine and its artists has played in shaping our understanding of what's modern and cool in America.

Baker is also a Business Development Director for Playboy's Licensing Group. He has worked on a variety of licensing initiatives that leverage the brand's imagery, including the launch of The Playboy Club at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, for which he selected all of the archival imagery and also curated the art of the Hugh Hefner Suite; Playboy at 50, a 50th anniversary retrospective auction he organized with Christie's auction house in Rockefeller Center; as well as book projects such as Playboy's Silverstein Around the World and The Playboy Book. Baker also serves as a media representative for the company.

Before joining Playboy, Baker worked as a fine art specialist for Butterfields & Butterfields, where he organized The Playboy Auction, an opportunity that led to his current position. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Northwestern University, where he recently led a seminar on contemporary art. He served on the Exhibition Selections Committee for the Chicago Cultural Center from 2005 to 2009 and has been a judge for the Heartland Alliance's Art Against AIDS from 2006 to the present. Baker is also Chairman of the Board for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and had been on the board since 2006.

Baker is an artist and received his BFA from the University of North Texas in 1994 and his MFA from University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1998. He has had one-person shows in Chicago and Dallas and has participated in exhibitions in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sweden. Baker lives and works in Chicago.

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Lecture: Where Are The Cowboys in Early Texas Art?

Lecture Date: Tue, March 9th, 2010

Speaker: Michael Grauer

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Michael Grauer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a double major in painting and art history from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts degree in art history from Southern Methodist University. He worked at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, the Meadows Museum at SMU, and the Dallas Museum of Art before becoming curator of art at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in 1987. He has curated numerous exhibitions on Southwestern art, and together with his wife, Paula Grauer, published the Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800-1945 (1999). He recently contributed to The Life and Art of Joseph Amadeus Fleck (2006) and is currently preparing a catalogue raisonné on W. Herbert Dunton and biographies on Texas artists Frank Reaugh and H.D. Bugbee. He has lectured and published nationally on historic Southwestern art with an emphasis on Texas and New Mexico.

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Lecture: In Pursuit of Treasure - Bringing Valuables to Auction

Lecture Date: Tue, April 13th, 2010

Speaker: Mark Prendergast

Speaker Bio:

Mark Prendergast
Director of Trusts & Estates, Heritage Auction Galleries

In an illustrated presentation, Mark Prendergast will discuss the state of the art market in light of current economic situations. This visual and anecdotal lecture addresses recent highlights at auctions, how an objects value is determined and the importance of proper appraisals. Collectors, art hounds and fans of the "Antiques Roadshow" will enjoy Mr. Prendergast's insights into the art world with stories from his 12 year career as art dealer, Christie's Vice President and now Director of Trusts & Estates for Heritage Auction Galleries.

Mark Prendergast earned his degree in Art History from Vanderbilt University and began his career in the arts working with a national dealer of 20th Century American Art. Joining Christie's in 1998 and advancing during a 10 year period to the position of Vice President, he was instrumental in bringing to market many important and prominent works of art, collections and estates from the greater Houston/South Texas/Louisiana region. Having established a Houston office for Dallas-based Heritage auction Galleries, he continues in his role as Director of Business Development and Trusts & Estates by assisting clients with valuations, collection assessments and auction consignments in all areas of art and collectibles.

Heritage Auction Galleries is the world's third largest auction house and by far the world's leading auctioneer of collectibles and coins with over $600 million in sales within the last year and 500,000 bidder-members.

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Lecture: Cattle Drives to Cadillacs: Visions of the West by Contemporary Artists

Lecture Date: Tue, May 11th, 2010

Speaker: Michael Duty

Speaker Bio: Michael Duty is a noted author that has spent three decades in the museum community in various Director capacities, including at the National Western Art Foundation in San Antonio, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis. He is a co-founder of MuseumsWest consortium and a former Executive Director of the California Historical Society in San Francisco. Michael has organized more than 60 museum exhibitions, is a frequent lecturer, and has won multiple awards.

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Lecture: The Role of Arts in the Business World

Lecture Date: Tue, June 8th, 2010

Speaker: Rogene Russell

Speaker Bio: A University of Tennessee and Yale University School of Music graduate, Ms. Russell is a principal oboist with The Dallas Opera and oboist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Russell has been on the music faculty at Southern Methodist University and has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and Eastfield College. She has recorded with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Turtle Creek Chorale, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Voices of Change, and Texas Boys Choir. Rogene Russell is a founding member of Fine Arts Chamber Players and has served as its Artistic Director since 1989. A graduate of the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Arts program, Ms. Russell serves on the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera as the orchestra representative.

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Lecture: The Role of Art Education in the Arts District

Lecture Date: Tue, September 14th, 2010

Speaker: Lollie Tompkins

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Lollie Tompkins
Visual Arts Coordinator
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts

Tompkins is a working artist and educator, and author of the teachers' edition of The Jeweler's Art, the Texas state-adopted textbook for jewelry. As Visual Arts Coordinator she spends most of her time representing/coordinating Booker T. Washington-related events. She has been a presenter at the state level Art Education Conference, served as a member of the review board for art education textbooks at both the regional and state levels, been a board member of the Dallas Children's Museum and served as liaison to the Junior League of Dallas for the school. She is a recipient of the Excellence in Education award and is currently serving on the Cultural Committee for the Cathedral of Guadalupe. She holds a BFA and a Masters in Bilingual Education and Linguistics, both from SMU.

Charlotte Chambliss
Visual Arts Instructor
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts

Chambliss teaches the Advanced Placement Art History and Advanced Placement 2D courses in the Visual Arts Department. She is also a National College Board reader and a former lead teacher for the O'Donnell Foundation AP Strategies in Art History. She is a working artist but devotes most of her time outside of class to training other teachers nationwide. She has also been a presenter at the National Art Education Conference multiple times. Chambliss holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas).

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Lecture: Culture, Collectibles & Copy: Confessions of a Dallas Real Estate Junkie

Lecture Date: Tue, October 12th, 2010

Speaker: Candy Evans

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Lecture: Empires of Mystery: Afghanistan and India in the Age of Alexander

Lecture Date: Tue, November 9th, 2010

Speaker: David Michaels

Speaker Bio: David S. Michaels has been active in the field of classical numismatics for more than 24 years. A specialist in Roman Imperial coinage, he has an extensive background in Greek, Byzantine, Dark Age, and Medieval coins as well. He is also well known as an author and lecturer. Michaels was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957. An early viewing of the movie “Cleopatra” when he was seven years old kindled a lifelong fascination with the ancient world. While touring Italy in the mid 1980s, he purchased a battered Roman bronze coin, launching a new hobby and career path. An interview with the renowned numismatist and author David R. Sear in 1988 convinced him that ancient coins could be more than a sideline. Two years later, he made numismatics his full time vocation. Michaels’ profile in the world of ancient coins rose steadily. In 1998, he became sales director of Classical Numismatic Group. Two years later, he joined Freeman & Sear, where he remained until 2010. Michaels has published several articles on aspects of ancient coinage and has given talks on the subject across the country.

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Lecture: The Evolution of the Arts in Dallas

Lecture Date: Tue, January 11th, 2011

Speaker: Jerome Weeks

Speaker Bio: Jerome is uniquely positioned to comment on Dallas's Arts District, having watched it, along with the institutions that populate it, over the last two and a half decades as a professional arts writer, including 10 years as the Dallas Morning News' theater critic and 10 years as the paper's book columnist. For the past three years, Jerome has worked at KERA for North Texas Public Broadcasting — as Art & Seek's producer-reporter, providing radio reviews and features, online blogging and TV interviews, all of which can be found at His stories have been picked up by national NPR and PBS affiliates and made news across the nation. In addition to writing about theater, books and the visual arts, Jerome has written about pop music, television and film for such outlets as Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and American Theatre magazine. He's appeared on C-SPAN's "Booknotes," "Studio 360" and in the KERA documentary "Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theatre." Jerome is a five-time Katie Award winner (Dallas Press Club) for feature writing, specialty reporting and arts criticism; a two-time Lone Star Award-winner (Houston Press Club) for Internet feature and Internet opinion and was the recipient of the Barbara Jordan Award for reporting on the disabled. He is the only Texas journalist to be a current member of both the National Book Critics Circle and the American Theater Critics Association, and was the acting host for the theater critics' national convention in Dallas-Fort Worth in 1995.

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Lecture: The collaboration of Dallas Children

Lecture Date: Tue, December 14th, 2010

Speaker: Robyn Flatt

Speaker Bio: Robyn Flatt founded DCT in 1984 with an operating budget of $500. Under her artistic leadership, the theater's creative and operational stature has grown over the past 27 years to reflect its current annual budget of more than $3.7 million.

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Lecture: The Beginner

Lecture Date: Tue, February 8th, 2011

Speaker: Tim Rigdon

Speaker Bio: Tim Rigdon joined Heritage Auctions in 2006, and brings more than a quarter century of decorative arts experience to the company. He earned his Master's in Decorative Arts History from Parson's School of Design in New York and became a decorative arts and design dealer following a museum career that included positions at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the University of Minnesota Art Museum, establishing successful galleries in Birmingham, Michigan, Chicago, and Atlanta.

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Lecture: The Reality of Appraisal Shows and Informal Appraisal Session

Lecture Date: Tue, March 8th, 2011

Speaker: Nick Dawes

Speaker Bio: Nick began his career in his native England in the late 1960s 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. 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.

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Lecture: De-Mystifying the Auction Process

Lecture Date: Tue, April 12th, 2011

Speaker: Greg Rohan

Speaker Bio: At the age of eight, Greg Rohan started collecting coins as well as buying them for resale to his schoolmates. By 1971, at the age of 10, he was already buying and selling coins from a dealer's table at trade shows in his hometown of Seattle. His business grew rapidly, and by 1985 he had offices in both Seattle and Minneapolis. He joined Heritage in 1987 as Executive Vice-President and Manager of the firm's rare coin business. Today, as an owner and as President of Heritage, his responsibilities include overseeing the firm's private client group and working with top collectors in every field in which Heritage is active. Greg has been involved with many of the rarest items and most important collections handled by the firm, including the purchase and/or sale of the Ed Trompeter Collection (the world's largest numismatic purchase according to the Guinness Book of World Records), the legendary 1894 San Francisco Dime, the 1838 New Orleans Half Dollar, and the 1804 Silver Dollar. During his career, Greg has handled more than $1 billion of rare coins, collectibles and art, and provided expert consultation concerning the authenticity and grade condition of coins for the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). He has provided expert testimony for the United States Attorneys in San Francisco, Dallas, and Philadelphia, and for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He has worked with collectors, consignors, and their advisors regarding significant collections of books, manuscripts, comics, currency, jewelry, vintage movie posters, sports and entertainment memorabilia, decorative arts, and fine art. Additionally, Greg is a Sage Society member of the American Numismatic Society, and a member/life member of the PNG, ANA, and most other leading numismatic organizations. Greg is also Chapter Chairman for North Texas of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), and is an active supporter of the arts. Greg co-authored "The Collectors Estate Handbook," winner of the NLG's Robert Friedberg Award for numismatic book of the year. Mr. Rohan currently serves on the seven-person Advisory

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