Elmore Art Appraisals provides an expert focus on American Indian Art of North America.

Broader art categories served include American Fine Arts (particularly Western and Southwestern artists), Spanish Colonial Arts (particularly New Mexican Devotional Arts and Furniture), and American Studio Glass.

All time periods covered:
Prehistoric, Historic, and Contemporary.

All cultural regions of North America covered: Northeast/Woodlands, Southeast, Great Lakes, Prairie, Plains, Plateau/Great Basin, Southwest, California, Northwest Coast, Alaska, Interior Canada, and the Subarctic.

All categories of art covered:
Basketry, Beadwork & Quillwork, Clothing & Accessories, Ledger Drawings & Pictographic Arts, Studio Glass, Dolls & Toys, Kachinas/Katsinam, Jewelry, Textiles & Weavings, Weapons, Paintings, Pottery, Mixed Media, Sculptures, New Mexican Furniture, Devotional Arts (Retablos & Bultos), and Works on Paper.



Current:  Accredited Member (AM),
                    International Society of Appraisers 
 Specializing in American Indian &             
                   American Fine Arts


Current:  USPAP Trained: Uniform Standards of
                  Professional Appraisal Practice
, The
                  Appraisal Foundation


Because your collection of artwork represents an aesthetic and emotional endeavor, a personal legacy, a family history, or a dedicated hobby.  

More importantly, it is also a form of asset allocation, and in our ever-changing economic atmosphere it should be a priority for collectors to seek valuations from a knowledgeable and trustworthy, specialist art appraiser for evaluating the monetary value of their artworks. 

There are many risks to be assessed when placing a dollar amount on artwork.  Are you risking selling too low or paying too much for an object?  What does your current insurance policy look like--are you under or over insured?  Might your heirs fall prey to unfair division or taxation of your willed property?  Can you avoid incurring tax penalties, or reduce your audit risk, for your planned charitable donations?

Vanessa Elmore, of Elmore Art Appraisals, helps you to navigate the complexities of the art market and to properly assess the current economic standing of your collection by providing qualified valuations and expert counsel upon which you can bolster your financial decisions.



2006 - Master of Arts, Art History
            (Specialization: Art of the Americas)    
             University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

1998 - Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology & Art
             (Art History & Studio Art: Drawing) 
              Colby College, Waterville, ME

Why ChOOSE elmore art appraisals?

2016-Present  Legal Committee Member, Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association,

2015-2022  Juror/Judge, Indian Market, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts,

2019-Present  Elected Board Member, Coe Center for the Arts; 2014 - 2015  Founding Advisory CommitteeRalph T. Coe Foundation      

2010-2012,  Elected Standards Committee Member, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts,


-Owner/Appraiser, Elmore Art Appraisals
                                     Santa Fe, NM

-Art Associate, Blue Rain Gallery
                          Santa Fe, NM & Scottsdale, AZ

        -Contemporary American Indian and American 


-Assistant Director, Morning Star Gallery
                                    Santa Fe, NM
       -Antique American Indian art and artifacts,
        Spanish Colonial arts, 19th & 20th Century 

        American fine arts, a sister gallery to Nedra
       Matteucci Galleries, SF, NM

-Sales & Research Associate,Morning Star Gallery
                                                     Santa Fe, New Mexico

Television & Radio

2017 - Contributor about Cultural Patrimony,
              Native America Calling, nationally
              syndicated NPR Radio Show.

2014 - Contributor about American Indian Art,
              Value This! with Brian & Leon,
              nationally syndicated PBS Radio Show


2010 - Contributor about American Indian Art,
              Visvim Dissertation on Permeation:
              Harmony versus Convergence
              documentary film by fashion designer, Hiroki
              Nakamura; ASVOFF3: A Shaded View of Fashion
              Film Festival, Paris, France

- Contributor about American Indian Art,
              Burt Wolf's Travels & Traditions:
              Santa Fe
, Episode #701; nationally
              syndicated PBS television program


Selected Publications

2016 - 2018  Columnist, No Free Appraisals,          
             ATADA News Quarterly Magazine

2014 - Writer,Let it Sink in: The Art of Jagua,
First American Art Magazine, Issue No. 4,
​              Fall, pp. 64. 

2010 - Contributor/As quoted, "Art of the Trade,"
              Edward Readicker-Henderson, Art &
              Antiques Magazine
, February 2010,
              Volume 33, No. 2, pps. 82-91.

2007 - Writer, The Richard M. Howard Collection:
             Tonita Roybal
(San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery)
             Exhibition Catalogue for Nedra Matteucci
             Galleries, Santa Fe, NM.

2007 -Writing and Content Contributor on American              Indian Art--Art of Plains Indians;            
             Indian Craft Book, World Mook, March,   
             Issue # W645, World Photo Press, Tokyo, Japan.

2006 - Magazine Feature as one of "Four Gallerists We
              Love," Santa Fean Magazine, June 2006,
              Volume 34, No. 5, pp. 77.