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.



2016-Present   Member, Legal Committee, Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association, www.atada.org

2015-2020  Juror or Judge, Various Media, Annual Indian Market, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, www.swaia.org

2019-2021, Elected Board Member, Coe Center for the Arts; 2014 - 2015  Founding Advisory CommitteeThe Ralph T. Coe Foundation

2010-2012  Elected Member, Indian Market Standards CommitteeSouthwestern                      Association for Indian Arts, www.swaia.org

Why ChOOSE elmore art appraisals?


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

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

        -Contemporary American Indian and American 

         regional artswww.blueraingallery.com

-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


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


2020-2021 - USPAP Trained: Uniform
                         Standards of Professional Appraisal
, The Appraisal Foundation



Television & Radio

2017 - Contributor on Cultural Patrimony Topic,
              Native America Calling, A nationally
              syndicated NPR Radio Show.

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


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

2006 - Contributor on American Indian Art,
              Burt Wolf's Travels & Traditions:
              Santa Fe
, Episode #701; A 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 and quoted in, "Art of the Trade,"
              by Edward Readicker-Henderson, Art &
              Antiques Magazine
, February, Volume 33,
              no. 2, pgs 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,
              Volume 34, no. 5, pg. 77.


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

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

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.