Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA

  • Certified by the Appraisers Association of America (Photography)
  • IRS and IVS compliant appraisals (USPAP credential valid thru January 2019)
  • 15 years experience appraising Contemporary art, Northwest art & Photography
  • 23 years gallery and museum experience
  • M.S., History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute
  • Photography historian and lecturer

I have been working professionally in the art world for 23 years and appraising photography and contemporary art for 15 years. I continue to relish my work as an appraiser for reason that I’m often learning about artists who never made it into the annals of history, see concurrent patterns among creators from diverse areas, and meet the nicest people —collectors, curators, colleagues and artists— who enjoy imagery as much as I do.

Connoisseurship is also exceedingly important to me and my experience gives me advantages beyond mere research and methodology:  Originally trained as a photographer and painter, the skills and materials of an artist help me understand the nature of the mediums I’m looking at and how they were made and age; my education as an art historian has provided me with the history and cultural context of photographers and artists as well as a vocabulary for discussing the artwork; working at galleries and art fairs has given me a keen sense of what’s happening in the marketplace, artistic trends, and what collectors are sensitive to and interested in.  In short, my skills as a researcher, artist, historian, and saleswoman all enhance my proficiency as an appraiser.
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Randy Maurer, Archivist

Randy Maurer has been working with fine art and design museums, galleries and library collections since 2007. He received his Master of Arts degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from the joint program offered by Parsons School of Design and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2010). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2007).  His training and experience in archival techniques, collections management, and curatorial practices has been through multiple internships and work opportunities with the Minnesota Center for Photography (Minneapolis, 2007), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, 2008), Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library (New York, 2007-2009), Artnet Online Auctions (New York, 2009-2010), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2012), and The Museum of Russian Art (Minneapolis, 2012-2014). Randy’s area of specialty is nineteenth- and twentieth-century European furniture, design and contemporary craft.


ART FOCUS: Jennifer Stoots interviewed by Eva Lake on KBOO public radio (December 2010).  Listen to or download the audio interview here »





I highly recommend Jennifer for appraisal and consulting services.  I would describe Jennifer as conscientious, detailed and efficient; she is highly regarded by museum curators and has a well respected reputation.

Mark Schlesinger, Senior Property Manager, Schlesinger Companies

I would recommend Jennifer in a heartbeat.  You don’t know you need her until you enter her world of buying, selling and appraising art.  Stoots is insightful and thorough and practical, personable and funny.

Ellen Van Fleet, Artist & seller of a rare painting by a significant 20th century artist

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