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Photograph by Jay Sturdevant on location at Shidoni Foundry, Tesuque, NM.

20th C. West Art Appraisal, Inc. was founded by principal appraiser Caroline Seigel in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2004, and specializes in the appraisal of regional Western paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. Seigel is an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers and practices according to USPAP standards.

Seigel earned a Certificate in Appraisal Studies from George Washington University for completing the four core appraisal courses offered by ASA, as well as courses in conoisseurship of fine and decorative art. These ASA core courses cover appraisal methodology, research, report writing, and valuation law. She has been tested and practices in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, or USPAP, as stated by the Appraisal Foundation in Washington, D.C. She is currently an officer of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers, and has ten years of full-time art appraisal experience. Prior to starting her business, Seigel worked for three years with Bernard Ewell Art Appraisals, Santa Fe, and is recognized as an expert witness in art appraisal in New Mexico and Colorado.

Seigel earned a B.A. in Studio Art from Colorado College, Colorado Springs; a M.A. in Art History from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a M.L.S. (Masters in Library Science) also from Indiana University. She also earned a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, and is a member of the State Bar.

Seigel has expertise in American paintings, sculpture and works on paper, with a specialization in Western and Southwestern fine art. She has appraised high-value fine art by members of the Taos Society of Artists and by New York Modernists for donation to the New Mexico Museum of Art and to the Georgia Keeffe Museum, both Santa Fe, as well as for insurance and estate settlement. Other professional projects include researching and writing bibliographies of sculptors represented in the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Seigel is also a member of the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council.

20th C. West Art Appraisal, Inc. is a member of the Business Council of the New Mexico Museum of Art.