Christy Vezolles, president of Art Value, LLC, is a tested and accredited member (AM) of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She was awarded a Certificate of Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts, having completed coursework at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), including the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course and examination.
Christy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 1977. She majored in printmaking and pottery, and received extensive instruction in art history. She studied for a year at Herron School of Art of Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). She continues to add to her expertise through museum training classes, by attending lectures and seminars and through independent study at museums in the U.S. and Europe.
She is active in the Phoenix Metro Chapter of ASA and represented the chapter at the Arizona State Bar Convention in 2004 and 2007. Before establishing her own practice, Vezolles was employed as an art appraiser at Corinne Cain, Ltd.
Christy Vezolles is a member of ArtTable, a prestigious national organization for professional women in the visual arts. A member of the Phoenix Art Museum League and Contemporary Forum, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council and the Western Arts Association. She is active in the Heard Museum Guild and the Heard’s Las Guias docent program.
From 1978-1992, Vezolles served as a faculty member at the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College in Ohio. Concurrently, she worked as a professional fine artist, in addition to conducting programs relating to Native American art and culture at museums, schools, colleges and civic organizations.
In addition to her work in the art profession, Christy was employed as a paralegal and office manager at a private law office on the Navajo Nation from 1994-2003. There she gained a broader perspective on Navajo and Hopi art, as she honed her research and writing skills. Her experience affords a distinctive perspective to her in-depth art appraisals.
In recognition of her expertise in Native American art, Christy has served as a judge at national Indian markets such as the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix, Arizona and at the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She writes an appraisal column for Native Peoples magazine.
An IRS qualified appraiser for charitable contributions, Vezolles also accepts private and corporate appraisal assignments for insurance scheduling, in addition to art appraisals for estate planning, tax reporting and equitable distribution.