Consultations and Appraisals

Curatorial Consultations

Curatorial consultations allow members of the community to have their art evaluated by a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff. This service is research-based and for those who are interested in learning more about their art object, the art historical context for which it was produced, and/or the artist and his or her artistic process.

Please note that this is not an official appraisal or authentication service. The Birmingham Museum of Art is legally prohibited from assessing value, and can therefore not provide appraisal services.

In-person curatorial consultations are free for Museum members, and $25 for non-members (per 15-minute consultation with up to three artworks). Payment must be made in advance and is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation. Appointments for in-person curatorial consultations will be made in advance at a mutually convenient time for both parties. Consultations performed via phone or e-mail are free.

To learn more about the consultation process, please contact Curatorial Assistant Bethany McClellan at bmcclellan@artsbma.orgĀ or 205.254.2567.


The American Association of Museums and the Internal Revenue Service prohibit the Museum from providing monetary valuations or appraisals. Below is a partial list of appraisal organizations that may be of assistance to you. This list should not be considered an endorsement by the Museum of the abilities or qualifications of these organizations.

See Publication #561, Determining the Value of Donated Property, at, for information on the Internal Revenue Service’s appraisal requirements for non-profit gifts.

General Appraisers

Amanda Adams Appraisal Services, Birmingham, AL, tel: 205-516-0958,

Laura Wallace Appraisals, Birmingham, AL,
tel: 205-967-6127, email:

Koch Galleries, Mobile, AL,
Contact Lars Britt, Gallery Director, tel: 251-680-7641

Hardy Halpern, Inc. Atlanta, GA,
tel: 404-261-4447, fax: 404-261-4673

Deborah Abernethy Appraisers and Consultants, Inc. Atlanta, GA, tel: 404-262-2131, 404-444-8750

Frances Aronson Fine Art Appraisals, Atlanta, GA, tel: 404-949-9975

Sarah Brill, ISA AM, Palm Beach Gardens, FL,
5800 Central Gardens Way, Apt. 312 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX,
Contact Meredith Meuwly, Director of Appraisal Services
tel: 800-872-6467 ext 1631, email:

Tina Teel Fine Art, New York, NY,
tel: 917-941-2084, email:

Appraisal Services Associates, New York, NY,
tel: 212-679-3400, fax: 212-683-1076, email:

American Society of Appraisers, New York, NY,
tel: 800-272-8258 or 703-478-2228, fax: 703-742-8471

Appraisers Association of America, New York, NY, tel: 212-889-5404 ext 10
fax: 212-889-5503, email:

Art Dealers Association of America, New York, NY,
tel: 212-488-5530,

International Society of Appraisers, Chicago, IL, tel: 312-981-6778, fax: 312-981-6778