After 20+ years in the non-profit arena and an early career in media, Francine Proulx decided to apply her management, organizational and communications skills to her passion for decorative arts. Added to her B.A. with most electives in Art History and her M.S. in Family Therapy, she obtained two post-graduate Certificates, one in Appraisal Studies and the other in Connoisseurship from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Her appraisal and consulting business began in 2001 and she continues to expand her services to meet the growing needs of her clients. Her appraisal assignments have included finding answers to questions asked over several generations of a family. A downsizing consultation resulted in a blanket chest selling for $240,000+. Then there was the $30,000+ painting that was almost sent to the thrift shop by mistake.
Francine is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, and an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers with accreditations in both Fine Arts and Antiques & Decorative Arts. She has served in a national capacity with both organizations and been recognized for Distinguished Service to ISA in 2014 and Outstanding Member of ISA in 2013. Aligned with her interest in introducing others to the appraisal profession, Francine draws interns and assistants from the Smithsonian Associates/George Mason University's Decorative Arts Master's Program as well as others interested in becoming an accredited appraisers.
Always available to share her knowledge and experience, Francine speaks to professional and community groups on a regular basis. Her articles on antiques and appraising have appeared in general public, antiques trade and scholarly publications.
Read recent Washington Post interview: Click here.
For her full resume, check here.