Mary Carpenter Art Apraiser


Mary Carpenter was engaged in various facets of fine arts and archaeology, including archaeological and restoration activities in Greece, gallery experience, conservation, art criticism and appraising. For over three decades, Carpenter worked exclusively as a professional appraiser.


M.A., Valuation Sciences, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, 1982 Thesis: “Analysis of Trends through Data Compilation by Tracking the Value of Antiquities”

B.A., Art History, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Dean’s List, 1980

Independent Coursework

-Introduction to Personal Property Valuation – ASA, 1999

-USPAP 15-hour Course Numerous times – ASA, The Appraisal Foundation, 1983-2009

-USPAP 7-hour Update ASA/AAA/NYU-SCPS, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

-Appraisal Report Writing – ASA 2001, AAA 2013

-Advanced Issues in Appraising – AAA, 2013-14

-Art Crime – NYU School of Law Symposium, June 2014

Professional Affiliations

Senior Member, American Society of Appraisers, Retired

Certified Member, Appraisers Association of America 1986-2018, Retired

Chubb Masterpiece Protection Network Preferred Provider, Retired

Positions Held in Professional Organizations

Membership Chair, ASA, St. Louis Board, 2007-2016

Executive Member, various chapter offices, including president of St.Louis ASA Chapter, 1983-88, 1999-2000

Special Projects Chair, Contemporary Art Society, St. Louis Art Museum, 1985-87

Member, Heritage and Urban Design Commission, City of St. Louis, 1983-91

Program Chair, Archaeological Institute of America, St. Louis Society, 1983-87

Member, International Conference Committee, American Society of Appraisers, 1988-89

Delegate, International Conference, American Society of Appraisers, 1987

Job History

2008-Present Administrator of Historic Equity, Inc., a tax credit service company

1982-2017 Appraiser of Fine Art
1980-1982 Conservator of Paintings and Sales Consultant, McCaughen & Burr Galleries, St. Louis, MO
1973-1980 Director of Archaeological Restoration Activities, Pythagorean Academy, Samos, Greece


Valuation Sciences Medallion, ASA Annual Convention, Dallas, TX, 1983


“Analysis of Trends in the Art Market through Graphic Portrayal and Sales Data Compilation,”  Valuation, December, 1983, Official Journal of the American Society of Appraisers.


Private collectors, insurance companies, museums, attorneys, historic homes, Resolution Trust Corporation, States of Missouri and Illinois, United States Government, City governments, corporate art collections, universities, Internal Revenue Service, National Park Service, FDIC.