ISA presents the ‘Best of Baltimore’ in April

BALTIMORE, Md. – The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) will host its 2008 Conference, “O! Say Can You See: The Best of Baltimore” from Friday, April 25 through Monday, April 28, at the Tremont Hotel in Baltimore’s trendy Inner Harbor.

The four-day conference features lectures and tours and is tailored to the interests of appraisers, collectors, curators, dealers, auctioneers, attorneys, trust officers, gallery owners, universities and government fraud investigators.

Conference-goers may register for the entire four day session ($695 includes all lectures, tours and offered meals) or for individual lectures and tours ($35 – $75 for non-members only).

The Conference opens with scholar Wendell Garrett, Consultant of Americana at Sotheby’s and Editor-at-large of The Magazine Antiques, with his lecture "By the Dawn’s Early Light," The Rise of American Nationalism.”

Antiques enthusiasts will also be treated on Friday to a talk by noted author Sumpter T. Priddy III. His breakthrough talk on “American Fancy, Exuberance in the Arts, 1795-1840.” Has earned the noted dealer much acclaim.

Saturday highlights for antiques specialists include a lecture by Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, entitled “From 1770 it Took a Spring: Cabinetmaking in late 18th and early 19th Century Baltimore,” and Mary Cheek Mills, Manager of the School and Docent Program at the Corning Museum of Glass, will discuss “Glass in 19th Century America.”

Lectures and tours will also be offered in many other disciplines, with and emphasis on jewelry and fine art, including a lecture by Ann Boulton, Associate Objects Conservator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, on “The Making of Matisse’s Bronzes.”

Regardless of discipline, those attending the ISA Conference are invited to participate in any lecture or tour.

For more information, or to register, call 206-241-0359, or go online to