Curriculum Vitae

 

Evan Epstein
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Telephone: (713) 622-8824
evanepstein@swbell.net

Evan Epstein has been engaged in the practice of appraising Fine Art professionally for the past thirty-five years. Prior to that, she was co-owner of the Hooks-Epstein Gallery Houston, from 1970 through 1975, and conducted Fine Arts Tours to galleries and museums in the city.

As a certified, Senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, she has done appraisals for a variety of purposes including estate, tax, donation, liquidation, divorce, damages and insurance purposes. She also successfully completed and passed the examination required by law for all professional appraisers; USPAP, or Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices in 1995, 2002, 2008 and 2014.

She has held a number of offices in the local chapter of the ASA including treasurer, secretary, and First Vice-President. She received the highest grade known in the state of Texas on the nine-hour test given in Fine Arts for the American Society of Appraisers in 1982.

Various corporate clients include Shell Oil, Union Petroleum, Halliburton, Chase Bank of Texas; First Interstate Bank, now Wells Fargo; Comerica Bank of Texas, Northern Trust Bank of Texas, Compass Bank, Quanex Corporation, United Parcel Service, Enron of Texas, Service Corporation International, and others. Between the period of 1987-1992, she appraised the art of more than 40 banks for the FDIC. She was engaged by the Houston Municipal Art Conservation Office to appraise the works of art at the Wortham Theater Center, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts and Bayou Place during 2001. Completed an appraisal of 850 works of art for Conoco Phillips Company, Houston in July 2006. She has worked for Nations Insurance, State Farm Insurance, USAA Insurance Company.

In 2007, she appraised the collection of the Julia Ideson Central Library and a large number of fountains and sculptures for the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Houston City of San Antonio, “Confluence of Civilizations” Merida and O’Gorman mosaic murals, The Estate of Charles Umlauf, the Estate of Dick Wray and law firms and private collections too numerous to mention.

In 2010, she appraised the art works at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport for the Houston Airport System.

Selected museums and educational institutions are: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Holocaust Museum, Houston, Texas; Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, Texas; The University of Houston, Wortham Collection; The University of Texas, Austin; Mc Nay Art Museum, and the San Antonio Art Museum, both of San Antonio, Texas.

Evan S. Epstein is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art, New York City; Barnard College, New York City, with a degree in Art History. While at Barnard, she studied under the late Professor Julius Held, one of the world’s leading historians of Flemish and Dutch art. In art historical circles, Professor Held was a towering figure, widely recognized for his scholarship and expertise on Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck. She also took a graduate course in modern art at Columbia University with Meyer Shapiro, whose treatise on “Modern Art” has been a leading reference for art scholars world-wide. Her work with these two renowned scholars reinforced her solid knowledge of artists, their works, and relevance in art history.

After relocating to Houston, she obtained a degree in Education from the University of Houston.

 


 

Gail Faerman, Fine Arts Appraiser

Telephone: (713) 666-3184
faermang@swbell.net

Gail Faerman joined her mother, Evan Epstein in 1987 to appraise Fine Art professionally, in a partnership which she helped develop over the past 29 years. Her skills including detailed research, evaluation of auction sales results and pricing, on-site inspection, and photography proved to be invaluable assets in building up the business.

She acquired a vast knowledge of art styles, trends, and new discoveries in the world of art. It was an education that could not be taught, but only experienced through the large number of appraisals she helped to prepare. The following are some of the appraisals Gail has completed:

Recently, Gail successfully completed a series of courses resulting in her being an accredited member of ASA.

Her various corporate clients include: Halliburton, First Interstate Bank, now Wells Fargo; Comerica Bank of Texas, Northern Trust Bank of Texas, Compass Bank, Quanex Corporation, United Parcel Service, Enron of Texas, Service Corporation International, and others. Between the period of 1987-1992, she appraised the art of more than 40 banks for the FDIC. She was engaged by the Houston Municipal Art Conservation Office to appraise the works of art at the Wortham Theater Center, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts and Bayou Place during 2001. Completed an appraisal of 850 works of art for Conoco Phillips Company, Houston in July 2006. She has worked for Nations Insurance, State Farm Insurance, USAA Insurance Company

In 2007, she appraised the collection of the Julia Ideson Central Library and a large number of fountains and sculptures for the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Houston City of San Antonio, “Confluence of Civilizations” Merida and O’Gorman mosaic murals, The Estate of Charles Umlauf, the Estate of Dick Wray and law firms and private collections too numerous to mention.

In 2010, she appraised the art works at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport for the Houston Airport System.

Selected museums and educational institutions are: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Holocaust Museum, Houston, Texas; Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, Texas; The University of Houston, Wortham Collection; The University of Houston, Special Collections; The University of Texas, Austin.

Gail Madeleine Faerman attended the University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business. The business and accounting skills she learned as an undergraduate helped prepare her for successfully passing the 15 hour USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) exams in 2008 and 2014.

For 10 years Gail volunteered at the HADA (Houston Antique Dealers Association) shows as a Vetter of the art presented by the exhibitors.

Her attention to detail and perseverance in finding solutions to problems in provenance, authenticity and comparable examples have yielded appraisal reports of high quality.

A relationship of mutual respect between Fine Arts Appraisal Service and art dealers locally and nationally has been strengthened by Gail’s skills of communication and accuracy.

Fine Arts Appraisal Service continues to operate within those guidelines.