Vanessa M. Elmore, ISA AM, Specialty Studies: American Indian Art



Vanessa M. Elmore
ISA member since Feb 07, 2014

(505) 231-9367 (Mobile)

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       For 18 years, Vanessa Elmore has been steeped in the biggest market venue for American Indian Art in the world—Santa Fe, New Mexico, which also happens to be the third largest art market in the United States.  As a professional Art Gallerist for two of the top American Indian Art galleries (Morning Star Gallery, focused on antiques; and Blue Rain Gallery, representing contemporary), Elmore has handled countless important works of art and connected them to innumerable collectors at all levels, including individuals, museums, and corporations.  She has a wide knowledge base of American Indian material culture and employs specific processes for the identification and authentication of objects; she is especially adept at performing in-depth research and writing for individual works and collections.  Her Master of Arts graduate degree should also suggest that Elmore uses scholarly rigor when creating documentation and approaches artwork armed with the most progressive, up-to-date information on the topic. She is particularly experienced at making market analyses specific to the nuances of American Indian Art and to bolster her opinions, experience, and knowledge base, she maintains expert contacts across the spectrum of the American Indian Art world.

Elmore Art Appraisals provides appraisal and consulting services for American Indian Art of North America. 

*All time periods covered: Prehistoric, Historic, and Contemporary.

 *All cultural regions of North America covered: Northeast/Woodlands, Southeast, Great Lakes, Prairie, Plains, Plateau/Great Basin, Southwest, California, Northwest Coast, Interior Canada, and Alaska.

*All artwork and material culture covered: Baskets, Beadwork, Clothing & Accessories, Dolls & Toys, Glass, Jewelry (shell, stone, silver, & gold), Katsinam, Ledger drawings, Mixed media, Paintings, Pottery, Sculpture (stone, wood, bronze, & ceramic), Textiles, and Works on paper. 


2006 - Master of Arts, Art History
            (Specialization: Art of the Americas)    
            University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1998 - Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology & Art
             (both Art History & Studio Art tracts) 
             Colby College, Waterville, Maine     

Professional Background

2014 - Present  Elmore Art Appraisals, Appraiser
                            -Providing art appraisal & consultation
                             services focused on American Indian Art.

2011 - 2015   Blue Rain Gallery, Art Consultant
                         -Contemporary American & American 
                           Indian Fine Arts

2000 - 2011   Morning Star Gallery, Assistant Director
                         -Antique American Indian, American, &
                          Spanish Colonial Fine Arts

1998 - 2000   Morning Star Gallery, Sales/Research
                        -Antique American Indian, American, & 
                         Spanish Colonial Fine Arts          


Advisory Roles

2016 - Present   Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association   
                             (ATADA), Legal Committee Member

2010 - Present   Southwestern Association of American 
                            Indian Arts (SWAIA)
: Indian Market
                              -Various appointments of Juror/Judge, and 
                                prior service on the
Standards Committee 
-SWAIA is the nonprofit organization
                               responsible for the annual Indian Market
                               (established in 1922).

2013 - 2014   Ralph T. Coe Foundation,
Committee, founding member  
Non-profit, open resource collection  
                              focused on Tribal Arts.                  


*Fluent, Native Spanish speaker
*Available for Lectures & Speaking Engagements
*Extensive Writing and Editing Experience; Published Writer
*Expertise has been featured in both print and film media


  • American Indian Art
  • American Indian Artifacts
  • Art - American
  • Art - NW Coast Indian
  • Art - Spanish Colonial


  • Authentication
  • Consultant
  • Instructor
  • Non-Cash Charitable Donations
  • Speaker

Performs Appraisals Of

  • American Indian Art
  • American Indian Artifacts
  • Art - American
  • Art - NW Coast Indian
  • Art - Spanish Colonial