Lauralynn Balcerzak, ISA, BA Chemistry/ArtHistory, Fulbright Fellow



Lauralynn Balcerzak
ISA member since Aug 01, 2018

(530) 494-9848 (Office)

1548 Cree St.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 map

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I am a graduate of the ISA Core Course and have an emphasis in Fine Art and Household Contents.  My company "Art Mode Appraisals" is based in South Lake Tahoe.  We travel to the Bay Area for appraising regularly, as well as all over Lake Tahoe, and we are happy to travel to meet your needs.  I was an Art Conservation Science Fulbright Scholar in Florence, Italy in 2003-2004, where I studied the Italian methodology in non-destructive art conservation science.  Based on my wonderful time in Italy, I concluded I did not want to be a scientist, although I was very successful in that field (having also worked at the LACMA and the Getty in LA).  I knew I was looking for something that would allow me to work with people and be more creative.  Since 2006 I have run my own business in performance art and fitness, and have many loyal customers.  I know that my experience running a business for over a decade, my experience at contemporary art galleries and fine art frame shops, and my education at Sotheby's Institute in London and the University of Southern California has well prepared me for running my ultimate business in fine art appraising.  This field is a great combination of all my skills:  an unyielding passion for art, a sharp mind, an organized work ethic, great customer care, a strong artistic eye, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a total dedication to getting the job done thoroughly, impartially, and ethically.  I truly look forward to working with you for all your personal property needs!  

Professional Experience

Appraiser/Owner  Art Mode Appraisals - South Lake Tahoe, CA  Dec 2018 - Current 

Art Constultant/Framer  Emanate Gallery - South Lake Tahoe, CA                          Dec 2017 - Sept 2018  

Fitter/Framer:  Michael Thompson Framing - SF, CA        Mar 2017 - June 2017

Framer:  Aaron Brothers - Daly City, CA                             Sept 2015 - Mar 2017

Gallery Assistant:  Bash Gallery - SF, CA                           Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

Fulbright Fellow/ Assistant Conservation Scientist:    Il Istituto di Fisica Applicata - Florence, Italy                                                                    2003 - 2004

Conservation Intern:  LACMA - Los Angeles, CA                          Summer 2003

Conservation Intern:  Getty Museum Antiquities Dept - LA, CA    Summer 2002

Higher Education

International Society of Appraisers:  Core Course in Appraising       Dec 2018

The Core Course covers Appraisal Theory, Insurance Costs, Market Reactions, Market Forces, Scope of Work, Identification and Authentication, Market Research and Analysis, Insurance Coverage and Claims, US Federal Tax Functions, Equitable Distrubutions, Liquidation, Bankruptcy, Code of Ethics, USPAP, and Basic Appraiser Techniques. 

Sotheby’s Institute of Art:  Art and Its Markets - London, UK        July 2016

Art and Its Markets involved an immersive education in the art and art business world in London.  By attending auctions, visiting art fairs, and discussing the current state of the contemporary and old masters art markets, we gained a working knowledge of the international business of art.  Topics included authenticity, the value of art, conservation, gallery tiers, corporate art practices, art as investment, art price databases and art law.

University of Southern California - Bachelors of Science , Los Angeles , CA     1999-2003

Major in Chemistry and Art History:  General, organic, inorganic, physical chemistry classes along with calculus and physics.  In addition, art history courses in feminist art, contemporary art, renaissance art and ancient art.  Senior focus was on art conservation science practices in LACMA and the Getty conservation labs.  Received the Renaissance Award for outstanding scholarship upon graduation with Honors, as well as the Fulbright Fellowship in Florence, Italy.

Cultural and Linguistic Proficiency

Native  English   Intermediate  Italian language & Culture  Countries Visited 8


  • Art
  • Auction Company/Gallery
  • Collectibles
  • Paintings
  • Sculpture


  • Donations
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Estate Evaluations
  • Insurance Claims
  • Speaker

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Antiquities
  • Art
  • Collectibles
  • Frames
  • Transport - Classic Cars


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