Suzanne S. Houck, ISA CAPP, B.A. and M.A.L.S., Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art



Suzanne S. Houck
ISA member since May 04, 2009

(760) 668-4445 (Office)

Address #1
3448 Londonderry Court
Roanoke, VA 24018 map

Address #2

LaQuinta, CA 92253 map

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Private practice:  Houck Asset Verification, La Quinta, CA.  Providing the appraisal of fine art, antiques and household contents for insurance coverage and claims, the probate of estates for state and federal (IRS) requirements, equitable distribution for estate planning, and market analysis for resale, expert witness testimony and litigation support.  

January 2009-Present


Indian Wells Art Festival: Fine Art Judge, Indian Wells, California.  2007-2011, 2014.


Modern Masters Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert. Fine Art Consultant.  Specializing in the sale of contemporary fine art, sculptures, bronzes and works on paper.

January 2007-May 2008


Mountain Trails Gallery, Park City and Palm Desert.  Gallery Director.  Responsibilities included coordinating the opening of the Palm Desert Gallery, overseeing the sale of original paintings and sculptures, managing staff, recruiting artists, and marketing the gallery.

July 2004-May 2005


Meyer Gallery, Park City. Fine Art Consultant.  Specializing in sales of bronze sculpture as well as representational and impressionist paintings by regional and national artists.

December 2001-December 2003


Private practice:  Personal property appraisal services.  Appraisal of antiques and residential contents for insurance coverage and claims, estate purposes, equitable distribution for divorce proceedings and market analysis for resale purposes.   Practice also included private sales of antiques as well as liquidation of estates.

Fall 1989-Present


Phoenix Art Museum, Docent.  Graduate of an eighteen- month training program for volunteers that included an art history survey, public speaking training and organization of information for conducting hour-long museum tours and public slide presentations for both children and adults. 

September 1999-November 2001


Instructor, International Society of Appraisers. Instructed and co-authored the course, Appraisal of Residential Contents for those appraisers seeking their Certified Appraiser of Personal Property Designation (CAPP).

Raleigh, North Carolina, 1996



College for Appraisers, 7 Hour Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice Update, Completed November 2013.


International Society of Appraisers/CAPP Designation, A five-part program of extensive course work and testing based on a standardized body of knowledge dealing with the fundamentals of personal property methodology and reasoning and the appraiser's fiduciary responsibilities and liabilities.

May 1990-June 1992, Recertified August 2013


Appraisers National Association (ANA), Accredited Appraiser designation, March 2011.


Appraisal Course Associates (ACA), certified member status, January 2011.


Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia.  Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS). This was an intensive study adapted to individual requirements. The focus of my degree was in the decorative and fine arts.

October 1999


The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.  Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, 1982.



Foundation for Appraisal Education Seminar, Michaan’s Auctions, Alameda, CA.  Appraisal seminar on Tiffany Studios, Contemporary Chinese Art, California Art, Midcentury Modern, Art Authentication, Valuing Celebrity items and Wood identification.

August 28 & 29, 2014


Whitehall at the Villa,  Chapel Hill, N.C., 34th Annual Summer Seminar Series on Antiques, print identification and appraising, the history of paper and printmaking, techniques for quickly separating collectible from the cheap, valuation approaches , essentials of painting appraisal.

July 22 & 23, 2014


International Society of Appraisers (ISA), Naperville, Illinois.  Asian Art I:  Japanese Prints, Instructor:  Daphne Rosenzweig, PhD, ISA CAPP.  

This course covers a background of history, artists, periods, and styles that appraisers/dealers/collectors must know to analyze and value Japanese prints.  Course involved pre-course work plus a two-day workshop with formal instruction plus a hands-onconnoisseurship session with prints, followed by a full day of tours .Written exam passed.  

June 24-26, 2013 


International Society of Appraisers (ISA), Naperville Illinois. Asian Art II: Screens & Paintings, Instructor:  Daphne Rosenzweig, PhD, ISA CAPP.  

This course examined various forms of screens and paintings in Asian art, including Tibetan, Chinese, Korean and Japanese examples.  Topics covered were description information, what to ask the client, the effect of condition problems, where to search for artist and value information and other aspects of connoisseurship and appraisal.  Written exam passed.

June 26-28, 2013


Appraisal Course Associates (ACA) ,  Online USPAP Update Course (2010 version) focuses on changes incorporated into the 2010-2011 and all subsequent editions USPAP. In addition to reviewing the changes, this course also reviews the structure of USPAP as well as common USPAP violations.  Completed January 2011.


California State University San Bernardino,  Palm Desert Campus, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Art, Celebrity and Fame, instructor Robert Brasier, deputy director, Education and public Programs, Palm Springs Art Museum.  Tracing the role artists have played in the advancement of the images of famous people from ruler and politicians to stage and screen.  Course traces the history of this phenomenon through the examination of selected figures and artists throughout history, including those connected to the Pharaohs of Dynastic Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Medici Renaissance.   (12 hours- six weeks)  Fall 2010


California State University San Bernardino,  Palm Desert Campus, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, The History and Techniques of Glass Art, by Patrick Blythe, glass artist and docent, Palm Springs Art Museum, Class explored the history of glass art, and included a hands-on survey of tools and techniques.  (12 hours- six weeks), Fall 2010.


Washington Street Antiques,  Good, Better, Best Appraisal Workshop A sixteen hour, two day workshop on improving ones appraisal practice.   Lectures, slide presentation and round table discussions focused on client management, forms management, personal property appraisal techniques, personal property inspections, identification and descriptions writing.  Alexandria, Va. 

May 15-16, 2010


International Society of Appraisers and The Appraisal Foundation,  15-Hour National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice  (USPAP) course, Chicago, successfully completed. May 2009.


Tindells Restoration Schools, Nashville, Tennessee.  Classes covered restoration of porcelain, pottery, marble, ivory, frames, metals and glass.  Restoration techniques covered include cleaning, bonding, molding parts, grinding glass, airbrushing glazes and creating faux finishes.

July-August 2006


Sotheby's Educational Studies, London, England. An intensive three month course entitled "The Decorative Arts of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries."  Activities included extensive slide lectures, object presentations, museum studies, cataloguing exercises and previewing sessions for auctions.


April-July 1992


  • Art
  • Bronzes
  • Ceramics
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture


  • Appraisal Review
  • Broker
  • Donations
  • Estate Evaluations
  • Estate Tax

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Art - 20th Century
  • Furniture
  • Prints
  • Sculpture - 20th Century
  • Silver


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