Anita L Chavez, ISA AM, MPA, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts, Fine Art



Anita L Chavez
ISA member since Aug 13, 2015

(505) 350-7773 (Office)

2204 Rozinante Court NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104 map

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Anita Chavez' background is diverse having been an employee and CEO in the Federal Court System for 30 years and in the past 9 years studying to become and working as a personal property appraiser.  Anita has completed her core appraisal coursework with ISA; she continues her education by attending workshops, webinars and appraisal specific conferences.  She is currently a board member of the Menaul Historical Library of the Southwest (Albuquerque, New Mexico) where she is providing pro bono work to update and catalogue the library's Southwest artifact collection.

Since 2014, Anita has been a full-time personal property appraiser working with collectibles, residential contents for insurance, equitable distribution for estates and noncash charitable contributions.  She has also provided brokerage services for her clients by facilitating private individual sales as well as working with the following auction houses; Christies Auction House of New York and Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.   

Anita's clients have commented that her appraisals are timely, very thorough, well researched, well written, informative and concise.  She attributes her work ethic and final product to her many years working for Federal Court Judges where all research and documents had to be very accurate, well written and presented.  Through her prior work experience she has also had to provide court testimony to present and defend her research.  

Anita is a native New Mexican, reared in Santa Fe.  She has a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Public Administration.  She has also completed a three year National Leadership Program with the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.   To highlight Anita's work ethic and abilities it is noted that in 2010, she received the highest national award the United States Federal Court bestows,   " The Directors Award for Outstanding Leadership" from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in Washington D.C.  

Anita's expertise in Native American art comes from working with Native Americans in New Mexico for over 30 years. She has visited artists in their pueblos and reservations countless times and has been present as they create jewelry, rugs, pottery, Hopi Katsinas and Kachinas. She has a deep understanding of not only their craft but also their culture.  

What makes Anita unique is knowing her family's history in northern New Mexico/New Spain as her ancestors date back to the 1600's.  She is  very aware of the past influences (art and culture) that Mexico and Spain also had in the Southwest. In 2018, Anita spent one month in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco visiting the most important museums in their respective countries.  This experience was priceless as she took classes and studied art and culture throughout her trip.  

Anita resides with her husband Ruben and her Westie dog daughter Sophia in Albuquerque, NM and Chandler, AZ.  She considers herself very blessed as she lives near her 90 year old mother who is healthy and vibrant.  "She keeps me on my toes."


  • American Indian Art
  • American Indian Artifacts
  • Collectibles
  • Furniture


  • Broker
  • Damage Claims
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Donations
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Estate Evaluations
  • Estate Sales

Performs Appraisals Of

  • American Indian Art
  • Art - American
  • Art - Spanish Colonial
  • Carpets & Rugs
  • Collectibles
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Furniture - American