Joanne Kesten is an art historian, researcher, educator and fine art appraiser. She earned a BA in Art History from McGill University in Montreal, an MEd in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia, an MA in Art History from Hunter College and a Certificate in Appraisal Studies and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) from New York University. In addition to Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD, Joanne has taught and lectured at several institutions, including NYU, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Georgetown University, The Cooper Union, Parsons, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Her writing has been published in The Portraits Speak: Chuck Close in Conversation with 27 of His Subjects, and Joan Miro: Two Early Works. Her professional affiliations include the Appraisers Association of America, where she has been on the Steering Committee and National Conference Committee for five years, t he Ameri can Alliance of Museums, College Art Association and ArtTable. Joanne’s passion for her community has translated into decades of experience working on non-profit boards, most recently as a Board of Trustee at the German Village Society (GVS) where she chairs the Historic Preservation Committee. Previously, she was a Trustee and Vice President of the Manhasset Public Library in Manhasset, NY, Executive Committee Vice President of the Arlington Arts Center (VA), as well as chaired both their Programs Committee and Exhibitions Committees. Joanne was appointed as a voting panel member of the Alexandria Commission on the Arts (VA) Visual Arts Resource Grants Review Panel. While living in Washington DC, she worked as the Director of Special Projects for the American Film Institute. She is well-versed in non-profit governance and has drafted mission statements and long range goal plans for several of these organizations. An advocate of public education, Joanne was an Appointed Member o f the Manhasset Unified Schools Shared Decision Teams for both the middle and high school and an active member of the Community Education Committee (CEC) and the Glendale Unified School District (CA) School Site Council.