Speaker(s): Tom O'Connor, Rowan Geiger, Susan McDonough

Caring for Your Art Collection


Experts discuss best practices and why caring for your artwork matters.

Protecting, valuing and maintaining artworks requires specific expertise, including knowing how to find the right specialists and how to ask the right questions in each phase of the ownership process. Join Tom O’Conner, of O’Conner & Associates Art Advisors, Susan McDonough of McDonough Fine Art Appraisals, LLC, and Rowan Geiger, Director and Principal Conservator of SF Art Conservation, for a moderated panel discussion on knowing what to ask before you buy; doing due diligence regarding authenticity, title, condition, and acquisition price; working with conservators and protecting your collection against physical risk; and managing your collection as a long-term asset.


Tom O'Connor

Tom O’Connor has been an art advisor for over twenty five years. In that time he has helped hundreds of corporations and individuals to acquire unique and interesting art collections. He is adept at addressing large scale and campus wide projects. Tom specializes in sourcing and commissioning monumental paintings, sculpture and artwork in other media. Originally from New York, Tom returns...

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Rowan Geiger

Rowan Geiger, the Director and Principal Conservator of SF Art Conservation, holds a Masters degree in Art Conservation from the Royal College of Art, London. In addition to three years in studio training at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, she has held staff positions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Stanford...

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Susan McDonough

Susan McDonough, AAA, is the owner of McDonough Fine Art Appraisals, LLC, which provides appraisal and research services for fine art. She is a certified appraiser and a member of the Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America. Prior to establishing her own practice, she was the Director of Publications and Press Relations at Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco. She has...

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