An Experience You Won't Want to Miss

Gain insights into key markets, benefit from scholarly sessions, connect with fellow experts—all while exploring the art, culture and beauty of the Central Coast.

Don’t miss the premier symposium for personal property appraisers and allied professionals.


About the Symposium

Santa Barbara, California

April 30-May 2, 2023

Optional Tour Day, May 3, 2023

Registration Fees

Early Bird
(Through Feb. 28, 2023)
(Starting Mar. 1, 2023)
ASA Student Member*$350N/A
One-Day Only
(Mon. or Tues.)
Optional Tour

Register Today!

*ASA student members please e-mail 
to register at a discounted rate.


California Arts and Appraisal Practice: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The historic and beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California, will be the site of the 2023 ASA Personal Property Appraisal Symposium, to be held at the Kimpton Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. The hotel is within a short walk to many restaurants, galleries, shops and museums.

The symposium program has been developed to balance connoisseurship, methodology, and business practice by presenting a broad variety of expert speakers and panelists. After a Welcome Reception on Sunday, April 30 at the Kimpton Canary’s rooftop patio, presentations will begin Monday morning and include:

Early California Arts
by Pamela Huckins, Ph.D.

Recent Legal Issues and Proposed Legislation for Personal Property Appraisers
by John Russell, Esq., Strategic Partnership Officer, ASA

California Fine Art Publishers: A Brief History
by Deborah Burchett-Lere, Director, Sam Francis Foundation

How Big is Big? Managing Large and Complex Assignments
an expert panel moderated by Fran Zeman, FASA
Panelists: Stephanie Boris, Analee McClellan ASA, Andrea Roth, ASA

Mexican-American, Chicano/a, Latinex, and What Comes Next?
an expert panel moderated by Patrick Ela, ASA
Panelists: Dr. Susana Smith Bautista, Associate Vice President and Chief Curator, AltaMed Art Collection; Angel Diaz, Curator, CEMA Collections, UC Santa Barbara; Maria Esther Hernandez, Artistic Director, The Cheech Museum at The Riverside Art Museum; Rafael Barrientos Martinez, Curator, AltaMed Art Collection; Dr. Denise Sandoval, Professor Chicano Studies, Cal State University Northridge

Billing Policies for the Professional Appraiser
by Rick Schwartz, Esq./CPA

Come Alive!: A History of Corita Kent
by Olivian Cha, Curator and Collection Manager, Corita Art Center

Auction House Mergers and the Outlook for Collecting
by Leslie Wright, Chairman, Bonhams North America

Check back soon for additional speakers and panelists, along with detailed descriptions of topics covered in each presentation.




Kimpton Canary Hotel
31 West Carrillo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Kimpton Canary Hotel provides the quintessential Santa Barbara hotel experience, with luxurious accommodations. The crown jewel of this Spanish-style hotel is its rooftop pool, which affords stunning views, particularly at sunset. Voted The Best Hotels in Santa Barbara by, 2019.

View hotel amenities, gallery, map and attractions.

Special Group Rate: $250* single/double
Reservation Cutoff Date: Thursday, April 6 (11:59pm PT)

Reservations made after the cutoff date will be subject to availability and current room rate. To make hotel reservations online, visit the ASA dedicated hotel reservation site. To make reservations by phone, contact Kimpton's Reservation Center directly at 800-368-2544. Be sure to mention ASA Personal Property Appraisal Symposium to receive the group rate. 

*Plus $25 daily resort fee and applicable taxes.


Santa Barbara Airport, located a half-hour drive from downtown Santa Barbara, has more than 22 daily nonstop flights on American Airlines, Alaska, Southwest and United to 10 major destination hubs. Ground transportation is provided by two shuttle services, taxis, and ride-sharing apps. Visit Fly SBA for details.

Optional Add-on Day

Don’t forget to sign up for a fun and informative day of tours on May 3! We will begin at Mission Santa Barbara, often called “Queen of the Missions”, which has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1786. Attendees will have private tours of the mission, focusing on its fine arts and antiques. 

We will then be dropped downtown for lunch on your own before meeting at the steps of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, considered to be the most significant small museum on the West Coast. Attendees will have several tour options at the Museum.

After touring the museum, participants can walk to several nearly adjacent galleries or carry out a self-guided tour of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, whose 1928 murals and Spanish style architecture led to its naming as a National Historic Site.

The day will end at the Santa Barbara Historic Museum, with a private tour of their collections, followed by a wine reception in the historic courtyard.


*Additional fee of $95 is required to participate in the post-event tours. To register, please select the Wednesday Add-On listed under Event Sessions on the second page of registration.


Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information view our Sponsorship Prospectus.
Contact Lisa Perry; (850) 566-0021.



Image Credits:
Edgar Alwin Payne • California Seascape, 1922
Harrison McIntosh • Hand-thrown stoneware bottles, 1962 License:,_1962.jpg
Corita Kent • Nested a Moment on the Incredible, silkscreen on paper, 1959