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Member Bio

Seonaid McArthur, AM



Contact Information:
5666 La Jolla Blvd PMB # 151
La Jolla, CA 92037
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1 (858) 922-5162

Appraiser Profile:


Seonaid (Shona) McArthur

Valued Collections. LLC

Mailling: 5666 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla Ca 920376
Office: 391 Via del Norte, La Jolla

858-922-5162  |

Appraisal Experience 


Owner & Principal, Valued Collections Fine Arts Appraiser, 2013 -Present


Appraisal Training

Certified by State University of New York. Purchase, New York and the American Society of Appraisers, 2013.



Ed.D. University of Southern California, Higher and Postsecondary Education, 1983.

M.A. /B.A. Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1970, 1972.



  • Appraiser, Valued Collections, La Jolla, CA 2013- Present
  • American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay, Successively, Executive Director – Founding Director, 2009 -2013  
  • Contract Author: Guidebooks for the Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Editions Gallimard, Paris, France 2005-8
  • Education Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 1992 to 1999
  • Curatorial Associate, Dept. of European Paintings and Education Department and Associate Manager School Programs, Art Institute of Chicago, 1985-1992
  • Director (1979-1984) and Associate Director, California History Center, De Anza College, 1976-1984.

Professional Memberships
            Board of Directors, San Diego Chapter American Society of Appraisers, 2018 to Present

American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Member 

American Association of Museums 1987 – 2014

International Council of Museums 1989 – Present

Board of Directors, La Jolla Historical Society & Museum, 2013 – present

Honorary Board, American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris Fr., 2013 - present


Selected Publications

  • Jazz Age to Our Age: Architects & Developers of 1920s La Jolla, 2016, La Jolla Historical Society.
  • Co-author with Valerie Lagier, Discover the Louvre, (in French and English), 2005; Découvrir le Musée d’Orsay (French only) 2008, Paris: Editions Gallimard.
  • Blurring the Boundaries: Installation Art 1969-1996, catalog entries. San Diego: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 1997.
  • Guide to Discovering Contemporary Art, San Diego: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 1996.
  • Journey Into Art: Going Beyond First Glance. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1993.