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Corinne Cain, ASA



Contact Information:
326 W Harmont Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85021-5643
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1 (602) 906-1633

Appraiser Profile:
Senior Member, American Society of Appraisers
President, Corinne Cain, Ltd.
326 West Harmont Drive,
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-5643 USA
602-906-1633  FAX: 602-906-0677


Need to see items IN PERSON.  Do not appraise items strictly based on photographs, unless loss appraisal whereupon items no longer exist or were stolen.


Corinne Cain first began her practice as an appraiser in 1975. In May 1980, she formed Corinne Cain & Associates, incorporating in May 1982 to become Corinne Cain, Ltd., a nationally recognized firm affording expert appraisal and consulting services on Fine Art and Native American Art.

Ms. Cain is only the second Arizonan to be admitted as a Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers in Fine Arts and the fifteenth individual internationally to earn a second designation. She wrote the examination for appraising Native American Art in 1987, rewriting it along with Maryann L'Heureux in 1993.

Since 1987, Ms. Cain has served on the International Board of Examiners of the American Society of Appraisers. In 1992 she became a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property, tested in the specialty of Limited Edition Prints. She was elected to the prestigious national ASA Personal Property Committee from June 1993 to June 1996. In 1999 she helped construct the new Fine Arts exams for the American Society of Appraisers.

Ms. Cain's background in art includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting & Drawing) and a unique double Masters in Fine Arts (Arts Administration) and Business Administration (Finance) from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Cain has completed additional postgraduate work in art history at Arizona State University.

Ms. Cain's background also includes extensive study in museums throughout Great Britain, Europe and the Russian Bloc countries. She was the original director of Gallery 10, Inc. of Scottsdale, known for museum-quality Native American art. Her appraisal apprenticeship took place at Valley House Gallery in Dallas, Texas, a gallery specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century paintings, drawings and sculpture. While in graduate school, she developed a marketing campaign for Sotheby's New York.

She is listed as a qualified appraiser for the Southwest Region's Source List for the Internal Revenue Service and for the Resolution Trust Corporation. Ms. Cain has served as an expert witness in court and provides professional consultation to both individuals and to corporations.

She currently serves as Co-Curator to the Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold (formerly Phelps Dodge) collection. For over fifteen years, Ms. Cain has functioned as curator of the AP Fenderson as well as the QV Distributors Collection of primarily Native American art. The year 2000 marked her first year as a member of the prestigious national women's art group known as Art Table.



1974 Bachelor of Fine Arts
Painting & Drawing
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
1976 Master of Fine Arts
Arts Administration
Master of Business Administration
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas
Post Graduate Study
Arizona State University
Art History


1982 Visiting Lecturer
Introduction to Art Identification, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Visiting Lecturer
Careers in Art: Fine Art Appraising, Arizona State University
Visiting Lecturer
Collections Management, Graduate Level
Museology Studies in Anthropology Department, Arizona State University
1989 Visiting Lecturer
ASA Region 9 Seminar held in Coronado, California
(31 March to 1 April 1989)
Value: Can You Prove It? Fine Arts: California Painter, Edgar Payne
2005 Course Creator and Instructor
Print Appraising Connoisseurship for ASA Appraisers (2.5 days)


1975 Grant, National Science Foundation
"Impact of Tourism on Taos, New Mexico," authoring chapter "Taos Art Scene"
Fellowship, Teaching Assistantship
Southern Methodist University


"Restoration and Care of Your Paintings" in Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West magazine, Spring 1982.

"Collecting Art: A Studied Pursuit in Choosing Winners" in World Fine Art (an international art newsletter for collectors), October 1982.

"American Indian Arts: Basketry in the Southwest" in Personal Property News (newsletter for the American Society of Appraisers), Summer 1985.

"What To Do With Your Salvador Dalí Now?" in New American Art, Volume 3, 1989, a publication of Stetter Galleries, Inc.

"Art Market-Mid 1990" in New American Art, Volume 4, 1990, a publication of Stetter Galleries, Inc.

"Native American Pottery" in Personal Property Journal (quarterly journal for the American Society of Appraisers, Summer 1996.

Compilation of Japanese prints sold publicly on a world-wide basis for Gordon's Print Price Annual 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994.

"Collecting with Heart: The Collection of Albion Fenderson" in Native Peoples magazine, January/February 2001.

"Building A Contemporary Collection" in Scottsdale Magazine. September/October 2001.

"Cards, Chips, Slots and Fine Art: Casino Arizona" in Native Peoples magazine, January/February 2008.


Continuing Legal Education International: Visual Arts and the Law, August 10-11, 2006, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Personal Property Summer Conservation Institute, August 1-9, 1998, Williamstown Conservation Center Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Indian Art, Artifacts, Antiquities & Funerary Objects, March 3, 1995, State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education in Phoenix, Arizona

Navajo Weaving Since the Sixties: A Symposium, March 10-13, 1994, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona

Shared Visions: Native American Painters and Sculptors in the Twentieth Century, May 9-11, 1991, at the Heard Museum of Art in Phoenix, Arizona

Japanese Print Seminar by Roger Keyes, November 17-18, 1990 at Arizona State University Print Study Room at Nelson Fine Arts Center and at Phoenix Art Museum

American Society of Appraisers through Lindenwood University

  • 104 - Personal Property Valuation: Report Writing, Orlando, Florida, 1990
  • 203 - Personal Property Valuation: Report Writing, University of Irvine, Irvine, California 2007

Southwestern Ceramic Figures Symposium, January 20-21, 1989, at the Heard Museum of Art in Phoenix, Arizona; Figurative ceramic figures traced from prehistoric times to currently produced sculpture

Art Law Symposium, July 14-15, 1988, New York City; Investigation into new legal issues facing attorneys, trust officers and all art professionals. 1986 Revenue Code explored as relates to contributions of tangible personal property.

International Society of Appraisers coursework through Indiana University

  • 104 - Advanced Appraisal Theory and Report Writing Update, Dallas, Texas, 1988
  • 102 - Personal Property Methodology and Reasoning, Orange County, California, 1988
  • 103 - Personal Property Appraiser's Fiduciary Responsibilities and Liabilities, Orange County, California, 1988
  • 101 - Introduction to Personal Property Appraising, Long Beach, California, May 1989


Art Table, Mexico City, Mexico 2006

Miami Basel, Miami, Florida 2003

Berlin & Kassel, Berlin, Germany 2002

Fine and Decorative Arts Symposiums, American Society of Appraisers, London, England, 1985; Chicago, Illinois, 1986; Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1990; Toronto, Canada, 1992; Las Vegas, Nevada, 1993; Providence, Rhode Island, 1994; New York City, New York, 2000; London, England, 2001

Due Diligence Seminar Washington D.C., 2002; Kansas City, Missouri, 2004; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007

International Society of Appraisers, Long Beach, California, 1989

Plains Indian Art Seminar offered by Recursos: Resources of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 10-12, 1986, covering historic Northern and Southern Plains material, i.e., clothing, ledger books, and contemporary Plains art and crafts