Peter Held, accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) received a Bachelor of Science in studio art from SUNY Brockport, a Master's degree in Museum Studies from Oregon State University, and a certificate in appraisal studies from SUNY Purchase in partnership with the ASA.
In the course of his impressive three-decade career as a museum director and contemporary art curator, he has organized more than 200 exhibitions, including seven national traveling shows. Held is the author of numerous articles on contemporary art and craft and is the editor of, and an essayist for ten books on the subject. Acknowledged as a national authority on modern and contemporary studio ceramics and craft-based media, he has received three of the highest accolades possible within the field: the Ceramic Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics (2007); the Smithsonian’s James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award (2014); and the National Council for Education on the Ceramic Arts Honorary Member Award (2014).
Peter regularly attends and participates in lectures, symposiums, conferences, and professional webinars to keep current on market trends and professional training.
His extensive network of art and appraiser colleagues worldwide provides for invaluable resources to guide client needs.