Candace Hill, MBA, ISA AM

Awarded expert in art and antiques appraisal

Candace Hill is an accredited personal property appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) meeting the most current credentialing requirements of that prestigious professional association.

She has collected, bought and sold art, antiques and collectibles for over 20 years and has been applying her accumulated knowledge and expertise to her career as a professional personal property appraiser since 2014. She received the New Appraiser Scholarship Award through the Foundation for Appraisal Studies and has since appraised over 600 items in a variety of categories.

She is also an avid cat lover, supporter of local artists and musicians, novice writer, philosopher, interior decorator, and percussionist!

Areas of expertise and appraisal experience

  • Fine Art
  • Antique Furniture & Furnishings
  • Decorative Art
  • Native American Art & Artifacts
  • Old West Artifacts & Memorabilia
  • Orientalia

  • Non-Cash Charitable Contributions
  • IRS Estate Tax Filings
  • Equitable Distributions – Divorce and Estate
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Damage Claims
  • Anticipated Sales
  • Orderly Liquidations
  • Customs Documentation

Education and related coursework

  • Advanced Appraisal Methodology, International Society of Appraisers (ISA), 2018
  • 2018-2019 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Update Course, ISA, 2018
  • Appraising Fine Art Course, ISA, 2018
  • Appraising Antiquities Today: What You Need to Know, ISA, 2017
  • 2016/2017 USPAP Update Course, ISA, 2016
  • Chinese Jades: Value and Power Course, ISA, 2016
  • Chinese Porcelain Mania – Part I, ISA, 2016
  • Chinese Porcelain Mania – Part II: Export Porcelain, ISA, 2016
  • Antiques and Residential Contents Course, ISA, 2015
  • Asian Ceramics Course, ISA, 2015
  • 2014/2015 USPAP Course, ISA, 2014
  • Core Course in Appraisal Studies, ISA, 2014
  • Additional Formal Education: three years undergraduate work toward a Bachelor of Art in Interior Design and Architecture, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 2004 – 2007
  • Graduate Degree: Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with emphasis in Organizational Development, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1983
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science with a double major in Math and Physics, Centre College of Kentucky, Danville, KY, 1979

In her own words

Becoming an art and antique appraiser

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

People invariably ask me why I became an art and antique appraiser – especially after working so many years in the corporate world in a completely different field. Each time they ask, I give them all the logical reasons that one might expect to hear. A love of beauty. An appreciation for fine workmanship. An interest in history. Growing up a child of collectors.

And they’d all be true. But, still . . . why?

Beyond the insatiable thirst for unearthing the secrets that every object holds about its origin and meaning is a deeper desire to understand what makes us all tick. What inspires an artist to express his or her vision in a certain way, and what drives a person to collect one artist’s expression over another? The juice for me is not so much in researching a thing’s value. It’s in understanding why we value it. Not just monetarily, but culturally, psychologically and spiritually as well. This is what makes the information I gather worth the endless hours I spend gathering it.

Information about a thing brings knowledge about the people associated with it. Knowledge about people builds understanding about cultures. And with the understanding of cultures comes the wisdom to embrace our humanity in all its flavors and colors with connectedness, compassion and awe.

There you have it, from the mundane to the sublime.

I named my company WorthWise to never lose sight of the reason I love my work. To keep me from falling into the trap of cynicism that plagues those who know the price of everything but the value of nothing. And to remind us all that whether we are navigating global politics, personal relationships or the booths of an antique mall – the more we understand the worth of something, the wiser our choices regarding it will be.

Candace Hill