Art Consultation

The NCMA’s curators, conservators, and librarian can help you learn more about your works of art. Find out about the artist or subject of your work by talking to a curator. Learn how to care for and display your art by asking a conservator. If you would like to know something about the artist, the librarian can assist in your research. Please do not bring works of art to the Museum. Contact the appropriate department or staff member to initiate an art consultation.
Contact a Museum Curator

When contacting a curator, please indicate what type of art you have (painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photograph, or antiquity) and include the name of the artist and subject, if known. Let us know how and when you acquired the work of art. Please attach digital images of the work of art. Please do not bring works of art to the Museum. 

Linda Dougherty, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art 
Michele Frederick, Associate Curator of European Art and Provenance Research; Northern European (Dutch, Flemish, Netherlandish, British, French), 1550–1900
Lyle Humphrey, Associate Curator of European Art and Collections History; Medieval to 1550; Italian and Iberian peninsulas to 1900
Sean Burrus, Curator of Judaic Art
Caroline Rocheleau, Curator of Ancient Art 
Lauren Applebaum, Jim and Betty Becher Curator of American Art
Ángel González López, Research Curator of Ancient American Art     

If you do not know which curator to contact, please email the Art Reference Library or call (919) 664-6770.

Please note: Museum curators can neither authenticate nor provide value appraisals for works of art. See “Find an appraiser.” If your work of art falls outside the curators’ areas of expertise, you will be directed to another museum or elsewhere with relevant staff expertise.

Find an Appraiser
Contact a Conservator

To connect with a conservator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, please email Nancy Allred.

I have a work of art that needs to be cleaned or repaired. Do you do that?

The NCMA’s Art Conservation Center does not accept private clients. However, Museum conservators are available to discuss your conservation concerns and recommend the best way to care for your art. Please email Nancy Allred to connect with a conservator.

How do I find a conservator to repair my art?

The Museum does not recommend or endorse a particular conservator. Search for conservators in your area on the website of the American Institute for Conservation and Preservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Contact a Museum Librarian

Staff in the NCMA’s Art Reference Library can help you in your research. The Library offers access to art auction databases, art bibliographic databases, and other reference materials, such as biographical dictionaries, books on artists’ signatures and monograms, and artist catalogues raisonnés.

If you need assistance with your research, please contact the Library by email.

Please visit the Library webpage to learn more about its resources and services.

Please note: The Library staff does not authenticate or give valuations of works of art or out-of-print books. The Library is currently not accepting book and other in-kind donations.

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