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Art Historian and Appraiser

P.O. Box One ∑ Falls City, Oregon 97344
Phone: (503) 787-3301
email: randolph@osmanart.org


After a twenty-year career as university professor, author, museum curator and director, Randolph Osman earned the highest designation in the field of art appraisal. Certified by the American Society of Appraisers as Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), Osman specializes in Western European and American art, appraising American and European paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, and contemporary crafts. Osman evaluates works of art in private and public collections.

Randolph Osman is an articulate and well-prepared expert witness with years of experience in litigation support. He is available as consultant and expert witness to assist attorneys with cases involving valuation of fine arts, illustration and design, art gallery management, museum exhibitions, collections and staff training.

Mr. Osman offers extensively researched and detailed written appraisal reports meeting IRS requirements, prepared to the exacting standards of the legal profession, and conforming to both the requirements of the insurance and banking industries. His written appraisals adhere to the guidelines of the American Society of Appraisers and the newly revised Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) of the Appraiser Qualifications Board / Appraisal Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Throughout his career, Mr. Osman has worked with curators, scholars, critics, conservators and prominent art dealers in this country and abroad. He has researched and published on medieval, renaissance and contemporary art, and has worked closely with leading authorities in the field of fine arts evaluation. He has been consultant to internationally acclaimed dealers in New York and Philadelphia, and has written a book on the museums of New York City (Art Centers of the World: New York, World Publishers, Cleveland and New York, 1968); German translation by Prestel Verlag, Munich, 1969. He has written articles on medieval and contemporary ceramics, Spanish painters of the Renaissance, (Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1973, 1974), Contemporary Crafts and exhibition design (East Carolina University) and has lectured on art and exhibitions at universities and major museums.

Mr. Osman earned a Bachelorís degree from Bucknell University, and a Masterís degree from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, one of the most respected and demanding MA art history / museum programs in the world. He has studied at the University of Barcelona, the University of Munich, and has taught art history and connoisseurship at state universities and private colleges in North Carolina, Oregon, and California. He has been Assistant Professor of Art History at Portland State University, a faculty member at East Carolina University, Oregon State University and Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. His museum career includes curatorial appointments at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, East Carolina University, Ketchikan Alaska Museums, Missoula Museum of Art, and as graduate intern at the Cloisters Museum in New York City.

In addition to his role as Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, Mr. Osman is a member of the College Art Association of America, the American Association of Museums, Oregon Museums Association, an appointee to the Polk County Oregon Historic Landmarks Commission, and a Regional Representative of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon. He is the recipient of several NEA grants, including the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Museum Professional Fellowship Grant for research and professional development in 1980 and again in 1984.

Some of Osman's appraisal and litigation-support clients include Oregon State University, Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, The Portland (Oregon) Art Museum, State Farm Insurance Company in Los Angeles, Menashe Gevurtz Attorneys in Portland, Luvaas Cobb attorneys in Eugene, Dickstein & Merin attorneys in Sacramento, Endispute in San Francisco, museums in Canada and the United States, and private clients in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, California and Montana. Mr. Osman offers fast, competent, efficient, accurate and friendly service

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