Amanda S. Adams Qualifications


Amanda Adams brings to appraising art and antiques and related services a wealth of knowledge and experience. As the granddaughter of an antiques dealer and the daughter of an estate jewelry and silver dealer, Ms. Adams’s understanding of these areas began in childhood.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Harvard University and a doctorate in art history from Bryn Mawr College.  Ms. Adams has operated an art gallery, taught art history at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and worked as a research fellow in the curatorial department at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Ms. Adams completed New York University’s intensive program in Appraisal Studies.  She is an associate member of the Appraisers Association of America.  She is USPAP compliant and qualified to prepare appraisals for IRS purposes.  Serving the the country from her base in Birmingham, AL, Ms. Adams has enjoyed working on a wide range of assignments with clients, including major collectors, corporations, universities, law firms, artist estates, and accountants around the U.S.

In addition to her appraisal business, Ms. Adams operates as an independent art scholar, curator, writer, and consultant.

Lovers in the Lilacs by Mark Chagall, 1930.   Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lovers in the Lilacs by Mark Chagall, 1930.  Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D. in the History of Art

Bryn Mawr College, M.A. in the History of Art

Harvard University, A.B. in Fine Arts, magna cum laude and High Honors

 Appraising Qualifications

USPAP certification valid through July 12, 2018

Associate Member, Appraisers Association of America

Completed New York University’s Program in Appraisal Studies

 Relevant Work Experience

2017-present     Research Assistant, Birmingham Museum of Art

2012-present     Owner, Fine Art Appraisals, LLC

2012-2014        Research Fellow, Birmingham Museum of Art                         

2008-2010        Partner, Coleman Schedler Fine Art

2001-2004; 2007-2009  Owner, Amanda Schedler Fine Art

2004-2007          Partner, Schedler Minchin Fine Art

2001-2004          Adjunct Instructor in the History of Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2004                    Instructor in the History of Art, Birmingham-Southern College

 Selected Publications

“The Reredos Painting — The Last Supper” in Witness to the Light: And Adventure into God’s Workmanship Past Present and Future by John Harris Harper,  2013, 174-175.

“Southern Silver,” Southern Accents, March-April 2007, 94-98.

“The Art of the Deal,” Southern Accents, May-June 2004, 118-122.

 Recent Presentations

“The Value of Art,” Art and Conversation lecture, Birmingham Museum of Art, June 2014.

“British Portraiture,” Art and Conversation lecture, Birmingham Museum of Art, May 2013.

“Drawings in the English, French, and Dutch Galleries,” delivered to the European Art Society, Birmingham Museum of Art, December 2012.