Stefanie Miller received her BA in English and Art History from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where her coursework allowed her to study at the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, The Renwick Gallery, The Hirshhorn Museum, The Freer Sackler Gallery, and many other notable institutions in Washington, DC. After graduating, she worked for a nationally known non-profit organization as a researcher. In this position she gained extensive knowledge of valuing antiquarian books as well as other antiques, porcelain, manuscripts, fine art, and collectibles. After moving to Missoula, Montana in 2013, she began work as a researcher and assistant to a noted local fine art appraiser. She has since completed the appraisal studies program through the College for Appraisers in California, taken the 15-hour national USPAP examination, and passed the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies examination.
Her education and experience prepared her for starting her own independent appraisal business, Miller Appraisals, in 2015. This business allows her the creativity and flexibility to continue a lifelong passion for learning about fine art and antiques, while at the same time offering clients with well-researched, thorough, and impartial appraisal reports.
While most of her business is focused in the Western Montana region, she does occasionally travel for appraisal projects in the surrounding states. She has the experience to meticulously appraise and inventory collections ranging from a few, to several thousand objects. Many of her appraisals comprise entire estates, so she has a wide range of expertise in residential contents including furniture, porcelain, silver, books, clothing, and decorative art. She also has considerable knowledge of appraising American art from Western artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
All of her appraisal reports are written in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP). She is one of only 3 members of The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) in Montana.
Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History, 2012, graduated Cum Laude; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Courses included:
Art of 19th and 20th Century Germany
19th Century European Art
20th Century European Art
The Arts of Southeast Asia
Northern Baroque Art
Graduate Appraiser, 2015, graduated with Honors; The College for Appraisers, Whittier, California. Courses included:
Art Glass of the World
English and Continental Pottery
Furniture I – Antiquity through 1800
Furniture II – 1800 through 1950
Jewelry – Victorian through Present Day
The Metals of Antiques
Appraising Ethics and Research
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, 2015, passed the 15-hour course and examination; The Appraisal Foundation, Washington, DC
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, 2017, passed the 7-hour required update course and review; The Appraisal Foundation, Washington, DC
Core Course in Appraisal Studies and examination, passed in March 2019; The International Society of Appraisers, Chicago, Illinois