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Art: 20th Century Design

Karen Rigdon
Karen Rigdon
Director, Decorative Arts & Design/Silver & Vertu
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Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Decorative Arts History from Parsons’s School of Design and the New School for Social Research through the Cooper Hewitt Museum.  Her career began in the curatorial departments of distinguished collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where responsibilities included the reinstallation of the decorative arts collections and period rooms as well as establishing the collecting direction of the Norwest Modernism Collection.

She went on to Gallery Directorships in Chicago, Atlanta and Birmingham, MI, accepting opportunities to continue to curate exhibitions while buying extensively and developing private collections of furniture, ceramics and glass.  Beginning in 2003 she developed curriculum and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the History of Decorative Arts for institutions including Georgia State University.

Karen has been with Heritage Auction since 2007, and has been involved with the Fine Silver & Vertu Auctions sincere their inception in May 2008.  She is currently Director of Silver and Decorative Arts.

Katie Nartonis
Katie Nartonis
Consignment Director - Fine & Decorative Arts
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Katie Nartonis is a 20th Century Design Specialist, Curator and Film-Maker. With over 15 years experience in the Fine Auction field, she is especially passionate about those California studio artists, craftsmen and makers who emerged on the West Coast after WWII. Her documentary film about California Modernist Designers "In Tandem: The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman"  premiered in early 2015 to an enthusiastic crowd at Palm Springs Modernism Week.

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