Fine Art Consultant and Assistant Cataloguer
Katie Halligan has been in the appraisal business since 1999.
Prior to joining John Moran Auctioneers, Inc., Katie worked in the American Paintings Department of Christie’s Los Angeles, from 1999 through 2005. While at Christies, Katie evaluated, researched and catalogued hundreds of California, Western and American paintings, sculptures and works on paper. She was responsible for the sale of numerous notable private and institutional collections, including the Estate of Katherine H. Haley and the Phoenix Art Museum.
From 1998 to early 1999, Katie worked for George Stern Fine Arts of West Hollywood, California - a gallery specializing in Early California Impressionism. In addition to preparing exhibitions, she worked with the estates of the California artists Conrad Buff and Arthur Dominique Rozaire. Katie also contributed the scholarly essay, ‘The Life of Arthur Dominique Rozaire’ for the publication “Arthur Dominique Rozaire: Poet with a Brush”.
From July 2006 to summer 2013, Katie was responsible for curating each of John Moran's twice annual auctions devoted to California and American paintings. While at Moran’s, Katie helped to secure many new auction records for important American artists such as Granville Redmond, John F. Peto and Nicolai Fechin. Currently, Katie works as a consultant for Moran’s, finessing and lotting the California Paintings catalogues and the fine art contributions to the monthly Antiques and Decorative Arts sales. She also continues to work as an appraiser for Moran’s private and estate clients.
Katie successfully completed a 15-hour course and examination on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Congressionally-recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation: completed on March 29, 2014, effective through March 29, 2016.
Katie graduated summa cum laude from Wells College, Aurora, New York, with a degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Art History. Katie is a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a past member of their American Arts Council. She is also belongs to the Twin Tiers Irish Arts Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóití Éireann, the largest group involved with the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music and culture, and is actively involved in Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, CA and LAUSD public schools.