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November 11, 2008
The Jordan H. and Joan R. Leibman Annual Forum
The Valuation of Art

Speaker: Debra Force and John Vanausdall
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Herron's Frank and Katrina Basile Auditorium
Contact: Contact Shaun Ingram for more information: (317) 278-4789 or

IU Kelley School of Business-Indianapolis, in cooperation with the Herron School of Art & Design and the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, presents this year's Jordan H. & Joan R. Leibman Annual Forum, The Valuation of Art , on November 11, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at Eskenazi Hall, 735 West New York Street, Indianapolis.

Speakers include:

  • Debra Force
    President and Founder, Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY
  • John Vanausdall
    President/CEO, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN

Debra J. Force is a specialist in American paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture of the 18th through 20th centuries. Ms. Force holds a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts degree in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. During graduate school, Ms. Force worked as a consultant for projects generated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Betsy Ross Foundation. She served as director of the CIGNA (formerly INA) Museum and Art Collection in Philadelphia from 1978 to 1984. From 1984 to 1993, she served as Senior Vice President and Head of the American Paintings Department at Christie’s in New York, where she organized more than 40 auctions of American art and researched, catalogued, and sold American art of all types and values to collectors throughout the United States. Ms. Force later became director of American art at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, a leading gallery dealing in American art from the 18th through 20th centuries. From 1994 to 1999, she was director of Beacon Hill Fine Art in New York. In 1999, Ms. Force formed Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., which offers American art and provides appraisal and consulting services related to areas of American art. She has been frequently called upon for research and valuations by many museums, the Justice Department, the Barnes Foundation and major collectors. Since 1999, she has appeared as a specialist appraiser for Antiques Roadshow, the PBS series produced by WGBH, Boston. She lectures about American art, collecting, and the art market throughout the United States.

Offering a local perspective on the topic of valuation will be John Vanausdall, President and CEO of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. He joined the museum in 1996, following an 18-year career with the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In 1989, Vanausdall graduated from the Museum Management Institute, a program of The American Federation of the Arts and The Getty Trust in Berkeley,California.

The Jordan H. & Joan R. Leibman Forum was established at IUPUI in 2004 to examine issues related to the legal and business environment of the arts, and is a joint project of the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, and the IU Herron School ofArt and Design.

This event is free and open to the public.

Lecture: 5:30 p.m., Herron's Frank and Katrina Basile Auditorium
Reception: Immediately following the lecture, Herron School of Art & Design, Grand Hall