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Claudia W. Hess, MBA, AAA

Certified Member, Appraisers Association of America

CEO of Hess Art Advisory

Claudia W. Hess, MBA, AAA brings over 40 years of experience as an art historian, curator, entrepreneur, educator, gallery owner, and art collector to her role as CEO of Hess Art Advisory.  Her mother is an esteemed art dealer and she grew up in a house FILLED with art.  You might even say:  Art is her oxygen!

Today she brings passion, humanity and strong business acumen to serve her clients in California, US and the world. 


Hess Art Advisory provides a suite of expert services to private collectors, corporations, and institutions including the preparation of appraisal reports written in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), art advisory, fine art collection management with specialized curatorial support, and customized trust and estate strategic planning for the preservation and growth of a collection.  


Claudia is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and a veteran of countless blue chip art fairs.  Her extensive education includes an MBA, studies at the Sorbonne, and completion of New York University’s Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts Program.  As the owner of Worthington Gallery West, she developed deep expertise offering the finest works to museum curators, renowned collectors, and celebrities.  Claudia is an expert consultant on Californian, American, and European fine art from the 1800s to the present.  She is also a specialist in arts philanthropy and actively promotes arts philanthropy through her own charitable projects as well as educates others on successful strategies for arts philanthropy and art succession planning.

She specializes in art 1900-present including New Media Art such as digital art, video art and the new category of tokenized art or NFTs. 


She launched her new book: NFT Handbook for Art Lovers in November 2022. 

Hess Art Advisory has valued and consulted on over $100,000,000 in artwork including works by artists such as: Franz Ackerman, Mark Bradford, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Richard Diebenkorn, Tracey Emin, Helen Frankenthaler, Ann Hamilton, Jennifer Heffernan, William Kentridge, William Keith, Franz Klein, Käthe Kollwitz, Wassily Kandinsky, Marilyn Minter, Joan Miró, Yoshitomo Nara, Claes Oldenburg, Chris Ofili, Tony Oursler, Grayson Perry, Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond, Peter Saul, Frank Stella, Pat Stein, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and many more. 

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