Collecting Art: State of the Art Market

Art CollectingThe Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is excited to announce Collecting Art: State of the Art Market, one of the many gallery talks in the Artists Archives new Collecting Art series. This talk will take place Saturday, March 7, 1- 3 p.m. Wes Cowan, Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives celebrity, will be discussing the current state of the art market from an auction perspective. Cowan will go into detail about how you no longer need to attend an auction in person, and how the Internet has drastically changed the auction world – both for competition and for the quality value of the items being offered.

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About Wes Cowan

Wes Cowan is founder and owner of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. An internationally recognized expert in Historic Americana, Wes stars in the PBS television series History Detectives and is a featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. He writes an antiques column for the Cincinnati Enquirer and is a frequently requested speaker at antiques events around the country. Wes is licensed as an auctioneer in Ohio and holds a BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Wes grew up in a household filled with Victorian antiques, nurtured by a mother who liked all things “old.” Torn between the antiques business and American archaeology, Wes first chose a course that set him on an academic road.
After receiving his doctorate degree, Wes taught at the Anthropology Department of Ohio State University. In 1984 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to assume the post of Curator of Archaeology at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. He has published widely in the fields of American archaeology and paleoethnobotany, and is coeditor of The Origins of Agriculture in International Perspective and Societies in Eclipse: Eastern North America at the Dawn of European Colonization.

In 1995, Wes left academia and the museum world to return to his childhood love – antiques. Since then, Cowan’s Auctions has grown from a one-man shop to a nationally recognized business generating $20 million in annual sales.