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    Certificate of Appraisal Studies, Fine and Decorative Arts, Northwestern University
    MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    BA, Art, The University of New Mexico

Lela Hersh is the president of Museum of Fine Arts Consulting, LLC. Since 2003, her company has provided personalized and independent art advisory and collections management services to museums and cultural institutions, corporations, foundations, as well as private and corporate collectors. Hersh has been involved in the arts for almost 40 years as an arts advisor and administrator, and is a highly respected arts consultant, appraiser, and teacher. She is a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, and an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers. Hersh has lectured widely on numerous topics including art forgery and charitable contributions to museums. She wrote the appraisal chapter of the current edition of Museum Registration Methods. Aside from being an adjunct professor at CGU, she is a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the graduate department of the arts administration and policy program. She is also a 20-year veteran of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where she served as their director of collections and exhibitions, and was a past board member of the American Association of Museums.

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