Founder and Director
Colette Loll was the CEO of a marketing and software company for 15 years before leaving the business world to earn a Master of Arts degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian Associates/Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her interest in issues related to authenticity propelled her to Italy for postgraduate studies in International Art Crime through a program sponsored by the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), an international non-profit and interdisciplinary research group dedicated to contemporary issues in art crime and cultural property protection.
Colette has been involved in several independent projects related to the topic of fine art forgery and art forensics, including serving as lead researcher in attribution and authentication investigations, conducting forensic investigations for private collectors on suspect artworks, participating in documentary film projects, and curating several exhibitions. Her traveling exhibition, Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World, received acclaim and extensive coverage in local, national and international media platforms.
Colette has lectured widely at universities, museums, and forensic institutes in the United States and Europe and trains Federal agents in forgery investigations for the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Cultural Heritage Protection Program. She was also invited to give a presentation on art fraud at Interpol’s inaugural International Conference on Counterfeit Art.
Colette is a consultant and thought leader for various technology companies that are offering practical solutions to the prolific problem of art forgery. Most recently, Art Fraud Insights was selected to run a proactive anti-fraud initiative for the largest online art marketplace in the United States, an industry first.