Allyson Melchor brings over 11 years of experience in provenance and attribution research, artist representation and art sales with her career in New York auction houses, galleries and artist foundations. In her role at a leading global auction house in New York, Allyson specialized in post-sale analysis of auction revenue and client bidding/buying trends and led a team initiative to increase data integrity and efficiency of the company’s 50,000+ client database. Her Master’s thesis, The Art World Divided: How the Catalogue Raisonné Defines the Scholar, the Artist and the Market focused on extensive art historical, attribution and authenticity research. Allyson holds an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University in New York and a BA in Anthropology from Bates College. She is a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association and has been on the Board of Trustees of the La Napoule Art Foundation since 2006.
Katherine Luer is a New Orleans native whose interests in art crime and museum security have, in the past, brought her to Washington, D.C., Scotland, and Italy. She has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Georgetown University and a Master’s Certificate from the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA), where she wrote her dissertation on museums’ responses to catastrophic flooding events. Katherine is currently working towards her Master’s in Library Science in Archives Management at Simmons College in Boston.
Jenn Bentzen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Bucknell University. Throughout her undergraduate training she held internships focused on architecture and museum studies, including work with the Telfair Museum of Art, the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia, and Bucknell’s own art gallery. Following graduation, Jenn changed tack and launched a career in federal government recruitment and development. In 2012, she took a sabbatical to pursue post-graduate studies in International Art Crime through the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) in Amelia, Italy. Though having since returned to recruitment and development, Jenn continues to pursue projects related to art crime and the criminal psychology associated with these crimes. She assisted Colette Loll with her traveling exhibition Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World and her intent is to build on her ARCA thesis, Understanding the Criminal: An Investigative Model of Art Forgery, and is planning additional studies in criminal and investigative psychology for the near future.
Hannah Jones is a recent UCLA graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a passion for all things art. As an undergraduate, Hannah had the opportunity to study the legal, scientific, and philosophical aspects of fakes and forgeries through research as well as placements in several California museums, including the Bowers Museum and the Hammer Museum, among others. She is currently working as an assistant with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee in Washington, DC and interns once a week with the Museum Conservation Institute in Suitland, Maryland.