Deborah Miller


Deborah Miller Appraisals
Chicago, IL
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Deborah Miller is an independent USPAP (Uniformed Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) certified appraiser of historic, vintage, and contemporary costume and textiles and a candidate member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She has appraised donations to major American art museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt/National Design Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ms. Miller has also appraised contemporary clothing and accessories donations of up to $1 million for private individuals and worked with family collections throughout the country.

Ms. Miller holds an M.A. from The Bard Graduate Center, NYC, in the history of decorative arts, where she focused on textiles. She has a B.A. in art history from Hamilton College, and a certificate in art and antiques appraisal from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Prior to her work as an appraiser Ms. Miller was the director of exhibitions at the Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA, mounting shows that ranged from contemporary quilts and baskets to historic Burmese textiles and avant-garde art fashion. She also worked at the Toledo Museum of Art, managed Wilson & Gough, a contemporary design gallery, in South Kensington, London, for several years, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.

Ms. Miller is a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of the United Kingdom, the Textile Society of America, and the New England Lace Guild.

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