Company Owner & Appraiser, Scott Zema

Scott Zema, BA, MA, ISA CAPP, is a full-time, professional appraiser certified by the International Society of Appraisers™ and has been in practice for over 35 years. Born in Seattle, Scott has been twice co-president of the Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers and holds bachelor’s and advanced degrees in Art History and Architecture from the University of Washington. Scott has also interned at the Seattle Art Museum and the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington and taught art history at the University as a graduate instructor. He has been a past board member of the Snohomish County Arts Council and was a founding member of the Snohomish County Arts Commission. Scott has had extensive experience as an art and antiques dealer and restorer.

Scott Zema

Scott has been a featured speaker to many groups about appraisal-related topics, including the annual conference of the International Society of Appraisers. He has actively promoted the appraisal profession and includes among his clients the University of Washington president’s residence, the Washington State governor’s mansion, the Seattle Art Museum, local municipalities, corporations, and numerous other institutional clients, as well as clients of high net worth.

“Scott helped me in a pinch with one particularly difficult client and an even more difficult insurance carrier requirement for an updated appraisal. His knowledge is astounding, and his demeanor is extremely pleasant and professional.”

— A Satisfied Client

“It was the 390th Memorial Museum’s great pleasure to work with Scott Zema on appraising priceless scrapbooks in our collection. Scott was incredibly professional, communicated frequently in easy-to-understand ways, and was endlessly patient. It was the museum’s first experience with the appraisal process, so we weren’t sure what to expect. From beginning to end, Scott kept us updated on what to do, what to expect, and what he would need from us. Plus, his ability to complete the project remotely – Scott’s business is based in Seattle, Washington, and our museum is in Tucson, Arizona – simplified it and helped to keep costs reasonable. Should we ever need appraisal services again, we would engage his services without a second thought and highly recommend Scott to any customer.”

— Mae Casey, Curator, 390th Memorial Museum, 6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85756, Tel (520) 574-0287

Career Highlights

  • Former Student Preparator & Cataloger at the Far Eastern & Painting Collection, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
  • Assistant Preparator, Seattle Art Museum
  • Graduate Instructor in Art History at the University of Washington
  • Owner of Ark Limited Appraisals, Inc., Formerly Retail Sales & Sales to the Trade, Art Restoration, & Estate Services
  • Former Member Board of Directors, Snohomish Arts Council
  • Former Chairman, Snohomish County Arts Commission
  • Former Co-President, Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers
  • Featured as a Consulting Expert on the PBS Program KCTS 9 Connects: Avoiding Art Fraud
  • Over 35 Years of Experience Appraising Fine Art & Antiques

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