SUSAN GILLIAN WHITNEY
Susan Whitney is a well known appraiser of fine art. She is experienced and reputable, conducting reliable appraisals for purposes of insurance, charitable donations and estate evaluation on behalf of individual and corporate collectors, galleries, museums, art dealers, insurance companies, banks, Crown corporations and government agencies. Susan has successfully completed all course and examination requirements of the International Society of Appraisers (of which she is a past member).
Susan Whitney is a prominent member of the arts community and has had a life long interest in art. Born in Ireland, Susan studied fine art at Sir George Williams University in Montreal and the University of Regina, returning to her birthplace and exhibiting her own work through the Royal Dublin Society and the Dublin Project Art Gallery. Subsequently, she became the Director of the Kesik Gallery in Regina, responsible for all aspects of gallery operations. In 1979, she founded the Susan Whitney Gallery, a vibrant and nationally acclaimed commercial gallery in Regina, representing many of Saskatchewan’s most important and notable artists throughout its twenty-six year history. Since 2005, Susan’s professional focus has been fine art appraisal.
Susan Whitney is vice-chair of the newly created Crown Agency Creative Saskatchewan, the founding president of Saskatchewan Professional Art Galleries Association, past president and Honourary Lifetime member of Art Dealers Association of Canada, past member of the Trade Team Canada Working Group for the Visual Arts, and founding member of Saskatchewan Cultural Industries Development Council. She served as member of Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board for eight years and has been a member of many local, national and international arts and cultural organizations: National Council of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts; Canada Council Art Bank Transition Advisory Committee; Arts and Cultural Industries Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade to the Department of International Trade; Saskatchewan Municipal Government Cultural Industries Development Committee; Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) Advisory Board (Chicago); Canada Council Art Bank Advisory Board; and, Working Group for Human Resources on the Visual Arts and Crafts of Human Resources Canada. Susan is past director of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Friends of the Canadian Plains Research Centre, Globe Theatre and Regina Dance Works. She has been featured in national publications such as Canadian Art, Chatelaine and Western Living, has given expert opinion in court and appears on the Canadian Antique Road Show. Susan curated the traveling exhibition “The Eccentric Vessel” and has lectured at numerous art conferences across Canada. She is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Medal in 2012.