Anatomy of an Appraisal: Bridges to Donors and Collections (AAM panelist)

Appraising Contemporary Art

Appraising Emerging Art

Appraising Post-War Art

Appraising Luxury Interiors Part II: Contemporary Interiors

Art Basel | Miami Beach Art Salon: New Market Dynamics

Art History and Contemporary Culture

Art Investment (Harvard Business School Club of New York)

Building a Collection (Sotheby's MBA Program)

Challenges in Conserving Contemporary Art

Collection Management for Collectors, Appraisers, and Collections Managers

Curator Talks: The Emerging Art Scene

Emerging Art and Postmodern Theory (Guggenheim Museum)

Expertise & Objectivity in a Turbulent Art Market:  A Forum for Collectors (UBS Lecture Series)

Gallery & Alternative Space Management

Getting Started: Introduction to the Collecting of Fine Art

Getting Your Foot in the Door: Business and Marketing Techniques for the Appraiser

An Insider's Look at Emerging Art and Artists

Introduction to Contemporary Art: Emerging Artists

Introduction to Appraising Luxury Interiors

Investor Insights and Collecting Fine Arts (UBS Lecture Series)

Perspectives on Six Icons: Understanding Modern Art

Pop Art and Beyond

Risk Management for Private Collections

Today's American and International Art Market (NYU SCPS)

Today’s Curator: An Independent Force in the Art World

What's It Really Worth? The Role of the Appraiser


Renée Vara is a seasoned lecturer and professor of art and visual culture with over 20 years of educational experience in museum studies, appraising and curating, specializing in the field of 20th century art and design. She has been an Adjunct Professor at NYU for over a decade and in 2010 received NYU's Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also a faculty member at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In addition, she has lectured internationally at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, Freeman’s Auction House, UBS, Chubb Insurance, AXA Art, and Phillips de Pury.  

Renée holds corporate seminars and lectures on collecting, contemporary art and the art market. She also organizes private and group tours to the top fairs, galleries, and museums around the world. Each tour considers the audience’s depth of knowledge and specific interests, including care and conservation of collections, art as tangible asset, art market trends and collection planning. For a complete class list, please click here.



Tracy Stern, TEA & Co. and Renée Vara, Vara Art announce the launch of their new venture – Salon Art Tours – private, curated outings led by Renée Vara, a curator and art advisor with over twenty years of experience in the art world, and Tracy Stern, a master tea blender, life stylist and founder of SALONTEA, which will explore New York City’s major art districts, offering an exclusive opportunity to experience and enjoy the city's different art districts: Chelsea, the Lower East Side and the Upper East Side. Guests can participate in one or all three Salon Art Tours to learn more about how to properly collect, care and navigate the art market. For tour dates and times, and to enroll, click here.

Fall 2014: Creating Public and Private Art Collections (NYU SPS)

A broad range of organizations and corporations hire experts to create art collections for them. Learn exactly how to conceive and create an art collection. Instruction covers how to define a collection and obtain, maintain, and display art. This course presents case studies, features guest speakers who have curated both public and private corporate collections, and includes a visit to one of New York City's excellent collections. Click here for course details and registration. 

October 8-16, 2014: XLVII AICA International Congress South Korea: Art Criticism in a Labyrinth 

The nine day conference presented by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) will be held in both Seoul and Suwon City, South Korea. The conference addresses art criticism in the art world today—convoluted, complex, and ever-changing—while incorporating visits to simultaneous exhibitions, the Busan Biennale and the Gwangju Biennale. Renée Vara, the sole presenter from the US, will be discussing social media’s involvement in contemporary art criticism at the XLVII AICA International Congress South Korea in October. For the full program schedule and registration, see here.