Renée Vara is the Director of Vara Fine Arts—a full service art advisory firm specializing in 20th century, contemporary, and emerging art and design. For over a decade, she was the National Fine Arts Specialist at Chubb Insurance, where she served as the private curator and collection manager for Artnews Magazine’s “Top 100 Collectors” with collections valued up to $1 billion.
Renée has been cited as an expert in many publications including: Forbes, The New York Times, Dow Jones, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Artnews, Art & Antiques, CNN, Town and Country, US News and World Report and Crain’s.
She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history from Franklin & Marshall College and CUNY and has been a professor at NYU’s Appraisal, Museum Studies, and Art History programs for over a decade. In the spring of 2011, Renée was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She has served as a lecturer at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and has lectured on collecting contemporary art and the art market at venues such as the American Association of Museums, Norwood Club, Nation Arts Society, Sotheby’s, Freeman’s, Art Basel/Art Basel Miami, UBS, Travelers Insurance and Clairden Leu.
Renée actively works within the marketplace and supports nonprofit art organizations. She sets art appraisal standards in the industry as a second-term member of the Board of Directors for the Appraisers Association of America (www.appraisersassoc.org). Renée is the Creative Director for the avant-garde art journal INPUT Journal (www.inputjournal.org).
She is a Certified Appraiser, valuation expert and collection manager. Renée also regularly curates international emerging art shows at fairs and venues around the world including Art Basel | Miami Beach, Scope, Frieze, and the Istanbul Biennale.