Art Advisors and Appraisers

Personal Property Appraisers

Our team of expert fine art & antique appraisers.

Our Firm

Arcadia Art Consultancy is a full-service firm that provides appraisal reports, art advisory, and collection management services to private and corporate collectors across the United States. Uniquely positioned within the realms art, finance, and the law, our firm can handle the most complex art matters for our high net worth clients. As an independent third party, we have no obligations to any dealer, gallery, or auction house. Our clients are our first, and only priority.


Our Team

Kaitlyn McElwee

Kaitlyn H. McElwee, ISA

Kaitlyn McElwee is a seasoned appraiser and advisor with extensive knowledge of the primary and secondary art markets. Having worked in prestigious galleries, auction houses, and museums, Kaitlyn is uniquely positioned to help her clients understand and navigate the murky waters of the art world. Kaitlyn has previously appraised major private collections, artist’s estates, and museum collections.

Her ongoing area of interest is the intersection of art and finance, specifically as it relates to the canonization of contemporary artists. Kaitlyn uses this information to help support young and emerging artists through curated art exhibitions and market guidance.

In her spare time, Kaitlyn can be found either at the Mint Museum planning the annual juried art show or volunteering with any number of local animal rescue organizations.

Education

APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS
Appraisal Studies

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
M.A., Art History, Fine Arts Administration

DAVIDSON COLLEGE
B.A., Art History

Papers and Publications

Marcel Duchamp and the Apotheosis of the Feminine
Exploration & Experimentation: Early Printmaking Practices of the New York School
Composite Creatures in Ancient Egyptian Mythology
A Representation of the Sublimity of Contemporary Life: Tracey Emin's My Bed

Memberships & Affiliations

Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum, Board Member and Art Show Chair
International Society of Appraisers, Appraisal Member
Charlotte Estate Planning Council, Member
American Alliance of Museums, Member
Arts and Science Council, Advisory Council Member

Languages

German, Professional Fluency
French, Translation Proficiency
Italian, Translation Proficiency
Spanish, Translation Proficiency


Kenneth L. McElwee, J.D., ISA

Kenneth McElwee is both an appraiser and an attorney with over thirty years of experience. Prior to serving in his current position with Arcadia Art Consultancy, Kenneth served as a commercial litigator for several of New Jersey’s most prominent law firms. He has represented such major corporations as: Summit Bank, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, American Home Products Corporation, Jersey Central Power and Light, Calton Homes, Inc., United States Private Label Brokers’ Association, Merck,Exxon, JCP&L, Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation, National Westminster Bank, Conseco, the Hartford; Manufacturers Hanover, Dell Corporation, the Dimes Savings Bank, Hovnanian Corporation, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Gilbarco, and CIGNA.

As general counsel, Kenneth is particularly sensitive to the use of appraisals for legal purposes and ensures that our reports can withstand rigorous IRS audits and judicial scrutiny. Additionally, in the event of contentious litigation, Kenneth provides our clients with expert witness services.

Education

APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS
Appraisal Studies

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctorate; Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law; Semester course, Accounting and Valuation for Lawyers

WOOSTER  COLLEGE
B.A., History; Valedictorian; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

1984:  Supreme Court of New Jersey and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
1985:  United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1998:  United States Court for the Western District of Michigan
1998:  United States Court for the Sixth Circuit

Legal Experience

1999-2017: General Manager, Macrich Associates, LLC
1996-1998: Partner; Slattery, McElwee, & Jespersen
1991-1996: Partner; Commercial Litigation, Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, Somerville, NJ
1989-1991: Associate; Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, Somerville, NJ
1985-1989: Associate; Shanley & Fisher (Now Drinker, Biddle & Reath), Morristown, NJ
1986: Law Clerk; United States Emergency Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C.
1985: Law Clerk; The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Washington D.C.
1984-1985: Law Clerk; The Hon. Frederick B. Lacey; United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
1980-1981: Analyst; United States Department of State; Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Papers and Publications

Academic and Professional Papers: 

Symbols of Russian Autocracy in Faberge Eggs and Enamels
Convincing a Judge that “FMV” Does Not Mean “Flea Market Value” in Equitable Distribution Actions
The Impact of the Soviet Demographic Crisis on Uzbeck Nationalism

Published Books:

Litigation Strategy in Contested Tax Sale Foreclosures