Geri Thomas

Associate Member, Appraisers Association of America

Thomas Art Consulting welcomes new and past clients to a full-range of art services including fine art appraisals, advising on works of art for purchase and sale, and collections management services.

Geri Thomas has spent her entire career working in arts & culture in the United States and abroad. As an Associate Member of the Appraisers Association of America, she completed the Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program in 2017 and is USPAP compliant (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice).

She was President of Thomas & Associates, Inc., an innovative firm that offered staffing, consulting and professional development programs for museums, galleries, and art businesses nationally and internationally. The company closed in September 2017 after 18 remarkable years of service.

She has been involved with recruitment and executive search, organizational development, and consulting for such organizations as The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Christie’s, Artnet.com; The Newark Museum; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Galerie Lelong; Marlborough Gallery; Pace; Sean Kelly Gallery; Phillips; the Corning Museum of Glass; The Rockwell Museum of Western Art; The DuSable Museum; the Hudson River Museum; and, the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Before starting her own company, Geri was Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Jewish Museum in New York. Previous to that, she lived in New Zealand where she was on the initial planning team for the new national museum, Te Papa. She has been an interim director twice in her career, first at the Jersey City Museum, and at Lyndhurst, a museum and historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

She has lectured widely and presented numerous papers on the status of the art world, professional development and the management of museums in the United States and internationally. She has been a panelist and grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in Washington, D.C.

Geri is an Associate Professor at NYU where she teaches Fundraising for the Arts and, with NYU, she developed a new curriculum in Art Collections Management in 2011. At Christie’s Education she taught a professional development component for the MA Program in Art, Law and Business. She is a Leadership Circle member of ArtTable, the prestigious group of professional women in the arts, and organized their popular Breakfast at Christie’s events in Chicago.