Rachael Blackburn Cozad

offers over twenty-five years of comprehensive experience in the visual arts and is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America.

From 2001-2012 she was the Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, an institution recognized for its collection of modern and contemporary art, for its exciting exhibitions of work by established and emerging artists, for its large-scale public art projects, and for its Collectors Forum program for art collectors. Prior to this, Rachael was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in Los Angeles, which controls the world’s largest collection of sculpture by the 19th Century French master Auguste Rodin.

Rachael has curated exhibitions for many major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum. She has led major projects at The White House and New York’s Rockefeller Center and internationally, in Australia, France, Russia and Singapore. Her record of publications produced in conjunction with these exhibitions is extensive.

Rachael holds a M.A. in art history from California State University, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Texas Christian University. She serves as a peer reviewer for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Art in Architecture program and also for the Museum Assessment Program managed by the American Association of Museums. She is a former Chair of the Southern California chapter of ArtTable, a national organization for professional women in leadership positions in the arts and a current member of the advisory panel for Art 21: the award-winning PBS television series on the visual arts.

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Johanna Perry

came to Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals as a graduate student at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Research and Appraisal Assistant, Johanna Perry came to Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals as a graduate student at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her interests lie mainly with Modern and Contemporary art, focusing primarily on European and Asian propaganda posters and Socialist Realism. She has worked with the company since 2012 assisting the principle appraiser and specialist appraisers with on-site inspections, researching and overseeing materials and data, and organizing and managing client inventories.

Johanna graduated from UMKC in 2013 with her M.A. in Art History where she was awarded a two-year Graduate Teaching Assistantship. While earning her graduate degree Johanna also held offices as Secretary and Vice President within UMKC’s student run organization, the Graduate Art History Association. She received her B.A. in 2006 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hixon-Lied Fine and Performing Arts College, where she majored in Art History and Criticism and minored in German.

Johanna was formerly assistant to Karin Pott, president and executive of Haus am Lützowplatz Fördererkreis Kulturzentrum in Berlin, Germany, where she interned while studying abroad during her undergraduate degree. Returning to the states she became the Iron Brush Gallery Coordinator where she developed and launched her own gallery space representing local and upcoming artists in Lincoln, Nebraska at Iron Brush Tattoo and Gallery. As Madison Group’s research and appraisal assistant, Johanna seeks to gain new knowledge and experience within the appraisal field in hopes of someday becoming a certified appraiser.

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