JANE C.H. JACOB

President

Through positions at art institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and Terra Museum of American Art, where she served as Deputy Director,  Jane has 35 years of experience in the fine art profession.  

A recognized leader in the arts,  counseling clients on issues involving collection research, fakes and forgeries, provenance, stolen art, and market valuation, she also serves as expert consultant and witness in legal art disputes.  With art historical expertise in 18th through the 21st century European and American fine art, Jane curates art collections for private and public entities, lectures, and is a published author.  Most recently Jane served as author and an editor of Joan Miró: Two Early Works (2014) and Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts. (2013).  She is a professor in the Arts and Humanities Program at New York University, where she has spearheaded the development of new curricula since 2006 and is a founder and co-organizer of the annual Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art symposium.  Jane is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Trustee of The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) in Washington, DC, and a Fellow of RICS Americas (FRICS), where she is a member of the RICS Americas Valuation Council as well as the Personal Property Sub-Board.  Jane holds a MA from Columbia College, with a thesis entitled: Stolen Art: The Case for Registration (available through the Library of Congress).  Jane was certified in the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University School of Professional Studies.

Jane’s unbridled passion for art may even surpass her enjoyment of the business.  She counterbalances her work in the arts by healthy doses of time in the garden.


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RODNEY JACOB

Director of Photography

Rodney's more than 35 years of art-making and curatorial design, art handling and photography experience provides Jacob Fine Art's collector clients with a high level model of recorded evidence ensuring collection protection and archiving.  Before coming to Jacob Fine Art, he owned and directed Jacob Studios, producing one-of-a-kind and fabricated sculpture and jewelry for high-end galleries and museums.  Rodney directs the JFAi photography department, producing professional quality documentation generally intended for uses in publication projects for Jacob Fine Art.  He also serves as an invaluable resource for sculpture and metals and general art research for the business.  Rodney began his arts studies at Wichita State University, and obtained his BS in Arts Education; he continued his master's work in metalsmithing and sculpture at Emporia State University in Kansas.

Rodney continues to create art in his free time and thinks: There is no place like home; there’s no place like home!


LEAH M. BARRY

Art History Research Coordinator

Leah serves JFAi in art research, tracking down valuable information on issues regarding provenance, authentication, fraud, and the state of the art market.  A skilled writer adept in both English and French, Leah's strong grammar and editorial skills contribute to JFAi's overall success.  Leah studied studio art and art history at Western Michigan University, earning a BA and several scholarships for artistic achievement.  Leah is an avid cyclist, riding between Chicago and Oak Park come rain, sleet or snow, as well as competing in Cyclocross and Gravel race events.

Leah is a working artist, focusing her practice in printmaking, collage, and illustration. Her monoprints and engravings have been exhibited in numerous student shows and, in 2013, one of her etchings was inducted into the permanent collection of Gwen Frostic School of Art (WMU), Kalamazoo, MI.  


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TERRI BENNO

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Terri manages JFAi's budget and financial statement preparation.  Her areas of responsibility include finance, accounting, human resources and office systems.

Terri has more than 20 years of experience working in finance-related businesses, and since 2011,  her business acumen has assisted  Jacob Fine Art in improving its efficiencies.  Terri holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Taylor University, an MBA from DePaul University, Chicago, and is a licensed CPA.

Terri has an affinity to Arts-based businesses, and is very fond of  a large B&W Persian chat  (Fr. cat).