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JANE C.H. JACOB

President and Managing Partner

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 Jacob has 35 years of experience in the fine art profession.  A recognized leader in the arts, counseling clients on issues involving provenance and title dispute, misattributions, fraud, and market valuation, she also serves as expert consultant and witness in civil and criminal cases relating to art dispute.  

With art historical expertise in 18th - 21st century European and American fine art, she curates art collections for private and public entities, lectures, produces symposia, and is a published author - most recently Jane served as author and co-editor of Joan Miró: Two Early Works (2014) and Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts. (2013).  Jane served as a professor in the Arts and Humanities Program at New York University for 11 years, where she spearheaded the development of new curricula and was a founder and co-organizer of the annual Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art Symposium.  In 2016, Jane started ART VÉRITÉ LLC, a multimedia production company that develops and produces educational content through documentary film, symposia, higher education curriculum, and publication, to protect the integrity of art history and artist identity. She is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), serves on the Personal Property Committee, chairs the Sponsor Advisory Commission for the ASA, and is a former trustee and executive committee member of The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) in Washington, DC.  Jane holds a MA in arts administration from Columbia College, with a thesis entitled: Stolen Art: The Case for Registration (available through the Library of Congress), and BFA, with a double major in painting and photography, from the University of North Texas.  Jane holds a certification through the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University, New York, NY.

Jane’s unbridled passion for art and her enjoyment of the business is counterbalanced by healthy doses of time in the garden.


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RODNEY JACOB

Partner and Director of Photography and Archival Documentation

Rodney's more than 45 years in the art business, along with curatorial design, art handling, and photography experience provides Jacob Fine Art's clients with an unparalleled high-level model of recorded evidence ensuring collection protection and archiving.  Before coming to Jacob Fine Art, he owned and directed Jacob Fine Art Studios, a one-of-a-kind and limited edition sculpture and jewelry design business for high-end galleries and museums. Rodney directs the JFAi photography and archive departments, produces professional quality photo-documentation - generally intended for uses in publication or printed projects for Jacob Fine Art, and manages the Oak Park office operations.  His highly-developed knowledge base serves as an invaluable resource for sculpture, metals, and general art research for the business.  Rodney began his art studies at Wichita State University, KS and obtained his BS in Arts Education; he continued his master's work in metalsmithing and sculpture at Emporia State University, also in Kansas.

Rodney continues to create sculpture and other works of art.  He still believes that the Flint Hills in eastern Kansas are an incredible, wonderful, almost magical place!


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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 bike commuter, riding between Chicago and Oak Park come rain, sleet or snow.  On top of commuting, Leah spends her weekends on training rides in the company of the BFF Bikes Racing Team, competing in the Screw City Cyclocross Race Series, Michigan Cyclocross Series, & the Chicago Cyclocross Cup, as well as testing her mental fortitude in endurance Gravel Races such as the Barry-Roubaix and Rough Road 100

Leah is a working artist, focusing her practice in printmaking, collage, and illustration. Her monoprints and intaglio works have been exhibited in numerous student shows and, in 2013, one of her intaglio 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 25 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).