Corinne Cain, first began her apprenticeship as an appraiser in 1975. In May 1980, she formed Corinne Cain & Associates, incorporating in May, 1982 to become Corinne Cain, Ltd, a nationally recognized firm affording expert appraisal and consulting services on Fine Art and American Indian Art.

Ms. Cain is only the second Arizonan to be admitted as a Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers and the fifteenth individual internationally to earn a second designation. She wrote the examination for appraising American Indian Arts in 1987, rewriting it along with Maryann L’Heureux in 1993. Since 1987 Ms. Cain has served on the International Board of Examiners of the American Society of Appraisers. In 1992 she became a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property, tested in the specialty of Limited Edition Prints. She was elected to the prestigious national ASA Personal Property Committee from June 1993 to June 1996. In 1999 she helped construct the new Fine Arts exams for the American Society of Appraisers.

Ms. Cain’s background in art includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting & Drawing) and a unique double Masters in Fine Arts (Arts Administration) and Business Administration (Finance) from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Cain has completed additional postgraduate work in art history at Arizona State University.

Ms. Cain’s background also includes extensive study in museums throughout Great Britain, Europe and the Russian Bloc countries. She was the original director of Gallery 10, Inc. of Scottsdale, known for museum-quality American Indian Art. Her appraisal apprenticeship took place at Valley House Gallery in Dallas, Texas, a gallery specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century paintings, drawings and sculpture. While in graduate school, she developed a marketing campaign for Sotheby’s New York.

She is listed as a qualified appraiser for the Southwest Region’s Source List for the Internal Revenue Service and for the Resolution Trust Corporation. Ms. Cain has served as an expert witness in court and provides professional consultation to both individuals and to corporations. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Cain functioned as curator of the AP Fenderson as well as the QV Distributors Collection of primarily American Indian art. The year 2000 marked her first year as a member of the prestigious national women’s art group known as Art Table.


1974 Bachelor of Fine Arts
Painting & Drawing
Arizona State University | Tempe, Arizona

1976 Master of Fine Arts
Arts Administration
Master of Business Administration
Southern Methodist University | Dallas, Texas

1978 – 1982 Post Graduate Study
Art History
Arizona State University | Tempe, Arizona


1982 Visiting Lecturer
Introduction to Art Identification/ Federal Bureau of Investigation

1986-1996, 2005-2007, 2011-2015 Visiting Lecturer
Careers in Art/ Fine Art Appraising/ Arizona State University

1986-1996 Visiting Lecturer
Collections Management/ Graduate Level Museology Studies

1989 Visiting Lecturer
ASA Region 9 Seminar held in Coronado, California (31 March-1 April 1989)
Value: Can You Prove It? Fine Arts: California Painter, Edgar Payne.

2005 Visiting Lecturer
Print Appraising Connoisseurship for ASA Appraisers (2.5 days)

2010 Visiting Lecturer
Rhode Island School of Design, Appraisal Studies Post Graduate Level
Appraising American Indian Baskets, Pottery, Textiles (1 day)

2010 Power Point Presentation
ASA International Appraisal Conference Las Vegas, Nevada
Painted Hides to Blown Glass

2011 ASA Webinar
Introduction to Appraising American Indian Fine Arts

2015 ASA Webinar
Appraising Southwestern American Indian Pottery


1975 Grant, National Science Foundation
“Impact of Tourism on Taos, New Mexico”, authoring chapter “Taos Art Scene”.

1976 – 1977 Fellowship, Teaching Assistantship
at Southern Methodist University


“Restoration and Care of Your Paintings”
in Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West magazine, Spring 1982.

“Collecting Art: A Studied Pursuit in Choosing Winners”
in World Fine Art (an international art newsletter for collectors), October 1982.

“American Indian Arts: Basketry in the Southwest”
in Personal Property News (newsletter for the American Society of Appraisers), Summer 1985.

“What To Do With Your Salvador Dali Now?”
in New American Art, Volume 3, 1989, a publication of Stetter Galleries, Inc.

“Art Market-Mid 1990″
in New American Art, Volume 4, 1990, a publication of Stetter Galleries, Inc.

“Native American Pottery”
in Personal Property Journal (quarterly journal for theAmerican Society of Appraisers, Summer 1996.

Compilation of Japanese prints sold publicly on a world-wide basis for Gordon’s Print Price Annual 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994.

“Collecting with Heart: The Collection of Albion Fenderson”
in Native Peoples magazine, January/February 2001

“Building A Contemporary Collection”
in Scottsdale Magazine. September/ October 2001.

“Cards, Chips, Slots and Fine Art: Casino Arizona”
in Native Peoples magazine, January/ February 2008.


The Analysis of Textiles from Mexico and the Southwestern U.S.: A Hands-On Workshop
by Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund
November 10, 2012, University of Arizona’s Arizona State Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Japanese Prints and Their Cultural Impact
September 15, 2012, Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona

Continuing Legal Education International: Visual Arts and the Law
August 10-11, 2006, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Personal Property Summer Conservation Institute
August 1-9, 1998, Williamstown Conservation Center Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Indian Art, Artifacts, Antiquities & Funerary Objects
March 3, 1995, State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education in Phoenix, Arizona

Navajo Weaving Since the Sixties: A Symposium
March 10-13, 1994, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Shared Visions: Native American Painters and Sculptors in the Twentieth Century
May 9-11, 1991, at the Heard Museum of Art in Phoenix, Az.

Japanese Print Seminar by Roger Keyes
November 17-18, 1990 at Arizona State University Print Study Room at Nelson Fine Arts Center and at Phoenix Art Museum.

American Society of Appraisers through Lindenwood University

  • (104 – Personal Property Valuation: Report Writing, Orlando, Fla., 1990)
  • (203 – Personal Property Valuation: Report Writing, University of Irvine, Irvine, California 2007)

Southwestern Ceramic Figures Symposium
January 20-21, 1989, at the Heard Museum of Art in Phoenix, Az.
Figurative ceramic figures traced from prehistoric times to currently produced sculpture.

Art Law Symposium
July 14-15, 1988, New York City.
Investigation into new legal issues facing attorneys, trust officers and all art professionals. 1986 Revenue Code explored as relates to contributions of tangible personal property.

International Society of Appraisers coursework through Indiana University

  • (104- Advanced Appraisal Theory and Report Writing Update, Dallas, 1988)
  • (102-Personal Property Methodology and Reasoning, Orange County, Calif., 1988)
  • (103-Personal Property Appraiser’s Fiduciary Responsibilities and Liabilities, Orange County, Calif., 1988)
  • (101-Introduction to Personal Property Appraising, Long Beach, Calif., May 1989)

Art Table, Mexico City, Mexico 2006;

Miami Basel, Florida 2003;

Berlin & Kassel, Germany 2002.

Fine and Decorative Arts Symposiums, American Society of Appraisers, London, England 1985, Chicago.  IL, 1986, Santa Fe, N.M. 1990, Toronto, Canada 1992, Las Vegas, Nevada 1993, Providence, R.I., 1994, New York City, NY 2000, London, England 2001; Due Diligence Seminar Washington, DC 2002, Kansas City, MO 2004, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007, Northern Italy, 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010. Estates, Trusts & Estate Planning, Arlington, VA. May 1-3, 2013, Current Issues in Determining Authenticity, 2015, New York City, NY. The Sacred and the Profane March 11-12, 2016 Vancouver, Canada.  International Society of Appraisers, Long Beach, CA, 1989.

Plains Indian Art Seminar offered by Recursos:
Resources of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M. on July 10-12, 1986 covering historic Northern and Southern Plains material, i.e. clothing, ledger books and contemporary Plains art and crafts.

Fakes & Forgeries conference sponsored by the International Society of Appraisers, September 23-24, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

Corinne Cain
Accredited Senior Appraiser
Fine Arts & American Indian Arts
American Society of Appraisers