CLAIRE MARMION

is an art historian, a risk manager, a qualified claims adjuster and advisor to Forbes 400 fine art collectors across the United States. Prior to founding The Haven Art Group in 2008, Claire ran the art services division for American International Group where she and her team advised on the management and protection of private collections from $10m to $1.2bn. During her five years as Director she developed a number of international loss prevention programs including the stabilization and protection from hurricane, earthquake, wildfire and house fire. Claire was the first employee to write and implement fine art evacuation programs during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and again before the California wildfires of 2007.

Claire started her career at Sotheby’s in London and received training in works on paper, sculpture, prints, furniture, wine and silver before being designated as a paintings specialist. Following her time at Sotheby’s, Claire spent seven years working for Chubb Insurance running a team of 30 appraisers in the US and Europe. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Claire is a member of ArtTable and also serves on the boards of several non profit organizations including the European Education Conference provider IFASIC, the American Federation of Arts (AFA), the Appraisers Association of America Foundation (AAAF) and Urban Gateways, which includes the oldest arts educational organization in Chicago (ART). 

 

 PATIENCE YVETTE MARMER

is our Director of Art Services and is a globally experienced project, relationship, risk, insurance, and fine art collection manager.

Patience began her professional career with ten years in the not-for-profit sector running international relief programs across the globe. She volunteered for three years as International Meeting Planner with the global humanitarian relief group, Mercy Ships. Upon her return to the United States, Patience worked as Relationship Manager to the Family Membership at Family Office Exchange; the world's largest peer-to-peer network and important research think-tank for ultra-wealthy families and their family offices.

For ten years following, Patience worked with the wealthy owners of MB Investments, a Forbes 400 family group with a mulit-generational single-fmaily office practice. At MBI, she managed the lifestyle service operations for family clients and all non-traditional assets, project management, fine art, and risk related strategies. Developing new operational and risk management frameworks, she managed various complex projects for mulitple generations of owners across the country. Patience created and directed the customized personal risk and collection management programs for several diverse and highly active modern and contemporary collections which included acting liasion, risk and art manager to the design, development, construction and implementation of a 14,000sq ft private museum with storage vault and RFID tracking system.

Patience studied at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago where her focus of study was applied fine art and history. She has received training in works on paper, sculpture, prints, furniture, decorative arts, ceramics and she has completed three years of professional valuation studies. Patience is active in the fine arts community, has sat on multiple family office advisory boards, and has presented for various fine art and risk panels throughout the country.  


MARGARET SCHMITZ

is a Fine Art Claims Specialist with Haven. She joined the team after completeing her Masters Degree in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby's Institutes of Art in London, where she emphasized in British Modernism, particularly the late works of Walter Richard Sickert. At Sotheby's, Margaret benefited from a hands-on object based curriculum and gained a well rounded education in today's art market. Margaret started her career at the Grand Rapids Art Museum after completing her undergraduate degree in Art History and Studio Art at Aquinas College.

While in London she worked as cataloguing intern for the painting and drawings department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is passionate about the way ideas and cultural heritage are conveyed to the public, and has experience managing large collections databases and cataloguing artworks. From working in various departments inside museums, auction houses and galleries, Margaret has experience in a variety of expertise from European fine and decorative art to antique arms and armory.

 

CAROLINE MUJICA-PARODI

is a Fine Art Collection Manager for Haven where she advises clients on the complete care and maintenance of thier collections, including database infastructure, conservation, framing, installation, loan administration, and security. Previously, Caroline was a registrar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where she managed the MCA's loan program, oversaw exhibition installations and administered an inventory of over 2,500 works of art.

Caroline has worked for Patti Gilford Fine Art in an art advisory capacity, sourcing acquisitions for private and corporate collections. She also spent two years working for the School of Art Institute's Fashion Resource Center, Where she helped manage a unique, hands-on collection of avant-garde garments, rare books, and fashion publications.

Caroline was awarded a merit scholaarship to the University of Maryland, College Park where she studied European History. She was also awarded a merit scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she recieved her Masters in Arts Administration and Policy with a focus on cultural heritage policy.

  


SEMINARS & EDUCATION

The Haven Art Group offers short courses, educational seminars and private tutelage for collectors or corporations wishing to learn more about the study and protection of fine art. Our art appreciation courses include such topics as:

    What Makes a Work Valuable - The Top Ten Factors

    Art Management in the Home

    Most Frequent Causes of Art Loss

    Advanced Loss Prevention for Professional Advisors

We schedule sessions throughout the year and welcome invitations to speak to individual groups. 

 

IN THE NEWS

Details of our recent lectures and recent news articles is currently being updated, watch this space.... 

 

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