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(7 mins; Courtesy of Knoxville PBS)

Mrs. Zegart works with designers and decorators, painstakingly matching a color or graphic design. Shelly is as concerned about pleasing an individual who can spend $350 for a gift as she is in satisfying corporate clients who want to purchase investment quilts for their offices.



Shelly Zegart continues to demolish the divisions that inhibit the reception of the quilt as art -- both in the mind of makers and viewers. Although she will be among the first to acknowledge that her task is far from complete, she surely knows her labors have made a difference for the greater good.

Bernard L. Herman, George B. Tindle Professor of American Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill


Shelly Zegart is a consultant and contributor to the book and museum exhibition, The Quilts of Gee's Bend. She has acted as an advisor for the organization and operations of the Gee's Bend Quilters Collective, working closely with the quiltmakers in the marketing of the Collective Quilts.

Quilts of Gee's Bend


About Shelly :: Appraiser

A member of the Appraisers Association of America for more than twenty-five years, Shelly Zegart has appraised quilts for insurance, charitable donation, business, and estate evaluation purposes. Zegart bases her appraisal values on current market prices, which she audits on a weekly basis. She has appraised work for a number of not-for-profit institutions across the country.

Successfully completed a 7-hour course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Congressionally-reorganized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation: completed on October 11, 2013, effective through December 31, 2017.

In 1997, she wrote a two-part article, "Understanding Appraisals" for the IQA Journal, International Quilt Association, Houston, Texas, Fall 1997. She has lectured on the topic of appraising quilts at New York University and for the national meeting of the Appraisers Association of America as part of a panel on "Art in Volatile Markets". She was a panelist at the seminar "Appraising Your Quilts: From Antique Quilts to Art Quilts", at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in 1998.

Zegart's background includes more than fifteen years as a board member of the Louisville Visual Art Association, a not for profit contemporary art center where she served as Chairperson of the organization and headed many of the standing committees. She collects and studies both contemporary art and antique quilts.

Please read the articles that Shelly has written on appraising quilts:
Appraising Your Quilt, Part I • Appraising Your Quilt, Part II

If you are interested in an appraisal of your quilt or quilt collection or for information about appraisal fees, please contact Shelly. She can be reached through e-mail at, through traditional mail at 300 Penruth Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40207, or by phone at (502) 897-7566.

For over twenty-five years Shelly Zegart has dedicated her professional life to American quilts. Her vast knowledge and experience with quilts makes her the ideal candidate for quilt appraisals. Shelly does not appraise coverlets, fabrics, needlepoint, crochet or other textiles.


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