Heidi Vaughan Fine Art
Heidi Vaughan Fine Art, formerly Vaughan Mason Fine Art, is an art gallery and art consulting firm located in Houston, Texas. We specialize in primary and secondary-market art sales, valuation, brokerage, and appraisal services for private, corporate, and institutional clients. Our client-focused services are designed to manage the long-term needs of collectors at all levels. We also work with specialist partners to liquidate entire high-end estates in the Houston area.
Art can often be an asset. We help people who have never bought art before become confident collectors through the acquisition of works with the potential to hold value. On the other end, when it’s time to sell, we work with clients to liquidate objects and even entire collections. Along the way, we desire to build a relationship of loyalty, trust, and care. Our goal is to always do all we can to reduce stress by providing expert assistance to our clients.
While art is often an asset, the market for art is always changing. We understand the factors that contribute to the value of art, and have the background and tools to do comprehensive research on artists’ markets and specific works of art. Where entire estates are concerned, we work with expert partners to advise on valuations. Our work often involves the liquidation of a variety of asset categories, including jewelry and furniture.
For formal needs, our fine art Appraisal Reports provide support for estate and financial planning, asset management, insurance coverage, damage and loss claims, charitable donations, and equitable distribution. Our reports are compliant with the most current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices, an organization established by Congress to determine ethical guidelines for professional appraisal reporting. For charitable donations of works of art exceeding $5,000 in value, our appraisal reports comply with standards determined by the IRS for Form 8283.
We are available for assistance in art collection building, cataloging and research, brokerage, and can act as a liaison with experts in matters of framing, condition evaluation, conservation, restoration, and authentication, whether you have a single object, or an entire collection. Heidi Vaughan Fine Art is located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in Houston, Texas, in the Upper Kirby Galleries.
HEIDI VAUGHAN, MA, ACCREDITED MEMBER, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS
Heidi Vaughan is a fine art appraiser, broker, and curator, and holds a Master's degree in Art History from the University of Houston. She has worked in a professional capacity with many art museums in Houston, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Blaffer Art Museum, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, formerly part of the Menil Collection. She holds a particular interest in Texas art and its artists, including through art book development. Following a career in corporate public relations with Burson-Marsteller, Heidi has since consulted on thousands of works of art and fine art objects for corporate, institutional, and private clients. She is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers in Fine Arts, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization that oversees the care and maintenance of dozens of Houston's most iconic public sculptures. She has lived in Chicago, France, Norway, and Qatar, and has two adult children.
Elizabeth Mulé, Gallery Manager
Elizabeth Mule’ graduated cum laude from the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas, where she also worked as a Stage Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Coupled with a love of the human mind is her passion for art, especially Impressionist and Contemporary art. Elizabeth has a strong background in project management, website development, and photography. She is devoted to detail and precision in the care of art and the patrons of the gallery. Her adept computer skills keep the gallery running smoothly. Elizabeth moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and found her place in the rich and diverse art culture of the city. She is engaged to Harrison Paret, and is making plans for a 2019 wedding. It should also be noted that Elizabeth has never met an animal she didn’t love at first sight.