St. Anne Cathedral, Vilnius, Lithuania
St. Anne Cathedral,
Vilnius, Lithuania
(completed 1500)

Aida Zilbergleyt has been appraising fine art objects since 2006. She is an independent, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP 1) compliant art appraiser and a member of the Appraisers Association of America. Based in Rochester, New York, Aida appraises American and European works of art.

In addition, Aida’s ethnic background enables her to appraise unique objects from Imperial and Soviet Era Russia. One of the most exciting Russian heritage projects that Aida had an honor to be part of was a fundraiser organized by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film and the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2005, at Hermitage, a large collection of daguerreotypes was uncovered which was in need of conservation. The most financial support came form the Mellon Foundation but the project required immediate access to financial resources – the very resources provided by the fundraiser.2

Aida Zilbergleyt was born and raised in Lithuania, during the Soviet Era. She came to the U.S. in 1992. In 1997, she earned her second Bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, specializing in Marketing and Sales, to complement her degree from Vilnius University in Finance and Accounting. Aida worked in Marketing Communications for Fortune 100 companies such as Oracle, Xerox,and IBM.

Trakai Castle, Lithuania (built ca 14th c)
 Trakai Castle, Trakai,
Lithuania (ca 14th c)

In 2003, she left high-tech marketing to return to her family roots and establish her own business in the field of art. Today, as an owner of a private appraisal practice – Artkestry, Aida works and resides in Rochester, New York. Being passionate about art research, she enjoys the opportunity to lecture to art professionals, collectors, and art enthusiasts, on the process of researching the value of ones’ art objects. She is also committed to educating her audience about complicated appraisal concepts applied by professionals in the art industry.

2003 – present Ongoing education in art history, history of fine art painting, and advanced appraisal studies
2014 New York University, New York, NY: Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts
2008 George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film with Image Permanence Institute of Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY: Certificate in Preserving Photographs in a Digital World
2003 – 2005 Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY: Associate Degree in Commercial Arts & Advertising
1995 – 1997 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY: Bachelor of Science in Marketing
1987 – 1992 Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania: Bachelor of Science in Finance, Accounting, and Economics
1979 – 1986 Vilnius School of Music, Vilnius, Lithuania: Classical and Baroque Piano Performance

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice defined in Wikipedia

State Hermitage Museum:
Inspection and conservation of the collection of Daguerreotypes in the State Hermitage