Gabrielle Selz

Professional Designation

Accredited Member (AM), American Society of Appraisers: Fine Arts


  • Introduction to Personal Property Valuation (PP201), 2021
  • Personal Property Appraisals: Methodology, Research and Analysis (PP202), 2021
  • Communication of Personal Property Appraisals: Report Writing (PP203), 2021
  • Personal Property Valuation: The Legal and Commercial Environments (PP204), 2022
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), 15-Hour Course, 2022


Master of Art, Writing, 2014


Bachelor of Art, Art History, 1980

Appraisal Experience

Selz Fine Art Appraisals, 2018 to Present

  • Appraising Fine Art for private clients and prominent art institutions.
    • Art Advisory/Fair Market Value/Charitable Donation/Division of Property
    • Estate Tax and Distribution/Gifting/Sale Advice/Replacement Value/Insurance Coverage, Claims and Settlement/Estate & Art Collection Advice
  • Catalog, inventory intake, and research for Roth Fine Art Appraisals.
  • Catalog and inventory of the Estate of Peter Selz, 2018. Wrote the accompanying catalog essay Love & Abstraction for the Selz Estate sale with Christie’s London, 2018.

Professional Experience

Freelance Art Reviewer, 2009 to 2022

  • Wrote, researched, and published art reviews of modern and contemporary art shows and art fairs for Artforum, Hyperallergic, Art Papers, Art & Object, Huffington Post, Hamptons Art Hub, and Squarecylinder.

Freelance Content Writer, 2005 to 2022

    Provided developmental and content editing and manuscript evaluation for authors. Conducted and wrote art reviews for major newspapers and magazines. Delivered articles to Massachusetts General Hospital on topics for “Dispatches from the Frontiers Medicine.” Wrote articles and web content on creativity and brain, emotional stages of children, and living with Alzheimer's for an online journal exploring human health, science, and culture.

  • Utilized exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills to produce engaging and error-free content.
  • Wrote, researched, and published essays and art reviews in national newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as Literary Hub, Newsday, The Rumpus, More Magazine, The East Hampton Star, Brain World, Proto Magazine, the Sag Harbor Express, and The Long Island Green Guide.
  • Conducted extensive internet research to provide facts and statistics for articles and blogs.
  • Researched industry-related topics by performing interviews and combing online sources.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2017 to 2018


Developed courses and provided teaching to graduate and undergraduate students in creative nonfiction. Planned and taught writing on current events. Participated in faculty and mentored students on writing projects.

  • Presented lectures, readings, and workshops to students, emphasizing the integration of personal narratives with social and historical context.
  • Maintained scheduled office hours to advise and assist students regarding writing.
  • Served as thesis advisor for MFA in creative nonfiction and provided valuable feedback and customizing work from the project proposal stage through thesis completion.

Book Publications

  • Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis, University of California Press (2021)
  • Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction, W.W. Norton, (2014)

Art Reviews

  • “Crossing the Board with Arleene Correa Valencia,” Squarecylinder, 2023
  • “Kim Ann: In the Company of Animals,” Squarecylinder, 2023
  • “Mika Rottenberg @ Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco,” Squarecylinder, 2023
  • “Alice Rahon” Artforum (2023)
  • “Dewey Crumpler,” Review, Art Forum, (2022)
  • “The Evolving Art of Appraising NFTs,” SuperRare Magazine, (2022)
  • “Welcome to the NFT Renaissance,” SuperRare Magazine, (2022)
  • “Lava Thomas: Pencils are my Weapons,” Berkeleyside, (2022)
  • “Breaking Into the Art Boys Club,” Daily Beast, (2021)
  • “Breaking Through Self-Mythology,” Literary Hub, (2021)
  • “Joan Mitchel @ SFMOMA,” Square Cylinder, (2021)
  • “Kiki Kogelnik, Pop Artist with a Feminist Bent,” Hyperallergic
  • “The William Blake Gallery: A Visionary’s Venue,” Art & Object, 2017
  • “Closing the Gap Between Art and Technology,” Hyperallergic, June 5, 2016
  • “Richmond Burton: Variation on a Theme,” HuffPost, July 22, 2014
  • “The Invention of Dieter Meier,” HuffPost, August 13, 2014
  • “Robert Motherwell’s Process of Evolution,” Hamptons Art Hub, August 25, 2014
  • “Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet,” Hamptons Art Hub, August 26, 2013
  • “Considering Perception: Robert Irwin & James Turrell,” HuffPost, July 3, 2013
  • “Jack Youngerman’s Visual Language,” Hamptons Art Hub, May 10, 2013
  • “Agnes Denes: Art Ad Infinitum,” HuffPost, November 26, 2012
  • “What’s Black & White and Tread All Over,” HuffPost, February 24, 2011
  • “Taravat Talespand: In Her Own Image,” Art Papers, 2009

Public Talks, Lectures & Panels

  • Featured Speaker, “Sam Francis: Art Market” – American Society of Appraisers (2023)
  • Featured Speaker, “Sam Francis: An Artist’s Legacy” - Professional Appraisers Round Table (2022)
  • Featured Speaker, “Sam Francis in California,” - Anderson Collection, Stamford University (2022)
  • Panelist, “Encountering the Unreliable Narrator in Biography,” - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2021)
  • Featured Speaker, “Self-Mythology of a 20th Century Male Artist,” - Art Table, San Francisco (2021)
  • Panelist “Berkeley, Art Capital of the West,” - Berkeley Historical Society, Berkeley, California (2015)
  • Featured Speaker, “UnCommon Core,” - University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2014)
  • Featured Speaker, “The Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s,” - Parrish Museum, Southampton, New York, (2014)
  • Featured Speaker, “Westbeth Art Capital of the World,” - PEN World Voices, PEN America, New York, New York, (2014)
  • Featured Speaker, “The Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s,” - Pollock Krasner Foundation, Springs, NY (2014)

Awards & Fellowships

  • Nonfiction finalist California Book Awards, 2022, (Light on Fire)
  • Best memoir of the year award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, (Unstill Life)
  • Best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. (Unstill Life)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature (2009)
  • Moth Grand Slam Winner (2010)
  • New Millennium Writing Award. (2009)

Organizations & Memberships

  • ASA (American Society of Appraisers) - Board Member and Marketing Chair of Northern California Chapter
  • PART (Professional Appraisers Round Table)
  • CRSA (Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association)
  • Art Table
  • College Art Association
  • PEN America