Chief Executive Officer, Skinner, Inc.
As CEO of
Skinner, Karen Keane oversees the operation of one of
the leading premier auction houses in the nation. Under
her skillful direction, Skinner has grown from a New
England specialty auction house to a viable player in
the international art and auction marketplace. Karen
was instrumental in Skinner establishing a world-class
auction gallery in downtown Boston, and the company's
expansion into specialty areas including Fine Musical
Instruments, Science & Technology, Rare Books &
Manuscripts, and Judaica.
for her business acumen, Karen is also a highly versatile
art and antiques specialist with a broad knowledge in a number
of areas of fine and decorative arts. Surrounded by fine art
and antiques at an early age, she brings a lifetime of experience
and passion to her appreciation of American and European furniture
and decorative arts, Asian arts, American and European paintings,
sculpture and more.
Karen earned a
Master's degree form Boston University, is a regular contributor
to art and antiques publications, symposiums and web sites,
including the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Art & Auction,
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Antiques Magazine.
She also lectures and conducts benefit auctions and appraisals
for major fine art and non-profit institutions nationwide.
A strong supporter of the arts and a vocal advocate for the
preservation of antiquities, Karen is a benefit auctioneer
for the AIDS Action Committee, Massachusetts College of Art
and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Karen is
a corporate member of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and a
major supporter of the American Folk Art Museum. She also
serves on the Board of Overseers for the DeCordova Museum
in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Karen Keane is
available for speeches, workshops and group appraisal sessions
through the MasterMedia Speakers Bureau.