The Art of the Art Donation

Appraisal Bureau valued hundreds of artworks for charitable donations last year, facilitated by our partner Museum Exchange. The generosity of our clients has positively impacted and culturally enriched numerous communities. The donated artworks are now part of the permanent collections of museums, hospitals, and universities across the country. 

Museum Exchange is the first digital platform for art donations. As pioneers of a new approach to art philanthropy, the platform offers an invaluable tool in collection management for collectors and institutions alike. Appraisal Bureau is proud to be the valuation partner of Museum Exchange, offering efficient, tech-enabled valuation reporting with 100% IRS acceptance.

Charitable donations of artwork through Museum Exchange and Appraisal Bureau offer a seamless, end-to-end experience covering all aspects of the donation process including coordination of logistics, completion of qualified appraisal reports, and preparation of IRS Form 8283s.

Recent Donation Highlights


The radical oeuvre of artist Carol Rama moves between figuration and abstraction, operating through a transgressive view of materiality and representation. Spanning seven decades, her work finds correspondences with, at various points, Surrealism, Art Informel, Arte Povera, Pop Art and the Transvanguardia movement. Rama's multimedia images explore themes of femininity, desire, and personal tragedy.



Carol Rama (Italian, 1918-2015)

Untitled, 1968

Black ink, purple and black spray paint, white enamel paint

and match sticks on cream wove paper

18 15/16 x 11 5/16 in.

The Art Institute of Chicago






Ansel Adams was an iconic American photographer known for his striking black and white photographs of the American West that reveal a reverence for the untouched wilderness and the power of the photographic medium. Producing iconic work with technical mastery and breathtaking vistas, Adams continually evaluated light gradations, manipulated exposure degrees, and experimented with new techniques throughout his career.

Ansel Adams (American, 1902 - 1984)

Grass and Pool, 1935, printed 1980

Silver Gelatin Print

8 x 10 in.

Wake Forest University




Diana Al-Hadid's visual vocabulary is present across her work in sculpture, installation, painting and works on paper. Al-Hadid's interest in ancient civilizations and their narratives translates into allegorical themes, inviting contemplation from the viewer. Counterintuitive mediums in the works contrast to the often mythical subject matter.

Diana Al-Hadid (Syrian-American, b. 1981)

Untitled, 2010

Conte and charcoal on paper

20 x 25 in.

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville