Joel Straus has worked in the fine arts field for over 30 years. He began his career working as Assistant Director at Richard Gray Gallery where he worked with leading art dealers, museum curators, and clients from around the world. Joel is a nationally recognized art appraiser and provides a range of art valuation and estate planning services to public and private clients nationwide. Joel Straus Consulting also manages major public art commissions and curates collections which involve procuring artworks, negotiating multi-million dollar purchase agreements, and site-specific installation. Joel is originally from Asheville, North Carolina and has lived in Chicago since 1984.