Amanda Mantle Winstead, an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America, the most elite and select appraisal organization in the United States, is a full-time appraiser of fine art. She has been employed as an appraiser and specialist at Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1996 and in March 1999 founded her own appraisal company, Winstead Associates, Inc. In her professional capacity, she appraises fine art, paintings, prints, silver, porcelain, glass, bronzes, and decorative arts. She has appraised, auctioned and sold tens of thousands of works of art and has appraised fine and decorative arts totaling well in excess of $200 million. Ms. Winstead is a recognized expert in the areas of Southern Regional art and Newcomb College pottery.
Winstead has a Master of Business Administration from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Newcomb College at Tulane University. She attended the Museum Studies and the Arts Program at American University in Washington, D.C. She completed the Certificate Program in the Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Art at New York University. She has been a Member of the Appraisers Association of America since 2000 and regularly attends the annual national conference in New York City. Ms. Winstead serves as the Board Chair of the Arts Council of New Orleans and on the Percent for Art Committee for the City of New Orleans. In addition she is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She has appraised many important collections for museums, institutions, estates, and private collectors and has served as an expert witness for the Internal Revenue Service. She has appraised the collections of the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Tulane University, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans, the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana, the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation in Biloxi, Mississippi, the James K. Polk Presidential Home in Columbia, Tennessee, the Seebold Mansion of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, Tezcuco Plantation and Chretien Point Plantation in Louisiana, as well as the Walter Anderson murals in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She has also completed donation appraisals for The Louisiana State Museum, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Newcomb Art Gallery, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Tulane University among others.
In addition to lecturing on paintings and the appraisal of fine art, Ms. Winstead has been interviewed for numerous national and international magazine articles and local television news stories on art and antique appraising, regional auction houses, the art market, and Newcomb Pottery, including for publications such as Art & Antiques. She has participated in numerous “Appraisal Days” in conjunction with the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, the Louisiana State Museum, Hibernia National Bank, and the Hermann-Grima/Gallier House Museums in New Orleans, the Spring Street Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.