About the Author

LYNN VILLENCY COHEN, is an art historian, art appraiser, and writer.  
 
Lynn has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center since 2002. In 2018 Lynn was recognized by Moffly Media’s “Light a Fire” event as “Most Dedicated Supporter of the Arts” in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
 
Lynn began her career as an intern in the American paintings department of the Brooklyn Museum. She then joined the U.S. Treasury Department where she worked as an art appraiser for the Commissioner’s Art Advisory Panel in Washington, DC. 
 
Lynn has been a museum interpreter at Lyndhurst, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property in Tarrytown, New York, and has lectured on art collecting during the Gilded Age at Lyndhurst and at Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has also lectured on art appraisal ethics and regulations at C.W. Post College, Long Island, and has served as an alternate member to Stamford’s Historic Preservation Advisory Commission. 
 
Lynn earned a Bachelor’s degree from Union College, a Master’s degree in art history from Boston University, and a Diploma in nineteenth century art and art criticism from Wolfson College, Oxford University.