NVEPC Virtual Membership Meeting: Value of Tangible Personal Property: Art and Collectibles
Join us on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, for our virtual membership meeting. More details will be available soon.
Connection details will be emailed to registrants one day prior to the event.
In 1977, after receiving his BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky, Wes Cowan left his home state and headed to the University of Michigan to pursue his PhD. He took respite from the grind of school by driving the back roads of southeastern Michigan, stopping at the many antique stores of the day and buying the only thing he could afford: photographs of 19th century America.
Degree in hand, Wes joined the faculty of the Ohio State University in 1980, where he taught archaeology, continued his fieldwork and wrote about the origins of agriculture in eastern North America. In 1984, he joined the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History as Curator of Archaeology.
Along the way, Wes kept building his knowledge of photography and American history – buying, selling and trading with collectors the world over. By the early 90s, he was holding mail and phone auctions from a makeshift office in the garage. In 1995 he left the museum to become a licensed auctioneer and launched Cowan’s Auctions.
Selling early photographs, historical manuscripts, maps and political ephemera, Wes quickly built a reputation as an expert who brought a new level of scholarship and honesty to the arena. Over the next few years his business grew rapidly as he added specialists with expertise in American Indian Art, Furniture, Paintings and Decorative art, Jewelry, Antique Firearms and 20th-century studio ceramics.
In 2019, Cowan’s merged with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to become Hindman, the largest auction company in the Midwest. Hindman operates the most salerooms in the United States with locations in Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, San Diego, Scottsdale, St. Louis and Washington DC.
From 2003-2014, Wes Cowan appeared as a host of the PBS series, History Detectives. He continues as a frequent appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, and speaks at meetings and events around the country.