Artísia is based in Sioux Falls, SD. Inquiries may be directed to 605.332.1261 or submitted with the email form below.
Artísia is derived from the combination of artis—a word for expertise—and the name Artemisia Gentileschi. Gentileschi forged a path for female artists as the first woman painter admitted to the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence, Italy during the 17th century.
Artísia is Kara Dirkson. She has a connoisseur’s eye for art and understands the economics behind it. She completed an accreditation program for appraising fine art through the American Society of Appraisers and Northwestern University–the most rigorous personal property program available. She emphasized art history in grad school. To top it off, Kara has worked in various appraisal, curatorial, art sales and teaching positions. In those instances she’s up against something new, she has well honed research skills and an outstanding network of experts at her disposal to solve the toughest art appraising and consultation problems.
That’s easy—a passion for art and a fascination with the economics and history behind it; not to mention an outstanding work ethic fueling this passion.
When you talk to Kara, ask about her experiences with Stendhal Syndrome. However, make sure you have a few minutes to spare since once she starts talking about her favorite art she loses track of time!
Kara has been appraising artwork since 2010. Her clients include regional museums, non-profit foundations, area colleges, hospitals, private collectors and insurance companies.
- American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Herndon, VA in conjunction with Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
- USPAP Compliant
- Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
- Art history emphasis
- Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD