Elizabeth Conlan is a Specialist in the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Bonhams in San Francisco. Since 2007, she has been responsible for researching, cataloging and appraising property.
Conlan has worked in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Bonhams. In addition to being a Specialist, Conlan has organized lectures and special events for a number of museum and single-owner sales, including that of Jose Iturbi, for which she was responsible.
In the early 90s, Conlan worked on a variety of special exhibitions, including the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition for the Glasgow Museums, which exhibited internationally. She also worked on a proposal for the renovation and display of the Pollock House in Scotland and at the Oakland Museum of Art in California, participating in the John Cederquist Exhibition.
Prior to her current position at Bonhams, Conlan worked for an auction house in the East Bay of the San Francisco area as a Director of Furniture from 2003 to 2007. Before that, she worked for Bonhams from 1996 to 2003, starting in the Fine Arts Department and then moving to the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department, which she managed before going on to organize monthly estate sales. During her tenure, she was responsible for the team of cataloguers from all disciplines, tasked with creating and managing the first online sales for the company.
Conlan's professional endeavors include voiceover work for documentary shorts at a production company in Glasgow; production, writing and reading for a global inter-company news program at Chevron Corp., in San Francisco; and political writing for a variety of publications in Washington, D.C.
Conlan earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, in conjunction with a graduate program offered by an international auction house. She also earned a BA in both journalism and Political Science from the University of Oregon.
She has participated in numerous offsite clinics for a variety of organizations.