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Colette J. Loll

Founder and Director

Colette Loll was the CEO of a software and marketing company before founding Art Fraud Insights, a consultancy dedicated to art-fraud related prevention initiatives, exhibitions, lectures, training and specialized investigations. She has been involved in several independent projects in fine art forgery and art forensics including serving as a lead researcher in attribution and authentication investigations, conducting forensic investigations for private collectors on suspected artworks and artifacts, participating in documentary film projects and curating several exhibitions. Her more recent exhibitions, Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World and Treasures On Trial; The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes received acclaim and extensive coverage in local, national and international media.

In addition to lecturing widely at universities, museums, and forensic institutions in the U.S. and Europe, she also has trained Federal agents in forgery investigations for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cultural Heritage Protection Program. Ms. Loll also works closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Art Crime Team to train international law enforcement teams on strategies to combat cultural racketeering. Ms. Loll serves as a thought leader, market consultant and strategic advisor to several technology companies applying solutions to solve to the prolific problem of art fraud and illicit trafficking. In this capacity, she has collaborated with several NGOs and funding organizations on projects to apply traceable forensic markers to museum collections at risk.

Ms. Loll is also a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University. Her dissertation topic focuses on the creation of new protocols for the scientific interrogation of questioned ancient texts, and the cognitive distortions and ideological biases that contribute to non-evidence-based conclusions of authenticity when evaluating religious materials

 

EDUCATION:

Georgetown University

Doctorate in Liberal Studies | All but Dissertation | 2021

Tulane University/University of Siena Law School

Certificate in Cultural Heritage Law and Provenance Research | 2018

Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA)

Post Graduate Certificate in International Art Crime Studies | 2009

George Washington University

M.A in Decorative Arts and Design History at the Corcoran School of Museum Studies | 2009

Michigan State University

BA in Business & minor in Operations Management | 1988

 

NONPROFIT AFFILIATIONS:

Financial Crimes Task Force | Antiquities Coalition

Washington, DC | 2018-Present

Senior Advisor | SmartWater Foundation; Heritage Sector

London | 2015-Present

International Advisory Council of the Middle East and North African (MENA) Task Force Against Culture Under Threat | Antiquities Coalition

Washington, DC | 2015-Present