Modica Fine Art LLC offers professional services for various art collection needs. Art appraisal services are available for insurance coverage, claim settlement, loss claims, estate planning, equitable distribution, acquisition, divestment, marital dissolution, distribution, as well as other necessities for managing assets.

Melanie Modica also offers expert witness and litigation support services for fine art involved in personal property disputes, as well as formal appraisal review services for questioned and/or noncompliant reports involved in litigation or arbitration. MFA advisory services conduct market analyses for acquisitions, divestments, and other circumstances requiring market data and overviews for collection decisions. Melanie also offers appraisal review services for disputes, along with expert witness services stemming from testimony and litigation support experience in the state of Texas.


Modica Fine Art LLC does not broker, buy or sell artwork.


Melanie Modica is an Accredited Senior Appraiser for personal property, fine art, with the American Society of Appraisers. Additionally, she holds an Appraisal Review & Management (ARM) designation for reviewing personal property appraisal reports. Melanie is a leader in the personal property appraisal profession as currently 1 of only 4 fine art appraisers to hold the ARM designation in ASA. She is currently the only ASA personal property ARM appraiser in the entire south region, and offers desktop reviews nationwide.  


ASA Appraisal Review methodology is derived from the legal profession and complies with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Rules. Melanie has been a contributor to the ASA ARM Principles of Valuation (POV) courses 201 and 204, as well as a co-instructor for both 201 and 204. These courses are offered to appraisers who seek the knowledge and training to become ARM designated appraisal reviewers, upon completing the coursework and examinations. In addition to the classroom ARM POV courses, Melanie has also co-taught both courses in a webinar, online format series. 


Melanie has served as the ASA International Personal Property Committee Membership Chair, 2017-18 and was the Personal Property Chair for the ASA International Appraisers Conference, 2016-17. She directed the committee that created the IAC PP educational presentations, member sessions and social event for members from all over the world. She presented at the IAC in 2017 for the coursework and advancement of the Appraisal Review & Management designation for personal property members, and was also a presenter at IAC for personal property members in 2015.


Melanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that includes post-baccaulaureate studies in Management Administration & Supervision, and Art History. Her degree and studies led to an art education career in the Texas public school system. This experience enhances her ability to address and inform attorneys, jurors and clients with clear, impartial, professional services.


Melanie attends yearly international conventions for SEAK and ASA, for Personal Property, Appraisal Review & Management and also continuing education courses and webinars. The ASA is an international organization of appraisal professionals that requires reaccreditation and continuing education programs for all accredited members. It is the oldest appraisal society in the United States and the only to include multidisciplinary, accredited designations.

MFA reports and reviews are written in compliance with The Appraisal Foundation's Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and uphold the ASA Code of Ethics.


Since joining the Houston chapter of ASA, Melanie has served in these offices:

  • - Chapter President 2013-2014

  • - Immediate Past President 2014-15

  • - Personal Property Chair 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18

  • - Appraisal Review & Management Chair 2017-18

  • - Secretary 2011 -2012, 2012-2013

  • - Director 2010-11


Modica Fine Art LLC offers services to Houston and the surrounding regions.



Appraisal Certificates

University of California, Irvine, Certificate: Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts.

University of California, Irvine, Specialized Studies Certificate: Connoisseurship Studies in Fine Arts.


Melanie Modica, ASA, ARM-PP
Accredited Senior Appraiser, Fine Art

Appraisal & Review Management(Personal Property)