RECOVER SECURE PROTECT. Art Crime Investigation Seminar. June 12-17, 2011 Philadelphia Pennsylvania






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Art Crime

Investigation Seminar

June 12-17, 2011 Philadelphia Pennsylvania








Art Crime Investigation Seminar focusing on Recovery, Security and Protection

Seminar Overview

For the first time ever, Robert Wittman Inc. is offering a five day seminar to the public that will focus on the practical application of investigative techniques to recover stolen art and cultural

property. This seminar is not an art history or appreciation course; it focuses on real industry career opportunities in the fields of national and international investigation, art law, insurance, appraisal,

museum security, conservation, and art financial services. The emphasis is on practical application in careers in the industry, no professors…just professionals.

The course will feature more than 20 hours of instruction spread across five days in downtown Philadelphia. Our instructors are world-renowned in their fields, having won numerous national and international awards. Together they have served for more than half a century on the front lines of art security, protection and recovery.

Participants will be staying at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel on Market Street in downtown Philadelphia and the seminar will be conducted at Philadelphia’s exclusive Pyramid Club featuring expansive vistas of the city and gourmet fare. Dates for the course are June 12-17, 2011. Deadline for application submission, including a non-refundable $100 application fee, is due no later than April 15, 2011. The application fee will be applied to the all-inclusive course cost with the remaining balance of $2,500 due by May 1, 2011.

Participants will receive individual attention and training. Class size is very limited, and applications will be considered in the order they are submitted.


Herbert Lottier

Herb Lottier has been the Director of Protection Services at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the fourth largest art museum in the United States, since 1996. He manages a security force of 175 contract officers and 35 proprietary supervisors. Prior to his current profession, Mr. Lottier served for 21 years in the

Philadelphia Police Department. For the last six of those years he held the rank of Captain.

And other industry leading experts!

Robert Wittman

Robert K. Wittman was the founder and Senior Investigator of the FBI National Art Crime Team and was instrumental in the recovery of more than $300 million worth of stolen cultural property. He spent 20 years as an FBI agent, and upon retiring authored the New York Times Best Seller “Priceless-How I went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures”. Today, he is the President of the international art security firm Robert Wittman Inc.

Robert Goldman

Robert E. Goldman spent 32 years working as a local and federal prosecutor. He prosecuted the first case in the nation under the federal Theft of Major Artwork Statute (18 USC 668) resulting in the first federal convictions under this law. Mr. Goldman was appointed by the Department of Justice as the first At Large prosecutor in the nation for the FBI Art Crime Team. Today, he is the principle in the law firm of Robert E. Goldman Esq. and practices art law on a private basis.

James McAndrews

James E. McAndrew has worked with the U.S. government for more than 27 years, first with the United States Customs Service and then with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is an expert on international art and antiquity investigations and on customs and international trade law.


Sunday, June 12th

Arrive in Philadelphia, check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and pick up your informational packet Breakfast will be provided Monday-Friday from 8-9AM at the Pyramid Club

Lunch will be served Monday-Thursday from 12-1PM at the Pyramid Club Monday, June 13th

9:00AM-12PM- Session 1

o Civil and Criminal Art Law

1:00-3PM- Session 2

o Case Studies focusing on Investigation Techniques Tuesday, June 14th

9:00AM-12PM- Session 3

o International Art Law and Topics

1:00-3PM- Session 4

o Case Studies focusing on Investigation Techniques Wednesday, June 15th

9:00AM-12PM- Session 5

o Museum Personnel and Collection Security

1:00-300PM- Session 6

o Appraisals Focusing on Security and Recovery Issues

o Conservation and Forensic Techniques to Identify Frauds, Fakes and Forgeries Thursday, June 16th

9:00AM-12PM- Session 7

o Fine Art Insurance and Art Loss Databases

! Protection and Recovery Careers in the Insurance Industry and Private Sector

1:00-3PM- Session 8

o Gallery Issues

o Antiquities Protection

Friday, June 17

9:00AM-11AM- Session 9

o Auction Protection Issues

o Fine Art Financial Service Careers

o Week in Review

* Seminar Itinerary is subject to change


Robert Wittman Inc

Art Security Consulting P.O. Box 653

Chester Heights, PA 19017

Pyramid Club

The 5-day seminar will be held at the exclusive Pyramid Club, located at 1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor, in Downtown

Philadelphia. Continental breakfast and lunch at the Pyramid Club will be provided each day of the seminar. The Club specializes in outstanding cuisine, personalized service, and state-of-the-art technology. Finished with cherry woodwork, rich carpeting, marble flooring, and 20-foot-tall windows, it offers panoramic view overlooking local landmarks such as City Hall, the Ben Franklin Bridge, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and both the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Included in your enrollment fee is accommodations for 5 nights at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, from Sunday check in at 4PM June 12, until Friday June 17, at 12PM. The Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 1800 Market Street in the heart of the city, is directly across the street from the Pyramid Club. This luxurious hotel offers modern accommodations with gracious amenities

surrounded by Rittenhouse Square, fine dining, Walnut Street shopping and treasured historic attractions. Incidentals are not included.

Philadelphia Attractions

Philadelphia is the birthplace of America, the city where the founding fathers lived and the Declaration of Independence was signed. Today, that history echoes in the original buildings and museums throughout the city. Visit historic landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Independence hall, and the National Constitution Center. The city boasts world-class museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum. All of these attractions and more are a short distance from the Crowne Plaza hotel and the Pyramid Club.



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Important Dates June 12-17, 2011 – Seminar

Total Cost $2600.00

April 15, 2011 – Application Submittal Deadline. Remit a $100.00 non-refundable deposit with your completed application. Please attach your resume and a 150-200 word essay describing how attending this seminar will benefit you.

May 1, 2011 - $2500.00 balance due. ($100.00 application deposit will be applied.) Remit to: Robert Wittman Inc.

P.O. Box 653

Chester Heights PA, 19017

For additional information contact 610-361-8929, email, or visit our website at





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