About Us

DDC Consulting Group Inc. is an art appraisal and  consulting service that provides
professional appraisal, advisory and resource services to connect individuals, collectors,
architects, designers, developers, institutions and businesses to the visual fine arts.

Diane Dinkins-Carr, Founder and President of DDC Consulting Group Inc., formed the
company due to her love for art. She was introduced to the fine arts at a very early age.
With both parents holding art degrees and very active in the art community, she had no
other choice but to study and receive her academia credentials in the visual arts.

Diane majored in Commercial Art in high school, attended advance classes at The Art
Institute of Chicago, holds a BA in Design with a minor in Fine Art, graduate studies in
Urban Planning and Policy, and Fine and Decorative Art Appraising Certificates from
Northwestern University and the American Society of Appraisers.

Diane has appraised over 2000 pieces of African and African American art, curated over 50 art exhibitions, coordinated more than 20 auctions, designed, developed, and implemented art programs, seminars, workshops, lectures, and made acquisitions for individuals, collectors, and businesses.

Diane is very active in the art community and instrumental in keeping the legacy alive
of the country’s oldest African American art center, South Side Community Art Center,
where she served as Board Chair and President.

Diane and her husband Louis are collectors and philanthropists of the arts.

Credentials

Education:
Pratt Institute
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), 2011

Northwestern University
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), 2006

Northwestern University
Certificate Program in Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts, 2006

American Society of Appraiser
Personal Property Valuation - Legal and Commercial Property, 2006

American Society of Appraisers
Personal Property Valuation - Report Writing, 2006

American Society of Appraisers
Personal Property Valuation Methodology - Research & Analysis, 2005

American Society of Appraisers
Introduction to Personal Property Valuation, 2005

University of Illinois at Chicago
Urban Planning and Policy, Graduate Studies, 1981

University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Art in Design, 1979

Professional Certifications:
American Society of Appraisers
Northwestern University, 2006

Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics
American Society of Appraisers, 2006

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP),
American Society of Appraisers, 2006, 2011, 2015

Art Experience:
South Side Community Art Center, Curator, 1990-2005
Medgar Evers Elementary School, Art Educator, 1993 – 1994

Affiliations:
Adler School of Psychology, Trustee

American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Senior Appraiser

Community Organizations:
South Side Community Art Center, Chair and President 1998 - December 2011
Black United Fund of Illinois
The Links, Incorporated, Windy City Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta, Chicago Alumni
DuSable Museum of African American History, Co-Founder, Young Adult Board, 1991