Antiques Dealers Association of America


Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8:00pm

The Navy Yard @ 11th St & Kittyhawk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112

The Antiques Dealers' Association of America (ADA) is pleased to honor Laura Beach as the recipient of its 2019 Award of Merit. Laura is a journalist specializing in historic art,artifacts and design. In August 2018 she stepped down as editor of Antiques and The Arts Weekly and is currently the publication’s editor at large.

The former deputy editor of The Magazine Antiques, she previously served as publicist, exhibition coordinator and curatorial intern at the Hudson River Museum, American Folk Art Museum and Museum of International Folk Art, a division of the Museum of New Mexico, respectively. The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Connoisseurs Quarterly, The Magazine Antiques, Antiques and Fine Art, Art + Auction, Country Home, Country Gardens, Millionaire and Sky are among the many publications to which she has contributed.

She is the author of the book The Art of Stephen Huneck (Abrams), the catalogue ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Eighteenth Century New England Gravestones: Design Sources of Eighteenth Century New England Gravestones (Yale University Art Gallery) and several extended essays on the history of the antiques trade, a personal interest.

Laura’s involvement with the Antiques Dealers Association of America dates to its founding in 1984. She has attended the ADA antiques show every year and in several venues. She profiled each ADA Award of Merit winner for cover stories in Antiques and The Arts Weekly, beginning with Albert Sack in 2002. In 2015, in conjunction with the ADA Award of Merit presentation, she interviewed historian David McCullough, who shared his thoughts on the importance of the past and the relics that keep it fresh and vivid in our daily lives.

For the 2019 ADA Award of Merit dinner in Philadelphia on Friday, April 26, Laura hopes to share personal reflections from 30 years on the antiques trail, complete with cameo portraits of some of the trade’s most colorful and consequential members.

For more information or questions contact ADA Executive Director, Judith Livingston Loto at 603-942-6498 or email

Purchase Tickets On-line:

Tickets are $95.00 each and includes free parking.

or send a check made out to ADA to: PO BOX 218, Northwood, NH 03261

Our Generous Sponsors:

Antiques & The Arts Weekly

Flather & Perkins Insurance

Skinner, Inc.

The Magazine ANTIQUES

Copley Fine Art Auctions


Past Award of Merit Recipients:

2002 - Albert Sack

2003 - Elinor Gordon

2004 - Wendell Garrett

2005 - Betty Ring

2006 - R. Scudder Smith

2007 - Satenig St. Marie

2007 - Dean F. Failey

2008 - Joe Kindig

2009 - Philip Zea

2010 - Jane & Richard Nylander

2011 - Morrison H. Heckscher

2012 - The American Folk Art Society

2013 - Peter Tillou

2014 - Brock Jobe

2015 - David McCullough

2016 - Victor & Joan Johnson

2017 - Patricia E. Kane

2018 - Peter M. Kenny

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