About Leigh Keno
Leigh Keno is President of Keno Auctions and Keno Art Advisory, and appraises furniture and folk art on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. He has advised institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Colonial Williamsburg. Keno served on the Art Advisory Panel for the Internal Revenue Service for a decade. Leigh Keno is a certified appraiser with the Appraisers Association of America, where he was appointed to their board of directors for two years.
In 2012, The New England Society awarded Mr. Keno the Reginald T. Townsend Award, “given to recognize outstanding achievement, representing the finest attributes of New England character”. President George W. Bush, in 2005, bestowed Leigh Keno and his twin brother, Leslie, with The National Humanities Medal for their work on PBS in educating millions of viewers about American Art and history.
In 2000, Leigh Keno co-authored Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture. In 1996 and 1998, Leigh Keno, co-wrote two groundbreaking articles on Boston chairs for the scholarly journal, American Furniture, published by the Chipstone Foundation. Keno is an alumni of Hamilton College ’79 with a Bachelor Degree in Art History.
Leigh Keno races vintage automobiles at tracks across the country, including events hosted by the VSCCA and the Historic Ferrari Challenge. This August marked his 15th year judging classic automobiles at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
I was racing a 1959 Lola Mk1 in a Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) sanctioned and Dodge sponsored event at Lime Rock Park in 1999. Several laps into the race, I had just passed under the bridge and was taking the right-hander onto the straight and ready to shift into 4th gear the split-second I was pointed straight when … BANG!!read more