Cardiff Dugan Loy holds a BA with honors in art history from Brown University. After graduating, Loy began her professional career by working at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a private museum in Washington, DC. She then furthered her education by gaining an MA in Arts Management from Columbia University. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Loy became the first curator for the private art collection of Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz; as well as for the corporate art collection of his company, CAA. She held this position for over seven years, honing her art advising talents by working with the world’s leading museums, auction houses, dealers and galleries. In 1997, Loy partnered with husband Eric in the founding of CDL, a private art advisory. Together they created a fledgling firm and built it into a leading provider of art advisory services for clients in both the United States and abroad.
Cardiff is an executive member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA), the only organization that promotes and upholds ethics in the advisory field. She is dedicated to upholding its standards and practices in an otherwise unregulated industry.