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Art Conservation Resources Art Conservation Links:

    • GSA Conservators:
      The two conservation centers under contract with the U.S. General Services Administration for the preservation of federally commissioned art throughout the entire United States (much WPA-era works) are


Page Conservation, Inc.
1300 7th Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202-387-2979
Fax: 202-986-5094
and McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc.
10915 Pyle South Amherst Road
Oberlin OH 44074
Phone: 440-774-4215
Fax: 440-775-1368


  • The American Institute for Conservation of Historic &Artistic Works
    The AIC is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations…. AIC members are practicing conservators, conservation scientists, educators, administrators, collections care professionals, technicians, and students; archivists, curators, and other museum and library professionals; and architects and art historians. AIC also welcomes members from other disciplines who are interested in conservation.” This site contain comprehensive general information, conservation specialities, caring for your treasures, disaster recovery, membership information, health & safety, publications, meetings & conferences, grant information, becoming a conservator, selecting a conservator, and site search.
  • Barry Bauman Conservation
    Barry Bauman offers complimentary painting conservation services exclusively to museums and non-profit organizations. Mr. Bauman was formerly the Associate Conservator of Paintings for the Art Institute of Chicago and was the founder and owner of the Chicago Conservation Center for twenty years. Please contact: Barry Bauman, 1122 N. Jackson Ave., River Forest, Illinois 60305, Phone: (708) 771-0382, Fax: (708) 771-1532,, website: (case study Mr. Bauman has written on conservation of Thomas Sully’s “Portrait of George Washington”)
  • Conservation Online
    CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Library, is a full text database of conservation information including ethics, disaster planning, education and training opportunities, preservation of electronic media and a wide range of conservation guidelines and publications. Its contents are of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives, and museum materials.
  • The Getty Conservation Institute
    “The Getty Conservation Institute works internationally to advance conservation and to enhance and encourage the preservation and understanding of the visual arts in all of their dimensions—objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research; education and training; field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Institute is committed to addressing unanswered questions and to promoting the highest possible standards of conservation practice.” Located at: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700 Los Angeles, CA 90049-1684, Telephone: (310) 440-7325, Fax: (310) 440-7702, E-mail:
  • GSA Historic Buildings and the Arts Center of Expertise
    “Historic Buildings and the Arts Center of Expertise provides technical expertise for the proper maintenance and conservation of historic buildings and fine arts assets in the GSA inventory and it serves to acquire future artworks. The Center consists of three separate but interrelated programs: Historic Buildings, Art-in-Architecture, and Fine Arts.”
  • Intermuseum Conservation Association
    2915 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 658-8700
    Non Profit Organization
    Established by six major Midwest museums in 1952 to provide professional, high quality and cost effective art conservation services to its members and, private clients, the ICA was the first regional art conservation laboratory, in the United States. Conservation services performed by highly educated and experienced conservation staff. Services available from the ICA include the conservation of a broad range of cultural materials as follows: paintings, murals, frames, icons, polychrome sculpture, paper based materials such as prints, watercolor paintings, photographs, books, objects of stone, metal, leather, ceramic, clay or wood and textiles.
  • Heritage Preservation
    The National Institute for Historic Preservation, funded by the Department of the Interior – they have some grant information plus the links page has a great listing of other conservation organizations. Located at: 1625 K Street, NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20006 202-634-1422 / 888-388-6789 Fax 202-634-1435
  • The Mural Conservancy of LA
    An organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of the murals in the Greater Los Angeles area. They have a great list of LA muralists, some from the WPA.
  • Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center
    Great place with information and tours of San Francisco street murals
  • PreserveNet
    “PreserveNet is designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated internet resources and current professional opportunities. Established in 1994 by Cornell University’s Michael Tomlan and Bob Pick, PreserveNet was the result of a collaborative effort by preservation students of various universities interested in providing preservation information in what was then a new and exciting arena, the internet. Updated and expanded in 2001, PreserveNet continues to utilize the many internet resources of various preservation organizations and maintains a current listing of professional and educational opportunities.”
  • Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC)
    The Western Association for Art Conservation, is a nonprofit membership organization for professional conservators. WAAC was founded in 1975 to bring together conservators practicing in the western United States to exchange ideas, information and news. Although WAAC is specifically a regional organization for the western states including Alaska and Hawaii, any individual or institution may become a member regardless of location or national boundary.



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Private Fee-Based Conservators:

    • Chicago Conservation Center
      730 N. Franklin, Suite 701, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 944-5401
      “The Chicago Conservation Center has been actively involved in promoting, coordinating and undertaking the preservation of private and public murals from the New Deal Era and beyond. Major ongoing projects include the conservation of over 400 murals for the Chicago Public Schools, and 52 murals for the Chicago Park District. The Center has been actively involved in securing public, private and foundation support for both of these projects, in addition to local projects such as the conservation of the Lake Bluff Elementary School and Gorton Community Center murals. Other recent New Deal-era mural projects include the treatment of the Elmhurst, IL and Wilmette, IL Post Office murals; the William Edouard Scott frescoes at Chicago’s Wabash YMCA; and murals at Northwestern University’s Lake Shore Center and Chicago’s Legler Regional Library.” For more information, please visit the CCC’s website at or contact the Center at
    • Parma Conservation
      A fine-art restoration laboratory in Chicago which provides museum quality services for paintings, murals, and frescoes. 1100 W. Cermak, Suite C-203, Chicago, IL 60608, 312-733-5178 (contact Elizabeth Kendall)
    • D. Pierre McClenaghan
      Fine Art Appraiser & Consultant, Appraising fine & decorative art, (Chicago, IL), Member AAA, phone/fax: 773 832 4344 or 509-696-1025, website at:
    • Fine Art Conservation Group LLC
      “A conservation studio concentrating in the treatment of easel paintings, murals, and related polychrome objects ranging in provenance and date from old masters to contemporary works of art. Our services also include on-site damage assessments and condition reports. Please e-mail or call to receive further information on our studio.” Located at: 599 Broadway 10th floor, New York, NY 10012, 212-941-8484 (contact Helen Im, email:
    • Guy Downing Art Restoration & Gallery
      “Located in Diamond Heights, San Francisco. I have 36 years experience in art restoration, and am a nationally recognized specialist in color and design. I began in the industry in 1967, working for “Arts and Crafts” in Chico California, as a picture framer, designer, gallery manager, curator and interior designer. In 1986 I began working independently as “Guy Downing Art Conservators”, also in Chico California,. Working in close affiliation with the art gallery “James Snidle Fine Arts” (mentioned below). In 2002 I relocated to San Francisco, restoring art work in my studio there, and tending to our private gallery in Diamond Heights, San Francisco.” Phone: 415 850 7126 – Email:
    • The Alma Ortolan Studio
      The Alma Ortolan Studio is a company that specializes in the conservation and restoration of paintings and monuments and decorative painting with various motifs. The Studio brings together, in a fabulous medieval Palazzo, with exceptional technical expertise and depth of experience in painting, interior decoration and art conservation, local, national, international professional and general audiences, youth and seniors, devoted to the study, preservation and restoration of our cultural heritage. Alma Ortolan Studio, Via Roma 70, 31029 Vittorio Veneto (TV) Italy, PHONE NUMBERS: Lab: +39 0438 59796, Fax: +39 0438 59796, Mobile: +39 348 7240644, Email: info@ortolanstudio



Please note that the inclusion of any private for-profit art conservation companies does not constitute endorsement of their expertise or quality of service. Do your research and get several estimates before you hire anyone! All materials are compiled from sources believed to be reliable but published without responsibility for errors and omission.