Preventive conservation measures preserve the cultural integrity and promote the physical stability of art objects, which in turn, preserves value and minimizes risk of damage to objects that are travelled from venue to venue. Ideally, the objectives of preventive conservation are achieved through implementation of clear handling guidelines, the use of conservation-safe materials in storage, transport and display, and when treatment is necessary, the application of the least intrusive methods and materials that are reasonably practicable to promote the long-term stability of an object.
Materials that are easily reversible and impart minimal impact on the object, coupled with a regular maintenance schedule, are key factors in a successful preventive conservation program. Preventive conservation is far more cost-effective than remedial treatments necessitated by neglect or accident.
To learn more about art conservation and obtain referrals for a qualified art conservator in your area, visit the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) web site: www.American Institute for Conservation
ART CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE
Preventive and remedial conservation treatment, analysis, collections management, and exhibition planning and installation.
- Handling, transport, storage and packing guidelines for art objects
- Condition reports for permanent art collections and travelling exhibitions
- Environmental applications –
- Microclimate display specifications
- Materials testing and outsourced analysis
- Archaeometric studies
Art Conservation Treatment Specialities.
- Polychromed wood
- Ancient gemstones and jewelry