1 400 North Wolcott Ave Chicago, IL o. (312) f. (312) Company History: As one of the nation's leading private art restoration and conservation laboratories, The Conservation Center has cared for fine art from some of the country's most prestigious museums, galleries, corporate and private collections since The largest facility of its kind in the nation, our expert staff and well equipped labs offer proven and up to date conservation services and treatments. With nine conservation departments, a museum-quality conservation framing department, expert art handlers, a 24-hour Disaster Response team, and experienced registrar and administrative personnel, The Center s staff are renowned for their professionalism and quality of work in the conservation field. Our two facilities totaling 30,000 square feet boast specialized inventory systems capable of housing each work received, and are both professionally secured and insured, including $10 million worth of contents coverage and a $2 million in-transit policy. Conservation Staff: The Center is comprised of 24 full-time employees, including 11 conservators of art and furniture including: Paintings, Murals, Works of Art on Paper, Photographs, Rare Books, Textiles, Sculpture, and Frames, Gilded Objects, and Antique and Fine Furniture. We also offer specialty services in Conservation Framing, Transportation and Installation, and Disaster Response. All of our conservators either have degrees in conservation from reputable institutions or have been trained by a known expert in their field of specialty. The conservation staff has over 300 cumulative years of conservation experience, and all are members of the American Institute of Conservation and Historic Works (AIC). Heather Becker, CEO of The Center, has been with the company for over 20 years. Conservation Departments: Paintings Oldest and largest department in The Center Nationally recognized for its outstanding conservation capabilities Painting conservators are experienced in treatment of all mediums, including tempera on panel, oil and acrylic on canvas, and works on metal supports Works from all artistic genres and periods, including Byzantine, Baroque, Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary, have been treated by the Paintings Department Paper Work on the stabilization and treatment of 14th-21st century drawings, prints, pastels, watercolors, Asian screens, scrolls, architectural drawings, letters, and documents Conservators use fine quality materials and techniques appropriate for each individual work The paper department has assisted many of the country's most prestigious collections Murals Restores 18th-21st century watercolor, fresco, secco, oil, and acrylic based murals on plaster, canvas, metal, and paper supports Renowned for the preservation of over 600 Progressive Era and WPA murals across the U.S. Conservation work performed on murals in 11 Chicago Park District field houses, including: Calumet Park, Eugene Field Park, Fuller Park, Hamilton Park, Independence Park, Jefferson Park, and Pulaski Park
2 Recent mural treatments include: Palmer Park Mural Project, Oakton Elementary School Mural Project, Christopher Columbus Refectory, Elmhurst Post Office, Ida Noyes Theatre (University of Chicago), Wabash YMCA, Windsor House Sitting Room Murals Photographs Restoration of 19th-21st century works including antique, sepia, black and white, hand-colored, color, and contemporary photographic prints This department also specializes in the digital reproduction of delicate works so originals can be stored to avoid further unnecessary deterioration Rare Books Conservation of a wide range of 14th-21st century bound materials including early and modern books, bibles, scrapbooks, and photo albums Surface-cleaning, mold remediation, adhesive damage, tear repairs, deacidification, and the preservation of leather covers or storage cases are also offered by this department. Textiles Specializes in the preservation of 15th-21st century flags, samplers, tapestries, laces, quilts, coverlets, costumes, embroideries, weavings, and ethnic textiles Following treatment, textiles can be custom mounted, framed, placed into vitrines, or prepared for long term storage Sculpture and Objects Restoration of BCE-21st century sculpture and three-dimensional works in ceramic, plaster, marble, metal, stone, wood, glass, mixed media, as well as ethnographic sculptures and artifacts Sculpture and objects conservators have a broad knowledge of sculpture materials and fabrication techniques, both historic and contemporary Frames, Gilding, and Furniture Specializes in the conservation of 12th-21st century frames gilded works requiring structural repair, stabilization, casting, carving, gilding, toning, and inpainting Treat condition defects in antique and fine furniture ranging from family pieces to salon masterpieces and rare modern works Conservation Framing The Center offers extensive conservation framing services such as archival hinging, museum quality French mats, linen and silk wrapped mats, museum mounts, vitrines, and a selection of over 800 custom gilded and finished frames The department strictly uses of archival materials and museum standard techniques Transportation & Installation Services: Our in-house team of trained and experienced art handlers assists with local and national inventory, packing, crating, shipping, and transportation needs. The Shipping Department has been professionally trained to handle, package, and transport fine art, and offer extensive attention to detail in the handling of fine art items. In addition, The CCC carries transit insurance to further protect the artwork on its way to and from The Center.
3 Local Pick-ups and Deliveries Climate-controlled, air-ride vehicles equipped with alarm systems Dual driver availability National On-Location Services If necessary, The Center will fly staff conservators directly to claim sites Before removal, each item is inventoried and then transported directly to The Center Full insurance coverage is provided Shipping to and from The Center The Chicago Conservation Center offers a variety of shipping options, according to the size of the collection, the severity of the damage to the items, or their value Shipping can be arranged for clients across the country using a variety of methods, with all shipments insured by The Center s in-transit policy Long-term Fine Art Storage The Center is equipped with facilities to accommodate the long-term storage of fine art pieces for our clientele Disaster Response: The Center has provided Disaster Response services for art collections large and small throughout the country. Whether in response to fire, water, mold, wind, or everyday accidental damage, our trained staff of disaster response professionals can provide dependable nationwide pick-up and delivery services, on-location inventory, triage, photography, and condition reports for private, corporate, and non-profit collections. Examples of disaster response by The Center include: LaSalle Bank fire, Chicago, IL (2004): recovered over 1,000 items from fire loss involving a large and significant corporate collection Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, LA (2005): recovered over 5,000 items from art museums, universities, institutions, and private collections; some staff conservators worked on-site for 3 months following the disaster to treat pieces damaged by the storm Flooding of the Cedar River, various locations, IA (2008): responded to wide-spread flood damage caused across Iowa during the summer of 2008, recovering over 7,000 items from museums, universities, institutions, and private collections Select Recent Projects: Grand Ole Opry Museum, Nashville, TN (2010) Triaged, inventoried, and currently treating 100 items damaged by this spring's Nashville floods. Range of items includes furniture, collectibles, country music memorabilia, and the Opry's backdrop. Private Auction House, (2010) Inventoried, cleaned, and treated more than 5,000 items damaged by fire. Onsite conservation of a range of pieces including fine furniture, paintings, and ceramic objects. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2009) Onsite cleaning and treatment of 1200 items, including furniture, paintings, and objects. Holland Museum, Holland, MI (2009) Triaged, inventoried, and examined over 800 items from flooding at the museum, conserving a range of pieces including textiles, furniture, and ceramic objects
4 University of Iowa Museum and University Buildings, Iowa City, IA (2008) Recovered and inventoried 4,000 items from the University following the flooding that occurred across the state in the summer of 2008, conservation work includes paintings, works of art on paper, and sculpture Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (2008) Received 200 items from the University following an extensive fire in one of the campus buildings; items treated in the University s collection include sculpture and photographs Bank of America, Wichita, KS (2007) Treated over 200 items from a fire at a large corporate bank, including a monumental stabile by Alexander Calder Private collections, Rancho Santa Fe, CA (2007) Responded to the damage of private art collections at residences affected by wildfires in Southern California, treating approximately 200 items onsite Dixie State College, St. George, Utah (2006) Received 800 water-damaged items following a sprinkler malfunction at the school, including books in need of conservation Southern Connecticut University, New Haven, CT (2006) Examined and treated 1200 items damaged during a water main break on the campus, including ceramic and wooden objects, as well as tribal and ancestral pieces Publications: Becker, Heather. Emergency Art Recovery and Conservation in New Orleans. IFAR Journal 8 (2005/2006). Becker, Heather. Art for the People: The Rediscovery and Preservation of Progressive- and WPA-Era Murals in the Chicago Public Schools, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, Memberships: The Conservation Center and its staff are members of the following organizations and institutions: American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) The Chicago Area Conservation Group (CACG) Midwest Regional Conservation Group (MRCG) The Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) The Chicago Art Dealers Association (CADA) Heritage Preservation: The National Institute for Conservation Women's Business Enterprise (WBE Status) The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) National New Deal Preservation Association (NNDPA) Midwest Chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association (MC-NNDPA) The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) The Arts Club of Chicago The Chicago Network (TCN)
5 Partial Client List: The Conservation Center serves an array of clients, ranging from small private pieces to large corporate and museum collections. Our client list includes: Museums and Foundations Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Arts Club of Chicago Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Chicago Cultural Center Chicago Historical Society Cuneo Museum & Gardens Farnsworth House Grand Rapids Museum of Art Hegeler Carus Mansion Kentucky Derby Museum Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Mexican Fine Arts Museum Corporations AXA Bank of America Chase/Bank One Chubb CNA Insurance Company Dewitt Stern Harley Davidson House of Blues Lloyd s of London Marcus Hotels and Resorts Universities Albion College Augustana College DePaul University Dixie State College of Utah Loyola University Northwestern University Art Dealers Belloc Lowndes Fine Art Carl Hammer Gallery Carrie Secrist Gallery De Pree Art Center and Gallery The Dixon Gallery and Gardens Zygman Voss Gallery Government and City Adler Planetarium Bloomington Public Library Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Milwaukee Art Museum Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago Nebraska Art Museum New Orleans Historical Collection New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) Phoenix Art Museum Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Saginaw Art Museum Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions Terra Foundation of American Art University of Iowa Museum of Art McDonald's Corporation Mesirow Financial MetLife Northern Trust RR Donnelley & Sons Sara Lee Corporation Walgreen s Willis Worley Claims Service Zurich North America Notre Dame University Southern Connecticut State University Southern Illinois University Tulane University University of Chicago University of Iowa Rita Bucheit Ltd. R.S. Johnson Fine Art Russell Bowman Art Advisory Worthington Gallery Zolla Lieberman Gallery Rau Antiques General Services Administration Haish Memorial Library State Capitol Buildings
6 Chicago Public Building Commission Federal Post Offices Private Clients Marilyn Alsdorf Norman Bobins John Bryan Marshall Field V Dr. Kurt Gitter Auction Houses Bonhams Christie s Doyle New York Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Union Pacific Railroad United States Government/Fort Knox Helyn Goldenberg Ed Paschke Lorraine Pritzker Marilynn Thoma Helen Zell Phillips de Pury & Company Sotheby's Susanin s Wright Current Advisory Board members are: Advisory Board: Grace Barry Martin Z. Craig Robert Glick Diane Swonk Norman R. Bobins Marshall Field, V Jack Guthman William Lear Ellen Carnahan Christiane Fischer Marilyn Katz David W. Ruttenberg