AACC Painting Conservation
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Art Conservation Services

Painting

Objects

Paper / Photo

Textiles

Imaging Services

Consultation & Rates

 

Paintings

The Paintings Department is the oldest and largest department at AACC, with the capacity to conserve paint-based artworks regardless of age, size, medium, or condition.

Staff conservators are skilled in treatments ranging from surface cleaning to paint-layer stabilization to the complete restoration of damaged artworks. The lab is expert in the full range of materials and techniques, including:

Conservators consult closely with owners, caretakers and curators on special challenges and augment professional expertise with scholarly research, analytic imaging, and technical analysis. AACC has prepared paintings for exhibition in major museums, historic houses, universities, and corporate and private collections in the Southeast. The department works with caretakers to perform condition assessments for individual paintings or entire collections. Such assessments become a vital resource for collections care, loan and travel requests, and grant applications. Paintings conservators regularly collaborate with other AACC departments on projects that require multiple specialties.

 

 

Objects

The AACC Objects Department treats a wide range of three-dimensional art objects and artifacts.  Conservators perform condition assessment, documentation, and treatments on artworks and artifacts of all types, including:

• fine art sculpture
• outdoor sculpture and monuments
• fine- and decorative-art objects
• archeological and ethnographic artifacts
• historical artifacts
• weaponry
• transportation collections
• contemporary artworks
• wood objects and furniture
• picture frames

AACC Objects conservators are skilled at treating an eclectic variety of materials, among them:
• stone
• metal
• ceramic
• plaster
• glass
• varnished, painted and gilded wood
• bone, ivory, tortoiseshell, etc.
• leather, hide, fur, feathers, etc.
• plastics and man-made materials

The Objects Department also provides services related to collections care. Conservators perform collections surveys including outdoor collections and provide consultations and services related to maintenance, storage and transport. Conservators are available to conduct information seminars and training workshops on issues of importance to institutions and private owners alike, including safe care and handling practices; materials and methods of packing, storage, display and transportation; and annual maintenance and preservation of outdoor sculpture. Many projects are coordinated with other departments for their specialized skills.
 

 

Paper / Photos

AACC does not currently have a Department of Paper and Photograph Conservation. However we will happily provide consultation and can facilitate treatment of paper-based art and artifacts and historic and contemporary photographic and photomechanical materials.
Paper-based artwork includes:

• watercolors
• pastels
• drawings
• prints including engravings, etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and screen prints
• historic and contemporary photographs
• scrolls and screens
• maps, posters, and cultural ephemera


Images derived from all common photographic processes, including:


• salt, gum, albumen, cyanotype, and other historic processes
• daguerreotypes, tintypes, and other cased images
• platinum and silver gelatin prints
• chromogenic color
• various types of digital prints
• photographic negatives on glass, acetate, and nitrate supports

 

Textiles

The Paintings Department is the oldest and largest department at AACC, with the capacity to conserve paint-based artworks regardless of age, size, medium, or condition.

Staff conservators are skilled in treatments ranging from surface cleaning to paint-layer stabilization to the complete restoration of damaged artworks. The lab is expert in the full range of materials and techniques, including:

Conservators consult closely with owners, caretakers and curators on special challenges and augment professional expertise with scholarly research, analytic imaging, and technical analysis. AACC has prepared paintings for exhibition in major museums, historic houses, universities, and corporate and private collections in the Southeast. The department works with caretakers to perform condition assessments for individual paintings or entire collections. Such assessments become a vital resource for collections care, loan and travel requests, and grant applications. Paintings conservators regularly collaborate with other AACC departments on projects that require multiple specialties.

 

 

Imaging Services

The Center offers imaging services to meet two distinct needs: to examine artworks in preparation for conservation, and to document items before and after treatment.  Before beginning work, conservators may employ a number of imaging techniques to explore the layers of an artwork that are visible and invisible to the naked eye. Some of these approaches employ standard digital photography and specialized lighting, while others involve equipment capable of producing or capturing electromagnetic wavelengths above or below the narrow band of the visible spectrum. AACC provides all approaches, including:

• Diagnostic photography in raking and reflective light
• Long-wave ultraviolet photography
• Infrared photography

Diagnostic photography provides useful evidence of the surface condition of artworks. Ultraviolet imaging reveals fluorescence of materials, indicating their composition and age. Infrared inspection can possibly reveal hidden aspects of a work of art, especially preparatory under drawings.

Everything conserved by AACC is photographed to provide a visual document of treatment history. Documentary imaging records all stages of the conservation process, including the object's condition before treatment, during treatment at key stages of the work, and after treatment is complete. This documentation is useful to the client in understanding all aspects of the treatment, and creates a record of procedure and condition for future curatorial and conservation reference.
 

Consultation & Rates

The AACC staff provides consultation to individuals and institutions on the state of preservation and condition of works of art and antiques. The staff also consults on proper exhibition, storage, and handling of art objects; please contact us to make arrangements.  Initial oral art and artifact consultations are free of charge if the piece in question is brought to the center. For works that require the conservator to travel to the work there will be a charge for this service.  Disaster response and emergency preparedness assistance is also available. Please see the Emergency page.

Rates are charged on an hourly basis. Reduced rates are available to member institutions. Please see our Consortium page to become a member.
Member Institutions:
Treatment and consultation in lab: $95/hr plus materials.
Nonmember Nonprofit Institutions:
Treatment and consultation in lab: $115/hr plus materials.
Individuals and Corporations:
Treatment and consultation in lab: $125/hr plus materials.

Rates effective through June 30, 2014

 

Eugene-Louis Boudin, Beach Scene in Trouville, before and after cleaning. (Private collection.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlanta Art Conservation Center   Chamblee GA 30341    404-733-4589   info@atlantaartconservationcenter.com