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Saturday, July 29, 2017
The Conservation Center >> July at The Center: Inside Disaster Response, The Center's New Space, and a Civil War Sword
Just as summer is in full swing, so are many of our projects here at The Center! In this month's newsletter, we continue our disaster response series with the story of our team's response to a house fire in Peoria, Illinois. Next, we will travel down the street to explore The Center's new space. Lastly, we will learn about the recent repair of a Civil War sword that was passed down through generations.
We are also excited to announce the first of our ongoing "Conservation Conversations" video series, which will highlight our talented staff and their stories. Click below to meet Steve Ryan, our Senior Furniture Conservator. Fun fact: Steve treated the sword in our last article!
CONSERVATION CONVERSATIONS: STEVE RYAN, FURNITURE CONSERVATOR
INSIDE DISASTER RESPONSE: HOW DID THE EXPERTS BECOME EXPERTS?
For over twenty five years, The Center has been at the forefront of the disaster response field and in that time we've seen disasters from house fires and floods to hurricanes and tornadoes. It is a difficult field, as situations often prove to be mentally, emotionally, and physically trying. We rely on a team of veteran responders to train new staff members on procedures, prevention, and protection. In this article we will follow the journey of Client Services Associate, Sarah Phalen, and her introduction to disaster response.
THE CENTER'S NEW SPACE: STATE-OF-THE-ART STORAGE FOR ART OF ALL KINDS
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of two additional storage facilities, located just blocks from our main location. With these spaces, we have also expanded our shipping and art handling team to allow us to not only offer more state-of-the-art secure storage, but also to continue to expand our dedicated and professional team to meet the growing demand of our clients’ public, private, and commercial collections. We're excited to share more about our storage space, stories, and services, as well as some tips for best practice when choosing a temporary home for your collection.
SERVING AND CONSERVING: THE STORY OF A CIVIL WAR SWORD
At The Conservation Center, we are tremendously lucky to act as stewards of history. Representations of the past come to our facility each day in the form of photographs, paintings, drawings, documents, and objects, and collectively, we spend hours upon hours studying, interacting with, and conserving each of these pieces. Through conservation projects, we learn more about personal histories, family histories, and international history, and each project presents us with the opportunity to help preserve these histories for generations to come. So, when a client came to us with an important family heirloom, that was also a physical remnant of a formative time in the history of our country, we were honored to assist.
About The Conservation Center The Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art conservation laboratory in the country. With over 33 years of experience, The Center is a leader in the field of art preservation, evolving new treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-changing art world. We have cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious private collections, museums, galleries, insurance companies, and corporations.