“Our name, ‘Preservation Arts’ embodies the idea that we are not just repairing your art for today, but establishing a plan for its long term preservation.”

Every artwork that comes into the studio is treated with the same basic approach, that each has a history, context, value, and future. A proposed treatment and choice of repair materials, is not simply the choice of one adhesive over another, but a considered plan designed to take into account the artist’s intent, the context of the artwork in a particular time of history, the conditions under which it has been kept, how it will be stored or exhibited in the future, and how to enhance value both in art historical and monetary terms.

Over time, bad repairs and materials can devalue art, but high quality conservation can save, enhance and increase value as well as adding to the history of the piece. We achieve this by adopting a ‘less is more’ approach, hiring the highest quality skilled conservators we can find nationally, using materials that can be re-treatable in the future and that have been tested for stability within our field, being accountable by documenting and photographing our processes and materials, and making recommendations for display and presentation that will minimize risks to the artwork over time.

This holistic approach and the central philosophy that long term preservation should guide our work, distinguishes the company as West Coast leaders in the conservation field.

 
 
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For assessments or information:

Please contact us to set up an appointment.

Call 510-808-7894 or email info@preservation-arts.com


Rowan Geiger - Director and Principal Conservator

Rowan Geiger - Director and Principal Conservator

Rowan and her team of certified experts have been restoring pieces for me for years. They’re the only ones I trust with delicate antique pieces, whether it’s a 150-year-old bible, an antique dresser, a fire-damaged painting, feathers, laquered metal, palm-frond scrolls or delicate gilded wood. Their work is impeccable and their communication/customer service is very very good. I have high standards for any work done on my collection, which is why I work with certified conservationists only. I cannot recommend Preservation Arts highly enough.
— Traci S. - San Francisco, CA - 4/8/19
Treatment of “Blue Piece” by Carlos Villa, part of the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art Collection. It is a complex 3-dimensional installation work made of paper, feathers and paint.

Treatment of “Blue Piece” by Carlos Villa, part of the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art Collection. It is a complex 3-dimensional installation work made of paper, feathers and paint.

 
Rowan Geiger, Director & Principal Conservator and Stephanie Limoges, Senior Paintings Conservator have both been awarded Professional Associate status of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC)

Rowan Geiger, Director & Principal Conservator and Stephanie Limoges, Senior Paintings Conservator have both been awarded Professional Associate status of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC)

The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is the leading membership association for current and aspiring conservators and allied professionals who preserve cultural heritage. They represent more than 3,500 individuals in more than forty countries around the world working in the domains of science, art, and history through treatment, research, collections care, education, and more. All of them have the same goal: preserve our cultural heritage so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future.

The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is the leading membership association for current and aspiring conservators and allied professionals who preserve cultural heritage. They represent more than 3,500 individuals in more than forty countries around the world working in the domains of science, art, and history through treatment, research, collections care, education, and more. All of them have the same goal: preserve our cultural heritage so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future.


Before and after treatment images of a bronze bust of Florence Nightingale by Harriet Moore, part of the UCSF art collection.


Preservation Arts was formerly known as SF Art Conservation

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In December 2018 we changed our name from SF Art Conservation to Preservation Arts. This coincided with our move from San Francisco to Oakland, CA. We continue to provide conservation services to the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.