“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.
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
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.