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Bay Area Art Conservation Guild has 9 registered users
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Gawain Weaver is a photograph conservator in private practice in San Anselmo, CA. He received B.A. degrees in art history and chemistry (2001) from Sonoma State University, and an M.A. in art history and diploma in conservation (2005) from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In 2007, he completed a two-year fellowship in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, NY, followed by a year as a researcher at the Image Permanence Institute. In 2008, he returned home to Northern California where he lives today, working as a photograph conservator, teacher, and consultant. In addition to regular workshops, Gawain teaches photograph preservation in the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.
After an academic flirtation with psychology and exposure to clinical work at Napa State Hospital I was lucky enough to come under the wing of J. Desmond Clark who convinced me of the importance of Anthropology and my proclivity for scientific work in that discipline. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1970 in Anthropology. My emphasis was artifact analysis and conservation. I studied under J.Desmond Clark at the Lowie Museum, now the Phoebe Hearst Museum, cleaning and analyzing lithics for wear patterns and pottery for residues. After graduation I was hired at the California Academy of Science as a Research Assistant to care for the Anthropology and Archaeology collections. These had been originally collected and organized by Alfred Kroeber. My work there was directed to identify materials artifacts were made from and research collections for exhibit. Cleaning and preserving the collections was also a primary task. There I had the good fortune to work first under Ernest Rook, and then Bob Schenk with guidance
Vice President
Sarah Johnson has worked in the field of furniture restoration for over 15 years. After receiving a BS in Oil Painting from the University of MA, she relocated to the Bay Area in 1995. In San Francisco, Sarah learned the trade of restoration through apprenticeship positions at antique restoration companies, most notably Titon Antiques under proprietor Morten Qwist. Currently Sarah is interning at the OMCA and pursuing a Masters in Art Conservation degree. In private practice in Marin County, Sarah Johnson Antique Restoration specializes in the treatment of fine furniture, clock cases, and gilt frames. She has served on the Board since 2009, previously as a Member at Large, and currently as Recording Secretary.
Jonathan received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute College Of Art. Jonathan has been an Objects Conservator in the San Francisco Bay area since 1990. He specializes in the conservation, preservation and restoration or art, artifacts and antiques. His clients include private collectors, designers, framers, and cabinet makers; as well as galleries, museums, hotels and restaurants, churches, cemeteries, and historic properties. Jonathan works continually to improve his craft by studying and learning from the most up to date information available, by collaborating with other conservators and by extensive testing of materials. Currently specializing in the conservation of outdoor sculpture.
Membership Secretary
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Julie has worked in various Bay Area museums managing their collections and curating exhibitions since 2000. In 2010 and 2011 she spent her winters working as one of the Head Registrars for the Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts Expedition to Abydos in Abydos, Egypt. In 2011, she became the first Collection Manager for the historic Filoli Estate in Woodside, California; a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2015, she became the Head Curator & Collection Manager for Filoli. She holds a BA in Art History from Sonoma State University, CA, and a Master of Fine Arts in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, CA, where she wrote her thesis entitled, “Inventories Role in Collections Management.” For the last year, Julie has served the BAACG board as a Member at Large. Julie is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and resides in San Jose, CA.
Recording Secretary
Elisa Stewart received a BS in Graphic Design from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1995. After working as an Art Director for a magazine, she took some time off from the traditional world of graphic design to pursue an experience in fine art photography. In 2009 she moved abroad to Italy to undergo an intensive one year course of study in restoration with a concentration in painting at Studio Art Centers International under the direction of Roberta Lapucci. While in Italy she had the honor of assisting Nenad Jovanovic in his private restoration studio. Currently in private practice in San Jose with a focus on paintings conservation and non invasive digital diagnostics. She is a Member at Large, and currently is the Web Presence Coordinator for a second term.
Member-At-Large, Web Presence Coordinator
Elise Yvonne Rousseau is a Fine Art Conservator in San Francisco. In 1999 she established the atelier Art Conservation de Rigueur et Anoxia Abatement Solutions, a conservation practice in San Francisco specializing Textiles, Historic Objects and Decorative Arts, for which she is the principal conservator. They provide Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Museum Conservation Assessment, Integrated Pest Management, Mold and Microbial Abatement, Remediation and Recovery both in quarantined environments in-situ and remote. These complement the other complete conservation services for the cleaning, care, repair and presentation of a wide variety of artifacts and objects. The studios host and mentors four graduate and pre-program conservation student interns each semester from around the globe.

Elise is currently serving her second elected term of office on the Costume Society of America’s Western Region Board of Directors, as programs and events co-chair and elections chair. Prior to the conservation practic
Ria is a conservator in private practice in San Francisco, CA specializing in traditional and modern paintings as well as Conservator On-Call with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2005-2006, she held a temporary position as Painting Conservator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1996-1998 she was Mellon Fellow in Painting Conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago where she treated modern and contemporary paintings in the preparation of the opening of its modern wing. She was Getty/NEA Fellow in Painting Conservation at SFMOMA in 1994-1996 and researched several contemporary German artists, interviewing Gerhard Richter and Georg Herold regarding their techniques in their studios in Cologne, Germany. She received her Masters Degree in Art Conservation and certificate of advanced study from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1994. She spent her third year internship in the studio of James Bernstein. Ria is an AIC Professional Associate.
Taylor has been a member of BAACG for two years while interning as a Digital Diagnostic Specialist with Principal Conservator Elisa Stewart of Kept Art Restoration. He is also a member of the AIC Emerging Conservation Professionals Network. During this time, he’s attended most of the BAACG events and meetings, and he would like to contribute to the planning and organization of future programs that strengthen the interests and education of BAACG members. Taylor has a B.Sc. degree in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (MIT, 1987) with a humanities concentration in Ancient and Medieval Studies and an analytical background in chemistry and hydrogeology. He has applied non-invasive imaging methods to understand the materials and techniques of a wide variety of cultural heritage objects. His interests in art history and cultural heritage include ancient Chinese bronzes and watercolors; objects carved in bone, minerals, and wood; rock art and wall paintings; archaeology; ancient Greek and Minoan culture

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