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The following is a current list of guildmembers.

Bay Area Art Conservation Guild has 81 registered members
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Elisa Stewart is a painting restorer and conservator currently in private practice in San Jose and immersed in new technology and their possible applications for the preservation of Cultural Heritage. She has served as a Board Member at Large and Web Presence Coordinator for BAACG since 2010. She 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 and conservation with a concentration in painting at Studio Art Centers International under the direction of Professor Roberta Lapucci. While in Italy, she had the honor of assisting Nenad Jovanovic in his private paper restoration studio and undergo a secondary specialty training in paper conservation.
Paintings, Gilding, Virtual/Digital
Candis Griggs Hakim has been an Objects Conservator in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years. (Currently residing and working in Doha, Qatar for the Qatar Museums Authority.) She has a Masters in Art Conservation from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She has worked for numerous institutions around the country and in San Francisco, as well as on archaeological excavations in many parts of the world. Currently she divides her time between her private practice/contract work and caring for her two daughters. In her practice she treats a wide array of objects - from delicate ethnographic basketry to large outdoor sculpture installations in bronze, steel, and fiberglas. Ms. Hakim has previously served on the BAACG board as Treasurer and President.
Objects, Archaeology, Natural History, Sculpture, Metals, Stone, Wood, Ceramics, Glass
After receiving a BS in Oil Painting from the University of MA, Sarah Johnson relocated to the Bay Area in 1995. For over 20 years she has worked in the field of furniture restoration. In private practice in Marin County, Sarah Johnson Antique Restoration specializes in the treatment of fine furniture, clock cases, and gilt frames. More recently she has been involved in the field of art conservation. After interning and working as Conservation Technician at the Oakland Museum of California, Sarah joined the team of conservators and gilding professionals at the Legion of Honor on the Salon Dore Period Room restoration. Currently Sarah is employed at SF Art Conservation in San Francisco as Project Manager of both public and private art collections. She has served on the Board since 2009, previously as a Member at Large, and Recording Secretary and currently as Treasurer.
Furniture, Sculpture, Metals, Stone, Wood, Framing, Gilding, Marquetry, Corrosion
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.
Melissa Stone is an emerging conservator living in the Bay Area. She received a BA in Ceramics and Art History from San Francisco State University in 2002. She then moved to London to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in paper conservation at Camberwell College of the Arts. Upon returning from England in 2009, Melissa begun volunteering for Zukor Art Conservation, a private paper conservation studio in Oakland, CA. She continues to work there today as a part-time conservation assistant and office manager. She is also in the process of acquiring a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and is scheduled to graduate in 2013. During her studies she has worked for various institutions including the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library, and Pixar Animation Studios. Melissa has been a member of BAACG since 2011 and is currently appointed as a Member at Large.
Paper, Archiving
Archaeology, Natural History, Other
Margaret Geiss-Mooney is a textile and costume conservator in private practice since 1979. Ms. Geiss-Mooney has a B.S. degree in Textiles from the University of California, Davis and has completed coursework for a M.S. degree, also in Textiles. She first became intrigued and then involved with historical textiles and their conservation during her sophomore year while interning at the E. B. Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento) where she worked on the costume collection. During the rest of her academic career, Ms. Geiss-Mooney took courses that would enable her to fully understand textiles from the molecule up and so be able to most successfully preserve and conserve our textile heritage and legacy. She also interned at the M.H. deYoung Museum and at the UC-Davis Art Conservation Laboratory. She has worked on staff at the Cloisters/Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. In addition to providing a full range of conservation and collection management services, she offers w
Objects, Textiles, Costumes, Plastics/Modern Materials
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.
Objects, Sculpture, Metals, Stone, Wood, Ceramics
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
Objects, Archaeology, Natural History, Metals, Wood, Ceramics, Glass, Paintings, Paper
Jena Hirschbein is a pre-program conservator working in paintings and objects in the Bay Area since 2004. She has interned with the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco since August of 2010 in paintings and objects as well as with several conservators in private practice in the Bay Area and beyond. She received a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Archaeology from Smith College in 2002 and has spent the years since working in conservation while taking classes in preparation for a masters in conservation. She loves to travel and combines experience in conservation with adventures away whenever possible, including archaeological fieldwork, conservation surveys and studio art classes abroad. She has been happy to serve as recording secretary since 2008 and is now happy to be a Member at Large for BAACG.
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
Objects, Furniture, Sculpture, Metals, Wood, Ceramics, Paintings, Textiles, Costumes, Books, Screens, Scrolls, Framing, General Interest, Diagnostics, Corrosion, Archiving
Paper, Photographs
Virtual/Digital, Diagnostics, Archiving
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.
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.
Keara Teeter graduated from Dominican University of California in 2012 with a B.A. in art and a B.S. in biology. She is pursuing pre-program experience in the art conservation field and is currently interning with Gawain Weaver Art Conservation in San Anselmo and Art Conservation de Rigueur in San Francisco.
Paintings, Paper, General Interest
Objects, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass
Paintings, Textiles, Other
Alexandra Thrapp is a conservator of art living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alexandra trained at Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy and graduated with a degree in Art Restoration and Conservation Science. Though she specializes in painting conservation of works on canvas, panel, and fresco, Alexandra has restored and conserved numerous works spanning a large variety of media. These works have ranged from pieces originating in the 1300s to modern works of art. Alexandra currently holds the position of Senior Conservator at the Conservation of Art LLC located in Burlingame, California since 2008. Alexandra is an active member of both the BAACG and AIC
Objects, Furniture, Wood, Ceramics, Paintings, Murals, Textiles, Paper, Books, Photographs, Screens, Scrolls, Framing, Gilding, Diagnostics, Archiving, Plastics/Modern Materials
Taylor is a DPhil student in Archaeological Science at the University of Oxford. His thesis title is "Applications of Computational and Spectral Imaging for Epigraphy" and involves the use of a specially designed light-array dome for Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) of Roman waxed stylus writing tablets from 50-80 AD. The tablets were discovered between 2010-2014 during excavations for the Bloomberg L.P. european headquarters in London, and are the oldest written documents found in the UK. Taylor was previously an at-large member of the board of BAACG while interning as a Digital Diagnostic Specialist with Principal Conservator Elisa Stewart of Kept Art Restoration. He applies non-invasive imaging methods, including spectral and computational imaging, to understand the materials and techniques used by artists. Taylor is also a member of the AIC Emerging Conservation Professionals Network. He has a B.Sc. degree in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (MIT, 1987) with a humanities concentrat
Objects, Archaeology, Natural History, Sculpture, Stone, Wood, Ceramics, Architecture, Paintings, Murals, General Interest, Virtual/Digital, Diagnostics
Objects, Archaeology, Stone
Objects, Natural History, Sculpture, Stone, Wood, Ceramics, Paintings, Textiles, Costumes, Screens, Scrolls, Framing, Gilding
Objects, Archaeology, Natural History, Sculpture, Stone, Wood, Ceramics, Glass, Architecture, Paintings, Textiles, Paper, Books, Photographs, Scrolls, Framing, Marquetry, Archiving