RUSTIN LEVENSON, President and Founder, New York and Miami: B.A. Wellesley College; Diploma in Paintings Conservation, Fogg Art Museum, and Harvard University. Conservation staff of the Fogg Museum (1969-1973), the Canadian Conservation Institute (1973-1974); The National Gallery of Canada (1974-1977); and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1977-1980). She has co-authored with art historian, Andrea Kirsh, Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies (Yale University Press, 2000) and written chapters for The Expert vs. the Object (Oxford University Press, 2004) and the upcoming Painting Conservation Book to be published by Buttersworth Press. Her published articles include “Emergency Conservation,” “Adhesives for Strip-Lining Twentieth Century Paintings,” “A New Method for Strip-Lining Easel Paintings,” “Useful Modifications for Current Lining Techniques,” and “Up in Smoke, the treatment of fire damaged paintings.” She is a Fellow both in the American Institute for Conservation and The International Institute for Conservation, and has served on numerous professional committees as well as chairing the Paintings Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation.
HARRIET IRGANG ALDEN, Conservation Director, New York: B.A. Brooklyn college; M.A. Art History and Diploma in Conservation, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Internships at the Hispanic Society of America, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Harriet Irgang joined the Associates in 1984. Her publications include “Considering Artists’ Intent in the Public Arena”, “’Shade of Faith: the Conservation of a Painted Sukkah Decoration” (in collaboration with Judith Eisenberg, Textile Conservator), and a book review for Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. Among talks and presentations, she has lectured at the College Art Association on “Conservation Collaborations: Working with Artists” and to the Historic Districts Council Annual Meeting on “The Restoration and Preservation of Murals.” She has supervised an international array of interns and post-graduate trainees. In 1998 she was invited by the Stichting Kollektief Restauratie Atelier of Amsterdam to spend 3 months treating paintings from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Since 2004 she has traveled as a contract conservator for the Guggenheim Museum. She holds Professional Associate status in the American Institute for Conservation and is a member of the International Institute for Conservation. She has served on the steering committee of the New York Conservation Association and is presently the Vice-President of the New York Regional Association for Conservation. In 2004 her participation in the IIC congress on modern art in Bilbao, Spain was made possible by a professional development grant from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. In 2007 she lectured as an adjunct instructor to students of the Conservation Center of New York Universtiy, Institute of Fine Arts.
JOEL SCHECHTER, Administrative Assistant and Studio Systems Specialist: University of Hartford, Bachelors Business Management. Joel re-joined the Associates in 2008 when he returned to New York City from Massachusetts after a ten-year hiatus. Joel brings strong organizational and technical skills to his efforts. From 1975 to 1992, Joel was Vice President and General Manager of Palais Jewelers Corp. in New York City and Miami. His technical skills were honed during almost two decades of renovation of historic homes and lofts in Florida and New York City and assisting a master electrician in Massachusetts. For the Associates Joel provides support to the conservation team in both administrative and technical areas by providing client interface, maintaining registration records, assisting with preparation of bid proposals, overseeing equipment maintenance, maintaining the computer network, organizing space use, updating the supply inventory, and being responsible for stable environmental control.
OLIVER WATKISS, Senior Conservator. Oliver has recently arrived from the UK where he was Principal Conservator and Director at Lydeway Conservation Ltd. In 2011 Oliver received Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers (PACR) in the UK. His training includes a five year apprenticeship at the International Conservation Studios Ltd. as well as academic courses at the Courtauld Institute of Fine Art. His research dissertation in the lining and structural treatment of paintings was titled “A Study of Contemporary Lining Adhesives and Their Comparable Properties and Suitability under Different Climatic Circumstances.”
KELLY O’NEILL, Conservator. BA University of Florida MA University of Florida, Museum Studies MA Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Art Conservation. Kelly has worked both part time and full time with Rustin Levenson Art Conservation since 2004. In 2012 Kelly worked in the Conservation Department of the National Gallery of Canada. In 2009 she was co-presenter of a paper on the treatment of smoke damaged paintings to the American Institute for Conservation annual meeting. Her extensive research on William Aiken Walker is part of the archives of the Florida History Museum in Tallahassee, FL.