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About BACC

Paintings Conservation
BACC conservators are well qualified to address all aspects of a painting’s condition, whether the work is an old master painting on canvas or wood panel, an in situ mural, or a contemporary work composed of new or atypical materials. Our experience extends from fifteenth-century Florentine panel paintings, to French impressionists including Monet and Pissarro, to noteworthy modern American artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol.

Many things can affect the condition of a painting—age, environmental factors such as relative humidity and temperature, inferior materials, vandalism, or simple neglect. Flaking paint, warped and split panels, and torn, deteriorated, or aged canvas are some of the common condition problems that can impact the aesthetic or structural integrity of a painting.

Accurately assessing the underlying cause of structural or aesthetic problems is the key to developing appropriate treatments. An understanding of the work’s historical context, materials specific to the object, and the history of earlier restorations and repairs are equally important. BACC paintings conservators are experienced in technical analysis procedures such as pigment analysis and infrared reflectography, which support art historical research. The wide variety of projects in which the paintings department is regularly engaged affords excellent learning opportunities for internships.

Alexis Miller, Chief Conservator of Paintings, earned her M.S. in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She received her B.A. in Art History at the University of Virginia. Ms. Miller has been affiliated with BACC since her third-year internship in 1998 and has held the positions of Assistant and Associate Conservator of Paintings. In addition to treating paintings, Ms. Miller is involved with the technical examination of paintings at BACC, including infrared reflectography, x-radiography, polarized light microscopy, and cross-section microscopy. She has been involved with BACC's Western Region Field Service Office since 2000, teaching Emergency Preparedness, Care of Paintings, and Care and Handling of Collections. She lectures to the public on the subjects of painting conservation and the science of conservation.

Bianca Garcia, Mellon Fellow in Paintings Conservation, earned her M.S. in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She received her B.A. in Art Conservation at the University of Delaware. Ms. Garcia's training includes internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts.

Morgan Wylder, Mellon Fellow in Paintings Conservation, earned a dual undergraduate degree in Fine Art and Art History at Cornell University. She received her graduate degree in Conservation of Easel Paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. During graduate school, Morgan interned in the paintings conservation department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Before her Fellowship at BACC, Morgan worked as the NEH Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA.

Erick Gude, Conservation Technician, earned his undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois University and has been on the staff BACC since 2001, where his primary responsibilities include photography, reframing, art handling, and conservation of frames. Past affiliations include the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Terra Museum of Art in Chicago, the Musée d’Art Americain in Giverny, France, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

Painting Conservation | Paper Conservation | Frame Treatment | Western Regional Field Service