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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.
President
415-446-9138
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
415-453-9064
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.
Treasurer
415-317-2490
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
650 3670422
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
650.468.3616
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.
Member-At-Large, Web Presence Coordinator
408-813-0190
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
Member-At-Large
415-751-2540
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.
Member-At-Large
415.753.8540
Taylor has been 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. Beginning in the fall of 2017, he will be pursuing a DPhil in Archaeological Science at the University of Oxford, UK. 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 concentration in Ancient and Medieval Studies. He has continued his education with courses in advanced imaging techniques, data analysis, and pigment identification using polarized light microscopy. His interests in art history and cultural heritage include oil-on-canvas paintings; ancient Chinese bronzes and watercolors; objects carved in minerals, bone, and wood; prehistoric rock art; and murals.
Member-At-Large
510-558-3170