During our 25 plus years in practice, our studios have developed expertise in the treatment and preservation of paintings that are housed in various climate conditions. Our staff of specialists, led by the distinguished conservator Rustin Levenson, has had the privilege of working with notable collectors in New York and South Florida as well as museums, private collections, and institutions throughout the country.

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 University, Institute of Fine Arts.

Ralph Augsburger

Senior Conservator. Ralph Augsburger received his  B.A. from the School of Commerce, Geneva, Switzerland; Certificate in Art History and Decorative Arts, Centre d’Etudes Classique, Geneva, Switzerland. In 1996, Ralph Augsburger joined the Associates after twelve years of experience in the conservation of paintings, polychrome sculpture, and murals. He has worked for Ateliers Gunther Holweger and T.A. Hermanès in Geneva and for Ateliers Nouaille and Xavier Huisse in Paris. From 1991 to 1994, he was contracted by Ateliers Myriam Chataignère for the conservation of sculptures at the Musée de Louvre in Paris. Since joining the Associates, Ralph has lectured at the New York Regional Association for Conservation on “Modern Paintings That Travel: Custom-Fitting Non-Adhered Supports” and has participated in workshops and seminars dealing with lining techniques, cleaning methods, and varnishes. Ralph holds membership in the Swiss Conservation Society and Professional Associate status in the American Institute for Conservation.

Jean Dommermuth

Senior Conservator. BA in Art History and MBA, University of Illinois; MA in Art History and Diploma in Art Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. After earning her graduate degree in conservation, Jean completed a two year internship focusing on the treatment of old master paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge University, England. Her ongoing involvement with the Acton Collection at Villa La Pietra, New York University, Florence, began in 1996 when she spent two years in residence as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow. Since returning to New York, she has continued to act as a conservation consultant for the paintings collection at La Pietra, returning twice a year and supervising students on treatment projects. In 2001, she was appointed as an Institute Lecturer for the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts. She teaches conservation treatment and ethics and the history of painting technique and has published on Renaissance and Baroque artists. Jean is a Fellow of AIC and joined ArtCare in 1999.

Javier Hernandez

Miami Studio Manager. After receiving a BFA from Cooper Union, Javier worked in commercial and film production and running a post-production house in New York City. He is a practicing artist who has worked at several arts organizations including the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, Perez Art Museum, as well as running his own artist project space Placeholder, in Miami, Fl. Javier manages Artcare Miami’s financials, as well as archiving of digital documentation, client relations, and project work flow.

Yeonjoo Kim

​Conservator. B.S. in Chemistry, Catholic University, Seoul, Korea; Studies in Art History and Studio Art, University of Delaware; M.A. in Paintings Conservation, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Prior to earning her degree, Yeonjoo interned at the Chateau de Parentignat and at the Atelier du Livre in France. Yeonjoo’s graduate studies included a final year internship with the Associates from 2006 to 2007. After working for three years with private conservation firms specializing in easel painting conservation and interior building conservation, Yeonjoo re-joined the Associates in 2010. For the Associates Yeonjoo has conserved a large scale, 18th century Spanish Colonial altarpiece painting, taken part in the team effort to conserve the Old King Cole mural by Maxfield Parrish at the St. Regis Hotel, conserved two portable murals from the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

Kelly O’Neill

Conservator. Kelly O’Neill has a Masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Florida and in Art Conservation from the Queens University, Canada. With internships at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Gallery of Canada, Kelly has focused on North American and European paintings. Her extensive research on William Aiken Walker is part of the archivesof the Florida History Museum in Tallahassee, FL and the University of Florida.

Veronica Romero-Gianoli

Senior Conservator​. Veronica has worked at ArtCare Miami since 2004. With a BFA from the University of The Arts, Pennsylvania, Veronica received her conservation training at Lorenzo d’Medici in Florence, Italy and holds a Professional Associate status in the American Institute for Conservation. Veronica has a special expertise in treating Contemporary, Latin American, and European paintings.  In 2010, she was a volunteer participant for The Smithsonian Haiti Cultural Recovery Project to rescue, recover, and help restore Haitian artwork damaged and endangered by the earthquake and its aftermath.  She has given several presentations at meetings for the American Institute for Conservation.  In 2008 Veronica spoke to the Paintings Conservation Group at the American Institute for Conservation on methods for flattening textured contemporary paintings. At the AIC meeting in 2009 she was co-presenter of a paper on the treatment of smoke damaged paintings.

Oliver Watkiss

Senior Conservator. Oliver was Principal Conservator and Director at Lydeway Conservation Ltd. in the United Kingdom. Prior to this, he worked at International Fine Art Conservation Studios (IFACS) For 10 years culminating in research dissertation  titled “A Study of Contemporary Lining Adhesives and Their Comparable Properties and Suitability under Different Climatic Circumstances.” . In 2011 Oliver received Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers (PACR) in the UK.

Steve Gayler

Steve trained in conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and earned a Post Graduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings. After graduating he was established at International Fine Art Conservation Studios (IFACS) in Bristol, UK before accepting a Mellon Fellowship at the Balboa Art Conservation Center in San Diego, California. From there, he spent almost a decade working in New York City first as Paintings Conservator at Fine Art Conservation Group and then as the Associate Conservator at Modern Art Conservation. Steve has published his research on the modern British artist Robyn Denny and has presented his work at the AIC annual conference. He continues to lecture at Sotheby’s Institute of Art on the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art.