About WCCFA

WCCFA has been providing art conservation services to the public and private sectors for over 30 years. Our clients include numerous museums, galleries and other public institutions, as well as artists, private clients and corporations throughout the country.

We are committed to a total care and preventive conservation approach. We offer public lectures, seminars, and workshops focusing on proper care, handling, storage, and examination techniques, with the intention to educate the public and museum professionals about the field of art conservation as well as the great benefits of minimizing damage and deterioration to their artworks.

Our Philosophy

Conservation of historic and artistic works is a pursuit requiring special aptitudes, extensive training, and a high sense of moral responsibility. It places in the hands of the conservator cultural holdings of great value and historical significance. The conservator has obligations not only to the historic and artistic works with which he is entrusted, but also to the owners or custodians, his colleagues and trainees, his profession, the public and to posterity.

It is our mission to collect, interpret, exhibit, and preserve the things which comprise our heritage.

WCCFA Staff

WCCFA holds a respected national reputation in the conservation field and is actively involved in establishing, maintaining and promoting standards of practice, professional relationships and public education.

The number of graduate degree conservators, the depth and breadth of their expertise in their field, the noteworthy resources of the general staff and the quality as well as the security of the facility are unmatched elsewhere in the region.

Carmen F. Bria, Jr.

Director

M.S. in Art Conservation, H.F. du Pont Winterthur Museum/ University of Delaware, 1983
B.A. in Chemistry, Shippensburg University, 1973

Professional Associate, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Associate, International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) 1981

Conservation Work Experience:
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts 1983-present
Philadelphia Museum of Art 1983
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1982-83
Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Center, University of Denver 1979-80.

Camilla J. Van Vooren

Conservator of Paintings

M.S. in Art Conservation, H.F. du Pont Winterthur Museum / University of Delaware, 1990
B.A. in Art History, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Irvine, 1982

Professional Associate, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) President Emeritus, Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC)

Conservation Work Experience:
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts 1991-present
J. Paul Getty Museum 1989-1991
Atelier de Charles Fran├žois Daubigny, Auvers sur Oise, France 1989
Musee Gustave Moreau, Paris, France 1988
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1987
James L. Greaves Conservation Services, Santa Monica CA 1986
Balboa Art Conservation Center, San Diego CA 1984-1986.

D. Hays Shoop

Conservator of Paintings

Courtauld Institute of Art/University of London, Samuel H. Kress Fellow, graduate studies in the Conservation of Easel Paintings, 1994
B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Art History, Arizona State University, 1982

Professional Associate, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Conservation Work Experience:
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts 2001- present
Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Center, University of Denver 1988-2001.

Affiliated Organizations

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

AIC is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations. The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic works (FAIC) supports conservation, education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. The website includes information on conservation specialties, caring for your treasures, disaster recovery, health and safety, professional development, publications, and more.

Oklahoma Museums Association

Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1972. Located at the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum at Omniplex in Oklahoma City; OMA offers programs and services that provide professional services to museums, build networks among members and potential partnering organizations; promote professional growth; and encourage public awareness of the value of museums. OMA serves as an advocate throughout the state on behalf of museums.

Mountain Plains Museum Association

Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) was founded in 1953 and provides services to museums in its 10-state region. Newsletters, networking opportunities and a discount purchasing cooperative program for collections care items are available to members. MPMA advocates on behalf of museums and through the council of Regional Associations (CRA).

Western Association for Art Conservation

The Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional conservators. WAAC was founded in 1975 to bring together conservators practicing in the western United States to exchange ideas, information and news. Although WAAC is specifically a regional organization for the western states including Alaska and Hawaii, any individual or institution may become a member regardless of location or national boundary.

Museums Alaska

Museums Alaska is the statewide museum association of individuals and institutions committed to preserving the natural and human history of Alaska; while improving museums as educational institutions. Museums Alaska maintains a central office to receive and disburse information about museums, cultural centers and their activities, and to collect and share professional opportunities. Museums Alaska publishes a quarterly newsletter, network, and organizes an annual meeting and conference to focus on the needs of Alaska museum professionals, volunteers, and their institutions.

CWAM, Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums

Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) exists to unite and serve museums in the two state region. Member institutions include art museums, history museums, natural history museums and historical sites.

MFA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Conservation and Collections Management Department

Conservation Art Materials Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO) is a searchable information center developed by the Conservation Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Materials database contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archeological, and anthropological materials.