WCCFA works to provide clients with short and long-term conservation plans as well as provide cost-effective, museum standards conservation treatments in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
WCCFA is monitored 24 hours a day for fire and theft and carries the highest Underwriters’ Laboratory Rating. The studio features a central exhaust air system which provides a contaminant and dirt-free, climate-controlled environment.
Color-balanced fluorescent lights with low ultraviolet emission and double-laminated UV filtering windows control light exposure.
The American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has developed a Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice that each professional conservator must follow. This includes the level of training and professional development of a conservator, the quality and nature of the materials we use and the theory of reversibility, the degree and quality of the documentation we provide, as well as the nature of the treatment procedures allowable, among other things.
Conservation treatments are conducted only by a professional conservator. Each conservator is trained in the sciences as well as the history of art and artists; providing an understanding of material properties and artist materials which facilitate the capability to remain true to the artist’s original intent (the aesthetic and appearance that the original artist desired.)
Our management control system monitors each phase of a project in regard to schedule, budget, quality and performance. Close communication among client, conservator, appropriate historians and conservation scientists, as necessary; to ensure the successful execution of every project.
All services are carried out in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Do I need to make an appointment or can I just stop by?
WCCFA is a locked facility and we work by appointment only. Please Email Us or call (303) 573-1973 to speak with Nancy Jurbala (office manager) to schedule your conservation appointment.
Can a WCCFA conservator give me a cost estimate while I wait?
Typically, it takes several business days for a conservator to examine the painting and determine a cost estimate. This is usually done at no charge, however, if an on-the-spot estimate is required, a $135.00 fee will be charged.
Can WCCFA give me a cost estimate over the phone? Or can I email an image of my painting?
We do not give estimates over the phone. We can provide a ballpark estimate via high resolution digital images and size and medium of the painting, however, until a conservator can do a complete studio exam no contractual estimate can be given. No work will be done until a signed contract is received.
Can I make payments for the conservation treatment over time?
Full payment is due at time of pick up or within two weeks of receipt of invoice, unless other arrangements are made in advance.
Do I need special insurance while my painting is at WCCFA?
Insurance coverage by Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc. can be purchased through WCCFA for a minimal fee, or if self insured a certificate of insurance for fire and or theft only is required to be on file at WCCFA prior to your painting arriving in the studio.
If I decide not to continue with treatment on my painting, can I store it at WCCFA?
WCCFA is not a storage facility. We only store paintings that are in the studio for examination and/or treatment.
Does WCCFA pay for shipping charges?
Shipping charges, insurance costs, stretchers, crates/shipping boxes and costs for other extraordinary materials are in addition to conservation costs.
Can WCCFA tell me what my painting is worth?
WCCFA does not appraise or authenticate. However, we do cooperate fully with outside contractors and consultants at the client’s request. A small charge may be required to cover time spent consulting with outside contractors.
What other services does WCCFA provide?
In addition to conservation treatments, WCCFA also provides collection surveys, on-site examinations/treatments, lectures/workshops/seminars, consultations on collections care, materials analysis and emergency intervention. For on-site projects, time is billed for admin, preparation, travel time, onsite time and report time plus all travel and onsite expenses.