Alison Leard, Director, is a Collections Manager / Registrar and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Museology from the University of Washington. She has over 10 years of experience working in the care of collections. In her past work she has had the opportunity to work in the care and conservation of art and artifact collections throughout the United States. She has managed conservation and collection management projects for museums, universities, galleries and private collectors. Alison oversees every project the comes through Pacific Coast Conservation and strives to create the best care programs for each artwork.
Jill Hari, Objects Conservator, holds a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Metals and Jewelry from the University of Oregon, and an M.A. in Conservation Studies with a specialization in fine metalwork conservation and restoration from the University of Sussex at West Dean College in England. She has over 20 years experience as a specialist in the metal arts. She was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Fellowship to work for Historic New England where she spent a year assessing and treating furniture, textiles, and metalwork in several of HNE’s 36 house museums. She was also awarded a Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowship to work at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard Art Museum, and a graduate internship at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Prior to joining Pacific Coast Conservation, Jill worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, spent several summers as a special projects conservator in metals at the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis in Turkey, and has worked for several years as a conservator in private practice.
Michael Hammer, Senior Conservation Technician holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History from Bowdoin College. He has been working in conservation since 2006 in a wide variety of capacities. He has worked with Griswold Conservation Associates (objects conservation), the Getty Conservation Institute, and Tatyana Thompson & Associates (paintings conservation). Michael manages all onsite work, daily activities of all technicians and logistics of each treatment. Michael is well versed in a wide variety of materials and techniques for caring and treating artworks and artifacts.
Elizabeth Upton, Assistant Registrar & Conservation Technician, holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her interests lie in cultural practices, textiles, process-based object creation, and archaeology. She has five years experience as a conservation technician, which includes participation in an in-depth, multi-artifact IMLS funded treatment of the Gamble House, the restoration of a Robert Rauschenberg's Sling-Shot #6, extensive bronze maintenance, and the restoration of a variety of multi-media objects. In addition, her work has focused on administrative details which serve to support the efficient running of businesses, including streamlining treatment tracking systems, the resolving of inventory discrepancies, or planning logistical solutions.
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