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Art Conservation


Guercino's painting "Christ and the Samaritan Woman" after conservation work.

The Atlanta Art Conservation Center (AACC), a nonprofit organization and subsidiary of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, treats objects ranging from family photographs, antiques, and heirlooms to some of the most important paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in the Southeast. The AACC serves a small consortium of regional collecting institutions, as well as individuals and corporations, and is a resource for information about all aspects of collections care.

  • Megan Crouch
    Associate Conservator of Paintings

    Megan graduated from Arizona State University in 2007, where she earned a B.A. degree magna cum laude with a major in art history and a minor in design studies. She earned a City and Guilds of London Level 3 Certificate with High Honors in picture and frame conservation from the London School of Picture and Frame Restoration in 2010, followed by a first-class honors master’s degree in conservation of fine art with a concentration in easel paintings from Northumbria University in 2013.

    Megan’s postgraduate internships included the conservation of panel paintings with Decowell Conservation in Northern Ireland, a wall painting conservation project at 1 Moray Place in Glasgow, a summer internship at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London, and the study and treatment of a Spanish Colonial sarga painting at the Carmel Mission Museum in California. She completed a conservation apprenticeship with Art Conservation de Rigueur in San Francisco from 2013 through 2014.

    Megan worked as an assistant paintings conservator with Page Conservation in Washington, DC, from 2014 through 2016 and as an assistant paintings conservator for Weilhammer & Schoeller Art Conservation from 2016 through the spring of 2018 on a project to conserve the Atlanta Cyclorama.

    Samantha Skelton
    Associate Conservator of Paintings

    Samantha graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in art history and minors in chemistry and studio art from the South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina, in 2011. Her graduate internships included working on Damascene interiors at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Shangri La mansion (Honolulu, HI), a ceiling mural at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, and paintings at the Statens Museum for Kunst (Copenhagen, Denmark).

    While earning her M.S. in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, Samantha worked from 2013 to 2015 as a graduate conservation fellow and Kress Foundation conservation fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. There she worked on paintings ranging from Rococo and Baroque to modern works and developed an innovative treatment system for Color Field paintings, which she presented at the 2016 Congress of the International Institute for Conservation in Los Angeles.

  • Works of art are accepted at the AACC by pre-arrangement only. To have an object in your collection treated or examined, or to arrange for a consultation, please contact the AACC at 404-733-4589 for an appointment.

    Treatment cost is based on time and materials required, not on the value of the object. AACC conservators do not appraise objects. Please contact an expert in a field related to your object.

    Staff members are available to advise on shipping objects to the AACC. If an object is too large, heavy, or fragile to be transported safely to the AACC, ask about a site visit. The AACC cannot accept shipments without pre-arrangement and strongly recommends that private owners deliver their works personally.

  • Before choosing a conservator, we suggest that you refer to the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work’s “Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator” brochure. Please note: The High Museum of Art does not provide appraisals.  Below is a list of appraisal organizations that may help to connect you with an appraiser.

    American Society of Appraisers
    11107 Sunset Hills Road, suite 310
    Reston, VA 20190
    (800) 272-8258

    Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
    212 West 35th Street
    11th Floor South
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 889-5404

    International Society of Appraisers
    303 West Madison Street, suite 2650
    Chicago, IL 60606
    (312) 981-6778