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PREVENTIVE

The Preventive Conservation Department provides a range of services for non-profit institutions to improve and enhance collections care in ways designed to positively impact the largest number of artifacts.

General Preservation Needs Assessment Surveys

A General Preservation Needs Assessment Survey is a broad-based, on-site survey that covers all aspects of your collection and is a first step for many institutions seeking to implement improved preservation planning and to apply for funding for more specific conservation projects.

More about General Preservation Needs Assessment Surveys here 

Object-by-Object Surveys

This is a targeted survey that looks at a collection, or a portion of a collection, in order to provide specific and prioritized conservation recommendations. Conservators examine each artifact in-person during the site visit and assess its condition, treatment history, conservation needs, and maintenance requirements as appropriate. This type of survey is an excellent tool for curatorial decision making, budgeting, and determining priority care. Many federal and state granting agencies require an Object-by-Object Survey as part of a successful application for conservation treatment funding. More about Object by Object Surveys here

Environmental Monitoring Equipment Loans

MACC has temperature and relative humidity dataloggers and light/UV meters available for your institution to borrow. Please contact usfor more information.

24-Emergency Response Services

In the event of an emergency to your collection, such as a flood or fire, a member of our team will respond to assist you in the next steps for salvage and recovery.

Design Phase Assessments

Our staff provides design phase assessments for artists completing public art projects. This assessment reviews a project from the design phase to completion and provides the artist and the owner of the artwork with a reasonable expectation of the lifetime of the materials selected, as well as long-term maintenance recommendations. Contact us for more information.

Grant Preparation and Assistance

MACC can review your application and provide feedback to make your proposal stronger. See available grants that support conservation, preservation, and collections care activities.

MACC provides free consultation, training, and online resources for preventive conservation activities that your institution can implement today.

Meet the Conservators

Ms. Redman joined MACC in 2004. She has advanced training and experience in the general preservation of collections and is an experienced General Assessment Surveyor and CAP Assessor. She holds a Master of Arts in Managing Archaeological Sites from University College London’s Institute of Archaeology in London, England with an internship at the Museum of London and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in History from the University of Minnesota where she received the Howard Reinmuth Research Fellowship. She has advanced training in Disaster Response from the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as well as training in the Detection and Safe Handling of Pesticides in Museum Collections. She is an Associate Member of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic

Elisa Redman, Director of Preventive Conservation

Ms. Redman joined MACC in 2004. She has advanced training and experience in the general preservation of collections and is an experienced General Assessment Surveyor and CAP Assessor. She holds a Master of Arts in Managing Archaeological Sites from University College London’s Institute of Archaeology in London, England with an internship at the Museum of London and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in History from the University of Minnesota where she received the Howard Reinmuth Research Fellowship. She has advanced training in Disaster Response from the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as well as training in the Detection and Safe Handling of Pesticides in Museum Collections. She is an Associate Member of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works and member of the Regional Alliance for Preservation.
Ms. Grabow joined MACC in 2006, coming from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. Prior to that, Nicole was a Mellon Fellow at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of the American Indian, located on the Washington DC Mall, and an intern at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She holds a Master of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in Objects Conservation, and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Ms. Grabow has particular interest in working with Native American communities and on public art projects. She is a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic

Nicole Grabow, Preventive Conservation Conservator

Ms. Grabow joined MACC in 2006, coming from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. Prior to that, Nicole was a Mellon Fellow at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of the American Indian, located on the Washington DC Mall, and an intern at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She holds a Master of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in Objects Conservation, and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Ms. Grabow has particular interest in working with Native American communities and on public art projects. She is a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works.