Our Staff

Our staff are here to provide the highest quality art conservation and collections services. As the oldest, full-service art conservation laboratory in the country our clarion call is "Art Conservation for the Nation!"


Our staff brings the same commitment to quality to each and every project that comes through the big blue door at our facility in Cleveland's historic Hingetown.


No art piece is too large or too small for our conservators. We offer our customers the highest quality of care whether your bring us centuries-old painting or a family heirloom that needs some tender, loving care.


Each and every one of our conservators is an AIC Fellow, AIC Professional Associate, or active member of AIC. Our technicians and support staff bring a wide range of skills to the care and handling of material culture treasures.


We care about your art and treasures and have done for nearly 70 years. ICA is the nation's non-profit conservation lab and we are committed to the highest quality service.



Executive Director


Director of Conservation & Head of Paintings Conservation


Director of Finance & Operations


Head of Textiles Conservation


Head of Objects Conservation


Paintings Conservator

Claire Curran

Assistant Objects Conservator


Director of Project Management & Collection Services


Director of Education & Outreach

Chris Pelrine

Facilities Manager & Collection Services Technician

Charles Eiben

Paper Lab Assistant & Collection Services Technician

Zach Fox

Contract Photographer

Amalia Donastorg

Conservation Assistant

Board of Directors

  • Blair Whidden, Real Estate Advisor & Investor, Board of Directors Chair
  • Tom Buchter, Nonprofit Consultant
  • Tim Callahan, Chairman, Embedded Planet
  • Aaron Marcovy, Director of Business Engagement, Business Volunteers Unlimited
  • Edward Olszewski, Professor Emeritus, CWRU

Mission and History

Mission Statement

ICA - Art Conservation (ICA) protects, preserves, and enriches our shared heritage of art and material culture through conservation, advocacy, and education.

ICA is a unique arts, culture, and education nonprofit that provides access to conservation expertise, knowledge, and skill for all stewards of material cultural through services and programs. As an educational nonprofit, ICA works with arts, culture, education, history, neighborhood, public, and private partners to make our communities stronger and more successful by educating about material culture and sharing the means to preserve works or art and other cultural treasures for people today and for future generations.


ICA, founded in Oberlin in 1952, was the nation’s first non-profit regional art conservation center.

Originally known as the Intermuseum Conservation Association, ICA was established by the directors of six major Midwestern museums in order to provide professional, high quality, and cost-effective art conservation services and specialized graduate level conservation education. ICA became the model used by the National Endowment for the Arts when it incentivized a network of similar centers across the United States in 1991. In 2003, ICA relocated to a newly renovated facility in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood to be closer to the population that it serves. ICA's historic building houses conservation laboratories, climate-controlled art storage, workshops, and a large space fronting Detroit Avenue, which will be renovated as an education and community space in 2020.

Equity and Inclusion

ICA’s Racial Equity, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

ICA’s mission is to preserve the corpus of human visual material culture -- artistic, historic, scientific, and cultural – for all people today and in the future. Our work touches on objects born of all cultures, all times, all geographies, and all belief systems. It is imperative that ICA conduct its work within an environment that transcends any race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, citizenship, immigration status, disability or protected class. All perspectives are relevant, vital, and welcome in the development and implementation of the best solutions to conserve and preserve our visual material culture.

You can find more information and ICA’s full policy and philosophy on equity, diversity, and inclusion here.



Head of Paper Conservation, ICA - Art Conservation (December 2019)

ICA seeks a full time mid- to senior-level paper conservator to head its expanding paper conservation laboratory. The lab is part of a vibrant nonprofit, regional conservation center in Cleveland, Ohio. The ICA conservation facility resides in a restored warehouse building in a revitalized area adjacent to downtown on Lake Erie. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ICA will be enlarging and improving the paper conservation laboratory in the coming months. The incumbent will head the paper conservation laboratory, supervise two paper conservation assistants, and participate in establishing the new expanded laboratory. Follow this link for more information and the full job description

Internship Opportunities - Offered as Available

Pre-Program Internships - Internships of this type are required before students can apply to one of the three graduate programs in fine arts conservation in the United States. The ICA periodically, and as appropriate projects allow, accepts a pre-program intern. Please note: the ICA does not offer full-time pre-program internships. Interns generally work only a few hours each week in one of the conservation departments. No stipends or relocation assistance monies are available.

Final-Year Graduate Conservation Internships - Final year students in fine arts conservation graduate programs are required to complete an internship. The ICA periodically, and as appropriate projects allow, accepts final year graduate interns.

Two-Year Advanced Training Fellowships - As funding permits, the ICA accepts recent graduates of conservation programs in the fields of paper, paintings, and object conservation. This type of post-graduate work experience is required of a conservator before s/he assumes a professional placement. Positions are highly competitive and applications are accepted from the United States and abroad.

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