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About ICA-Art Conservation

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!"

We believe that BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Committment to Quality

Our staff brings the same commitment to quality to each and every project that comes through the doors at the PIVOT Center.

Unique Skills

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.

Attention to Detail

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.

Sheila Brown
Director of Finance and Operations
Andrea Chevalier
Director of Conservation, Paintings Conservator
Claire Curran
Objects Conservator
Jane Hammond
Textile Conservator
Marika Kesler
Textile Conservator
Jordan Mesavage
Conservation Preparator
Kate Montlack
Director of Collection Services
Kate Passannante
Paper Conservator
Wendy Partridge
Paintings Conservator
Holly Witchey
Executive Director

Board of Directors

Blair Whidden, Board of Directors Chair

Real Estate Advisor & Investor.

Marika Shioiri-Clark

Social Impact Designer

Tim Callahan, Board Treasurer

Chairman, Embedded Planet

Aaron Marcovy

Community Investment & Economic Development Director. NOPEC

Michelle Pearson-Casey

Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Olympic Steel

Jeffrey W. Bieszczak

Partner, Vorys

Recent Support

Our 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 of 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 1971. In 2003, ICA relocated to a newly renovated facility in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood to be closer to the population that it serves. In 2022 ICA moved from the historic Vitrolite building in Cleveland’s Hingetown neighborhood to a new facility in the Pivot Center for Art, Dance, and Expression at 2937 W. 25th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

Diversity, Equity, & 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.

Opportunities: Pre-Program Internships

Pre-Program Internships are required before students can apply to one of the five graduate programs in fine arts conservation in the North America. As projects allow, ICA periodically 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, but we will work with colleges and universities that provide students with internships for academic credit.

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