Our Services Include

  • Collection assessments and surveys for art museums, historic house museums, libraries, and archives.

  • Examination and conservation treatments for works of art on paper, historic documents, photographs, and other works on or of paper.

  • Consultations with institutions and individuals about collection conservation issues including:

    • Appropriate handling, cleaning, housing, and storage.

    • Environmental issues relating to the preservation of the collection.

    • Preparation of guidelines for exhibition. 

  • Assistance with collections care plans, preservation plans, and disaster plans.

  • Training workshops for collections staff.

  • Basic advice over the telephone or via email and referrals to conservators in other specialities.

Our Services

Our Principal Conservator

Ronna Rivers, manager and principal conservator of Rivers Fine Art Conservation, is a graduate of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Conservation at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Former positions include Conservator and Chief Preservation Officer at the Walter P. Reuther Library and Head of Paper Conservation at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center (Nebraska State Historical Society).  A popular, well respected teacher, she has held posts as Adjunct Associate Professor at Wayne State University and the University of Nebraska, and frequently lectures about conservation and preservation for historical societies, college art departments and others.


Ronna is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, a former board member of the Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, and currently serves as an Approved Assessor for the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program.