Craig Deller 

Conservation of Historic & Artistic Objects

As a Senior Objects Conservator, and elected Fellow with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC), I offer my services as a cultural heritage conservator. 

  • Consultations for preventative conservation and collections surveys, including Condition Reports and treatment alternatives
  • Interventions and treatments for most 3 dimensional artifacts of a wide selection of materials.

As a professor of conservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I offer my services as a lecturer and workshop/seminar provider.

Welcome to my website.

I have treated such diverse materials as early scientific instruments, 19thC folk art, Medieval artifacts as well as historic furniture from all periods and cultures.

I have been a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) since 1983, and was elected as a Professional Associate in 1993.

  • Elected Fellow in 2015.

Over the years of my career I have been elected president of the Chicago Area Conservation Group (CACG) from 1993--1999. This forum allowed both established senior conservators and student interns alike to present their latest research and treatments to other conservators in Chicago.

I also had been elected to the Board of Directors of AIC and served as director of communications from 1999-2005 encompassing two terms, during which I arranged for AIC to appear on the "Antiques Roadshow" and other venues.

I have been trained at the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL) and audited the Furniture Conservation Training Program there.

Other mentors have included Dr. Walter McCrone, Richard Wolbers and many others.

Having been trained in the scientific approach to preservation/conservation my services include:

  • Original surface recovery.
  • Loss compensation
  • Examination and documentation.
  • Technical analysis
  • Consultations
  • Historic Preservation
  • Education & research

Other areas include:

  • Cemetery preservation
  • Collection surveys.
  • Public Art & Sculpture

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Senior Conservator with 30 years experience. Areas of expertise include traditional hand skills and modern conservation techniques.

Meticulous & excellent at juggling multiple tasks and working under pressure.

Elected as Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works


Board of Directors of The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation

Board of Directors: Adventures in Preservation


Senior Conservator

The Deller Conservation Group LTD - Geneva, Il / Madison, WI 01/1982 - Current

Contracted with multiple museums and related institutions and private collectors for collection surveys, treatments and preventative conservation activities.

Academic Instructor

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL 01/1999 - Current

Designed and teach full day, hands-on Interior Surfaces Conservation Techniques labs for the Masters 

Program in Historic Preservation.


Lead conservator on Team 3 for AASLH/AIC joint effort following Hurricane Katrina and Rita.

National Museum of St. Kitts West Indies. Treated multiple objects including monkey traps. 2003

Collection survey, public lecture at Estate Whim Plantation and Great House. St. Croix USVI 2006


  • President of the Chicago Area Conservation Group (CACG) 1993-2000. This forum allowed both senior conservators, emerging professionals and student interns to present their research and findings.
  • Director of Communications American Institute for Conservation and Historic Works (AIC). 6 years (two terms). This position allowed many opportunities to promote conservation through outreach.

Adventures in Preservation

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