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.
  • Collections Assessor--Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP)

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.


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


PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

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


Principal Conservator

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


Academic Instructor

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


Senior Objects Conservator

Wisconsin State Historical Society-Madison, WI / 2017-2019


Elected as Fellow / 2015American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 


Former:

President:  Chicago Area Conservation Group  (CACG) from 1993--1999

Board of Directors: America Institute for Conservation (AIC) 1999-2005

Board of Directors: The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation

Board of Directors: Adventures in Preservation


SKILLS

  • Contracted with multiple museums and related institutions and private collectors for collection surveys, treatments, and preventative conservation activities.
  • Meticulous & excellent at juggling multiple tasks and working under pressure.
  • Designed and teach full-day, hands-on "Interior Surfaces Conservation Lab" for the Master's Program in Historic Preservation / SAIC

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  •      Triage conservator: Ho-Chunk Museum & Cultural Center
  • 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


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Or call: 608-400-7250