Ana Alba is the owner and chief conservator of Alba Art Conservation.  Ana earned her Masters and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation with a specialty of painting conservation from the State University of New York at Buffalo State College and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History from the University of Florida.

 She has previously held internships at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Wadsworth Atheneum and was the William R. Leisher Fellow of the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

She has also worked for Luca Bonetti Corp., a private conservation practice in New York City specializing in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings previous to her move to Pittsburgh, PA.  Ana has frequently lectured about conservation in public galleries in addition to professional conferences.  Ana is also a professional associate member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.


Current Contracts and Previously Held Positions

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.                                                  October 2015 - September 2016

Position:  Contract Painting Conservator    

Ana was contracted by the National Gallery of Art, in Washington D.C., to complete the conservation treatments of three modern and contemporary paintings and to assist in the re-installation of the East Building in early 2016.            

 Luca Bonetti Corp.                                                                                           February 2013 - November 2014

Position:  Painting Conservator           

While working for Luca Bonetti, Ana completed treatments on modern and contemporary paintings for galleries and private clients.  Luca Bonetti is also the main conservator for the artist Frank Stella and Ana was heavily involved in the treatment of his private collection.  Her work here involved treating multimedia pieces that included paper collage elements, vellum, felt, cardboard and painted objects.  Ana also assisted in the treatment of mural paintings for New York City's Public Art for Public Schools program.             

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.                                                   October 2010 - January 2013

Position:  William R. Leisher Fellow in the Research and Treatment of Modern Paintings

During her fellowship at the National Gallery of Art, Ana completed conservation treatments on paintings in addition to regular maintenance of paintings in the galleries.  In addition to the conservation of modern paintings, she completedextensive examination and materials analysis for Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park Series and presented her work atAIC's 2010 and 2012 annual meetings.   She was heavily involved in incoming and outgoing loan examinations, preparation of couriers, and providing international courier services.

                           Making Ocean Park mock-up paintings to be used in artificial aging experiments and treatment

                           Making Ocean Park mock-up paintings to be used in artificial aging experiments and treatment

                                         

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.                                                           September 2009 - September 2010

Position:  Contract Paintings Conservator          

Ana was contracted to oversee a move of 1,900 paintings from the Hirshhorn's collection to an off-site storage facility.  The project involved working with a team of art handlers and registrars to safely move the collection in addition to treating unstable works before travel.                                  

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.                                                          September 2008 - September 2009

Position:  Paintings Conservation Third Year Intern

As an intern at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ana conducted a preliminary survey of about 900 paintings that had been slated to move to an offsite storage facility and treated paintings in the survey as necessary.  Treatments included cleaning, loss compensation, inpainting, rehousing, and consolidation.

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut                                                                                      June 1, 2007- July 31, 2007

Position:  Paintings Conservation Intern

During a two-month internship at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Ana completed conservation treatments on traditional paintings, assisted in the varnish removal of a large 19th century oil on canvas and wrote condition reports for incoming and outgoing loans.

Gulf Coast Art Conservation, Bradenton, Florida                                                                                 August2005 - May 2007

Position: Conservation Intern         

As a conservation intern at GCAC, Ana was introduced to the conservation of objects and completed treatments on mixed media objects and sculpture.  Ana completed treatments on plaster, leather, silver, crystal, bronze, glass, and ceramics.                                      

H.B. Plant Museum, Tampa, Florida                                                                                                     January 1, 2006- March 2006

Position:  Assistant to the Curator

Work completed at the H.B. Plant Museum involved cataloging a collection of memorabilia and rehousing the fragile materials using safe and stable packing materials. 


Publications

“A Question of Technique: Condition Issues Associated with Layering Structure in Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series” with Susan Lake, Mel Wachowiak, Jennifer Giaccai, Paintings Specialty Group Postprints, 2010

"Protecting Your Paintings:  Tips on Preventing Damage to Your Valuable Heirlooms" Women's Business Network, Inc., August newsletter, Volume 8, Issue 8, 2015

Talks and Lectures

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 2015 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference, Panelist discussing bridging the gap between studies and work, IIC, Warsaw, Poland, October 16, 2015 : https://www.iiconservation.org/student-conferences/2015warsaw/technical

ECPN/CIPP Discussion Panel, Panelist discussing starting a conservation business: First six months, AIC, Miami, Florida annual conference, May 12, 2014

“Relating Artist Technique and Materials to Condition in Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series” AIC, Albuquerque annual conference, NM, May 9, 2012

“How to move a collection in 10 steps: The Hirshhorn’s Painting Collection Move to Off-site Storage” Washington, D.C. The Washington Conservation Guild, January 6, 2011.

“A Question of Technique: Condition Issues Associated with Layering Structure in Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series” AIC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin annual conference, May 14, 2010

“Highlights from the Hirshhorn:  Materials Analysis of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #111 and Paintings Survey for the Move to Pod 3”, 2nd annual SI Conservation Conference, June 25, 2009

Podcast on Richard Diebenkorn's materials and condition issues- http://blogs.artinfo.com/modernartnotes/2012/06/the-modern-art-notes-podcast-ocean-park/

 

Awards

2015 - Entrepreneurial Fellowship to attend and exhibit at the Pittsburgh Technology Council's CREATE Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 11-12


Memberships

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Professional Associate, 2007-2016

Women's Business Network, Inc. (WBN), City East Chapter Chair, 2016

Greater Pittsburgh Art's Council (GPAC), Advisory Committee, 2014-2016

Washington Conservation Guild (WCG), Director and Intern Coordinator, 2008-2013

International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA), 2009-2015

American Alliance of Museums, 2013-2015