Our Staff

 
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ABIGail mack

Abigail has a Master of Arts and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conservation from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been working in museums since 1989 and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works.

Abigail’s private art conservation studio is located in the Hudson Valley of New York.  Her practice includes the treatment and preservation of fine art sculpture and historical objects from museums and private collections with a focus on modern and outdoor sculpture. Of particular interest to her is striking a balance between the preservation of the physical object and the artists’ intent for appearance. To this end, Abigail is actively involved in efforts to develop more durable coatings for painted outdoor sculpture. She works closely with artists’ foundations such as the Calder Foundation, Louise Nevelson Foundation, and Tony Smith Estate to balance the aesthetic intent of sculpture with conservation and long-term preservation.

Abigail has published and lectured at national and international venues on specific conservation research, conservation treatment, and general preservation issues. Current effort include co-teaching a Getty Conservation Institute course for Conservators entitled Surface Treatment Strategies for the Outdoor Painted Sculpture.

For more information on Abigail, visit her website here.

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Ellen rand

Ellen Rand is a metalsmith and master patineur, and has worked concurrently in the fields of sculpture casting, fabrication, and care since 1987. With her 30 years of experience working directly with artists, artists’ estates, art foundries and fabricators, she has a unique understanding of how historical and modern artworks and patinas are produced. This experience is invaluable in the context of preservation. Over the last two decades Ellen’s focus has been preservation of existing works.

Ellen combines profound sensitivity to an artist’s intent with the technical knowledge to create it; skills include welding, chasing, patination, gilding. She has taught patination at fine art fabrication firms in Italy, China, and Thailand and consults on projects in the U.S. Past foundry experience includes directing the Restoration, Maintenance, & Conservation Department at Tallix, Inc.

Project management is a core competency of Ellen’s; since 2006 her company has undertaken significant projects for public and private clients and can handle all aspects of a job from design through final installation.

Ellen prides herself on her ability to communicate effectively with everyone from senior administrators through ‘on-the-ground’ personnel, essential to accomplishing the best work on time and on budget. Owners and stewards of artworks trust her assiduous oversight of every detail.

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Suzannah Paul 

senior conservation technician 

Suzannah holds an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon, with specific training in sculpture. Skilled in art handling, rigging, and metal fabrication, Suzannah manages the logistics of handling large-scale sculptures at Monumenta. Suzannah also works part-time with the Estate of George Rickey, with which she has 17 years experience. She is the owner of Greenthumb Stainless, a fabrication shop established in 2000.

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chris difrancesco

conservation technician

Chris has worked as a conservation technician since 2004 for Rand Atelier. As its first employee, he has been intimately involved with all aspects of the business and its development. He is the backbone of Monumenta’s maintenance team for outdoor sculpture. Chris is an Honors graduate of the University of California (BA, Music) and is a professional musician who tours the USA and Europe several times a year.

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Rowan Willigan

conservation technician 

Rowan graduated from Bard College in 2015 with a BA in Studio Arts. In addition to working with Monumenta as a technician and website developer, Rowan is a multi-media visual artist based in the Hudson Valley, with a focus on large-scale paintings and murals. She also co-directs the D’amby Project, a multi-disciplinary dance school and company located in Red Hook. Learn more about Rowan by clicking here.