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Art Conservation


The Atlanta Art Conservation Center (AACC), a nonprofit organization and subsidiary of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, treats objects ranging from family photographs, antiques, and heirlooms to some of the most important paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in the Southeast. The AACC serves a small consortium of regional collecting institutions, as well as individuals and corporations, and is a resource for information about all aspects of collections care.

  • Samantha Skelton
    Associate Conservator of Paintings

    Samantha graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in art history and minors in chemistry and studio art from the South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina, in 2011. Her graduate internships included working on Damascene interiors at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Shangri La mansion (Honolulu, HI), a ceiling mural at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, and paintings at the Statens Museum for Kunst (Copenhagen, Denmark). While earning her M.S. in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, Samantha worked from 2013 to 2015 as a graduate conservation fellow and Kress Foundation conservation fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. There she worked on paintings ranging from Rococo and Baroque to modern works and developed an innovative treatment system for Color Field paintings, which she presented at the 2016 Congress of the International Institute for Conservation in Los Angeles.

  • Works of art are accepted at the AACC by pre-arrangement only. To have an object in your collection treated or examined, or to arrange for a consultation, please contact the AACC at 404-733-4589 for an appointment.

    Treatment cost is based on time and materials required, not on the value of the object. AACC conservators do not appraise objects. Please contact an expert in a field related to your object.

    Staff members are available to advise on shipping objects to the AACC. If an object is too large, heavy, or fragile to be transported safely to the AACC, ask about a site visit. The AACC cannot accept shipments without pre-arrangement and strongly recommends that private owners deliver their works personally.

  • Please Note: It is not the policy of the High Museum of Art to recommend one appraiser, conservator, framer, or other art professional over another. This list includes suggestions of persons whose reputations may or may not be familiar to the curators of the High Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art will not be held responsible for any work done by them. Before choosing a conservator, we suggest that you refer to the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Work’s “Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator” brochure.

    Appraisal Organizations

    American Society of Appraisers
    11107 Sunset Hills Road, suite 310
    Reston, VA 20190
    (800) 272-8258

    Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
    212 West 35th Street
    11th Floor South
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 889-5404

    International Society of Appraisers
    303 West Madison Street, suite 2650
    Chicago, IL 60606
    (312) 981-6778

    Vernon Abrams, ISA
    3645 Peachtree Road NE, suite 104
    Atlanta, GA 30319
    (404) 842-0567
    (antiques, decorative art)

    Frances Aronson, ASA
    3846 Paces Ferry Road, NW
    Atlanta, GA 30327
    (404) 949-9975
    (fine art)

    Emile Baran
    117 Clairmont Avenue
    Decatur, GA 30030

    Joseph Brady, AAA
    Joseph P. Brady Appraisal Services

    2870 Peachtree Road, suite 495
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    (770) 594-9293

    Jane Cofer, AAA
    Art Matters

    669 East Paces Ferry Road
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    (404) 495-0156
    (photography, fine art)

    Collins & Wood ASA Appraisers
    340 Roscoe Road
    Newnan, GA 30263
    (770) 253-0282
    (antiques, decorative art, general residential contents)

    Betsy Dorminy, ASA
    Betsy Dorminy Appraisals

    2850 Normandy Drive NW
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    (404) 350-0706
    (antiques, decorative arts & general residential contents)

    Deborah Freer ISA-AM
    Aaron Appraisal Services
    1771 Clairmont Way
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    (404) 587-5711
    (fine art, antiques)

    Cliff Graubart
    Old New York Book Shop

    660 Spindlewick Drive
    Atlanta, Georgia 30350
    (770) 393-2997

    Roderick Hardy, ASA

    1259 Apple Valley Road
    Atlanta, GA 30319
    (404) 261-4447
    (antiques & decorative art)

    Clive Howe, ASA
    590 Rounsaville Road
    Roswell, GA 30076-1002
    (678) 352-9885
    (fine art, antiques, decorative art & general residential contents)

    Julia Norwood Jackson
    Julia Jackson Appraisals

    221 East Vineland Road
    Augusta, GA  30904
    (706) 724-0436
    (ceramics, porcelain)

    Charles Jones
    Charles Jones African Art

    311 Judges Road, unit 6E
    Wilmington, NC 28405
    (910) 794-3060
    (African art)

    Gil Kann
    Northlake Stamp & Coin

    4800 Briarcliff Road NE, suite 2040
    Atlanta, GA 30345
    (770) 939-7842
    (stamps, coins)

    Elizabeth Lake Lovett
    755 Adair Avenue NE
    Atlanta, GA 30306
    (404) 984-9888
    (fine art)

    Lark Mason
    229 East 120th Street
    New York, NY 10035
    (212) 289-5588
    (Asian art)

    Sue McGovern
    Sands of Time Antiquities

    3003 P St NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 342-0518

    Spalding Nix, ASA
    Spalding Nix Fine Art, Antiques & Appraisals

    425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE, 30-A
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    (404) 841-7777
    (fine art, antiques, general residential contents & personal property)

    Selma Paul, ISA
    Appraisal and Estate Services
    (770) 888-8808
    (antiques, general residential contents & personal property)

    Anthony C. Roozen
    Stamps Unlimited of Georgia

    100 Peachtree Street, Suite 1460
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303
    (404) 688-9161

    Steve Turner
    Gemcorp Appraisal Services

    5064 Roswell Road, NE
    Suite B-101
    Atlanta, Georgia 30342
    (404) 851-9489

    Frank Walsh, III
    Yesteryear Book Shop

    PO Box 550065
    Atlanta, GA 30355
    (770) 315-8303
    (books, maps, autographs)

    Bret Weiler
    Decatur City Jewelers

    117 Clairemont Avenue
    Decatur, Georgia  30030
    (404) 377-7643
    Auction Houses

    Ahlers and Ogletree Auction Gallery
    715 Miami Circle
    Suite 210
    Atlanta, Georgia 30324
    (404) 869-2478

    Mary Moore Bethea – Regional Representative

    3235 Roswell Road NE, 717
    Atlanta, Georgia 30305
    (404) 842-1500

    Brunk Auctions
    117 Tunnel Road
    Asheville, NC 28805
    (828) 254-6846

    Charlton Hall Galleries
    7 Lexington Drive
    West Columbia, SC 29170
    (803) 779-5678
    (803) 733-1701

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020
    (212) 636-2400
    (212) 636-2370

    Everard and Company
    2436 Waters Avenue
    Savannah, Georgia 31404
    (912) 231-1376

    Peachtree and Bennett3640 Jonesboro Road, SE
    Atlanta, Georgia 30354(678) 705-9798

    1334 York Avenue
    New York, NY 10021
    (212) 606-7000