Hessling Conservation LLC can help you care for one family heirloom or an institutional art collection. Our practice specializes in the treatment of paintings and in conservation planning for private collectors and small museums.
Conservator Janet W. Hessling brings to her clients many years experience based on graduate level training in art conservation. She was the first conservator for Regional Conservation Services at the North Carolina Museum of Art from 1984 until 1998, establishing the museum as a major conservation resource for institutions in the Southeast.
As Interim Director of Field Services for the Upper Midwest Conservation Association in 2002, she surveyed collections and developed collection care plans for museums in several states.
She has treated murals around the country by such 20th century artists as Aaron Douglas, Pietro Lazzari, Francis Kughler, Carlo Ciampaglia, Dean Cornwell, Eugene Savage, Thomas Hart Benton, Kenyon Cox, Robert Grafton, and Edwin Blashfield, sometimes working with large conservation teams.
Janet Hessling is also an experienced speaker and teacher, presenting programs about conservation and preservation to professional groups and general adult and youth audiences. She has taught continuing education courses and professional seminars at Meredith College and North Carolina State University.(and developed an educational website for Preservation Durham.)
Jan holds a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in Art History with Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College and a Certificate in Cultural Resources Management from Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Professional Associate, American Institute for Conservation
AIC Conservators in Private Practice (Secretary, 2004-08)
Assessor, Conservation Assessment Program (CAP)
South East Regional Conservation Association
Virginia Conservation Association
American Alliance of Museums
American Association for State and Local History
Southeastern Museums Conference
North Carolina Museums Council