Meet the Conservators
Ana Alba is a painting conservator and owner of Alba Art Conservation, LLC, a private practice located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Aside from treating traditionally constructed paintings, Ana specializes in the conservation of modern and contemporary works. In addition to working in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, she is a contract painting conservator in modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington D.C.
Previous to her move to Pittsburgh, she worked for Luca Bonetti Corp., a private practice located in New York City, providing conservation services to private collectors, artists, galleries, and museums. Ana is a 2009 graduate from the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College. Following her graduation, she was the William R. Leisher Fellow in the Conservation and Research of Modern Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
With the assistance of the Diebenkorn Foundation, she conducted extensive research on the artist materials and techniques of Richard Diebenkorn and the condition issues found in his multimedia Ocean Park series. She has also held internships at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Patty Buss spent nearly 20 years as an studio artist in Los Angeles and Amsterdam before moving to Italy to pursue a career in the conservation of fine art. After receiving a Post Baccalaureate in Art Conservation from Studio Art Centers International in Florence in 2003, she remained in Italy to apprentice at private conservation studios and institutions to gain a variety of hands-on training in the treatment of canvas and panel paintings, fine art on paper, books, and archaeological objects.
She worked for several years at the Conservatorio di Santa Maria degli Angiolini were she assisted with painting, wall mural conservation and digital documentation of the restoration process. Originally from Butler, PA, she returned to the area in 2006 and has since been practicing as an art conservator and consultant for individuals and collectors.
Patricia is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the Midwest Regional Conservation Guild.
Teresa Duff holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she obtained an advanced certificate in Architectural Conservation and Site Management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Prior to Ms. Duff’s conservation studies, she worked at the Getty Museum in the Education Department implementing art history coursework. Her work at the Getty expanded to the Research Institute and the Conservation Center, where she conducted research for guest scholars, as well as curators of special collections.
In 2006 Ms. Duff was awarded the Samuel H. Kress internship at the Central Park Conservancy, where she worked on bronze and stone sculpture throughout the park, as well as undertaking conservation work on the iconic Bethesda Terrace terra cotta ceiling. Following her graduate studies, Ms. Duff worked as Project Manager for the Trinity Cathedral Burial Ground Conservation Campaign, conducting treatments and overseeing site logistics.
Currently, Ms. Duff sits on the Historic Review Commission for the Sewickley Borough, the curatorial committee at Old Economy Village, and is a board member with the Friends of the Sewickley Public Library. She is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Association for Preservation Technology, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks and the Sewickley Valley Historical Society. She leads art education courses for school students and the public at the Mattress Factory Museum and Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Teresa is active in conservation work in the Pittsburgh region, including Maxo Vanka’s Millvale Murals.
Learn more: Teresa’s resume
Cynthia received a Formation Professionnelle from Paris, France in 2006. She completed the 3-year program recognized by the Ministere du Travail of France from L’Atelier Du Temps Passe founded by Annette Douay and Alix Dumielle. She then continued her work experience in Paris for another year. Along with painting conservation she studied painting techniques of the masters from published copy artist Andre Fisch. Her previous degree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University in 1986 with a concentration in Ceramics.
For the next 14 years she exhibited in juried art exhibitions/shows and instructed pottery. She also has acquired an expertise in decorative paint applications and trompe l’oeil painting with clients in the US as well as France and Austria. Upon her return to the United States in 2007 she has worked as a private painting conservator in the tri-state area for professional and private clients as well as continuing her own painting.
Rikke Foulke earned a Master of Arts and Certificate in the Conservation of Works of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Following an internship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, she held positions at the Lenbachhaus in Munich, Germany and the Straus Center for Conservation at Harvard University Art Museums. She was the Culpeper Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington from 1999 to 2002; the NEA Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; and the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the North Carolina Museum of Art from 2003 to 2005.
Ms. Foulke returned to Pittsburgh in 2005 to start her own practice in the conservation of paintings on panel, canvas, murals, reverse-glass, and objects with painted surfaces. With twenty years of museum experience, she has expertise in the treatment of paintings from the Early Renaissance, Old Masters, traditional works from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as Modern and Contemporary works.
Learn more: Foulke Fine Art Conservation.
Rachel Howard is a conservator with training in the United States and Italy. She earned degrees in Art and Art History before studying in Florence for her post-baccalaureate certificate in Art Conservation. She has worked in conservation laboratories for paper, objects, and mural and easel paintings. She has also worked on outdoor monuments. In 2015, she earned a master’s degree in Preservation Studies from Tulane University’s School of Architecture.
Learn more at: rachelhowardconservation.com.
Rhonda Wozniak is a professional private conservator based in Pittsburgh. Ms. Wozniak has over twenty years of conservation experience and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Her Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conservation are from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo.
Ms. Wozniak originally specialized in the conservation of marine archaeological objects with advanced training at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle, Australia. She has conserved artifacts from the RMS Titanic both on expedition and while based in Semur-en-Auxios, France.
Before establishing her private practice, Ms. Wozniak held the position of Objects Conservator at the Carnegie Museum of Art for ten years. Large projects while at the Museum include blockbuster exhibits such as Aluminum by Design, Light! –The Industrial Age, and the 1999 and 2004 Carnegie Internationals. Mural projects include the conservation of: the gilded bas-relief Chariot of Aurora mural from the French ocean liner, the Normandie; and the Alexis Fournier murals at the National Historic Landmark, The Roycroft Inn at East Aurora, New York. Ms. Wozniak is dedicated to museum quality conservation of art and archaeological objects. Materials that Ms. Wozniak treats encompass fine art, decorative art, contemporary art, historic or religious artifacts, ethnographic and archaeological objects.
Learn more: Objects Conservator
Patty Huss West
Patty Huss West earned her BA in Fine Arts and Sociology from Bowdoin College and her Diploma of Conservation from the City & Guilds of London Art School. She was a conservation intern at the MH Memorial DeYoung Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Patty was a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She has been a contract conservator at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Senator John Heinz History Center.