Preventative assessment is crucial to properly maintain your collection. Regular assessment provides a critical eye for potential damage that may go unseen in everyday life.


The Conservation Center is available to review your corporate, private, or non-profit collection onsite and identify any condition issues present in your pieces. Your account manager is available to provide yearly assessments, prioritize treatments needed, and monitor any changes in condition over time.

Annual collection assessment is recommended to ensure the overall well-being of an art collection, in addition to understanding risk and consider strategies of preserving artworks for future generations. Please contact Client Services to schedule your collection assessment.  

The Center can work with you to:

  • Identify condition issues and treatment priorities

  • Address archival housing and environmental concerns

  • Ascertain potential risk to your pieces

  • Advise on proper lighting techniques

  • Provide long-term care recommendations

  • Arrange for long-term or temporary storage at The Conservation Center

  • Create a disaster response plan for your art collection

Please contact the Client Services Department to schedule a collection assessment appointment.

stories related to collection assessment:

the importance of conservation framing: the basics and benefits of archival housing

When owners and caretakers of artwork want to properly house their treasured works, their collection may pass through The Center’s Custom Framing Department. Works on canvas, metal, wood, plastic and everything in-between are treated at The Chicago Conservation Center. Each work is individually assessed in order to determine the most appropriate type of housing, based upon the medium, the stability of the piece, the style and the client’s display concerns. A wide variety of housing options are available: traditional framing, custom mounts, and vitrines are the most common. Housing style, however, is only part of a successful equation: a professionally trained and knowledgeable framer using the most effective conservation materials is essential to the longevity of a piece of art. How will the use of proper conservation materials protect your collection, and alternately, what are the dangers of improper housing? Presented here are some basics concerning custom conservation framing.

the importance of packing for long-term storage

In the field of art conservation the terms archival, inert, stable, safe, etc. refer to materials or processing methods that are expected to allow items to be stored for extended periods of time without loss of quality. These materials should not degrade over time and should not contain volatile materials that will be emitted from the material, or ‘off-gas.’ Both degradation products and off-gassing materials can do serious damage to some art materials. Metal, paper, and shells are examples of sensitive materials that can be damaged irreversibly from proximity to ‘unsafe’ materials.