Chris Kenney is the Principal Art Conservator working in a private practice for nearly three decades offering conservation & restoration services to private clients, educational institutions, museums, libraries, fire & flood disaster mitigators, interior designers, insurance agencies, art and antique dealers, galleries, and moving companies.


We are always available for a chat

(831) 464-1418

Call for an appointment 7 days a week



All treatments are performed according to the

Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation


  • Evaluation of art (structural integrity, visual   aesthetics, solubility testing)
  • Condition surveys of art collections
  • Developing your art collection and purchasing strategies
  • Assistance in developing art sales strategies
  • Digital photography and documentation
  • Packing and shipping recommendations
  • Art research and signature identification
  • Emergency disaster planning and recovery
  • Assisting with insurance claims
  • Archival storage of art and memorabilia
  • Environmental monitoring and pest management
  • Lecutres and presentations


Pre-program interns log many hours before entering into a graduate program in art conservation. A former student at Pitzer College, recent intern Amelia Abramson works on a 19th centruy wooden replica of the Pinta. Because of the machine made nails, the earliest date of creation would be 1830.



Amelia inpaints (retouches) a 19th c. painting and repairs a gilded frame.



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Ian McClure poses with a 19th c. copy of Immaculada Concepción by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), Spain. Ian has an interest in objects conservation and is specializing in African artifacts while finishing his prerequisites for graduate school.




Chris Kenney evaluates a painting at the

Cantor Museum at Stanford


Memberships & Professional Affiliations


American Institute for Conservation of

Historic & Artistic Works

Objects Specialty Group

Paintings Specialty Group

Conservators in Private Practice

Monterey Bay Area Cultural Conservation Group

The International Institute for Conservation

Western Association for Art Conservation

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Bay Area Art Conservation Group

Santa Cruz Ethnic Arts Network

Monterey Museum of Art


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