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  • 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, sculpture and works on paper in the Southeast. The AACC serves a small consortium of regional collecting institutions, as well as individuals and corporations. The AACC is also a resource for information on all aspects of collections care.


    Michelle Savant
    Conservator of Objects

    After receiving her B.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware, Michelle worked in the Byzantine Photograph and Fieldwork Archives of Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC). While there she also began her conservation preprogram experience by volunteering with the Textile Museum’s conservators for several years. In 1999 she began working fulltime as the assistant to the object conservator for Art Conservation Services (Baltimore, MD). She received an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Art Conservation from the State University College at Buffalo in 2003. Her graduate internships included working on industrial and fine art objects at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC); decorative glass objects at the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), and decorative objects made from a variety of materials at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA). From 2004 to 2010 Michelle worked at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. While there she enjoyed treating military history artifacts for the Price of Freedom exhibition, medical artifacts for Whatever Happened to Polio?, and nautical artifacts for the maritime hall On The Water.

    Larry Shutts
    Conservator of Paintings

    While receiving his B.A. in Art History from Mary Washington College, Larry had his first experience in conservation with an internship in frame and gilt object conservation at Old Gold Studios (Occoquan, VA). Following undergraduate studies, Larry received pre-program training in traditional easel painting and on-site mural conservation with Page Conservation (Washington, DC). He received an M.A. and Certificate of Advance Studies in Art Conservation from the State University College at Buffalo in 2003. His graduate and post-graduate internships and fellowships included The Rochester Museum and Science Center (Rochester, NY), The Henry Ford (Dearborn, MI), The Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, VT) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC). From 2004 to 2010 Larry returned to Page Conservation acting as studio supervisor and senior conservator of paintings. In his spare time Larry enjoys working on antique automobiles and producing Daguerreotypes.

    Thierry Boutet
    Assistant Conservator of Paintings

    Subsequent to receiving a B.A in Visual Arts at Lycée Jean-Baptiste COROT (Savigny-suv-Orge, France) in 1998, Thierry went on to obtain a M.A. in Visual Arts from Paris 1 PANTHEON-SORBONNE-D.EA., in 2003, where he also, in preparation for his PhD, received a D.EA. in Visual Arts, in 2004. In 2005, while simultaneously continuing his education, Thierry interned under the tutelage of Ms. Brans at the Institud d'Art Conservation et Cooleurs, where he gained experience working on easel paintings. Starting in 2006, Thierry interned for 18 months at Atelier Laqueus, Paris, learning furniture and lacquered objects from the Orient. In 2007, Thierry received a M.A. in a professional educational program of paintings and polychrome artifact conservation from Atelier du Temps Passé, Paris, viaduc des arts. Before his move to the U.S. in 2010, Thierry was the assistant paintings conservator at Compton & Schuster Ltd., (London England), where he treated frames, furniture and lacquered artifacts from 2008 to 2009.