ACT Art Conservation LLC was founded by Alexandra Mitchell, a Fine Art Conservator in the San Francisco Bay Area.
At ACT Art Conservation, all work is handled with the highest regard, a modern understanding of the materials, and extensive craftsmanship shaped by years of education, experience, and master training.
Our conservators specialize in paintings, works on paper, and small objects.
The dimensions of our studio and large entranceway grant us the space and capability to easily receive and care for large scale works. Equipped with the highest standard equipment and tools of the trade, both traditional and high tech elements are incorporated, and we are proud to be the only private practice studio in the area with a Vacuum Heat Table, a valuable tool in the treatment of paintings.
A cornerstone of the practice at ACT Art Conservation are the pro bono Angel Projects undertaken by studio whenever the opportunity is presented. Collaboration, respect, and passion are the driving values of the studio's excellence.
Alongside Principal Conservator Alexandra Mitchell, ACT Art Conservation is comprised of a Senior Paper Conservator, Senior Book Conservator, Objects conservator and an Assistant paper Conservator, as well as conservation technicians to aid in conservation treatments of the highest standard.
Each of our conservators at ACT Art Conservation continue to advance and evolve their respective specialties through educational workshops, lecture programs, guild interactions and case studies.
The studio partners with professional framers to create bespoke framing solutions and the highest quality art service companies for pack-outs, transport, and secure storage for
each client and project.
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Born in the San Francisco California, Alexandra Mitchell pursued her passion for the art of conservation and moved to the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence, Italy for her studies
and training. She earned her degree in Fine Art Restoration and Conservation Science from Scuola Lorenzo de Medici where the surrounding Florentine aesthetics, on site conservation opportunities, and even the Italian language itself made history present tense, setting the stage for Alexandra’s day to day dedication and approach.
While studying in Italy, Alexandra apprenticed with several well known private practice conservation studios as well as with Museo Bardini, taking part in significant preservation training and historical projects at both.
One particular project brought her pursuit full circle—the very same Lions Club which sponsored Alexandra’s first trip to Italy as an exchange student, loaned 26 thousand euros to the restoration of Bernardo Daddi’s, “Il Crocifisso” led by Alexandra’s mentor Nicola Ann MacGregor in 2010.
Working with early renaissance paintings and historical artifacts inspired a certain reverence that cemented into a focused calling, and Alexandra returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as a Senior Fine Art Conservator in private practice for the next 12 years, before opening up her own studio, ACT Art Conservation LLC.
Alexandra's work is interdisciplinary, with a specialization in Paintings. Her work comprises of early renaissance to modern art paintings, and her clients include local and worldwide museums, galleries, dealers and private collectors. In addition, Alexandra actively collaborates and consults with institutions both locally and abroad.
Alexandra is committed to preservation not only in practice but in dedicated advocacy known as “Angel Projects”; pro bono conservation services, community engagement, and educational programming. She recently co-founded the “Save the Cliff House Collection”, which aims to preserve the historical works and create a permanent exhibition space for local historic objects and art from long-standing San Francisco landmark, The Cliff House.
Fluent in Italian and American Sign Language, Alexandra is in a unique position to offer internships to these native speakers. When the COVID-19 Pandemic has passed,
ACT Art Conservation looks to welcome interns of these native languages into the ACT Art Conservation studio, by providing conservation internship opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing emerging conservators. The studio is set up to to accommodate the needs of this community in order to ensure a safe and easily accessible workplace for all.
Besides being the captain of the studio ship, Alexandra lives in Burlingame Calif and is a loving mom to two wonderful little boys.
Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco CA
The Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford University,Palo Alto CA
Nathan Oliveira , Palo Alto CA
Hobart Associates, San Francisco CA
Kohl Mansion, Burlingame CA
Museum at the Cliff, former Cliff House, San Francisco CA
The Foster Museum, Palo Alto CA
Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco CA
Hackett-Mill Gallery, San Francisco CA
Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco CA
Scott Richards Fine Art, San Francisco CA
The Studio Shop, Burlingame CA
Western Neighborhoods Project, San Francisco CA
In addition to numerous other galleries, museums, insurance companies & private collectors worldwide