Rustin Levenson has a strong background with conservation techniques and practices; she founded and currently directs ArtCare, a private conservation studio with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. Levenson’s studios have experience with a wide variety of materials including canvas, panel, and paper, as well as mural paintings in tempera, oil, buon fresco, and fresco secco. Artcare also has a particular expertise in Latin American, South Asian, and contemporary art.
Levenson holds a BA in paintings conservation from Wellesley College. She completed her conservation training at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, as a member of their conservation staff (1969–1973).
From there, Levenson continued her work in conservation with experiences at the Canadian Conservation Institute (1973–1974), the National Gallery of Canada (1974–77), as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1977–1980). In addition to running two successful conservation studios, Levenson has coauthored, with art historian Andrea Kirsh, “Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies” (Yale University Press, 2000) and written chapters for “The Expert vs. the Object” (Oxford University Press, 2004) and “Conservation of Easel Paintings” (Routledge Press, 2014). Her published articles include “Emergency Conservation,” “Adhesives for Strip-Lining Twentieth Century Paintings,” “A New Method for Strip-Lining Easel Paintings,” “Useful Modifications for Current Lining Techniques,” and “Up in Smoke, Treatment of Fire Damaged Paintings.” She was honored with a Residency at the American Academy in Rome, 2014-2015.
Levenson is a fellow at both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation and has served on numerous professional committees (currently the Ethics Committee) as well as chairing the Paintings Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation. Levenson has been an active member of ArtTable’s Miami Chapter since its inception.