Care of Outdoor Collections

Many institutions deal with common outdoor collection types like sculptures and fountains. But what about objects like architectural elements, farm implements, and transportation related items? In this webinar we will bring together conservators from different regions and climates, specifically the Northeast, West Coast, and the South, to discuss how institutions manage all of these types of outdoor collection objects ranging from the common to the more unusual.

    Topics to be covered include:
    Monitoring on Condition
    Approaches to Creating a Maintenance Plan
    Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage Locations
    Climate Differences: Marine vs. Desert vs. Humid vs. Cold vs. Tropic
    Risk Management


Nancie Ravenel
Objects Conservator, Shelburne Museum

As Objects Conservator at Shelburne Museum, Nancie Ravenel examines, documents, and treats works of fine art, folk art and decorative arts. She collaborates with members of the Collections and Preservation and Landscape teams to deliver preventive care to the Museum’s collections. Nancie is also responsible for budgeting and planning for the Museum’s conservation lab. Nancie has a master’s degree in art conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum program and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.

Kelly Ciociola
Principal Conservator, RLA Conservation of Art + Architecture

Kelly Ciociola is a Principal Conservator at RLA and Professional Associate of the AIC. She holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the joint Clemson University/ College of Charleston program and leads all major RLA projects east of the Mississippi River and in the Caribbean. Kelly has led RLA’s site repair testing at the Miami Marine Stadium and a workshop on conserving terrazzo at the 2019 Association for Preservation Technology meeting in Miami. Kelly has managed outdoor sculpture conservation programs for sites that include Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, University of Miami, Florida International University, Stetson University School of Law, University of Florida, Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum, and the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Myers, Palm Beach, and Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining RLA, she worked at Kreilick Conservation, LLC, on the Merchants’ Exchange Building in Philadelphia, the weathervane at Independence Hall, and the Jeanne D’Arc Memorial at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC.

Christina Varvi
Principal Conservator, RLA Conservation of Art + Architecture

Christina Varvi holds a 2011 Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with a concentration in materials conservation. A Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, she presently serves as Principal Conservator at RLA’s Los Angeles Studio where she is responsible for the treatment of architecture, architectural elements, public art, monuments, and outdoor sculpture west of the Mississippi River, including Alaska and Hawaii. She is a specialist in modern architectural materials, such as linoleum and synthetic finishes, outdoor sculpture planning, treatment, and surveys, as well as large-scale mosaics conservation and architecture surveys, testing, and specification development.

Recorded: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Duration: 1 Hour 29 Minutes


C2C Care Care of Outdoor Collections Raveneal October 2020 Presentation
C2C Care Care of Outdoor Collections Ciociola & Varvi October 2020 Presentation
C2C Care Care of Outdoor Collections Transcript