HCG personnel meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards qualifications and abide by the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Nina Olsson, President / Fine Art Conservation

Nina has over 20 years of professional experience with an emphasis on the conservation of paintings and polychrome sculpture. Nina has expertise in the examination of works painted on panel, canvas, paper, wood, and various mediums, their conservation and restoration treatment, collection surveys, and consultation on the framing, storage and exhibition of works of art.

Nina meets the National Park Service cultural resources specialties: Conservator (GS-1016) and Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR Part 61).

Peter Meijer AIA, NCARB, Vice President / Architectural Conservation

Peter’s professional experience for 30 years has focused on the science of Architectural Conservation. He combines his undergraduate science degree with his Masters of Architecture degree in an analytical approach to the evaluation of building materials. His expertise includes the conservation and restoration treatment of concrete, masonry, stone, stucco, and other various building envelope materials.

Peter meets the National Park Service cultural resources specialties: Architectural Conservation (GS-100) and Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR Part 61).

Ginny Allen/Affiliated Art Historian

Ginny provides essential support to HCG projects through her art historical research of regional artworks.   Beyond public libraries, archives and record resources, her research is enhanced by an extensive personal archive including: books, periodicals, manuscripts, art exhibition catalogs, historical city directories, private correspondence, Industrial Fair and State Fair exhibition premium lists, newspaper clippings, excerpted information from the Oregon Artist Registry, private contacts with artists, their families, art dealers, WPA archival materials and photo lists.

Ginny Allen is co-author of the first comprehensive reference guide to Oregon Painters from 1859-1959, Oregon Painters the First Hundred Years, with a second edition forthcoming. In addition, she has published articles in the Oregon Historical Society Quarterly and American Art Review.

Elizabeth Chambers / Affiliated Conservator

Elizabeth’s professional history includes 28 years in the conservation department of the Portland Art Museum as well as 23 years as a private paper conservator. She has had a variety of experiences with collection condition surveys; from international exhibitions to private and institutional collections. She is a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

J. Claire Dean/Affiliated Conservator

J. Claire Dean is an objects conservator with over 35 years of experience. Her practice is diverse comprising work on archaeological, ethnographic and historic objects, rock art, public art, collections needs surveys, disaster preparedness and response, and teaching.  Her clients are located in the USA and internationally, including  museums, private collectors, government agencies, tribal cultural resource offices and museums.

Claire meets the  National Park Service cultural resources specialties: Conservator (GS-1016) and  Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR Part 61).

Lisa Duncan / Paper and Photograph Conservator

Lisa Duncan is a paper and photograph conservator.  She holds a MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur / University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.  She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conversation and a member of the Western Association of Art Conservation.

Rachel Howard/Affiliated Conservation Technician

Rachel earned a MA in Preservation Studies from Tulane University’s School of Architecture in 2015,  where she participated in the preservation of historic buildings and murals in post Katrina New Orleans.  

Rachel has trained in both the United States and Italy.

Robert Kruger / Affiliated Conservator

Robert Krueger has a Masters in conservation from State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Robert works with municipal collectors, universities, museums, and private collectors. Robert’s approach to conservation includes traditional conservation treatments as well as the preservation of artworks through preventative approaches.

Robert meets the National Park Service cultural resources specialties: Conservator (GS-1016) and Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR Part 61).