Painting Care & Restoration for the Individual and Institutional Owner
Educational Background:
  • M.A., Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. 
  • Certificate of Advanced Study, Center for Conservation & Technical 

  • Studies, Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge,MA. 
    Professional Affiliations and Professional Organizations:
  • President & Chief Conservator James Swope Fine Arts Conservation,Inc.
  • Adjunct Conservator for the Norton Museum , West Palm Beach, Florida 
  • Former Chief Paintings Conservator  Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation

  • Center, Denver, Colorado 
  • Member and past officer of the AIC
  • Member Association for the Conservation of the Cultural Patrimony of the

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    Surveys, Grants, Institutional Clients:
  • Selected Museum Surveys and Grants
  • Selected Institutional (501(c)3) Clients

  • Projects Visible on line include:
  • George Snow Hillís seven murals Tampa International Airport.

  • University of Georgia's "Interior of St. Peter's Rome"
    Services Including:
  • Cleaning, Repair
  • Preventive Conservation & Treatment
  • Examination , Assessment , Documentation , Provenance
  • Consulting
  • Lectures on Preventive Conservation
  • Intern Programs
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    aaaaaPublications /  Lecturing Circuit:
    aaaaaaaaaPublications:National Institute for Conservation, Georgia Museum of Art ; Conference of Training Programs, Queens University; 
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaConservation News; Conservators in Private Practice.aSee expanded and detailed Publication List
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    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaSmithsonian Center for Materials & Education. Guest Lecturer  Cornell Museum  of Rollins College. Guest Lecturer
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    Additional Information on James Swope, President and Chief Conservator of James Swope Fine Arts Conservation, Inc. :

    Professional Organizations
    Professional Service
    Articles and Publications featuring James Swope as Author or Editor
    Selected Lectures
    Selected Museum Surveys and Grants
    Selected Institutional (501(c)3) Clients
    Continuing Education

    Professional Organizations:

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    • Palm Beach International Art and Antiques Fair, Vetting Committee, 2003;
    • Application Reviewer for the Getty Grant Program, pertaining to scholarships for Latin American Conservators to attend  the 1999 and 2000 AIC  Conferences;
    • American Institute for Conservation:
      • Conservators in Private Practice, Chair, Education Committee, 1993;
      • Conservators in Private Practice, Director, 1996 - 1998;
      • Conservation Assessment Program Grant Reviewer:  1985, 1986
    Articles and Publications featuring James Swope as Author or Editor:
    • "The Conservation of George Cooke's Massive Interior of St. Peter's, Rome, published by the University of Georgia in the Georgia Museum of Art's Bulletin, volume 20, 1999;
    • "The Role of Technical Analysis in the Detection of Fakes and Forgeries on Contemporary Paintings," published by Elite Fine Art, Miami, FL, 1994;
    • "Transition from an Institutional to a Private Conservation Practice," Establishing a Private Conservation Practice, published by Conservators in Private Practice, 1991;
    • "Arsenic in Taxidermy Specimens," Collections Care Information Service, published by the National Institute for Conservation, 1990;
    • Editor of Conservation News, published quarterly by the Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Center, distributed  to over 500 non-profit institutions, 1985 - 1987; 
    • "The Materials and Techniques of Jacob von Ruisdael," Paula DeCristafaro, co-author, published by the Conference of Training Programs, Queens University, 1982. 
    Selected Lectures by James Swope:
    • "Warhol's Shoe," Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FL, September, 2002;
    • "Not Gone with the Wind," Public Outreach Lecture for the AIC, Wolfsonian Institution, June, 2002;
    • "Beneath the Dirt:  Connoisseurship from an Art Conservator's Perspective," Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL, March, 2001; 
    • "Triage of Water Damaged Collections, A Practice Drill," Disaster Preparedness Workshop, co-presenter with Sharon Bennett, archivist at the Charlestown Museum, Charlestown, SC and John Maseman of the South Florida Conservation Center, presented at the Florida Association of Museums annual conference through the agency of the South East Museum Conference, September 12, 2000;
    • "Collecting, Connoisseurship, and Conservation," Boca Raton Museum of Art Collectors Forum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, February 22, 1998;
    • "Guardian Angels, the Role of the Conservator in Preserving Works of Art," Norton Museum of Art Public  Education Series, February 28, 1999;
    • "Creative Use of Materials and Conservation Issues in Public Art":  Guest lecturer, Public Art and Design Intensive Training Workshop for the Public Art Program of Broward County, FL, Jan. 1999;
    • "Restorers 'Live' Internet Chat":  Paintings and Paper, Sponsored by the Association of Restorers, with Helen Houp and Craig Deller, an interactive "chat" with non-professional restorers, Oct., 1998;
    • "An Ill Wind:  How Peripheral issues Affected Conservation Decisions in the Wake of Hurricane Andrew," American Institute for Conservation Annual Conference, Washington, D. C., June, 1998; 
    • "Practical Care of Paintings Collections," with Patricia Kamm, Florida Association of Museums, Miami, FL, 1996;
    • "Proposals, Strategies, and Conservation of the wall painting 'The Interior of St. Peter's Cathedral' by George Cooke," Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 1996; 
    • "Common Sense Collections Care:  Low and No Cost Ways to Protect your Museum's Objects," with Elise LeCompte-Baer, Florida Association of Museums, 1994; 
    • "Transition from an Institutional to a Private Conservation Practice," Smithsonian Institution Training Program, 1999, 1995, and 1992; also American Institute for Conservation, Conservators in Private 
    • Practice, Albuquerque, NM, June, 1991;
    • "Estimating the Large Project:  Proposal for Conserving Fifty Interlocking paintings, 11' x 20' Each;" American Institute for Conservation, Conservators in Private Practice, Denver, CO, June, 1993; 
    • "Paintings, Pasta, and Preservation," Symposium, Orlando Museum of Art, 1992;
    • "Long Distance Curatorial and Conservation Collaboration in the Treatment of a Painting by Grant Wood" Midwest Regional Conservation Guild, Lexington, KY, 1991; 
    • "Conservation Treatments from the Collection Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts," Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE, 1985;
    • "Conservation of a Fire Damaged Painting by Dwight Eisenhower," Western Association of Art Conservators, Riverside, CA, 1984.
    Selected Museum Surveys and Grants:
    • Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FL, Heritage Preservation, Conservation Assessment Program, 2002;
    • Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL, Heritage Preservation, Conservation Assessment Program, 1998;
    • International Game Fish Association, Pompano Beach, FL:  paintings collection survey, 1998;
    • Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL, Heritage Preservation Conservation Assessment Program, 1995;
    • Cornell Fine Arts Museum:  National Endowment for the Arts grant for the reorganization of the Museum's storage facilities and for a comprehensive survey of its collection of paintings, 1995;
    • Vero Beach Center for the Arts:  Conservation Assistance grant for the comprehensive examination of the paintings collections, 1995;
    • Norton Gallery of Art:  Institute for Museum Services Conservation Grant for the Conservation treatment of the primary paintings in the Norton Museum's paintings collection, 1994 - 1995;
    • Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, Institute for Museum Services, Conservation Assessment Grant, 1993;
    • Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL, Institute for Museum Services, Conservation Assessment Grant, 1992;
    • Vero Beach Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL, Institute for Museum Services, Conservation Assessment Grant, 1992;
    • Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL paintings collection survey, 1990;
    • Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, Conservation Project Support Grant (painting collection survey) , Institute for Museum Services, 1989; 
    • Wolfsonian Foundation, Miami Beach, FL, paintings collection survey, 1989.

    Selected Institutional (501(c)3) Clients: 

    Continuing Education: 
    • "Filling the Void," sponsored by the Southeast Regional Conservation Guild, March, 2003;
    • "Mold Mitigation," sponsored by the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), June, 2001;
    • "Tear Repair," Chicago Art Institute, sponsored by Paintings Specialty Group of AIC, September, 2000; 
    • "British 19th-Century Artist's Oil Painting Materials and Techniques," sponsored by the AIC, June, 1996; 
    • "The Use of Enzymes in the Cleaning of Paintings," Cleveland Art Institute, Oct., 1990; 
    • "Fluorescent  Staining in Cross Section Microscopy," Detroit Institute of Art, May, 1990;
    • "Health Hazards in Conservation, , sponsored by the Center for Occupational Hazards National and the Endowment for the Arts, Denver Art Museum, July, 1984;
    • "Recent Advances in Lining Techniques," Williamstown Regional Art Conservation Center, sponsored by the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation, July, 1983.

    • American Institute for Conservation Annual Conferences:  1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002. 

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