About Krista

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Hi! I’m Krista, an independent conservator of photographs working in Chicago, Illinois. I am deeply passionate about conservation and the preservation of our cultural heritage. I believe expression through photography is one of the most raw and beautiful declarations of our humanity and preserving it is vitally important.


My passion for fine art photography and art history led me to complete my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with Emphasis in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After completing my degree, I found myself gaining more curiosity on the material aspects of our artistic cultural heritage. In pursuit of acquiring a greater understanding of our material culture I attended a Post-Baccalaureate Art Conservation program in Florence, Italy. In Italy, I had the incredible opportunity to work on frescos, paintings, and archeological objects. I had caught the conservation bug, but I never lost sight of my true passion of photography. After returning to the States I completed all of my requirements to apply to graduate school, while volunteering in a regional art conservation lab. I completed my master’s degree of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation in 2014 from Buffalo State College where I focused on the conservation of photographic materials.


I have truly been honored to work with some of the most remarkable conservators our field has to offer and with some incredible collections. In grad school, I completed summer internships at Paul Messier LLC and a 12-month long internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. After graduation I completed a three-year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Photograph Conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago. I then traveled back to New York to complete a Mellon Fellowship at MoMA but my love of Chicago, and the cultural institutions the city has to offer, brought me back to my hometown. I want to give back to the institutions that had such a deep impact on my love and understanding of our culture.


  • American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

    • Professional Associate Member

  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)

    • Member