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Name: Rachel-Ray Cleveland
Location: Beltsville, MD
Phone: (301) 210-3731
Specialties: Art on Paper,Non-Western Art on Paper,Portrait Miniatures,Unbound Documents,Wallcoverings
Services: Collections Management,Conservation Education,Conservation Planning,Consultation-General,Emergency Planning,Emergency Recovery,Environmental Assessment,Surveys-General,Surveys-Object Specific,Treatment
Materials: Paper,Papyrus/Tappa/Amatyl,Parchment/Vellum
Willing to Travel: No

Biographical Information:

Ms. Cleveland holds three art-related degrees—an MA in Art Conservation from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1993), a Graduate Certificate in Collection Management from the Chicago Art Institute (1986), and a BFA in intaglio printmaking from the University of Iowa (1975). She is a member of four professional organizations: American Institute of Conservation (AIC)—Professional Associate, member since 1990 International Institute for Conservation (IIC) Institute of Paper Conservation (IPC) Washington Conservation Guild (WCG)—serves on the board of directors Ms. Cleveland has been privileged to perform conservation treatments on a number of rare paper artifacts, including a Joshua Reynolds ink drawing, a William Henry Johnson silkscreen print, a Picasso lithograph, a Paranesi engraving, a parchment document signed by George Washington, a Jacob Lawrence gouache painting, a Hokusai Ukiyo-e woodcut, letters of Albert Einstein, and the earliest known manuscript on the aphorisms of Hypocrites (12th c.). She has also worked extensively with historic American documents and has a continuing interest in handwriting inks of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In addition, Ms. Cleveland contributed a chapter on early American handwriting inks to the book, Before Photocopying: The Art and History of Mechanical Copying 1780-1938 (Barbara J. Rhodes and William W. Streeter, Oak Knoll Press, 1999). She has also delivered papers on conservation subjects to conferences in America and Europe.

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