President and chief conservator Thomas Koether was educated at The Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago and New York University. He has had workshop training in paper conservation with Robert Futernick of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and Donald Etherington, formerly with the Library of Congress. He studied gilding and frame restoration with John Sandsbery, and paintings restoration with Gustav Berger. He apprenticed for one year with Roger Ricco Associates, New York, in the restoration of ethnographic objects and for three years with George Schulty, East Hampton, in furniture restoration.

Mr. Koether has traveled widely, having lived in Paris for one year, Spain for three years, visiting, traveling and collecting art and artifacts throughout North Africa, the Near and Middle East, Asia and Australia as well as Colombia and Peru.

Since 1970, he has been a conservator in private practice in the United States, Europe and Australia. Art Conservation Services of Sarasota endorses and abides by the code of ethics of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

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Institutional and Collections Conservation

1991 - Present President, Art Conservation Services of Sarasota
Conservation and restoration of paintings, paper objects and gilded surfaces.

Conservator/Consultant/Gilder to the Roy Palmer Estate, Sarasota, FL
Collection of 26 old master canvases and gilt frames.

Conservation for the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL
Complete restoration of a painting by William Pachner.

Conservation for the Tampa History Center
Original maps and documents of early Tampa settlements.

Conservation for Friends of the Library, Tampa Public Library
Library collection of works on paper.

Conservation for City of Sarasota, Department of Planning
Documents and original town plan.

Conservator, Private Practice, Sarasota, FL

Conservator/Consultant to Sarasota Visual Arts Center

Paintings and sculpture.

1986 - 1991 Conservator, Private Practice, East Hampton, NY
Lisa DeKooning Connection
Elizabeth Strong - Quevas Sculpture

Conservator/Consultant to Montauck Lighthouse National Monument
Documents and maps of Teddy Roosevelt rough rider camp.

1974 - 1986 Conservator, Private Practice, Australia

North Coast Regional Conservation Center, President
Painting, paper, objects and gilded surfaces.

Consultant and Chief Conservator - Gold Coast Arts and Entertainment Center Regional Museum, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Conservator of Paintings - Gold Coast Gallery of Contemporary Art, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Conservation, restoration, collections management and gallery design consultation for new museum.

Conservator to Bruce Miller Collection of Oceanic Art, Sydney, Australia
Largest auction of oceanic art to date.

Conservator, Michael Edgely Collection of Russian Icons, Southport
Queensland, Australia. 23 icons from 14-19th century.

Conservator to University of New England, Armadale, N.S.W., Australia
Faculty portraits and university collection of Australian artists.

Conservator to Wayne Heathcoat Gallery of Art, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
Collection of New Guinea artifacts.

Consultant/Conservator, New England Regional Gallery of Art, Armadale, N.S.W., Australia
Restoration and damaged work from the Archives.

1974 - 1975 Conservator, Private Practice, Sydney, Australia

Conservator/Consultant to Dept. of Aborigine Affairs, Sydney
Restoration of aboriginal bark paintings using asymmetric cradling.

1972 Art restoration in association with Rodger Ricco Associates, European Painting and Sculpture, African Art and Pre-Columbian Art, New York, NY.

1972 Director, Ajanta Gallery of Ethnographic Art, New York, NY

1965 Freelance Writer - Lecturer in aesthetics.

1964 Curator, New York State Council on the Arts Exhibition, New York's World's Fair - Gallery management, lecture tours and maintenance of collection, New York State Council on the Arts, New York, NY


1969 - 1970 Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France

1965 - 1968 Art Students League, New York, NY

New York University, B.A. Honors

Philosophy of Aesthetics (Professor William Barrett)

1963 - 1964 New School for Social Research, New York, NY

1960 - 1962 Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago
B.A. in Fine Arts - Painting. Chicago, IL.



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