Heather White, Owner and Principal Objects Conservator
As an artist and an ongoing student of history and science, I’ve had the rare pleasure of entering the field of art conservation, and have enjoyed a career in the recovery and long-term care of cultural material for ten years. Whether I’m working in the field as artifacts come out of the ground, at a museum preparing art for exhibit, or simply at a client’s house caring for a precious heirloom that’s been damaged, my purpose is to ensure our world’s treasures last for generations to come. This is both an honor and a responsibility, and I proudly hold myself to the ethical standards established by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
My purpose is to ensure our world's treasures last for generations to come.
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, my early career was steeped in rewarding experiences at beloved cultural institutions just west of the Mississippi. I earned my Bachelor’s in 2009 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, focusing on the study of art history, classical archaeology and studio art. My love of archaeology lead to work as an archaeological field technician in the states and abroad. After college I spent several years gaining first-hand experience in the curation, preparation and conservation of art and artifacts at the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Eugene Field House, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University.
Though I’ve spent a majority of my career at museums treating a range of materials and art, my affinity for archaeological conservation has been undeniable. Ever since I could dig in the dirt, I knew one of my greatest loves in life would involve taking part in the discovery of our past through the remains our ancestors left behind. By entering the field of conservation, I found my particular role and contribution to these such endeavors, and value every opportunity to be in the field alongside my colleagues across disciplines as we collectively work to uncover and interpret the past.