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James Bernstein, Conservator of Paintings & Mixed Media, is in private practice in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of the High School of Music & Art (NYC), Brandeis University, and the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Conservation (now at Buffalo). Jim was Conservator and Co-Director of Conservation for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for 15 years, instrumental in the training of interns and the design of the museum's conservation programs. Known for his knowledge of artist materials, his inventive problem-solving, and his skillful treatment of hybrid modern art works, Jim is dedicated to conservation education
and loves to share his knowledge with others. Regularly called upon to teach color and compensation techniques to conservators at advanced seminars [hosted by institutions such as the Getty Museum, Museum of Modern Art (NY), New York University's Conservation Center, the International Preservation Studies and now the AIC], Jim has lectured on inpainting, picture varnishes, dilemmas in the conservation of contemporary art, and "Studio Tips."