Top of Mind
by Julie Rose
National Internet Radio
Interview: Restoring Street Murals Back to Life
Guest: Scott Haskins, Director and Chief Conservator,
Fine Art Conservation Laboratories
Colorful street art seems to have taken on new life thanks to Instagram. Tourists will make a special pilgrimage to an out-of-the-way spot just to get that perfect photo in front of an artsy mural. Scott Haskins is the guy cities call when graffiti, pollution or weather damage an iconic street mural. Recently his team has been restoring famous art along Los Angeles free ways that have all but disappeared beneath graffiti.
Julie Rose is a seasoned broadcast journalist and interviewer. Over the course of her broadcast career in both Utah and North Carolina, Rose produced spots and feature news stories for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Leading up to her time at BYU Radio, she worked as a regional reporter for political, social and economic stories in North and South Carolina at WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte. She’s a recipient of two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for Radio Writing and also the winner of multiple regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for continuing coverage, hard news reporting, writing, use of sound, features and other categories. Rose originally received her BA from BYU in Communications.
Julie Rose interviews Scott M. Haskins – Audio Only -- (the program says, “Hong Kong, Carnival Safety, Vaccine Hesitancy” but click on the play button and it will be the correct program)
Interview as voice over slide show video (20 minutes)
Scott M. Haskins graduated in 1978 from the Italian government (Lombardy Region -- ENAIP) 3 year master’s degree level painting conservation program run in conjunction with the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (ICR) in Rome.
Between 1978 and 1984 Mr. Haskins established the painting conservation laboratory at Brigham Young University, in Utah, which also served the historical collection of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During the time period, other institutions served were the International Museum of Pioneers -- Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Son’s of Utah Pioneers, The Springville Art Museum and many private collectors.
In 1984, Mr. Haskins began private practice in Santa Barbara, CA where he provides painting conservation services over a wide geographical region. He is recognized and well known nationwide and internationally for his art conservation work on murals. He also consults on damaged art issues as an expert witness for the courts and for insurance companies, nationwide.
He is the author of the best selling book, How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster, a home collection care manual for collectibles, memorabilia and family history. His new book, Save Your Stuff in the Workplace addresses similar issues in the corporate and government office environment as it relates to business continuity and HR outreach. He is also the author of several blogs.
Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro, Art Conservators
805 564 3438
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What People Are Saying About FACL’s Services
(see video testimonials at end of list)
“I am working primarily on mural projects these days. You are truly an inspiration in our field! Thanks Scott for your videos! (YouTube.com “bestartdoc”) Deborah Uhl, Mural Conservator, Colorado
“The monies spent for your (art conservation assessment) services are the best money we ever spent.” Wendy Adair, VP of University Achievement, Texas Southern University, TSU), Houston, Texas http://www.tsumurals.com
“Scott, you may be the best conservator I know in the country. I have enjoyed working with you more than I can express.” Perry Huston, Past AIC President, Dallas, Texas http://www.fairparkmurals.com and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACRmeSkgCaA
“This was a very politically charged project in the City of San Francisco for over 10 years. We needed someone beyond reproach that we could count on to “knock the ball out of the park.” That’s why we chose Scott Haskins and FACL. Mr. Al Albano, Consultant, Piazzoni Mural Project, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
“Dear Scott & FACL, Inc. Staff, YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!!! The painting looked GREAT and I’m happy. I look forward to working more with you! My very best,” Dennis Marchesi, Marchesi & Co., Las Vegas, NV
“Scott, you provided the exact services we needed and did a wonderful job. We look forward to a good working relationship with FACL into the future.” Brent G. Thompson, Preservation Director History Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, SLC, UT. http://www.mormonartconservation.org
“Thank you for the excellent service and over the top quality workmanship for the conservation of our damaged items. I appreciate your timely response and I am 100% pleased with the results and services provided by FACL.” Insurance claim by Lucinda Bliss, Insured with Chartis Insurance Co.(aka AIG)
“We would have been in big trouble and you made our navigation through the City (Dallas) and with the project’s architects streamlined and professional. Your quality services and reputation were cemented in our minds when we heard the inspector say they didn’t need to inspect your work for final quality – un heard of in our industry!” Tim Storms , Roberts-Obrien Construction, General Contractor, Dallas, TX http://www.fairparkmurals.com
“Scott enabled our settlement to be acceptable to both the Dept. of Labor and the artist, Kent Twitchell. His expertise and professionalism proved invaluable.” Steven Schwartz, attorney for Dept. of Labor, Public art suit. Los Angeles, CA http://usip.com/pdf/Recent_Articles/Intellectual-Property-Today.pdf
“Scott, you (FACL) met my expectations, which was a perfect job. My absolute confidence in your work was absolutely confirmed. Thanks so much.” Jay Friedman, Santa Barbara, CA
“I am speechless! Its magic the work that you perform. You took my much abused painting and brought her back to the original glory. The cracks are gone, the missing pieces are invisible, the inpainting is perfect, the varnish exactly right. You’re the best!” Kurt Meisenbach, Los Angeles, CA
“Scott and FACL, Inc. team: We, at MCLA are extremely grateful about the restoration of Jim Morphesis Monument! I am happy beyond words. You have done an amazing job! Thank you!” Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director, Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) http://www.savefreewaymurals.com
Scott, I am blown away by the expertise and abilities of your lab! We searched very carefully for just the right person whose reputation was professionally excellent before we decided on your services. But, we could have never hoped for such an amazing and wonderful outcome on our previously abused Grandville Redmond poppy painting. I could go on and on… Thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful gift!
Marla Roberts, Oakland, CA
Video testimonials on YouTube
Fred Page, Appraiser, Insurance Claims Expert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXXlDB0M9qw
Charles Bonner, Attorney, San Francisco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWZSBzZ-a2Y
George Stern, Art Dealer, West Hollywood, CA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdgnATVV1Lc
Katherine Francis, Framer, Venice Beach, CA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRWwqsApgf0
Greg Colley, Collector, Art Dealer in Glendale, CA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEjiO_EIhwk
Jerry Solomon, Framer in Los Angeles, CA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L37YUcskJk4