Founder and Chief Conservator
Peggy Van Witt is a third-generation paintings conservator. Based in the Metro of Kansas City, she works in private practice in her state-of-the-art conservation studio.
She is a long standing member and Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and adheres to a strict Code of Ethics. She is also a member of The New England Conservation Association, Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP), and the Midwest Regional Conservation Guild.
Through the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, she has attended dozens of industry workshops such as Varnishes and Surface Coatings, Adhesives for Conservation, Mastering Inpainting, and Modular Cleaning, as well as the Symposium of Early European Paintings offered at Yale, New Haven.
Ms. Van Witt has worked in Germany, England, Switzerland, and Belgium. Prior to moving to Kansas City in 2003, Ms. Van Witt worked as a conservator in private practice in Westport, Connecticut, initially under the tutelage of Conservator Arnold Wagner, co-founder of Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP). Ms. Van Witt collaborated on projects with Mr. Wagner until his retirement in 2009.
In the 1970s and '80s, Peggy received two Bachelors degrees and a Masters degree at the University of Southern California, the Art Center College of Design, and the University of Maryland's European Division.
A lively and sought-after lecturer on art conservation and the care and treatment of paintings, Ms. Van Witt's lectures include hands-on demonstrations and conservation assessments. Email Ms. Van Witt directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie joined the team in the Fall of 2016. She is an amazingly talented conservator and has recently relocated to Kansas City from New Mexico.
Scout Marshall was born and raised in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Oklahoma State University with a specialty in sculpture and oil painting where she learned her studio and building practices. Her interest in handling art was piqued during her years working at the OSU Museum of Art and her time spent traveling around Italy, but her curiosity about art conservation blossomed after she was sent on a special project to Santa Fe, NM where she handled collections of the Museum of International Folk Art. After finishing her degree, she moved to New York City to see the art world up close and personal. Back home in the Midwest, she is more motivated than ever to play a part in the preservation of fine art.
John Smith joined the company in 2013 to assist with structural restoration and conservation of paintings. As an accomplished wood worker, traditional frame restoration comes naturally. John helps with big jobs, and serves as VWFA's webmaster.
John is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, where he majored in advertising and illustration. He worked previously as a humor artist and designer at Hallmark Cards for 24 years. He enjoys relaxing with his wife and two dogs, scooting to work on nice days, and watching old sic-fi movies.