Who We Are

What is Art-Care?

Art-Care is an interactive web site designed as a tool to aid art and artifact owners in making informed decisions when selecting a qualified conservator, appraiser, or any other necessary art related service provider.

It is also designed to aid the art service providers in private practice  who have been designated as professionals by their National Associations by providing a means for these recognized professionals to market their services, advertising individually and as a group with a national presence.

Three Professional Directories; Conservation, Appraisal, and Art-related services appear as listings and have a layered structure for clients to sort by specialty, geographic location and study members individual promotional brochures. This “one stop shopping” allows owners and custodians to easily find a variety of specialists and service providers, often difficult to find and study by comparison.

Member Brochures for marketing services are encouraged to enhance individual on-line listings. They are easily created by logging in and submitting descriptive text with images illustrating their services, ethics, and background with a link to their own web page.

About Judith Watkins Tartt, AIC PA

"The Three Graces" Mandarin Hotel, Hong Kong

Judith Watkins Tartt has been a private conservator of paintings practicing in Washington, DC since 1975. After receiving a BA in Art History at The George Washington University, Ms. Tartt began a five-year work/study apprentice program with H. Stewart Treviranus. Mr. Treviranus, painting conservator, AIC Fellow, IIC Fellow, received his training from Sheldon Keck NYU and in Washington, DC under Russell Quant at the Corcoron Gallery of Art.

Ms. Tartt has been awarded contracts from The GSA, US Department of State Art and Embassy Program and the US Treasury. She was contract conservator for the Hong Kong Museum in 1984- 1985 and again in 1992 -1993 she was Contract Conservator in Asia for Sotheby’s from 1992- 1995. In 2004, Ms. Tartt was one of two painting conservators awarded the contract to restore the collection at the Turkish Embassy, Washington, DC. She has been the Painting Conservator for the Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC since 1980. She has collaborated on projects with several Washington D.C. conservators.

Ms. Tartt is the Founder of Art-Care and now Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Tartt was featured in the National Cathedral School Magazine.


Our Mission

Support the stewardship, preservation and protection of art and other material culture under private ownership by connecting owners with highly qualified service providers.

Our Goals & Objectives

Support public institutions by providing an objective and unbiased source to which they can refer private owners for a variety of art service professionals and companies. Support individual citizens in good stewardship, preservation and conservation of material culture held under private ownership by providing a centralized source for an array of highly qualified service-providers.

Support highly qualified private service professionals and companies in connecting with private owners of art and other material culture.

Serve as a comprehensive educational source to assist the general public in making sound decisions and taking appropriate actions in the preservation and stewardship of privately held art and material culture.

Our History

In 2000, paintings conservator Judith Watkins Tartt, AIC PA, conceived Art-Care.

In Dallas 2001, Art-Care was introduced as a demo at the AIC Conference, to explore interest in the concept and gather suggestions.

In 2002, it was introduced as a conference demo to IIC in Miami and AIC in Baltimore.

By 2003, Art-Care was fine tuned from a concept to a reality, built with positive input, a new developer and considerable personal funding. The Web site was finally introduced live at AIC Convention in Alexandria. Members began subscribing.

At the 2004 Seattle AIC Conference, Art-Care.com was displayed, was also featured at the CIPP Business Dinner and was in an article in the AAM Museum News.

In 2005 Art Care was featured on the PBS Antique Road Show and members reported immediate success as new clients surfaced as a result from the show, promoting the site.

August 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Art-Care brought Judith Watkins Tartt, AIC PA and Susan Blakney, AIC, IIC Fellow together to envision a program that would provide recovery for items damaged by the hurricane. This team effort developed feasible plans, with many options dependent upon sponsorship. It was clear that the use of Art-Care.com provided a giant foundation stone which was already in place. The AIC Board considered this proposal, expressed appreciation for the effort but decided that during the aftermath of this crisis the use of Art-Care was an idea too big to implement.

April Art-Care 2006 Art-Care hosted the Curator’s Committee Reception at the AAM – American Association of Museums Annual Convention. Judith Watkins Tartt spoke to the Committee’s membership describing Art-Care as a destination point for museums response to public inquiries. The committee applauded Art-Care, agreeing that Art-Care was a vehicle that would continually help owners of damaged items select a conservator, appraiser, curator etc.

Provider Fees

Beginning January 1, 2014, annual memberships for Providers to be listed on Art-Care is $120.00 (USD).  Providers on Art-Care are entitled to promote their services in detail beyond a simple contact information listing on their Art-Care provider page.

The Art-Care Membership Demographics

1. Conservators recognized as professionals by their national association:

2. Appraisers certified or current members of their national associations:

3. Art Related Services & Professional Art Consultants:

  • Archival / preservation framing, fine art insurance carriers
  • Legal consultation / art Lawyers
  • Companies specializing in art lighting, fine art transportation and storage
  • Art supply and conservation supply stores


Art-Care.com is dedicated to the memory of David Everett Pickford, 1943 - 1989, who treasured beauty and friendship.