Who we are:
Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, NCIDQ;
Co-Owner and Conservator
Ann has been actively involved in historic preservation and restoration since 1994. She is an Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation. She holds a Master of Science with an emphasis in curriculum development in Historic Preservation and Restoration. Ann is on the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arkansas Chapter where she is Chair of the Polly Woods Scholarship subcommittee.
Mrs. Laura Bryan Curtner;
Co-owner and Conservator
Laura attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she studied Fine and Studio Arts. She later attended the University of Central Arkansas, with an emphasis in Museum Studies where she completed her thesis in Museum Studies and Exhibition Design. In 2012, she was awarded the Elizabeth J. Pruet Internship by the National Museum of Women in the Arts for museum and curatorial studies. As the Pruet intern, she curated two widely-acclaimed exhibitions, including A History of Architecture in Jefferson County under the title Art Meets Science Through Architecture. She was recently welcomed onto the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and acts as Chair of the Public Relations subcommittee. Laura is an involved member and volunteer of the Arkansas Arts Center and is active in the Junior League of Little Rock. She continues to manage fine art collections for private clients in Arkansas, Florida, and Texas.
Laura is an Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation.
Mr. Bob Devan;
Founder and Expert Conservator
With over 40 years of archival, conservation, and restoration experience, Bob Devan trained at the National Archives in Washington D.C. in paper conservation. He was the Museum and Archival Conservator at the Arkansas History Commission from 1976-2006. He has taught archival conservation at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the Public History Department since 1986. Having managed thousands of conservation projects, Bob has acted as a first-responder for disaster relief efforts and caters to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and natural disasters involving artifacts and historical documents in danger of being ruined. Mr. Devan continues to be the authority in conservation and restoration across the state and throughout the region.
Restoration of photograph c. 1930.
Graduation bulletin from Childress Army Flying School 1943.
The University of Arkansas,
1951 Razorback yearbook.
Postcard from Paris, dated June 7, 1946.