Who we are:
Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, NCIDQ;
Co-Owner and Conservator, Historic Preservation interior design
Ann has been actively involved in historic preservation and restoration since 1994. She is an Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation as a paper specialist. With a Bachelor of Interior Design and Master of Science including an emphasis in Historic Preservation and Restoration, Ann has worked on several historic homes and buildings. She has been a certificate holder in The National Council for Interior Design Qualification since 2001. Ann is on the Boards of Directors for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arkansas Chapter, Historic Dreamland Ballroom, and the Quapaw Quarter Association as an advocate for the preservation of historic structures in the Little Rock area.
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.
Laura was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Advisory Council of the Arkansas Arts Council in 2019, where she serves as one of two representatives for six counties in central Arkansas. She is an involved member and volunteer of the Arkansas Arts Center where she sits on the Board of The Contemporaries, and is active member in the Junior League of Little Rock where she has served as Chair of the History & Archives and Research & Development Committees. Laura previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arkansas Chapter. She continues to manage fine art collections for private clients with collections located in n Arkansas, Florida, New York, and Texas.
Laura is an Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation.
Mr. Bob Devan (ret.);
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.
Graduation bulletin from Childress Army Flying School 1943.
Historic restoration of a 1908 home.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Historic Restoration of c.1850 farm house.
Restoration of photograph c. 1930.