Give Me A Break Conservation Services (GMAB) is an art conservation practice specializing in the care and treatment of 3-dimensional art(ifacts): mixed-media objects, odd and/or organic materials, modern and contemporary genres, outdoor sculpture, ethnographic/archaeological material culture, and natural history specimens. With two studios, one in New York and one in New Jersey, GMAB handles a wide range of diverse materials, from sugar to shagreen to shale, and serves museums, galleries, corporations, and collectors not only in the New York area, but nationally and internationally.

Linda Nieuwenhuizen, who has been involved in the field of conservation since 1984, is the primary objects conservator and owner of GMAB. Linda’s interest in conservation began with her experience in the fields of cultural anthropology and archaeology, where she was active with both national and international excavations. While digging and analyzing finds, it became apparent to Linda that not enough was being done to preserve the artifacts from season to season; thus her work in archaeology led to her career in conservation. For her formal education in conservation, Linda attended the Art Conservation Department at the State University College at Buffalo, and graduated in 1990. Linda interned in the Anthropology Department at the American Museum of Natural History and following the internship was hired and worked there until 1996. While there, she began a private conservation practice and began teaching as an adjunct professor at the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

GMAB is committed to working with and conserving collections of large institutions as well as private clients, while maintaining the highest professional standards for a conservation practice. Linda has worked with many area museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New-York Historical Society, Staten Island Museum, the Newark Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, among others. Ms. Nieuwenhuizen lectures and publishes on conservation topics, she is active as a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation and as part of her commitment to teaching, Linda is an adjunct professor at the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Article on the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

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