About KCI

KCI Firm

KCI is a professional art conservation firm that specializes in the conservation of sculpture and objects. We maintain a spacious, secure and beautifully equipped conservation facility in Minneapolis, MN.  KCI has two principal conservators, Kristin Cheronis and Laura Kubick and as a team we have a combined 38 years of experience in object and sculpture conservation.  Our work includes carrying out design phase assessments, conservation condition assessments, collections surveys, cultural resource documentation, hands-on treatment work, restoration, and historic remediation projects for public art, historic artifacts and sculpture in stone, masonry, concrete, metals, ceramic tile, terracotta, wood, plaster, terrazzo, linoleum, glass, bone, paper, plastics and resins, and botanical materials.

KCI provides professional conservation services for all types of sculpture and objects, but we have become especially well known and respected for the conservation of modern and contemporary art, as well as outdoor sculpture and public art. The diverse repertoire of artworks treated by KCI include traditional sculptures, decorative arts objects, ancient artifacts, ethnographic objects, monuments, fountains, mosaics, multi-media art, kinetic art, and electronic media art. All of KCI’s work is carried out following the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation.

 

 
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Laura Kubick, conservator

Laura Kubick is an Object and Sculpture Conservator and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for the Conservation (AIC).  She frequently works with a wide range of objects and materials, including fine art, historic objects, public art, and outdoor sculpture, however she has developed particular expertise in the conservation of contemporary art and the conservation of painted outdoor sculpture.  Laura joined KCI Conservation in 2014 and took over the operation of the firm in 2019. Before joining KCI, Laura was the Assistant Conservator of Objects and Variable Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a Post-Graduate Conservation Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lunder Conservation Center. She holds a Master of Science degree from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Kubick received further art conservation training at the National Gallery of Art, the Shangri-La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures, and Midwest Art Conservation Center. 

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Kristin Cheronis, Conservator

Kristin Cheronis has been a practicing Object and Sculpture Conservator since 1986.  She has been a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation since 1989. She works on a wide variety of projects including contemporary fine art sculptures, decorative arts, and historic artifacts from museums and private collections.  Kristin has special expertise in the assessment and treatment of public art, including pre-fabrication reviews, on-site installation oversight, preparation of maintenance plans and onsite treatments of collections of public art.

Prior to founding KCI in 2001, Kristin worked for 15 years as the Senior Objects and Sculpture Conservator for the regional conservation center at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MACC).

Selected Clients

3M, Minneapolis, MN

Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Burnet Fine Art Gallery, Wayzata, MN

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

City of Duluth, MN

City of Minneapolis, MN

City of Saint Cloud, MN

City of Saint Paul Parks & Recreation, St. Paul, MN

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul, MN

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

General Mills, Golden Valley, MN

Hennepin County Libraries, Minnetonka, MN

Hopkins Public Art, Hopkins, MN

Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, MN

Metro Transit, St. Paul, MN

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN

Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, MN

Public Art Edina, Edina, MN

Public Art Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN

Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, MN