Our Team of Experts

Barbara Stella, Chief Art Conservator & President

Barbara is the Owner and Chief Conservator. Barbara studied at world-renowned institutions such as the Institute of Fine Arts and Restoration Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, Italy. She has 27 years of industry experience and has performed art conservation and restoration on various works of art for various museums, the “Soprintendenza Belle Arti” – Italian Ministry of Arts, the Civic Museum of Ancient Art, national galleries, private and corporate collections, art advisors, insurance companies, and art appraisers , the Italian Institute of Culture, Archbishop Curias and churches, city councils, as well as numerous other public and private institutions, art collectors, and art and antique vendors.

In the span of her 27-year career, she has performed art conservation treatments on paintings by prestigious artists such as Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Paolo Cagliari called “il Veronese”, Joan Miro’, Salvador Dali’, Dosso Dossi and many others (see list of Artists).

Barbara also taught graduate-level classes at a number of reputed institutions.

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Carla Carvalho Tavares, Art Conservator

Carla’s educational background is in Art and Conservation. In 2016 she successfully obtained her PhD in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage – Painting Specialization, Centro do Porto da Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP-CRP).  From 2010 – 2016 she was a researcher at the “Centro de Investigação e Tecnologia das Artes, Centro Regional do Porto da Universidade Católica Portuguesa (CITAR)” carrying out projects in Portugal and Brazil.

Her work experience is in museum environment (Fundação Museu do Douro, Portugal), research and conservation studios in Portugal and Spain.

In April 2016 she came to the USA and has been working for Stella Art Conservation since May 2017.

Sandra has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, one of the leading economics universities in the world. During her 20-year professional experience she has worked in Africa, Italy, Canada and the United States. In Africa, she worked for the UK Consulate, the Italian Embassy, and the Italian Region of Piedmont. She carried out leading roles that required strong organizational and diplomatic skills. She worked directly with Ambassadors, Ministers and policymakers. In Canada and in Italy, Sandra worked for various corporate organizations. She was in charge of building and maintaining long-term customer relationships as well as increasing customer profitability by developing and monitoring integrated online marketing programs.

Noelle has over 20 years of administrative experience. She executes duties and responsibilities which include yet not limited to providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office. Supports managers and employees through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication. She ensures excellent client relations with ease and professionalism and is responsible for confidential and time sensitive material in which she executes skillfully.

Noelle really makes our day run smoothly and helps us all survive our workday, every day! She is a true superstar!