The Image Permanence Institute offers a range of preservation consulting services, from environmental monitoring and
data analysis, to mechanical system design consultation, analysis, and optimization. IPI consulting services are
informed by staff expertise in collections care and mechanical system optimization, over thirty years of applied
research, and collaboration with engineers, architects, and energy experts. IPI consultants are experienced in a
wide range of climates, building types, and collection materials, and partner with allied professionals in
libraries, archives, and museums to facilitate collection assessments, preservation environment improvements, and
energy-saving mechanical system protocols.
To discuss your needs and how we can assist you in achieving your preservation goals in a sustainable way, please contact us.
Dan received his B.S. in Imaging and Photographic Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991. He has been a full-time member of the IPI staff since 1990. His primary focus of research at IPI has been the chemical and physical interactions between imaging media and storage enclosures, including the development and improvement of testing methods. He lectures to various consumer and trade groups and writes for their publications on home archiving and photo storage products. He has also been a consultant to many archival supply companies. Currently he is investigating digital hard copy stability and storage issues.
Chris joined IPI in April 2013. Chris is an experienced facility manager with Energy Service Company Certification in HVAC systems and Project Management Certification from the International Facility Management Association. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s Degree in Communication & Media Technologies from RIT in 2004. Chris provides advice and consulting services to cultural institutions on managing and operating mechanical systems to provide the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy. In his spare time, Chris enjoys woodworking, playing with his son Gavin, and working on his house.
Al received her M.A. in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in co-ordination with George Eastman House. She was a 2008-2009 Graduate Intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where she co-authored the book In the Darkroom: An Illustrated Guide to Photographic Processes Before the Digital Age (2010). Al has continued her work researching and writing about photographic processes. She joined IPI to further develop the web resource, Graphics Atlas.
Jennifer Jae Gutierrez joined IPI in 2017. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the research center, with more than fifteen years of experience as a preservation administrator, photograph conservator, and conservation educator. Jae has a MSc in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware specializing in photograph conservation. Prior to her appointment at RIT, Jae was the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP), University of Arizona, Tucson where she established the institution’s conservation department. Before that, she held a faculty appointment in the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware (UD) where she taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in preventive conservation, conservation ethics, and the conservation of photographic materials. She also served as Associate Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation from 2010-2012.
Kelly joined IPI in May 2016 to provide consultation services, technical support, and advice to cultural heritage institutions on preventive conservation. She is also involved in several research projects, with specific interest in the role of moisture and monitoring techniques for pollutants. Prior to joining IPI, Kelly earned her MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur- University of Delaware Program and a BA in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington. She has worked as a conservator at a range of institutions across the U.S. and internationally, and is involved in the American Institute for Conservation’s Collections Care Network.