Michele S. Kay graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She received her classical European training in the craft of paintings restoration in Florence, Italy where she worked for several years in the studio and workshop of Ennio Regola. After returning to the United States in 1981, Michele continued to develop her technical skills and gentle-handed approach while at New York Conservation Associates, Ltd., The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and at Dianne Dwyer Studio, Inc. Ms. Kay established her own conservation studio in 1992 and continues to work on traditional easel paintings of different periods and schools. As a freelance conservator she works on various on-site conservation projects. Past collaborations with a team from Rustin Levenson Conservation Associates included the mural and ceiling paintings at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House in New York, NY, and the Miami Post Office in Miami Beach, Florida. Michele has been a guest conservator at the New York University Institute of Fine Art Conservation Center. Mindful of the constantly evolving changes and developments in the field, she continues to keep abreast of new methods and materials with mid-career courses, professional meetings and lectures. She is also a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (A.I.C.) and abides by AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Practice.