Preserving Art Collections During Fine Art Shipping, Installation, and Storage

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If you are an art professional looking to ship and store your art collections, you seek expert fine art handlers who use adequate packing materials, the proper protection, or the right hardware. 

With extensive field experience, Art Work Fine Art Services’ team knows the ins and outs of how to protect your unique piece of art to ensure they arrive to your desired destination preserved and ready to be securely installed just as the artist intended. 

“We start with an extensive interview process. We really want to get to know that client, their artwork, and their goals,” says Jessica Bender, Director of Operations, Seattle. “For so many art professionals, it’s a relief to them to know that they have an expert at their side to help as their collections grow.”

Below is a list of things to keep in mind as your collection begins to grow:

Professional Installation Services for Every Medium

Installation is perhaps the most stressful part of managing fine artwork. A proper fine art installation which takes into account safety and security while maintaining the integrity of the piece is an intimate operation — anything can go wrong. Inadequate hardware or a poorly chosen installation location can be devastating for fine artwork.

At Art Work Fine Art Services, we work to ensure the safest possible installation, having successfully installed thousands of paintings, sculptures, and installation pieces for decades. Our recent public art installation, like the Bronze Sculpture at Olympic College, demonstrates how we can adapt to challenges. We account for the size, weight, and medium of the artwork to determine the appropriate hardware needed to successfully and safely display a piece. 

If your collection grows and changes, we are equipped to adapt to your needs. Art Work Fine Art Services is designed to be a consistent partner throughout your life as an art professional.

Fine Art Shipping Services For Your Art Collections

Your fine art pieces must make it safely to their destination. We help you reach your goals by effectively soft packing and transporting your pieces. Many pieces require custom crating as an added protection. If you have pieces arriving from overseas, your collection must be packaged in the proper crate size, protected with wood, foam, and a vapor barrier.

We offer peace of mind during the fine art shipping process by keeping fine art pieces in a temperature-controlled environment inside securely locked trucks with GPS monitoring. No matter the size or medium, your pieces will have a dedicated team to safely load, transport, and unload your pieces from one location to the next.

Storage Services Prepared for Every Possible Adverse Event

Whether you require short-term storage for a few pieces or long-term storage for an entire exhibit, art requires specific storage to preserve every detail of your fine art.  

Our team cuts no corners when it comes to protecting your art pieces. We employ climate control, environmental control, and 24/7 live monitoring. Our team of experienced professionals can walk you through why the small details matter — details such as how much pressure is on the artwork and even the orientation of the pieces. These may seem like minute details, but they can make a world of difference.

High Caliber Art Logistics Services with Our Team

No matter what your artwork needs, the Art Work Fine Art Services team is here and ready to create a unique plan for you. 

During your consultation, we will discuss storage, shipping, and the installation of your one-of-a-kind piece. For storage, our team will learn more about your artwork quantities, sizes, and mediums. If you are inquiring with us about shipping, our team will discuss your destination. If you are interested in using Art Work Fine Art Services to install your art, we will discuss the medium/media on which your art will be displayed (concrete walls, drywall, sheetrock, wood paneling, etc.). 

For nearly 30 years, Art Work Fine Art Services has served as the trusted logistics partner to some of America’s most highly-regarded museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. We specialize in expert and custom solutions for domestic and international shipping, warehousing, and preservation of artwork. Our team is composed of passionate experts in many mediums, including design, painting, printmaking, carpentry, photography, and sculpture. Art Work FAS offers services in Portland and Seattle, in addition to California’s Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, and across the Rocky Mountains.    

To receive an estimate or find out more about the services Art Work Fine Art Services offers, request a quote or complete the form below.


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