Furniture conservator Yuri Yanchyshyn has worked with wooden objects and their owners for over 25 years in a variety of settings, from a cabinet-makers shop to the laboratories of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He regularly works on rare, valuable and handmade objects dating from the 14th through the 21st century, stabilizing their structures, restoring their historic integrity and minimizing the chances of future deterioration. Private collectors, museums, architects, decorative arts historians, fine arts advisors and designers have all entrusted treasured items to Yuris care, and institutions such as Christies invite him to lecture. Yuri is currently proprietor and Head of Studio at Period Furniture Conservation, LLC, a New York City-based firm.
Yuri was born in Philadelphia of Ukrainian parents and grew up in the Detroit metropolitan area. He and his wife Deborah have lived in New York City for over 25 years, and they have two sons. In his free time, Yuri enjoys reading and travelling. He is also an active volunteer for community non-profit organizations, including schools, museums and libraries.
Yuri holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the California Institute of the Arts. He received advanced training in conservation from the Amsterdam Academy for Restoration and the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, and frequently participates in ongoing continuing education courses.
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