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Since 1983, we have offered the conservation and restoration of fine art on paper and oil on canvas. We follow the AIC code of ethics and the highest professional standards, using the latest advances and technical approaches in art conservation. ReNewell is unique because of its expertise with both canvas and paper.

"I have worked with some of the leading conservators in New York for three decades, and I feel so fortunate that Virginia Newell of ReNewell, Inc. Fine Art Conservation - a museum quality conservator - has her conservation laboratory in Columbia, South Carolina, and has also been available to conserve some of the significant works in my collection."

- Steven Naifeh

Artist, Collector, and Pulitzer Prize winning- American Author of Jackson Pollock: An American Saga and Van Gogh: The Life 

Our Services


Conservation prevents deterioration and preserves the integrity of an art work.

Restoration repairs damage using up-to-date techniques.

Both services involve a constant dialogue between art, art history, and science. 

Technique matters. But truly effective results depend on the sensitivity and talent of the conservator. 

About Us

Ginny Newell
Chief Conservator

Photo by Robert Clark

About Us

ReNewell Inc. has served private collectors and museums on the East Coast since 1983, specializing in art on paper and 18th- and 19th-century oil paintings.


Owner and chief conservator Ginny Newell draws on an art history degree from Davidson College and extensive conservation studies in both the United States and Europe. That combined experience sets ReNewell apart as uniquely qualified in conservation problem-solving.


Ginny takes conservation refresher courses to stay abreast of new approaches and technologies. Ginny and her assistant of 19 years, Jeff Donovan, operate a lab that follows the field's highest professional standards.


When not in her lab, she enjoys hitting the trails. She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu and walked El Camino de Santiago in northern Spain from Sarria to Santiago and on to Fisterre.


Ginny is a designated, peer- reviewed Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the International Institute for Conservation (IIC), the Southeastern Regional Conservation Association (SERCA), and Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP). For further information, please refer to Ginny's CV in the following link: 

Columbia Metropolitan magazine - June 2018
The Art of Restoration. 
Chemistry and history resurrect damaged art


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Some of Our Clients

Columbia Museum of Art

Florence Museum of Art

McKissick Museum
The Johnson Collection



From General Francis Marion to William Henry Johnson, Ginny Newell and her team have saved many of the important artistic and cultural assets that help to tell our story. Her work extending beyond the conservation lab through lectures and advocacy has fostered an appreciation for collection care throughout our community. In doing so, she has helped to open a dialogue between collectors and our growing institution. The contribution Ginny Newell has made to our museum is immeasurable."

Andrew R. Stout

Florence County Museum



Tuesday- Thursday  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Otherwise by appointment.


TEL: 803.254.1640

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