On the job with: Guardian Fine Art Services

Leonard Cicero assembles a crate that is specially tailored to fit a piece of artwork that will be shipped from Guardian’s facility.
Leonard Cicero assembles a crate that is specially tailored to fit a piece of artwork that will be shipped from Guardian’s facility. Credit: Jake Hill Photography

In the five-story, nearly 100-year-old building at 1635 W. St. Paul Ave. in Milwaukee, trained art handlers, technicians and registrars handle the logistics and transportation needed to ensure valuable artwork gets safely from point A to point B.

The 63,000-square-foot warehouse was converted into Guardian Fine Art Services in 2017, initially serving as a storage facility for the collection of Guardian owner John Shannon and his wife, artist Jan Serr. Today, the business counts museums, galleries, artists and private collectors among its clients, serving as a liaison for deliveries, loans, donations and other services. It provides everything from protective cardboard sleeves to museum crates for domestic and international shipments, with technicians creating customized crates in the climate-controlled facility to ensure safe storage and delivery. 

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Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits, education and insurance for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism, history and African studies. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeing live music wherever she can.

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