About Arts Environment

Karen Kahn’s practical experience and expertise in the evaluation of indoor environments which have been damaged by water and contaminants enables her to understand the complex web of issues surrounding the restoration of buildings which contain art and the works of art themselves.

Karen KahnKaren believes that successful resolution to any catastrophic event is based in large part on the client’s understanding of the restoration process and willingness to stay actively involved. She empowers her clients to better understand their insurance coverage and benefits, present claims and knowledgeably be engaged throughout the process of interacting with insurance companies, consultants and contractors.

Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from UC Berkeley and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the American Institute for the Conservation and Preservation of Historic Art Works and is a member of a Board of Directors of an Art Foundation. She is a principal author of the Action Guide for Handling Mold Litigation in California which was published by the Continuing Education Department of the California State Bar in 2003 and subsequently updated twice. She is also the author of a paper published by the Fungal Research Group Foundation, a non-profit (501c3) entitled “Critical Issues in Art Conservation: The Pitfalls of the Emergency Response”.

Karen Kahn has appeared on public television and radio on the subject of handling claims related to water damage in residential and commercial buildings, and has also presented on the subject to trade and legal organizations. She was a speaker on the subject of mold litigation at the Consumer Attorneys of California annual conference and was a speaker at the Sixth International Scientific Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria and Mycotoxins in Indoor and Outdoor Environments and Human Health on the subject of Water-Damaged Buildings and Art Restoration.

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The Importance of Planning

Planning for Emergencies before they happen is essential to the preservation of property and the protection of health: What are the hazards that exist in buildings before they are damaged?
  • Is there lead in paint?
  • Is there asbestos in building materials?
  • Do works of art contain toxic chemicals?
What are the asbestos hazards and where are they present?
  • Drywall
  • Acoustic (Popcorn) Ceiling
  • Wall Insulation
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Adhesives
  • Exterior Stucco
  • Roofing Tiles
  • ...are just some examples. What are the hazardous materials present in and on works of art that will be handled during a disaster response? The most recent crisis, Hurricane Sandy, hit with devastating effects, destroying lives and livelihoods of people who lived and worked in its path, and leaving millions uninsured for the damage caused by the storm. Resources: Museum of Modern Art “Immediate Response for Collections” [PDF]; Centers for Disease Control; Insurance coverage for flood.
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