"Ms. Shaftel is eminentely qualified for this work, with internationally recognised credentials in art conservation, complemented by years of experence working for museums and monestaries internationally."
- His Holiness the 17th Karmapa
"Ann Shaftel has done conservation work for Rubin Museum of Art since the museum's inception, and for the Rubin Collection, since 1996. Our Museum specializes in the art of Tibet, Nepal, and the Himalayan region and Ann Shaftel's expertise in the conservation treatments of the art of this region, and in particular, her in-depth knowledge of Thankas, has time and again proven to be an invaluable resourse for us."
"It is without hesitation and with enthusiasm that we recommend her conservation services."
-Lisa M. Arcomano, Manager, Collections & Exhibitions,
Rubin Museum of Art
"It was such a pleasure having you speak. You brought a new angle to this art and tradition, that we have been sorely lacking, and it is most appreciated."
- Asha Kaufman, Manager, Guide Program,
Rubin Museum of Art
"She was conscious to always give a range of conservation methods, from the most extreme to the most conservative, so that the final decision could be made by the institution according to their own standards of practice."
"The workshop was an invaluable experience, providing information that will be useful in the curatorial and conservation departments of the museum for many years to come."
"Her lectures were accompanied by fascinating images gathered through her extensive work experience and travels."
- Dr Deepali Dewan, Associate Curator South Asian Art, and
Cathy Stewart, Manager of Conservation,
Royal Ontario Museum
"It is without hesitation that I can attest to Ms Ann Shaftel's knowledge and her ability to share this knowledge effectively."
"The course was planned and delivered by Ann to the highest professional standards. that is not to say that Ann was in any way unapproachable of inflexible. Indeed, Ms Shaftel has a very personable and open style that encourages confidence in her abilities, while at the same time allows students and others working with her to feel at ease."
- Marcelle Scott, Academic Programs Coordinator,
Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation,
University of Melbourne
"I learned an enormous amount from you and your teaching style made it all seem quite effortless. It was a wonderful learning experience. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience so generously."
- Jan Vuori, Textile Conservator,
Canadian Conservation Institute
"I, on behalf of the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan, take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitute to Ms. Ann Shaftel for conducting this much needed training program in Bhutan. We look forward to working with her again and it is our sincere hope that she will be able to continue with her valuable works in Bhutan."
- Jigmi Y Thinley, Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs,
Royal Government of Bhutan
"I remain thanking you for sharing your invaluable experience with us, and look forward to the opportunity of further professional exchanges in the future."
- Shing-wai Chan, Chief Curator (Conservation),
Hong Kong Museum of Art
"It was a pleasure to work with Ms. Shaftel. The board and staff of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art greatly benefited from her expertise."
- Meg Ventrudo, Executive Director,
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art