Portrait of Ton Cremers, Founder of Museum Security Network, by Travis Simpkins


Recently artist Travis Simpkins completed a portrait illustration of Ton Cremers, founder of Museum Security Network and former Head of Security at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. In addition, Mr. Cremers has worked extensively as an independent museum, library and archive security consultant. He was the recipient of the 2001 Robert B. Burke Award for Excellence in Cultural Property Protection at the Smithsonian National Conference. Museum Security Network has been online since 1996, and has become the main channel for the distribution of news and information pertaining to cultural property protection, preservation, conservation and security.

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Travis Simpkins

Travis Simpkins is a freelance artist, specializing in portrait illustration. His works are in numerous collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. His clients include companies/personalities in the Film, Television, Radio, Music and Publishing industries, law enforcement agencies, museums, universities and municipal institutions. Travis is also a dedicated Art Museum employee and consultant. His efforts and connections have culminated in the addition of 300+ works of Art to the permanent collection of the Worcester Art Museum, including 94 woodblock prints by Toshi Yoshida. Travis' artistic skills have benefited the promotion of WAM programs involving the Audience Engagement, Education, Curatorial, Conservation and Marketing Departments. For the past several years, he has provided security training for newly hired art museum guards. In addition, Travis spent two years working in architectural conservation, aiding in the restoration of an 18th Century historic home in central Massachusetts. His art contributions and museum work have been featured in various publications, newspapers, web features and periodicals. As a professional artist, Travis Simpkins is a highly skilled observer. His unique eye for aesthetic detail, combined with a background in museum collections, preservation, research and security work lends itself perfectly to study, promotion and outreach related to Art Crime, Art History and Archaeology. In addition to Art Crime Illustrated, Travis Simpkins is also a regular contributor to www.stolencavalier.com , along with Art Crime and Security experts Anthony Amore (Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) and Vicki Oliveri.