Will headed conservation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a decade before relocating to Barcelona. His work with preserving public murals won him the Rome Prize in 2005 and led to his creation of the American initiative Rescue Public Murals. Shank trained in art history and conservation in Florence, at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, and Harvard University. Will has conserved paintings all over the world. He was the curator of A Hidden Picasso at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In 2010 he won the American Institute for Conservation’s Advocacy Award and he was an organizer of the conference The Mural in the Americas at the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Research Institute (2003). The volume that he co-edited, Conservation Issues in Modern and Contemporary Murals (2015), is the result of a symposium on the subject in Valencia, Spain. He has worked with the Keith Haring Foundation on murals in Pisa, Paris and Amsterdam.