I am passionate about conservation and the community of professionals who advocate on behalf of cultural history. Mentors have taught me that every decision should be based on an informed respect for the object and every object provides an opportunity to reevaluate traditional narratives. I believe that the more the public know about conservation, the easier it will be to understand how our field can adapt to keep current. 

Outreach can take many forms, from blog posts to conservation clinics. The following details a few of the conservation-related outreach efforts I am involved in.

Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Jon Parrish Peede visiting various conservation labs in the Winterthur Museum and Gardens library to learn about the conservation and preservation work being done there. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware) Pictured with: Natalya Swanson, second year WUDPAC student

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. As a NEH Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), I receive a generous yearly stipend from the NEH that allows me to study at Winterthur and be involved in projects such as the WUDPAC, Voices in Contemporary Art (VocA), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) partnership.

I recently had the great pleasure of thanking John Parrish Peede, NEH Chairman, in person when he toured Winterthur’s conservation labs. A write-up on the Chairman’s visit can be accessed here.

IICAH provides educational opportunities for people in conservation and preservation. Image courtesy of the University of Delaware.

THE IRAQI INSTITUTE FOR THE CONSERVATION OF ANTIQUES AND HERITAGE (IICAH)

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiques and Heritage preserves cultural identity of artifacts in Iraq by educating people in conservation and preservation.

Thanks to generous funding provided by the U.S. State Department, I am working with colleagues at the University of Delaware to prepare didactics that will be taken to the IICAH and used as teaching aids.

After seeing a compelling lecture given by Jessica Johnson, Head of Conservation at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) in Spring 2018, my classmate Joanna Hurd and I began brainstorming on how we could remotely support the important work being carried out in Iraq. Working with Jessie Johnson, Debbie Hess Norris, and Terry Drayman-Weisser, we formulated a plan to make didactics that could be easily transported to Iraq from Washington, D.C. Currently, Joanna and I are leading a team of graduate students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in making two sets of didactics, one that provides cost effective alternatives to packing and storage materials (e.g. volara, ethafoam), the second that focuses on the preventive care of historical materials, specifically unfired clay (e.g. cuneiform tablets and mud-bricks).

The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) has an active online community! For more information check out their Facebook page or website.

EMERGING CONSERVATION PROFESSIONALS NETWORK (ECPN)

The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) community supports early career conservators as they navigate from pre-program to graduate school and beyond by providing resources and networking opportunities. More information about ECPN can be found on the newly launched subsite of the American Institute for Conservation’s (AIC) website!

Before graduate study, I served as a Regional Liaison for Florida from 2015-2016. Currently, I serve as the Graduate Liaison for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

For inquiries about graduate study at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, please contact me at: WUDPAC.ecpn.liaison@gmail.com

Diagram made for the 'Rigid Supports' document for MITRA.

MATERIALS INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS (MITRA)

The Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists (MITRA) website serves as a guide for artists who are interested in learning about best practices. The forum includes a Moderating Board comprised of experts in the field of art materials, art conservation, and material science.

In 2016 I worked as a Research Intern assisting Dr. Kristin DeGhetaldi and Brian Baade in writing the Resources documents for MITRA. After accepting the Terms and Conditions, the Resources page can be accessed here.

Talking with a group of Cleveland Museum of Art Summer Interns. Image courtesy of Laura Gaylord Resch.

ONLINE ARTICLES

Online blogs provide an opportunity for conservation professionals to reach a large audience. I’ve written several blog posts since entering into the field including on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s online blog and for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

I also keep a regular blog on workshops and seminars taken as a Graduate Fellow at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, which can be accessed here.