The majority of our students have undergraduate degrees in art history, anthropology, archaeology, chemistry and/or studio art. Many students also have Master’s degrees in anthropology, studio art, art history, chemistry, or museum management. We receive approximately 700 inquiries a year and usually have at least 60 applicants who have all of the prerequisites, from whom we interview 24 and select ten.
The Class of 2019 has accumulated experience in all corners of the United States, in private practice studios and in museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Abroad, these Fellows studied material culture in Italy and Germany. They honed their analytical techniques and hand skills working with frescoes, oil paintings, polychrome wood, furniture, bronze sculptures, and paper-based works. Treatments were undertaken on material culture of global importance – Indian stone sculpture, Chinese lacquerware, and ancient Egyptian mummies – while others are of local value, from an archaeological textile collection at the Minnesota Historical Society to costume sketches at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. American cultural heritage is also represented, such as analysis of the Liberty Bell, treatment of presidential china, and the rehousing of Civil War-era artifacts recovered from underwater archaeological conservation efforts. WUDPAC Fellows immersed themselves in studio arts such as drawing, painting, textile arts, bookbinding, metalworking, glassblowing, audio-visual installations, and neon; they studied French, German, and Italian; they investigated prints and photographs with x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and even learned how to operate a boom lift to clean and wax Auguste Rodin’s Gates of Hell. Members of the Class of 2019 have traveled to Ormylia, Greece to take part in the Infrared and Raman Users Group IRUG12 conference; to Ossabaw Island, Georgia, for an FAIC workshop in preventive conservation, and to Miami, Florida, for a poster presentation at AIC’s 43rd annual conference. These Fellows will continue outreach efforts, working not only to preserve artistic and historical property but also to educate an increasingly global audience about its priceless cultural heritage.
The Class of 2019 looks forward to building on these experiences at WUDPAC, where they will expand their knowledge of materials and technology and fine-tune their analytical, research, and hand skills as they continue to preserve priceless cultural property while forming new global partnerships and becoming stronger advocates for artistic, historic, and cultural heritage.