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PSP student helps bring digital preservation to Israel

Jane Klinger—Chief Conservator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a PSP student—recently traveled with an international group of conservators to a workshop devoted to the physical and digital preservation of documents at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Over three days, these visiting experts discussed the ethical and technical challenges of conserving the original documents while creating a digital archive to make these significant objects more accessible to the public.

UD and art conservation embrace "living learning communities" on campus

  • Members of UD's material culture LLC

On-campus living learning communities (LLC), help students who share a major live near each other, study together, receive help from peer mentor students, and benefit from other resources from their department. A biology LLC began at UD last year and since then, other freshman academic living communities have developed, such as the College of Earth, Ocean and the Environment community and the material culture LLC, which includes freshman art history, art conservation and anthropology majors.

Welcome WUDPAC Class of 2017!

  • WUDPAC Class of 2017

From Fairbanks, Alaska to Samothrace in Greece, our Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation Class of 2017 have brought with them tremendously rich pre-program experiences as they began their studies this Fall.

Self-portrait of a conservation treatment

WUDPAC Fellow Pamela Johnson spent her summer working in the Smithsonian Institution's Lunder Conservation Center paintings laboratory and specializing in paintings conservation. Pamela's conservation of a self-portrait (or autorretrato) by Puerto Rican artist Pio Casimiro Bacener—from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum—was recently featured on the museum's blog, "Eye Level."

WUDPAC alumna uncovers secrets of haunted inn

  • Ann Shaftel CBC news

Canada’s second oldest wooden house has a secret beneath the decades-old layers of paint. Nova Scotia's CBC News spoke with conservator and Class of 1978 WUDPAC alumna Ann Shaftel about her work to revive a 175-year-old mural hidden in the walls of the Sinclair Inn.

WUDPAC takes preventive conservation around the globe

The importance of preventive conservation has been gaining attention from the media, including a recent article spotlighting the Kress-funded Schloss Leopoldskron Conservation Assessment Program and the role of WUDPAC students in the international effort to preserve this important Salzburg collection.

Contemporary blogging

The International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art has a very active membership, with regular updates from members of their North American affiliate (INCCA-NA). Current WUDPAC and PSP students recently contributed to the online presence of contemporary art conservation with blog posts related to their own conservation projects.

WUDPAC alumna unravels secrets of the 1700s for Colonial Williamsburg

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  • ( Judy Lowery / August 21, 2014 ) Colonial Williamsburg conservator Kirsten Travers Moffitt demonstrates the use of an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer in the foundation's new materials analysis lab.
  • Conservator Kirsten Moffitt, who operates Colonial Williamsburg's new materials analysis lab. (Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg/Tom Green / July 11, 2014)
  • Colonial Williamsburg conservator Kirsten Travers Moffitt takes paint samples from the Everard House parlor. (Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg / December 7, 2011)

A feature article and photo gallery released through the Daily Press media group profiles Colonial Williamsburg's new materials analysis lab and its operation by WUDPAC Class of 2011 alumna Kirsten Travers Moffitt, CW's Materials Analyst and Associate Conservator of Painted Objects.

Fulbright Blog: A Blue Hen arrives in Norway

  • Alyssa Hull, Fulbright scholar, a picture of her Oslo neighborhood, Sogn

ARTC graduate Alyssa Hull was recently awarded a Fulbright grant to spend the next academic year in Norway working with staff and collections at the Munch Museum and the University of Oslo. Alyssa will be chronicling her experiences with Nordic culture, art conservation, and the Fulbright program in the "Fulbright blog." In her first post, we learn what drew Alyssa to the Munch Museum and share her first days in Oslo. Alyssa also discusses her Fulbright application process and gives advice for other students considering an application to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Student Blog: Doctoral study in material culture

  • Melissa Blair

In this blog post, doctoral candidate Melissa Blair shares the journey that brought her to the University of Delaware's Preservation Studies Program, her experience in the program so far, and why she thinks UD's interdisciplinary approach to PhD study is the right fit for her research and her future.

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