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WUDPAC alumna is appointed chief curator at Chicago museum

  • Lesie Guy (WUDPAC '95), new chief curator at the DuSable Museum of African American History

Alumna Leslie Guy (WUDPAC '95), the first African American woman in the U.S. to earn a master’s in science degree in art conservation, has been appointed chief curator at Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History.

Federal support for conservation training

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  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (from left) Leah Bright, Samantha Owens and Madeline Corona. Photo Evan Krape.
  • Samantha Owens, an NEH Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Photo Even Krape.
  • Madeline Corona, an NEH Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Photo Evan Krape.
  • Leah Bright, an NEH Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Photo Evan Krape.

A new federal grant to the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation from the National Endowment for the Humanities will supply critical support to graduate students preparing for careers in preserving the world’s cultural and artistic heritage.

Art conservation and a woman of mystery

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  • ARTC eblast Jan 2016. Summer. Elemental composition of pigments  being analyzed with an x-ray fluorescence  spectrometer
  • ARTC eblast Jan 2016. Josh Summer securing  the relined painting to its new stretcher with new tacks
  • ARTC eblast Jan 2016. Summer. Carefully releasing the brittle canvas from the old degraded stretcher using a thin spatula
  • ARTC eblast Jan 2016. Summer. Residue of thick overpaint  on one of dozens of small swabs during cleaning

Kidnapped at a young age from her home on Crete to join the Sultan’s harem in Istanbul, Emetullah Rabia Gülnus (1642-1715) became Mother Sultan when both her sons came to rule the Ottoman Empire. Her prominence made her the subject of many portraits, including one that recently became a treatment project for second-year Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation Fellow Josh Summer.

WUDPAC students help flood-ravaged Texas community

Students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation restore photos as part of their course work. They frequently handle materials damaged in floods and fires, and members of the WUDPAC Class of 2018 are currently working to stabilize and clean a collection of photographs rescued from the Memorial Day floods in Wimberley, Texas.

Student conference papers now available online

Each year, conservation students and faculty gather at an annual meeting of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation. The papers presented at those conferences are now available online.

Deadline approaching: 2016 Krill and Fiske Scholarship Awards

The WUDPAC Scholarship Committee is soliciting nominations for the Annual WUDPAC John Krill Advanced Scholarship Award in Paper Conservation and Connoisseurship and the Betty Fiske Professional Development Award in Asian or Contemporary Art Preservation.  Both awards advance and strengthen the scholarship and research opportunities for early career conservation professionals. Proposal due date is February 28, 2016.

Wimberley Photo Rescue documented on Tumblr

  • Wimberley photo rescue

A new Tumblr page follows WUDPAC Class of 2018 students as they work to stabilize and clean a collection of 275 unclaimed photographs rescued from the Memorial Day floods in Wimberley, Texas.

ARTC Chair receives CAA/AIC Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation

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  • Instructors Debra Hess Norris and Bertrand Lavédrine with participants at the MEPPI Amman workshop, January 2014. Photo by Abdulrahman Alghabiri
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ARTC Chair Debra Hess Norris is among the recipients of the College Art Association's 2016 Awards for Distinction, which honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individuals whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.

Art conservation and artifacts of leisure

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  • ARTC eblast Dec 2015. Maggie Bearden removing fills using a scalpel under the microscope
  • ARTC eblast Dec 2015. Detail of discolored fill material on the exterior of the Quadrille dish from the Winterthur Museum
  • ARTC eblast Dec 2015. The discolored fill material fluoresces when viewed under ultraviolet illumination

Good cheer, friendly bets, and lively evenings spent playing cards by candlelight are all suggested by the dark wood paneling and 18th-century furnishings in the Gidley Room at Winterthur. Among those furnishings are five small enamel Quadrille dishes, one of which recently came under closer examination by WUDPAC second-year Fellow Maggie Bearden.

Setting the table with artist Ed Ruscha

  • Alumna Heather Brown making mockups at FAMSF to understand Ruscha's food-based prints.

In a recent blog post for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, WUDPAC alumna Heather Brown talks about researching screen prints the artist made in the 1970s using food instead of ink, and the unique challenges of preserving food on paper.

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