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2015 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. Proposal due date is February 15, 2015.

Fulbright Blog: The adventure continues!

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  • Alyssa Hull, fulbright, Examining Munch's painting "The Murderer" (Moderen) using handheld XRF, with conservator Jin Strand Ferrer.
  • Alyssa Hull, fulbright, Presenting conservation science research at the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
  • Alyssa Hull, fulbright, Sunset in Laerdal, on the southern side of the Sognefjord.

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. In her first blog post, we learned what drew Alyssa to the Munch Museum and shared her first days in Oslo. In this new post Alyssa updates us on her travels throughout Scandinavia and her work at the Munch Museum assisting in the study of altered pigments on Munch’s paintings and helping to create a database of the artist’s materials in the first half of the 20th century.

Conservation of a Magi

A new blog post from the Denver Art Museum features the conservation of an eighteenth-century polychrome Nativity sculpture, a treatment currently underway by WUDPAC alumna Courtney Von Stein Murray.

Student Blog: Building a three-legged stool at the National Gallery of Art

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  • michelle sullivan Working in transmitted illumination to remove attachments from corners of verso while print remains damp after bathing. NGA
  • michelle sullivan Working in transmitted illumination to remove attachments from corners of verso while print remains damp after bathing (detail). NGA
  • michelle sullivan Reducing glue from surface of print with warm alkaline water and strips of desiccated blotter. NGA
  • Michelle Sullivan Float washing print. NGA
  • michelle sullivan Removing print from bath. NGA
  • Jacob Matham (Dutch, 1571 – 1631), The Three Graces, engraving on laid paper. National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Estate of Leo Steinberg (2011.139.16).

In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2015 Fellow Michelle Sullivan talks about employing a balance of skills and studies during her internship in paper conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., her work with staff and WUDPAC alumnae throughout the museum, and her treatment of works ranging from 16th-century Dutch engravings to 20th-century Abstract Expressionist ink drawings.

Art conservation as an example of student-centric education

UD's art conservation program was spotlighted in a video from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Art conservation was included as an example of student-centric education at the University of Delaware, where "educators are no longer thinking about how they want to teach students — instead, they’re focusing on how students want to learn, and on creating the multidisciplinary, multi-generational learning communities needed to solve the complicated issues facing the world today."

Art conservation and conversation pieces

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  • ARTC eblast November 2014. Emily Wroczynski performing cleaning tests on a “dummy board” figure depicting a man in Turkish costume.
  • ARTC eblast November 2014. mily Wroczynski performing cleaning tests on a “dummy board” figure depicting a man in Turkish costume.
  • ARTC eblast November 2014. he dummy board  during cleaning.
The life-sized, wooden cut-out figure in stylized Turkish attire provides a mystery for 21st-century viewers. Who is he, where did he come from, and what was his role in in the home of one of Philadelphia’s most historic families more than 200 years ago? All these are questions WUDPAC Second-Year Fellow Emily Wroczynski, a paintings major with a minor in paper, is working to answer while she also treats the figure’s conservation needs.

A history hidden in the details

The recent conservation treatment of an early Netherlandish panel painting in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art prompted a close comparison of the work with a similar panel painting in Copenhagen. The examination and resulting discoveries about how the painting was produced is now detailed on the Met's web site, in a blog post co-authored by WUDPAC Class of 2013 alumna Laura Hartman when she was the museum's Mellon Fellow in Paintings Conservation.

WUDPAC alumna investigates the longevity of artworks

The Miami Herald has named WUDPAC Class of 2011 alumna Emily MacDonald-Korth one of their "20 under 40"—young professionals making their mark in innovative fields.

Student Blog: Understanding historical photographic processes

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  • Ronel Namde blog. Detail of samples produced during workshop.
  • Ronel Namde blog. Dr. Mike Ware discusses the chemistry of Iron(III) salts during his lecture.  Courtesy of Elena Bulat.
  • Ronel Namde blog. Weissman Preservation Center photograph conservation staff, past and present.
  • Ronel Namde blog. Samples produced during the workshop day; alladium print surface sized with arrowroot, palladium print surface sized with gelatin.
  • Ronel Namde blog. Samples produced during the workshop day; platinum/palladium print equilibrated to 75% humidity, platinum/palladium print equilibrated to 15% humidity.
  • Ronel Namde blog. Samples produced during the workshop day; , platinum/palladium print vignetted using glycerin development method.

In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2015 Fellow Ronel Namde reports on her  third-year internship working with photograph conservators at the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard Library, and her recent participation in a platinum and palladium photography symposium and workshop held in Washington, DC.

A year in pictures

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  • Class of 2017 instagram

Members of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation Class of 2017 are chronicling their first year of graduate studies with images posted on Instagram.

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