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Working toward a more hopeful future for historic works and sites

  • LeeAnn Barnes Gordon

LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, WUDPAC Class of 2011, serves as project manager for conservation and heritage preservation for the Syrian Heritage Initiative, working to preserve priceless antiquities and historic sites in war-torn Syria.

Banks and Harris Preservation Award to Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa

WUDPAC Affiliated Associate Professor Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa is the recipient of the 2016 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, an award given annually by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, and sponsored by Preservation Technologies, given this year to Cunningham-Kruppa in recognition of her service as a distinguished educator, her continued advocacy of library and archives preservation training and many years of professional contributions.

Student Blog: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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  • blog. The FAMSF paper conservation lab, including Debbie Evans, Victoria Binder, Heather Brown, and WUDPAC Fellow Anisha Gupta, rolling up the 17-foot photograph (photo: Randy Dodson)
  • Blog Gupta FAMSF. Debbie Evans and Anisha washing the prints (photo: Heather Brown)
  • Blog Gupta FAMSF. the lithographs framed and installed in the exhibition

In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2016 Fellow Anisha Gupta discusses her internship at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and her work with paper conservation staff—including WUDPAC alumnae—on the complex treatment of twenty four lithographs by the artist Ben Shahn.

Smithsonian Institution joins UD in protecting cultural heritage at risk

The Smithsonian has joined efforts to provide conservation training to collections managers in areas of conflict in the Middle East.

Tru Vue scholarship reports available online

  • Dr. Stephanie Auffret, speaking at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2014 November.

Tru Vue, in partnership with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, offers scholarships to attend professional development conferences, with the goal of encouraging exchange and dissemination of training and information. Summaries of reports from scholarship recipients—including Winterthur Museum associate furniture conservator and WUDPAC assistant professor Stephanie Auffret—are now available online.

WUDPAC alumna helps preserve Boston's Old North Church

  • Architectural conservator Melissa McGrew removed layers of paint to uncover a hidden cherub inside Old North Church in Boston. PHOTOS BY JESSICA RINALDI/GLOBE STAFF

WUDPAC alumna Melissa McGrew is part of the team tasked with the multi-year renovation of the historic landmark, planned to coincide with the church’s tricentennial and the 250th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride.

Art conservation and a life in the sun

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  • ARTC eblast Feb 2016. Madeline Corona preparing for consolidation of the lifting and flaking lacquer by softening the ground with a mixture of water and ethanol applied using a syringe
  • ARTC eblast Feb 2016. Reflected light  photomicrograph showing a detail of a figure in the central panel, with areas of loss and lifting lacquer.
  • ARTC eblast Feb 2016. Cross-section of a sample from the tray; ultra-violet-induced visible fluorescence shows two thick layers of lacquer over a single ground layer.

It is easy to imagine lacquer tea trays, imported to from China and valued both as functional and decorative items, displayed in sunny late-18th- and 19th-century drawing rooms when not in use. But sunlight has its drawbacks, and WUDPAC Fellow Madeline Corona believes that exposure to light is responsible for some of the deterioration evident in the lacquer tea tray from the Winterthur collection that became her technical study and a treatment project. 

Preserving innovative aircraft design

  • WUDPAC Fellow Claire Taggart cleaning magnesium corrosion on the compressor under magnification. NASM

A new post on the National Air and Space Museum's blog page takes a look at the cutting-edge technology of WWII-era aircraft and the complex work undertaken by WUDPAC Claire Taggart to assess, treat, and house such examples of innovation for future generations.

Student Blog: Book conservation

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  • Student blog Cathie Magee. Before treatment image of Sejara Malayu.
  • Student blog Cathie Magee. After treatment detail of Sejara Malayu with faux leather cast acrylic spine.
  • Cathie Magee student blog. preparing the spine piece (peeling the cast acrylic film off of the silicone mold, photo credits Masumi Asanuma).

In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2016 Fellow Cathie Magee discusses her internship training in the book conservation departments of several institutions, including her current work with staff, scholars, and books from the various divisions of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

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.

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