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Philanthropic support of art conservation training

The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation was spotlighted by Inside Philanthropy magazine as "on the cutting edge of their field," and an example of why organizations such as the Mellon Foundation support the "living, fluid, ever-changing" field of art conservation.

Mellon Foundation grant supports initiative by UD and partners in Middle East

  • MEPPI. Debra Hess Norris (left) teaches at a MEPPI workshop in Jordan (photo by Abdulrahman Alghabiri).

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a three-year, $440,000 grant to the University of Delaware to continue an initiative that seeks to improve the awareness and preservation of the Middle East region’s rich photographic heritage.

Bringing Chinese export studies to Hong Kong

  • Joao at IIC

Furniture conservator and PSP student Maria João Petisca has been studying lacquered furniture for more than a decade. This month she traveled to Hong Kong for the annual meeting of the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works—and presented a poster exploring her work with the Winterthur Museum's Chinese export furniture collections.

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.

Art conservation and doctoral study

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  • ARTC eblast August 2014. Tatiana today, analyzing samples of  Louis’s paint materials.
  • ARTC eblast August 2014. PSP  doctoral candidate Tatiana Ausema in  2008, working on a Noland painting, a project that piqued her interest in  Color Field painting technique.
  • ARTC eblast August 2014. Tatiana working with UD undergraduate  students on the conservation treatment  of paintings.

A few years ago, paintings conservator Tatiana Ausema was at a professional crossroads. The 2003 WUDPAC graduate was working at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, where her job as a collections assistant entailed coordinating the activities of the conservation, registrar, and photography departments. Although she enjoyed her work, her career path seemed to be leading away from art conservation. She wondered if that was where she wanted to go. In 2010, she made the decision to pursue a relatively new option for conservators, the University of Delaware’s Ph.D. program in Preservation Studies.

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.

Student Blog: Historic interiors

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  • Emily Wroczynski blog. Same paper installed in the Saloon at Oxburgh Hall
  • Emily Wroczynski blog. Fragment from Oxburgh before treatment
  • Emily Wroczynski blog. Fragment from Oxburgh after treatment
  • Emily Wroczynski blog. Sample of Pugin design reprinted in the 1970s
  • Emily Wroczynski blog. Test sheet gilded and pasted to wall
  • Emily Wroczynski blog. Entrance to Allyson McDermott Studio
  • Emily Wroczynski blog. Emily turning the mangle

In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2016 Fellow Emily Wroczynski reports on her summer abroad working at Allyson McDermott Historic Interiors in The Royal Forest of Dean, and shares details of her engaging and challenging treatment of flocked wallpapers from Oxburgh Hall, a National Trust property in Norfolk County England.

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.

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