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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."

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.

A year in pictures

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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.

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.

Art conservation and planning for disaster

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Disaster planning is critical for any cultural institution, and art conservators must sometimes prepare for the unthinkable. That was the focus of WUDPAC Fellow Ronel Namde’s summer at the Arab Image Foundation (AIF). The AIF, a small foundation with a collection of 600,000 photographs taken in the Middle East, North Africa and of the Arab diaspora, is part of the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative, along with the University of Delaware, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Conservation Institute. Ronel spent nine weeks at the AIF drafting a disaster plan for the institution.

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.

Student Blog: The conservation of painted surfaces

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  • Nick Pedemonti.Applying adhesive to cracks and flaking ajami on Syrian Room Ceiling, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu. Photo Courtesy of Nicole Peters.
  • Detail image in raking light of flaking ajami on decorated ceiling in the Syrian Room at Shangri La, Honolulu. Photo Courtesy of Nick Pedemonti.
  • Nick Pedemonti. ”Conservation in Progress” in the Syrian Room at Shangri La, Honolulu. Photo Courtesy of Lauren Fair.
  • Jon Braenne demonstrates the proper application procedure for linseed oil paints after preparing them from raw materials. Photo Courtesy of Nick Pedemonti.

In this post, WUDPAC Class of 2015 Fellow Nick Pedemonti shares the wide ranging aspects of treating paint surfaces and the equally diverse activities that took him from Quebec to Hawai`i to New York City in the first months of his internship year: a workshop on oil paint preparation run by the Canadian Conservation Association, mapping and consolidation of the painted rooms at Doris Duke’s estate in Honolulu, and Nick's upcoming internship at the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bringing Chinese export studies to Hong Kong

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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.

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