Our students travel nationally or internationally to conduct investigations in renowned collections, to study cultures and context, and to work closely with skilled conservators, curators, and scholars who will provide alternative philosophical perspectives and conservation treatment methods.
Global exposure enriches cultural knowledge and diversity, inspires creativity, fosters global partnerships, and enhances our students’ scholarship, impact, and marketability.
Our department seeks global experiences and partnerships that engage our faculty and students in preservation activities from the stabilization of architectural interiors to the education and training of allied professionals. We are working with institutions around the world.
These are all vital real-world collaborations that our students, faculty, and host institutions benefit from tremendously.
Historically significant African photographic collections face serious environmental and economic risks. In response to these challenges, the École du Patrimoine Africain partnered with the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware, the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections in Paris, Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Resolution Photo to identify important photographic repositories at risk, and to develop, organize, and administer a Photograph Preservation Workshop in Benin.
The University of Delaware’s leadership in the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage is just one of the collaborative ways in which UD art conservators are helping to preserve cultural treasures in the Middle East. Recently, UD's Department of Art Conservation and the Arab Image Foundation received funding to promote the awareness and preservation of photograph collections from North Africa and the Arab Peninsula through western Asia.