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.
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.
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.