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​Welcome to THE DEPARTMENT OF

Art Conservation

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NEWS

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Art conservation and voices from the past

This year WUDPAC Fellow, objects major, and material culture enthusiast Riley Thomas is treating a mid-20th-century Yoruba object called an Ile Ori, which translates to “house of the head.”
 

ARTC/CHEM professor receives technical diving grant

Our congratulations to Dr. Jocelyn Alcántara-García on her receipt of an Advanced Dive Training Grant - Technical Diving from the Women Divers Hall of Fame, to better understand the challenges faced by waterlogged material culture.
 

Field Notes with Winterthur Scientist Catherine Matsen

What is conservation science? Winterthur Museum's most recent edition of Field Notes, an Instagram series aimed at highlighting the variety of careers at the institution, features Senior Scientist Catherine Matsen.
 

Art conservation and structural puzzles

After three centuries of loving use, an 18th-century secretary desk and bookcase was in rough shape when it arrived at Winterthur and became a treatment project for WUDPAC Fellow and furniture major Lila Reid.
 
STUDENT BLOGS

Student Blog: Field Museum of Natural History

In this blog post, WUDPAC class of 2024 Fellow Mackenzie Fairchild reflects on her third-year fellowship at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, from preparing polychrome wooden pagodas for loan to treating cellulose nitrate reptiles.
 
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​What is ​Art Cons​ervation?


​Art conservation is the field dedicated to preserving cultural property. Our cultural property is threatened by repeated exposure to a variety of detrimental factors, including excessive light, temperature, and humidity extremes, pests, pollutants, poor handling practices, natural disasters, and accidental damage. Learn more about our programs:

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UPCOMING EVENTS​

- Apr. 15th, 12:10 PM to 12:45 PM

Cantonese Lacquerware: Cross-cultural Travels of the Gilded Objects made for Export by João Petisca (Ph.D. in Preservation Studies Alumni, 2019)

UD Campus Old College Room 212 or Zoom
- Apr. 16th, 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM

Made in China: Export Chinese Painting by Tammy Hong (WUDPAC Class of 2024)

Winterthur Museum or Zoom
- Apr. 24th, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Students' Choice Seminar

Winterthur Rotunda
- Apr. 29th, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

A Conversation about Cultural Heritage

Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts

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