Art Conservation Department’s administrative offices and a general
purpose conservation laboratory are located in Old College at the
University’s Newark campus. Additional laboratories and studios
utilized by our Master's-level program are located in the Louise duPont
Crowninshield Research Building at Winterthur Museum. This facility
includes one of the country’s largest and best-equipped museum
analytical laboratories and six state-of-the-art conservation studios.
The University and Winterthur are approximately 15 miles apart.
Undergraduate students complete most of their course work at
the University’s main campus but have the opportunity to intern with
faculty at Winterthur Museum during their junior and senior years in the
Graduate students in our Master’s-level program study
with 18 conservators and conservation scientists (full-time and
part-time faculty) representing a broad range of conservation
disciplines and educational and training backgrounds in addition to
faculty from many other departments and programs. Our faculty include
six full-time University of Delaware professors in the Art Conservation
Department, 12 Winterthur conservators and conservation scientists, and
many affiliated and contract professionals.
relationship with Winterthur allows us to modify the time needed from
each conservator or conservation scientist annually, thereby allowing us
to meet the specific needs of our graduate students. We also have
affiliated arrangements with professors in other departments,
conservators in nearby museums, and visiting instructors that lead
courses and lecture annually in our Program.
Our faculty have consulted on and assisted with the preservation of Rembrandt’s Night Watch, Van Gogh’s Irises,
Whistler’s Peacock Room, drafts of the Declaration of Independence, the
decorative murals in the US Capitol and Radio City Music Hall, the
largest known woven hanging in the world (from Ethiopia), and the
channeled and deteriorated acetate-film negatives of the Dead Sea
Scrolls taken at the time of their discovery. They have authored and
presented many papers at international professional conferences focused
on the preservation of cultural property and serve as elected officials
on national and international boards.