Affiliated Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Kate Sahmel completed her M.S. in art conservation at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) in 2006, specializing in textiles conservation. Before finding a career path to conservation, she earned a B.A. from Macalester College in Biology and Fine Arts, and completed an intensive studio art program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Early in her conservation career, she worked as a technician at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, which inspired her interest and love of textiles. After finishing her degree at Winterthur, Sahmel started a Mellon Fellowship in Costume and Textiles Conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she had the opportunity to work with historic and contemporary costume, American quilts, Indian kanthas, and contemporary textile art. Beginning in 2010, she started a private textile conservation practice in Wilmington, Delaware; she continues to take on projects from local individuals and institutions.
In 2014, Sahmel began working part-time in Textiles Conservation at Winterthur Museum. She also provides teaching assistance to WUDPAC students through textile block lectures and helping with second-year projects. She is active in the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and served as the Program Chair and Chair of the Textiles Specialty Group for AIC from 2014-2016.
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