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William Donnelly
Conservation Assistant
Affiliated Instructor
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

Biography

William Donnelly completed a bachelor’s in fine art degree, with a concentration in sculpture, from the University of Delaware in the summer of 2001.  Upon graduation, he accepted a position at the Delaware Art Museum as an assistant preparator.  In this position, he was introduced to conservation issues such as framing of works on paper and construction of climate packages for pre-Raphaelite works that were to travel with the ‘Waking Dreams’ exhibit.  He was also part of the team charged with the packing, transport and reinstallation of the entire permanent collection to a temporary venue during a complete renovation of the museum’s facility.

From the Delaware Art Museum, William took an art handling position at Winterthur Museum.  This new position honed his object handling and packing skills. In addition, William gained valuable experience developing logistical solutions related to the large scale movement of collection objects and crates as an installation courier for traveling exhibitions and loans as well as an object handling trainer and member of Winterthur’s collections emergency team.  William was then promoted to the position of Conservation Assistant. While based out of the textile lab, he assists other labs, exhibitions and storage-related issues on an as-needed basis.  His primary focus is related to surface cleaning, storage housings, care in handling, exhibition mounting solutions for textiles, monitoring and maintenance of both the low temperature and low oxygen treatments for pest eradication.

For the WUDPAC program, William assists Joelle Wickens with a storage housing exercise during the 1st year preventive block and consults with 2nd year preventive minors on various assignments and research projects as needed.  He assists Bruno Pouliot with the presentation of the silver lacquer seminar to 2nd year objects majors.

Currently, William is working on an MA in Preventive Conservation with Northumbria University in New Castle UK.  The course works is completed online while allowing him to continue his work at Winterthur.  He is scheduled to complete the degree in September 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489
  • art-conservation@udel.edu