William Donnelly, Assistant Preventive Conservator
Assistant Preventive Conservator
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
William Donnelly holds a
bachelor’s in fine art degree, with a concentration in sculpture, from the
University of Delaware and an MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria
University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Shortly after completion
of his undergraduate degree, 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, Garden
& Library. This new position honed his skills in object handling and
packing for transport. 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, the experience of representing Winterthur as
a guest in other institutions. In this position, he had his first experience
teaching as trainer for new employees in the museum’s object handling methodology.
In 2008, William joined the conservation department as a Conservation
Assistant. While based out of the textile lab, he was to assist other labs, the
exhibitions team and the registrar’s office with installations and
storage-related issues on an as-needed basis. His primary focus in the conservation
labs 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 Dr. Joelle Wickens with a storage housing and Collection’s
Emergency exercise during the 1st year preventive blocks and consults with 2nd
year preventive majors/minors on various assignments and research projects as needed.
William also assists Textile Conservator Laura Mina during 1st year
Textile block with exercises focused on issues surrounding the care for and the
mounting of textiles. William has also lead seminars for 2nd year
students, e.g. Brush/Spray Lacquer Seminar, Pest Eradication Using Ageless in
Anoxic Treatments and Sealed/Climate Packages for Paintings and Works on Paper.
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