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University of Delaware Winterthur Faculty

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Bruno P. Pouliot
Senior Conservator of Objects
Affiliated Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716


Bruno joined in 1997 the staff of Winterthur Museum and also became faculty in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. He now serves as Senior Objects Conservator and Head of the objects laboratory for the museum, and as Affiliated Assistant Professor for the conservation program.

Since the completion of his Master’s Degree in Art Conservation at Queen’s University in the 1980’s, he has developed a wide expertise in the conservation of objects, particularly those in a decorative art and ethnographic setting. His early career included internships at several museums in the Canadian West, California, and France, as well as teaching in West Africa an ICCROM course on the conservation of wooden objects.

From 1986 to 1997, he occupied two different positions as the single objects conservator at two well-known Canadian museums: the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, and the McCord Museum in Montreal. In both of these roles, Bruno played an important role establishing conservation and collections care procedures, while helping prepare objects for a variety of exhibits.  He shared his work at different conferences and publications, and in 1996 he coordinated a workshop of the Canadian Association for Conservation on the theme of integrated pest management.

Now at Winterthur for nearly 20 years, he continues to oversee the objects conservation laboratory, contributing to the care and treatment of objects at Winterthur, focusing especially on organic materials, metals, and stain reduction on ceramics. Since he began to teach in the conservation program, he has continued to expand the curriculum for the first-year students on organic materials, with emphasis expanding beyond the decorative arts and ethnography, to modern materials and those related to natural sciences. He serves as major supervisor for the objects majors during their second year of study, contributing to the extensive seminar series that allow students to delve deeper in many aspects of objects conservation.

His particular research interests have allowed him to present many lectures and posters nationally and internationally, as well as publish articles on a variety of topics, including the lacquering of silver, the conservation of basketry, hornware, shell, leather, and tinplate, plus the specific process of stain reduction on ceramics. In 2007, he was lead organizer and instructor for the AIC workshop “Assessing the Skin: Characterizing the Animal Source, Processing Method, and Deterioration of Museum and Library Objects”. Since 2012 he has co-taught with Richard Wolbers and Lauren Fair a seminar on techniques used for stain reduction on ceramics to the objects conservation staff of several major US institutions.  In 2010 he was the recipient of the AIC Sheldon & Caroline Keck Award for excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals. He currently serves as French Editor for the abstracts of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, and as Editor for the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts Online.

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