Joelle D.J. Wickens Ph.D.
WUDPAC Associate Director
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
WUDPAC Associate Director Dr. Joelle Wickens working with students from historically black colleges and universities, as part of a summer conservation program held in collaboration with the HBCU Alliance of Museums and Galleries.
Joelle is the Preventive Conservator for Winterthur and the WUDPAC Associate Director. She joined the Winterthur faculty and staff in 2008 as an assistant textile conservator with an interest in preventive conservation. Since then her work has evolved as she has built on Winterthur's and the University of Delaware's commitment to preventive conservation practice and teaching. Under her leadership, WUDPAC education in preventive conservation builds a strong foundation for all students and, for those who share a passion for preventive, it offers an opportunity to specialize in this area. In 2018, she became WUDPAC Associate Director and Winterthur's first conservator with full preventive duties and the title of Preventive Conservator.
At Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, she directs a team of professionals who develop and implement preventive conservation policies and practices at the institution. This involves oversight of lighting, integrated pest management, storage, interior environmental conditions, housekeeping, storage and display materials testing, advising on facilities projects that impact collection spaces, care in collections training and more.
As WUDPAC Associate Director, her responsibilities focus on curriculum oversight and support of student and faculty learning and teaching. She works with all involved to build a program that trains conservators prepared to address the current needs in conservation as well as unknown changes to come. She also continues to be responsible for preventive conservation education development and implementation.
Joelle's current research and projects include: developing and comparing ways to quantify light exposure in historic houses and using the data to understand possibilities for light management; co-leading the development and implementation of a plan for economically, financially and socially sustainable, accessible storage for all collections at Winterthur. Joelle co-founded AIC's Collection Care Network (CCN) in 2011 and served as its first chair from 2011 – 2014.
Joelle holds a PhD and an MA (Distinction) from the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, UK and a B.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
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