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Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation

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​Jacquelyn Peterson (WUDPAC 2018) conserves a wrapper from India during her third year internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

​Amaris Sturm, WUDPAC Class of 2018, consolidating a lacquer Guanyin sculpture in the galleries at the Walters Art Museum during her third year internship (image taken by Meg Craft).

The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) is a graduate-level program jointly sponsored by the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum. It is a three-year course leading to a Master of Science in Art Conservation. The curriculum is designed to educate and train conservation professionals to carry out the examination, analysis, stabilization and treatment of art and artifacts, speak to general principles of collection care, and have a broad academic background in science and the humanities. 

Faculty and students use twenty-six well-equipped conservation studios, laboratories, examination rooms and workshops in the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Research Building at Winterthur. This building houses one of the country’s largest and best-equipped museum analytical laboratories and conservation studios. Winterthur’s comprehensive collection of early American art, architecture, furniture, textiles, silver, pewter, ceramics, glass, paintings, and prints is world-renowned. The University of Delaware houses art studios for reconstructing historic techniques, science laboratories, a conservation laboratory and administrative offices.

Tours of the conservation laboratories at Winterthur are available to potential applicants throughout the academic year. Note: Staff, faculty, and students are currently working from home in response to the Delaware Stay-at-Home Order and no Department Tours are planned for the remainder of the spring semester.

We recognize that pre-program candidates to the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation may no longer have access to in-person classes or internships during these tumultuous times. The Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property (ANAGPIC) has compiled a list of suggestions for how to enhance your preparation for graduate study while sheltering in place. You can access a PDF of that document here. In addition, the "Quick-Start Guide: A Career in Conservation" prepared by the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network of the American Institute for Conservation is available here, and an "Art Conservation: Career 101" informational handout prepared by WUDPAC Class of 2019 alumna Madison Brockman is available here.

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