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​​WUDPAC Class of 2019 Fellow Keara Teeter applying consolidant to a painting at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lunder Conservation Center.

All applicants who reach the final stages of evaluation will be invited for a virtual interview. At that time, they will present a studio portfolio of both two- and three-dimensional objects that demonstrate their art and crafts skills and their conservation experiences (see Portfolio Requirements List below). During the interview, applicants will also be given two questions; they are to choose one to answer in 30 minutes. The questions are designed to get a sense of the applicants' thoughts on overview/debatable issues in the world of conservation, art, artifacts, museums, libraries, etc. such as "what do you consider the pros and cons of visible conservation treatments—treating works in front of the public?"

All applicants invited for interviews will take in advance an online essay examination that connects the fundamentals of general and organic chemistry to the structure, deterioration, preservation, and analysis of cultural heritage. 

Conservation and Studio Portfolio Requirements

Only those students who receive a formal letter of invitation from the Director of the Art Conservation Program to attend interviews will be required to present portfolios of conservation and studio work at the interview.

The conservation portfolio will be used by the Admissions Committee to evaluate the applicant's level of preparation for conservation work. At the interview the applicant will give a 20 minute PowerPoint or Prezi presentation of their conservation work as well as provide a more detailed portfolio of their conservation work that can be passed along to the individual committee members during the interview.

The studio portfolio will be used by the Admissions Committee to judge the craftsmanship, artistic sensitivity, and manual dexterity of invited applicants. The contents of the admission portfolio must consist of the following:

• 1 representational drawing of the human figure or a still-life subject drawn in perspective using any of the following: charcoal, crayon, pastel, pen and ink, brushed ink, silverpoint, or pencil.

• 1 free-hand representational painting using any of the following: oil, acrylic polymer, egg tempera, casein, or watercolor.

• 1 print, intaglio, woodcut, lithograph, serigraph, or a black-and-white photograph that you have printed.

• 1 textile object, ceramic, metal, stone, or wooden hand-made object, representational if possible.

• A copy, reproduction, or reconstruction of an original art work or artifact by a known artist or maker plus provide an image of the original.

• 4 examples of the artwork or reconstructions that you feel best display your competence in studio skills.​

It is preferable have the actual studio artifacts at the interview, but one to two images of art work that may be too large to bring can be shown at the end of the conservation presentation.

It is helpful to bring 9 copies of a list of your studio artifacts presented with thumbnail images. 

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489