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​Welcome to the WUDPAC Class of 2021!

The majority of our students have undergraduate degrees in art history, anthropology, archaeology, chemistry and/or studio art. Many students also have master's degrees in anthropology, studio art, art history, chemistry, or museum management. We receive approximately 700 inquiries a year and usually have at least 60 applicants who have all of the necessary prerequisites, from whom we interview 24 and select ten. The ten emerging conservation professionals comprising the WUDPAC Class of 2021 bring diverse and impressive pre-program experiences, which collectively tell a story of passionate individuals eager to contribute to their field.

The incoming class has gathered experience in thirty-eight institutions, labs, and studios across the United States and Italy, conserving objects ranging in age from ancient to contemporary. They treated an Ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom tomb chapel in Philadelphia, a fresco decorating the Church of Santa Lucia sul Prato in Florence, and a set of backpacks previously owned by the Beatles in Miami. They have assisted in the radiocarbon dating of plaster Anasazi mural fragments on the southern border of Texas, surface cleaned and reassembled pre-Roman statuary in view of the public in Sardinia, and inpainted a George Segal sculpture in New York City. They have worked on parchment manuscripts, gilt-leather-upholstered-furniture, and anatomical manikins. Fellows have battled mold, insects, vandals, and hurricanes in their pursuit of preservation. They have worked in fine art and house museums, libraries, private conservation practices, laboratories, regional centers, archives, archeological research centers, and universities.

These entering students have also pursued studies in fields closely linked to conservation to inform their work as emerging conservation professionals. They have developed hand skills in bookmaking, mosaics, gilding, arc welding, furniture construction, historic reconstructions, painting, drawing, printmaking, sewing, and pottery. The group has also performed technical research and investigation, sharing their work at multiple national conferences. Members of the Class of 2021 have presented colorimetry research at an AIC Annual Meeting, performed Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy to examine a diorama from the Chicago American Negro Exposition of 1940, and used a variety of analytical, spectroscopic techniques to study traditional conservation methods for gilded silver.

Fellows in the Class of 2021 are engaged in their communities, bringing awareness of conservation and preservation to the public through participation in middle school and high school art education programs in wheel-thrown ceramics and painting, working in public conservation labs, engaging with curious museum visitors, and speaking to public school students about conservation. They have worked with allied professionals discussing the preservation and storage of items left at the site of the Charleston AME church shooting in 2015, collaborating with artist Po Shu Wang to deinstall and treat his public art installation in San Francisco, and responding and helping to document the extensively damaged Vizcaya Museum and Gardens following hurricane Irma. Fellows are already members of professional networks, alliances, societies, and guilds.

The WUDPAC Class of 2021 looks forward to continuing their academic education over the next three years and participating in outreach opportunities through the Winterthur conservation community. The fellows want to be actors not only in the conservation and arts communities, but also in communities at large, promoting conservation and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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