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Please join us in congratulating the first recipients of the Alumni Professional Venture Fund, grants established to support the work of graduates from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and the UD Preservation Studies Doctoral Program. Awardees and their projects are listed below. We look forward to the results of these exciting initiatives!
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WUDPAC Class of 2020 alumna Jennifer Myers (on the right) is consulting on the care of the permanent paintings collection with committee members and staff at the National Gallery in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pictured left to right are Hiranthi Fernando (Curator), Professor Jagath Weerasinghe (Specialist Consultant Mural -CCF), Dias Wagachchi (Assistant Director Mural Conservation -CCF), Mr. Anura (Conservator), Mr. Shantha (Conservator). (Image: Mr. Upananda)
Jennifer Myers – WUDPAC Class of 2020
Initial Conservation Assessment and Consultation for Building Long-Term Collections Care Programs for the National Art Gallery in Sri Lanka
The National Art Gallery, located in the capital city of Columbo and managed by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Cultural Affairs, is currently undergoing renovations of its building and its staff are preparing to address storage, display, and treatment needs of its art collection. This culturally significant collection consists of mostly late-19th through 21st-century canvas paintings, but also a number of watercolors and prints on paper and sculpture - many of these by prominent Sri Lankan artists. This exciting project will require future fundraising, supported through information produced in a condition, preventive, and environmental assessment survey, as well as through consultation with current staff to develop training for future collections care practices.
WUDPAC Class of 2008 alumna Samantha Springer advising on the deinstallation of a Black Lives Matter mural painted at the Apple at Pioneer Place store in Portland, OR. The mural is now cared for by Don't Shoot PDX, a community social justice organization. (Image: M. Martinez)
Samantha Springer – WUDPAC Class of 2008
Nine-Week Online Continuing Education Class Hosted by the University of Washington
For almost ten years, Samantha Springer has developed the Materials Testing Results on the AIC-Wiki, an online resource widely used by the collections care and conservation community. The results have since outgrown their current platform, a sortable wiki table. By attending Foundations of Databases and SQL, Samantha aims to learn applicable skills towards migrating the testing information to a platform that will improve its functionality and usability so we may better understand trends in collections care.
WUDPAC Class of 2020 alumna Natalya Swanson. (Image: Even Krape)
Natalya Swanson - WUDPAC Class of 2020
The Ethics of Caring: A New Podcast for Heritage Professionals
Taking the form of a podcast with scheduled listener participation, The Ethics of Caring will explore moral issues fundamental to working in the heritage sector. The Alumni Professional Venture Fund will partially compensate the creative team for Season One, expected to be released in Summer 2022. Season One will act as a pilot season to test the format and establish listenership; in it, hosts will delve into what it means to begin social justice work by acknowledging our participation in upholding complex and compromised social systems (like colonialism and capitalism). Questions to be considered will include: How this awareness may affect our work in the heritage sector, as members of many types of communities, and as social activists?
WUDPAC Class of 2004 alumna Laura Wahl in the Library Conservation lab at the Hagley Museum and Library, removing adhesive tapes from an ink sketch on paper by artist Anna Duer Irving (1873-1957). (Image: Laszlo Bodo)
Laura Wahl – WUDPAC Class of 2004
Video and Microscope Cameras and Lighting Equipment for Sharing Conservation Work
Laura Wahl, Library Conservator at Hagley Museum and Library, is pleased to accept an award from the WUDPAC Alumni Professional Venture Fund. A portion of these funds will be used to purchase video equipment to document conservation activities, that will be pivotal in expanding the ability to publicly share this work on the web and social media platforms. The remainder of the award will cover the costs of ultraviolet lighting equipment and a microscope camera to enhance examination and documentation of archival and library collections.