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​Second-year students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (from left) Victoria Wong, Madison Brockman and Emily Farek study works on paper in a conservation lab at Winterthur Museum and Library. Photo by Evan Krape for UDaily.

​The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation will receive almost $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a collaborative project with two other programs in the area of library and archives conservation education.

From the November 16 article by Ann Manser for UDaily:

The foundation awarded a total of $2.1 million to the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State, which will distribute the funds. Sharing the grant will be Buffalo State’s Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department, WUDPAC and the Conservation Center at New York University’s (NYU) Institute of Fine Arts. Over the eight-year grant period, beginning in October 2017, WUDPAC will receive $598,000 to support such educational activities as student fellowships, specialized workshops and travel among the participating institutions. The grant is intended to further a collaborative project that will address the preservation needs of library and archives collections across the U.S. and educate the next generation of conservators. . . .

​Second-year students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (from left) Emily Farek, Madison Brockman and Victoria Wong study works on paper in a conservation lab at Winterthur Museum and Library. Photos by Evan Krape for UDaily.

“We are extremely grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their support of this consortium,” said Patrick Ravines, director of the Garman Art Conservation Department. “I am deeply honored by the foundation’s ongoing trust in our commitment to educate the next generation of conservators. Even as our society grows more digitized, we need to find effective ways to conserve the tangible books, maps, documents and photographs that comprise our collective history and cultural heritage.” Debra Hess Norris, Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair in Fine Arts and WUDPAC director at UD, also thanked the Mellon Foundation for what she called an “inspired investment” in the LACE [Library and Archives Conservation Education] consortium. . . .Melissa Tedone, who is book and library conservator at Winterthur and a WUDPAC affiliated faculty member, said the “generous funding from the Mellon Foundation recognizes library and archives conservation’s place among its sister specialties in the art conservation training programs.”

To read the full UDaily article and learn more about the LACE consortium, click here.

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​WUDPAC will receive almost $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support collaborative programs in library and archives conservation education.

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