We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new tenure-track assistant professor faculty in the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware: Nina Owczarek and Dr.
Joelle D. J. Wickens.
a graduate of the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York
University. She is currently Associate Conservator at the University of
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum),
where she has worked for nine years. Her primary responsibility is the
evaluation and preparation of artifacts for travel
and display on loan. In 2016, she managed the international symposium, Engaging Conservation: Collaboration Across Disciplines,
in honor of the Penn Museum Conservation Department’s 50th-year
anniversary. Today, Owczarek serves as Secretary/Treasurer
for the Object Specialty Group (2016-2020) and is Chair of the
Education and Training Committee, both of the American Institute of
Conservation (AIC). She is a Fellow member of AIC.
to the Penn Museum, Owczarek was a Smithsonian Fellow in Conservation
at the National Museum of African Art, Assistant Conservator at the
R. Ford Conservation Center, and Graduate Intern at the Freer and
Sackler Galleries. Owczarek has worked on various other short-term and
private projects and has extensive experience with archeological
looks forward to working with our students, sharing her knowledge and
skills in the care and preservation of objects from archeological and
environments, and developing new undergraduate and graduate coursework
and scholarship centered on conservation practices and cultural context.
holds a PhD and an MA (Distinction) from the Textile Conservation
Centre, University of Southampton, UK, and a B.A.
in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Joelle
co-founded AIC’s Collection Care Network (CCN) in 2011 and served as its
first chair from 2011 – 2014. In 2016, she led the creation of a
preventive conservation major for the Winterthur/University
of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), and in 2018 began
supervising WUDPAC’s first preventive conservation major. Most recently,
Joelle has held the position of Preventive Conservator for Winterthur
Museum, Garden, and Library, and WUPDAC Associate
Director and Affiliate Assistant Professor for the University of