Nina Owczarek has been hired by the Department as an assistant professor, effective August 16, 2019. Nina is a graduate of the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and 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.
serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Object Specialty Group (2016–2020) and is
the former Chair of the Education and Training Committee, both of the American
Institute of Conservation (AIC). She is a Fellow member of AIC.
Prior to the Penn Museum, Nina was a Smithsonian Fellow in Conservation at the National Museum of African Art, Assistant Conservator at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, and Graduate Intern at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Nina has worked on various other short-term and private projects and has extensive experience with archeological materials. Nina looks forward to working with our students, both graduate and undergraduate, sharing her knowledge, excitement, and skills in the care and preservation of objects from archeological and indigenous environments, and developing coursework and scholarship centered on conservation practices and cultural context.
Joelle Wickens has been hired as an assistant professor in the Department, effective July 1, 2019. Joelle holds a PhD and an MA (Distinction) from the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, UK, and a BA 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 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 & Library, and WUDPAC Associate Director and Affiliate Assistant Professor for the University of Delaware. As preventive conservator at Winterthur, Joelle has directed a museum-wide team of talented professionals who oversee all aspects of collections care, including storage and exhibition practices, housekeeping, and emergency planning. As WUDPAC Associate Director, her responsibilities have focused on curriculum oversight and assessment and support of student and faculty learning and teaching. She has been instrumental in our ongoing educational collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Voices in Contemporary Art and our work to assist Philadelphia's Central High School in the preservation of their impressive African collection. In her new position, Joelle will continue her commitment to the development and mentoring of faculty and students while supervising students majoring or minoring in preventive conservation. Her research agenda will focus on the assessment of common teaching methods used in conservation, enhancing leadership skills in our profession, and strengthening preventive conservation practices in small institutions globally.
Maddie, Lara, Nina, and
Joelle are dedicated to student success, diversity and inclusion, and community
engagement. They will bring many new and welcome opportunities to the
Department of Art Conservation, Winterthur, and the University of Delaware –
and the world – in teaching, research, outreach, and collaboration.