My name is Keara Teeter and I am in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) Class of 2019. During the past ten months, I have been interning in the publicly-visible studios of the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). My supervisors include Chief of Conservation Amber Kerr (WUDPAC 2008) and Paintings Conservator Gwen Manthey (WUDPAC 2011). While working there, I am thrilled to have been involved with a range of activities from gallery checks and preventive monitoring, to mentoring pre-program interns who intend to apply to Master's programs, and interacting with public tour groups. I have also spent a large amount of time conserving 20th-century artworks in the museum collection and researching historical lining practices (a structural treatment for canvas paintings). Some of this work has been shared on social media pages already, such as the University of Delaware's Third-Year Fellow, Keara Teeter . . . and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Conservation Cart: Full STEAM Ahead.
This past April, I presented two of my conservation treatments – Hans Hofmann's Fermented Soil and William H. Johnson's Historical Scene with Mary McLeod Bethune – to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware. That presentation was titled Paintings Conservation on Permanent View: Working Behind Glass at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the lecture video can be accessed via Osher's Distance Viewing Website.
This upcoming October, my research into wax-resin
linings will be shared at the 2019 Conserving Canvas Symposium hosted at Yale
University. I am excited to attend
this conference where I will learn about historical theories, current
methods/materials/research in structural treatment, and challenges affecting
modern and contemporary paintings.