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The 2018 Winner of the D​​avid Toman Award is Nell Weaver.

David J. Toman Award

Since 1997, the David J. Toman Foundation and the Art Conservation Department have presented the David J. Toman Award to an outstanding senior. Recipients are nominated by faculty for having demonstrated a strong commitment to the preservation of cultural property beyond the classroom through internships, service projects, and academic activities. The monetary component of this award is provided by the David J. Toman Foundation.

Judith and Gary Toman established the David John Toman Foundation in 1999 in memory of their son. David was an undergraduate art conservation major at the University of Delaware when he was tragically killed in a bicycle accident on campus. As a conservation student he was particularly interested in objects conservation, especially the conservation of outdoor sculpture. David’s spirit for conservation can be summarized in his own words, The past is stored and recorded in its cultural objects. It is our job as conservators and curators to preserve these materials for the enjoyment and education of future generations. The extremely temporal outlook of this throwaway society must not be influence enough to neglect the care given to cultural property.” David is remembered by family and friends as having an infectious sense of happiness and positive attitude.

Previous recipients of the award include:

Sara Shpargel 1997

Judy L. Dion 1998

Lisa Ann Moberg 1999

Tatiana Bareis 2000

Jennifer Jae Mentzer 2001

Anya Shutov 2002

Anya McDavis-Conway 2003

Matthew Cushman 2004

Erica Cooney 2005

Fran Ritchie 2006

Heather Hansen 2007

Stephanie Oman 2008

Katelyn Uehling 2009

Susan Pavlik 2010

Hannah Mancill 2011

Kevin Barni 2012

Ellen Nigro 2013

Kelsey Wingel 2014

Rebecca Selig 2015

Julianna Ly 2016​

Karissa Muratore 2017

Nell Weaver 2018

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489