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The 2020 recipient of the David J. Toman Award is Philip de Paola.

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:

1997 Sara Shpargel

1998 Judy L. Dion

1999 Lisa Ann Moberg

2000 Tatiana Bareis

2001 Jennifer Jae Mentzer

2002 Anya Shutov

2003 Anya McDavis-Conway

2004 Matthew Cushman

2005 Erica Cooney

2006 Fran Ritchie

2007 Heather Hansen

2008 Stephanie Oman

2009 Katelyn Uehling

2010 Susan Pavlik

2011 Hannah Mancill

2012 Kevin Barni

2013 Ellen Nigro

2014 Kelsey Wingel

2015 Rebecca Selig

2016 Julianna Ly ​

2017 Karissa Muratore

2018 Nell Weaver

2019 Annabelle Fichtner and AnnaLivia McCarthy

2020 Philip de Paola


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