I found this episode particularly interesting as a Buffalo Grad:
Violin gut strings:
Red Dirt Studio on FaceBook:
A glimpse into the life of a book conservator... My friend, and former colleague, Nora Lockshin, talks about the historic significance and conservation of two Civil War-era diaries treated and housed at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Smithsonian Transcription Center:
From their website... "Ancestral Knowledge offers entry level and advanced programs in a wide range of program topics from; earth based living skills, nature awareness, primitive technology, and wilderness survival."
In this video, conservators turn over the Jabach portrait, which had been undergoing conservation on its reverse, so that it can be stretched onto a new frame. Michael Gallagher describes the process on the Now at the Met blog.
Cuneiform tablet gingerbread cookies courtesy of the Penn Museum blog - click here!
The application deadline for the art conservation programs is fast approaching! This recent webinar can be seen on YouTube and, "featured representatives from five North American graduate programs in art conservation: Debra Hess Norris from Winterthur/University of Delaware, Ellen Pearlstein from UCLA, Rosaleen Hill from Queens University, Peggy Ellis from NYU, and James Hamm and Meredeth Lavelle from Buffalo State. They discussed a few of the qualities that make a good candidate for graduate training." Good luck applicants!
This summer, I am one of two graduate students selected for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Internship in ethnographic objects at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). I still have to pinch myself! As I will be majoring in archaeological/ethnographic objects for my graduate program's second-year specialization, the timing could not have been more ideal! This internship will provide me with unbelievable experiences in new treatment and documentation techniques, conservation science, and museum practices. (pinch!)
Joining me this summer is a Hungarian conservation intern, Reka (who is studing in Vienna, Austria) and Sasha, an environmental science and tribal historic preservation student from the Winnebago tribe and Eagle clan of Nebraska. The three of us have such different backgrounds, but are all striving for the same goal - the preservation of our cultural heritage!
Here are some photos from my first week....
Post-graduate Mellon fellows, Fran Richie (pictured) and Rebecca Summerour, gave us excellent domonstrations on how to use the museum's photo documentation studio and equipment.
Why is there a large hole in this object? For me to stick my hand through! I couldn't help investigating a bit.
photo: Fran Richie
The NMAI rock stars... its AMAZING collection of Native American objects and artifacts! These are Pomo baskets from Central California (ca. 1900-1930).
Beaded and leather Sioux mocossins from South Dakota.
NMAI number: 229739.000
Congratulations to my amazing classmates for completing our first year of grad school! We are now officially "second-years" and will be choosing our areas of specialization, which include paintings, paper, or objects. I'm still 100% objects with an interest in archaeological/ethnographic materials. This summer, the art conservation students are participating in internships with placements in private practices and museums both domestically and abroad. This summer I will be an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation intern at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
Have a great summer ladies!
To provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of art conservation and to answer the frequently asked question - What the heck does an art conservator do on a daily basis?