Memberships, Education and Experience

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

2007 to Present    Member
Canadian Association of Professional Conservators/ Association canadienne pour la conservation et la restauration des biens culturels
c/o Canadian Museums Association, 280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1R7, Website:  http://capc-acrp.ca/index.asp

2007 to present    Professional Associate
1999 to 2007         Member
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1717 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036  USA, Phone:  (202) 452-9545, Website:  http://www.conservation-us.org/

2014 to present    Member and Volunteer:  Communications and Awards Committees
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
Mailing Address:  PO Box 111, RPO Spring Garden, Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3J 3S9, Canada, Phone:  (902) 423-4807, Website:  http://www.htns.ca/

EDUCATION

1997-1999    MASTER OF ART CONSERVATION, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Specialization:  Paintings and Painted Objects

1989-1993    BACHELOR OF ARTS, Hood College
Frederick, Maryland, USA
Major: Art History and Studio Art     Minor: Chemistry

1991-1992    STUDY ABROAD, Scuola Lorenzo de Medici
Florence, Italy
Courses of Study:   Twentieth Century Art History, Issues in Post-modernism, Fresco Technique, Painting Restoration, Painting, Drawing, Italian Language

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS

03/2014                  STORAGE REORGANIZATION

Cumberland County Museum and Archives, Nova Scotia, Canada
Course Facilitator:  Simon Lambert, Preservation Development Advisor, Canadian Conservation Institute

10/2009                 CARE AND HANDLING OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS

Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Course Facilitator:  Greg Hill, Senior Conservator, Photographic Materials, Canadian Conservation Institute

11/2008                  NEW CLEANING METHODS

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Course Instructor:  Richard C. Wolbers, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Science and Adjunct Paintings Conservator, University of Delaware

PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

10/2007-5/2008    ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Assistant Conservator of Canadian Art with Additional Responsibilities, Temporary
Supervising assistant conservators in the conservation of Canadian paintings and sculpture, 18th century through 1980, and overseeing departmental work-flow in preparation for the re-opening of the gallery in the Fall 2008.  Communicating with the Chief of Conservation and curators regarding the reinstallation of the art in the new gallery spaces.  Supervising the condition survey of 800+  Canadian paintings in a private collection to be installed in the Art Gallery display.

1/2004-7/2006    MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON (MFA), Massachusetts, USA
Assistant Conservator, Paintings
Conducted examinations and conservation treatments on North American and European works of art.

Conducted condition survey of contemporary paintings collection for transport to off-site storage, communicating with MFA staff and the private art shipping firm assisting with the project.

Installed in-house exhibitions of North American and European art: documenting the condition of MFA pieces and incoming works from other institutions and private collections

Deinstalled exhibitions in the US and Japan.  Couriered art in North America and abroad

Supervised coworkers in the presentation of lectures on the history of paintings materials–pre-historic through the late 19th century–illustrated with examples from the MFA collection.  Lectures presented to area university students.

2001-2003        THE MENIL COLLECTION, Houston, Texas, USA
Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Paintings Conservation
Conducted examinations and treatments on modern European and American paintings and painted objects, including works by Rene Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)

Assisted in the installation of traveling exhibitions of North American and European art at the museum

Couriered art in North American and Europe

Researched the purchase of a digital SLR camera for use in conservation documentation

2001            NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC, USA
Internship in Conservation, Summer:  assisted in the design of a storage system for the paints in the Artists’ Materials Collection.

2000-1        GOLDEN ARTIST COLORS, INC., New Berlin, New York, USA
Conservation Consultant and Researcher (the first conservator to work on site at Golden): researched literature on the conservation of acrylic paintings and presented findings at conferences and in a peer-reviewed journal.  Assisted in a project with scientists in coatings industry in the analysis of cleaned acrylic paint films; assisted with technical questions from customers and artists

2000          THE EXHIBITION ALLIANCE, Hamilton, New York, USA
Conservation Consultant and Registrar, Fall: advised on archival materials for building packing crates and display cases; completed paperwork for art objects moving among lenders, storage and exhibition venues

1999            FRANS HALS MUSEUM, Haarlem, Netherlands
Internship in Paintings Conservation, Fall:  assessed the condition of 75+ modern Dutch paintings and conducted appropriate treatments quickly for a winter exhibition

1999            GILCREASE MUSEUM, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Stockman Foundation Internship in Paintings Conservation, September: assisted in creating a system for the examination of 800+ paintings and sketches by William Robinson Leigh (American, 1866-1955) in preparation for the permanent installation of his studio at the museum; working with volunteers in the conservation lab

1999            DENVER ART MUSEUM and WESTERN CENTER FOR THE CONSERVATION OF FINE ART
Denver, Colorado, USA
Frolich Internship in Paintings Conservation, Summer:  examination and treatment of Spanish Colonial paintings and 19th and 20th century American art

1998            FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, M.H. DE YOUNG MEMORIAL MUSEUM
San Francisco, California, USA
Summer Internship in Paintings Conservation:  examinations and treatments of 19th and 20th century paintings

1993            HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, USA
Summer Internship in Sculpture Conservation:  assisted in the treatment of modern large-scale outdoor sculpture

2000           WEST LAKE CONSERVATORS, LTD., Skaneateles, New York, USA
Paintings Conservator, Winter-Summer:  examined and treated 19th century American paintings and assisted in the on-site treatment of 1940’s wall mural

Volunteer Conservation Experience:

4/2007-9/2007    ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA and NOVA SCOTIA ARCHIVES AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Volunteer:  Paintings Conservator
Conducted a collection survey of paintings in the  Archives of Nova Scotia.  For many of the 200+ paintings, this was the first attention they had received from a conservator in many years.  Paintings with immediate condition needs were identified.