Preserving Public Murals in Philadelphia

This week’s contributing blogger, Amanda Norbutus, is the Mendel Science post-doctoral fellow in chemistry at Villanova University.  Her dissertation research focused on UV-protective coatings for outdoor painted surfaces as well as on the creation and conservation of modern public murals as part of the Preservation Studies Program at the University of Delaware in 2012.    Public… Read more »

How to Capture The Contemporary: Recording Equipment & Artist Interviews at the Hirshhorn

This week’s contributing blogger, Nick Kaplan, is the Collections Assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Starting as an intern in 2012, he has been involved with the museum’s artist interview project since it began.  In the fall of 2012, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden launched its artist interview program Capturing the Contemporary, lead by… Read more »

A 3-Ring Circus: The Washington Conservation Guild’s Annual Lecture Series

This week’s contributing blogger, Samantha Owens, is an emerging conservator who has completed internships at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Museum of Modern Art.  This spring, she will work on the Shelburne Museum’s Gustav Dentzel Company carousel project.   On January 9 of this year, the Washington Conservation Guild held their annual… Read more »

Interviewing Kota Ezawa

This week’s contributing blogger, Gwynne Ryan, is the Sculpture Conservator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, focusing on the preservation of modern and contemporary sculpture and time-based media. She is a member of the VoCA Board of Directors, and she served as Chair of the Program Committee from 2007-2010. In the spring… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy and Damaged Artwork: One Artist’s Experience

This week’s contributing blogger, Linda Serrone Rolon, is an artist with a background in fine arts and conservation framing. Born and raised in the boroughs of New York City, she now lives with her family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. This past August, I was excited to find out that one of my paintings was chosen to be… Read more »

Voice of the Artist: Vito Acconci at Middlebury College

This week’s contributing blogger, Nancie Ravenel, is the objects conservator at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. Though she mostly works on things made in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, every now and then a work made by a living artist creeps into the mix.   On November 7, 2013, Vito Acconci returned to Middlebury College… Read more »

The Hirshhorn Artist Interview Program: Capturing the Contemporary

This week’s contributing blogger, Steven O’Banion, is the Smithsonian Conservation Fellow at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Steven is also a member of the VoCA Program Committee. In 2012, VoCA held its first round of Artist Interview Workshops at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and… Read more »

The Conserving Outdoor Painted Sculpture Meeting, 2013

This week’s contributing blogger, Briana Feston, was most recently a Samuel H. Kress fellow at Sèvres-Cité de la céramique in France, and is currently the Graduate Intern in Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She is a member of the publications committee for AIG’s Electronic Media Group.  It is difficult to… Read more »

After Hurricane Sandy: An Action Plan for New York City

This week’s contributing blogger, Cindy Albertson, is an Assistant Conservator at MoMA who served as the Local Volunteer Coordinator for the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  In addition she maintains a private practice where she is currently charged with Project Managing the NYCT grant for the Alliance for Response New… Read more »

“Archiving Performance Art for the Future”: A Voice of the Artist Program Featuring Lorraine O’Grady

This week’s contributing blogger, Rosanna Flouty, is an education professional with a commitment to building site-specific technology to support museum and arts-based programming. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Urban Education with a focus on Interactive Technology + Pedagogy from CUNY Graduate Center, and is also a  member of VoCA’s Program Committee. “What is the role… Read more »

The ECPN: Preparing Emerging Conservators for the Professional Sphere

This week’s contributing blogger, Claire Curran, recently completed her first summer work project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is entering her second year at Winterthur this fall. The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) assists individuals considering the field of conservation by facilitating their transition from pre-training student, to conservation student, to conservation professional.  Since 2011,… Read more »

The Second Annual AIC Great Debate: Perspectives from a Participant

This week’s contributing writer, Jessica Ford, is a graduate fellow in paintings conservation at Winterthur/ University of Delaware. She is working this summer at the Dallas Museum of Art, and she will spend her third-year internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. What was I thinking when I agreed to do the Great Debate? I… Read more »