A Lasting Legacy: Kickstarting the Summer with Conservation

Kristen deGhetaldi, PhD candidate in Preservation Studies, shows DelPHI participants a painting reconstruction, and discusses public engagement through artists’ materials.

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes in a conservation lab? Well, you are about to find out! Throughout the next few months, in connection with the exhibition A Lasting Legacy: Sixty Years of Winterthur Graduate Programs, the graduate fellows in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) will be sharing with you some exciting stories about their summer internships. These summer work projects give students the chance to put our knowledge to the test in a practical way at various institutions throughout the world. The ultimate goal of the summer is for us gain some valuable training in a real-life setting, while also building connections with established conservators.

To start things off, I’m happy to tell you about my experiences thus far as a participant in the Delaware Public Humanities Institute (DelPHI). To find out what a mock TV interview and documentary about a stapler have to do with public engagement, CLICK HERE!

Heather Brown is about to begin her second year in WUDPAC, majoring in photograph conservation and minoring in paper. Following DelPHI, she will spend her summer working with the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

This series of posts by Winterthur/University of Delaware art conservation students is part of our celebration of the 60th anniversary of Winterthur/University of Delaware graduate programs, featured in the current exhibition, A Lasting Legacy: Sixty Years of Winterthur Graduate Programs, on view through June 16, 2013.

 

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