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View from Inside: the FotoFest 2014 Biennial

View from Inside: the FotoFest 2014 Biennial

Heather Brown is a Graduate Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation where she specializes in photographic materials and paper. Heather is currently finishing her third-year internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.   Deep in the heart of Texas, you may be surprised to find one of the top five… Read more »

Art, Science, & the Intrigue of the Unknown

Art, Science, & the Intrigue of the Unknown

Christie Mitchell is a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to earning an MA at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, she was a research assistant for the publication and exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.   On a Saturday morning in the… Read more »

Preserving Public Murals in Philadelphia

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

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

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

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… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy and Damaged Artwork: One Artist’s Experience

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… Read more »

Voice of the Artist: Vito Acconci at Middlebury College

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

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… Read more »

The Conserving Outdoor Painted Sculpture Meeting, 2013

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… Read more »