Buffalo State College Garman Art Conservation Department

Buffalo State College Garman Art Conservation Department Buffalo State’s Art Conservation Department is one of the leading programs of its kind in North America. Accepting only 10 students a year, the competitive three-year graduate program trains conservators of fine art and material cultural heritage.
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Welcome Class of 2023 to the Garman Art Conservation Graduate Program at SUNY Buffalo State College! We are so excited t...
08/31/2020

Welcome Class of 2023 to the Garman Art Conservation Graduate Program at SUNY Buffalo State College! We are so excited to see what you accomplish this year!
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08/30/2020
Art of history: Preserving African American dioramas

If you missed the segment earlier this morning, the Tuskeegee Diorama clip featuring LaStarsha McGarity ('19) can be found here:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/art-of-history-preserving-african-american-dioramas/?fbclid=IwAR1W7MqMIGn2JBAklYj_bwtbqfq_IrTsUUl1pMbP6JEZK2BCMDohcS2H318

Conservators, including African American students, are restoring a series of dioramas created for the 1940 American Negro Exposition in Chicago, bringing their magical artistry, and stories, back to life

08/29/2020
CBS Sunday Morning

More on tomorrow’s episode featuring LaStarsha McGarity (‘19):

Coming up on #SundayMorning
Conservators, including African American students, are restoring dioramas of African American history from 1940, bringing their magical artistry, and history, back to life. https://cbsn.ws/34Iozuf

08/29/2020
CBS Sunday Morning

Make sure to tune in tomorrow at 9am EST to CBS Sunday Morning to see our graduate, LaStarsha McGarity ('19), speak about her work to conserve Tuskeegee University's dioramas:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=337655040706263&extid=KNCTzxBBxvrriHOf

#This #SundayMorning
In 1940, at the American Negro Exposition in Chicago (marking the 75th anniversary of Emancipation), evocative dioramas were created to celebrate the often-unacknowledged achievements of African Americans. Today they're being restored. https://cbsn.ws/3jw2pQl

It certainly wasn't our traditional orientation but we had fun getting to know each other over Zoom today. A very warm w...
08/28/2020

It certainly wasn't our traditional orientation but we had fun getting to know each other over Zoom today. A very warm welcome to the Class of 2023 and an excellent start to the new academic year!

Stephanie Guidera ('21) shares one of her projects this summer at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau: "While interning wi...
08/26/2020

Stephanie Guidera ('21) shares one of her projects this summer at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau:

"While interning with Ellen Carrlee at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, I was fortunate to have access to a variety of projects involving plant and animal materials. One major highlight was getting to know this waterproof Yup'ik gut parka: the material, technology, use, and historic repairs, as well as how to prepare it for its next stage of life in a collection. Through creating mock ups of stitching techniques and adhesive repairs, I was able to understand the truly ingenious application of this robust and unique material, the garment's needs, and how to address its areas of instability."

As we enter our last week before classes resume, we conclude our "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" summer series w...
08/24/2020

As we enter our last week before classes resume, we conclude our "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" summer series with Abby Schleicher (class of 2022):

"This summer I've been working on a condition survey and inventory for a relative's family archive. I'm lucky that I've had access to a variety of artifacts while working from home. I have particularly enjoyed identifying different print and photographic processes by examining image tone, surface sheen, layer structure, and image structure. It's amazing how much one can do with just a few instruments! I've also been exploring databases like Excel and Access that will allow for easier data analysis and compiling of information for the condition survey. Here's to hoping I set up my database correctly so I can make those correlations!"

Next up in "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" is rising third year Nicole Schmidt ('21):"This summer I was fortunat...
08/19/2020

Next up in "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" is rising third year Nicole Schmidt ('21):

"This summer I was fortunate enough to intern at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the objects conservation department. My main project has been treating a 19th century Japanese lacquer stacking box. The object has been in the museum's collection since 1930 and was in need of conservation intervention. This treatment focused mainly on stabilization and consolidation of the ground and lacquer, in addition to carved and toned fills. I wrote a blog post about my treatment which is featured on CAM's website. I also discovered a bracelet in the box. It's always a treat to find hidden gems. I am very thankful for my time at CAM and look forward to my third year internship at the Field Museum in Chicago."

Check out her blog post: https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/about/blog/conservation-blog-7222020/

Katya Zinsli ('22) is next up in "Conservation during a Global Pandemic":"My internship with the Buffalo Bill Center of ...
08/17/2020

Katya Zinsli ('22) is next up in "Conservation during a Global Pandemic":

"My internship with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming was cancelled, but I was fortunately able to return to a previous internship for a short period with COVID precautions. I have been working with the National Park Service in Museum Conservation Services at the Harpers Ferry Center (WV) to do testing and create protocols for a large project involving several curtain panels from Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park. Over the years they have suffered light and water damage which has contributed to tears and dye bleed from the wool fibers. Since I can only be at the Center for so long I have been focusing on how best to tackle stain reduction and stabilization, as there are several curtains in need of treatment."

08/11/2020
Cincy Lifestyle

"Conservation during a Global Pandemic": Colleen Watkins ('21) shares about her experience at the Cincinnati Art Museum and is featured in this Cincy Lifestyle video!

"This summer I am a paper conservation intern at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM). I have been working on several projects that have included citrate treatments in addition to traditional washing to access more soluble degradation products in the paper. I also had the opportunity to share some of the results with the public. I authored a blog post that shows the progress in my treatment of Marcel Duchamp's etching The Coffee Mill. CAM Paper Conservator Cecile Mear and I were also featured in a video segment produced by a local television show*. I feel very fortunate to spend my summer in the Cincinnati Paper Lab and to share more about the profession with the public."

*Safe social distancing occurred during filming, and masks were taken off only during the speaking portions of the interview.

I've always wondered how museums keep historic pieces of paper from turning to dust. Well we decided to find out by going behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Art Museum to see how they preserve paper artifacts.

Check out Annika Blake-Howland ('22) featured this week as part of our "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" series: “...
08/10/2020

Check out Annika Blake-Howland ('22) featured this week as part of our "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" series:

“This summer I was extremely fortunate to be able to intern in-person at the National Park Services’s Historic Architecture Conservation and Engineering Center in the objects conservation lab. I am currently working on several different projects including ceramic conservation and frame conservation treatments. Later in the summer I will be working on model ships from Maine, my home state. I have also had the opportunity to assist with objects as they arrive and depart the HACE Center, giving me a greater understanding of the administration of a conservation lab. In my free time, I’ve been trying to spend as much time by the ocean as possible!"

Congratulations to Melissa Amundsen ('20) on her new position!
08/06/2020

Congratulations to Melissa Amundsen ('20) on her new position!

MACC welcomes our new staff member, Melissa Amundsen! A 2020 graduate of the Buffalo State College Garman Art Conservation Department, Melissa brings her recent experiences at the Whitney Museum of American Art and her early training in preventive conservation at the Science Museum of Minnesota to our organization as Assistant Preventive Conservator. Please join us in welcoming her!

"Conservation during a Global Pandemic": Meet Emma Guerard ('22) who shares with us what she has been working on this su...
08/03/2020

"Conservation during a Global Pandemic": Meet Emma Guerard ('22) who shares with us what she has been working on this summer!

Next up in the "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" series is Christine Manwiller ('21), a rising third year book spe...
07/27/2020

Next up in the "Conservation during a Global Pandemic" series is Christine Manwiller ('21), a rising third year book specialist:

"My summer internship at Johns Hopkins University was put on hold due to Covid-19, with my third year internship at the Folger Shakespeare Library also delayed. I am staying busy with book repair projects for private clients and this recently completed binding. This binding features an adapted cathedral window quilt pattern, made entirely of handmade paper and her botanical contact prints (natural dyes). It will soon be featured in an online exhibition. I am also enjoying the beauty of northern Wisconsin with a large vegetable and flower garden, and gathering plants for more botanical contact prints on handmade paper!"

Sneak peak about our upcoming exhibition celebrating 50 years of conserving Western New York's cultural heritage: https:...
07/24/2020
Exhibit Highlights Art Conservation Work through the Decades

Sneak peak about our upcoming exhibition celebrating 50 years of conserving Western New York's cultural heritage: https://suny.buffalostate.edu/news/exhibit-highlights-art-conservation-work-through-decades

Exhibit Highlights Art Conservation Work through the Decades July 23, 2020 By Laurie Kaiser As part of Buffalo State College’s Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department’s 50th anniversary celebration this year, the Burchfield Penney Art Center is opening a comprehensive exhib...

There is still time to sign up for the Untold Stories event happening today at 3:30EST. Anita Dey ('21) has been working...
07/21/2020
Salt Lake City 2020 — Untold Stories

There is still time to sign up for the Untold Stories event happening today at 3:30EST. Anita Dey ('21) has been working hard as a Project Assistant for this program who's mission is to pursue an art conservation profession that represents and preserves a fuller spectrum of human cultural heritage.
https://www.untoldstories.live/aic-2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this event will take place virtually on July 21st from 3:30 to 5pm US Eastern Standard Time (EST) via a webinar. Please sign up for your unique registration link here.

This week for our “Conservation During a Global Pandemic” summer update, we are featuring Liatte Dotan (class of 2022). ...
07/20/2020

This week for our “Conservation During a Global Pandemic” summer update, we are featuring Liatte Dotan (class of 2022). Liatte is interning with The Arizona State Museum in Tucson, AZ.

"These beautiful ceramic objects are some of several objects recently accessioned by the Arizona State Museum from a private collector.
These ceramics are all examples of Mata Ortiz pottery, named after the village where the style originated in the Northern Chihuahua province of Mexico. The movement started around 1976 and credits its artistic influence to archaeological examples found in the region. Early pots were directly influenced by archaeological examples though the movement continued to evolve and is well known for incorporation of fine line painting.
The past week I have been working to clean, label and generally prepare the new members to join the museums amazing ceramic collection."

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the summer plans of current Buffalo ...
07/14/2020

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the summer plans of current Buffalo Art Conservation graduate students. This week we are kicking it off with Jen Mikes, class of 2022:

07/13/2020
Black Art Conservators

Alumni Valinda Carroll (’99), LaStarsha McGarity (’19), and Frederick Wallace (’91) are three of the nine conservators that signed their names to the Black Art Conservator’s statement "Join Black Conservators and Demand Racial Justice in Art Conservation" published today.

https://blackartconservators.com/

Join Black Conservators and Demand Racial Justice in Art Conservation July 13, 2020 We, Black art conservators, stand in support of #BlackLivesMatter.  Our hearts go out to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Dreasjon Sean Reed, Manuel Ellis, Rayshard...

06/22/2020

Posted on the AIC Community Digest Forum:
Over the past weeks we have witnessed a clear turning point in the field of art and cultural heritage conservation, and the world, with so many colleagues voicing their heartfelt opinions about social justice, equity, inclusion, and Black Lives Matter. Here in Buffalo, we too recognize that conservation is not neutral, and neither is conservation education. We realize that we need to engage in self-reflection to make meaningful changes. Faculty, staff, and students have been meeting to strategize on meaningful actions we can take to create an anti-racist learning environment, that is more sensitive and acknowledges current and past injustices.

Fostering and supporting open dialogue, is of utmost importance and we thank everyone for contributing to the discussion. To that end, we have initiated a faculty-student working group on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as a departmental discussion group. We are undertaking a holistic review of our program to look for ways to support equity. Areas that we plan to revise or add include: admissions requirements, pre-program support of BIPOC students, diversity training, curriculum, campus and community engagement, and alumni support. It is our responsibility to educate and train thoughtful, conscientious conservators that think critically in their work and fight injustices of all kinds. We take this responsibility very seriously and pledge to look for ways we can improve.

There is no doubt that the numerous prerequisites (including gaining pre-program conservation experience) required by our program have deterred promising students from considering conservation as a viable career path. We recognize that fulfilling these prerequisites can lead to financial and emotional strain on those pursuing graduate conservation education. The first target of our holistic program review is making changes to ease these burdens. As we engage in this process of self-analysis and self-education, we are revising our application requirements, which will be announced shortly. This is the first of many changes to come. Listening to the voices calling for change in this forum, we are heartened by the passion and commitment of so many in our field. We are especially grateful to our current students for their dedication to this effort and support as we grow as a department.

The Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department, Buffalo State College

Fiona T. Beckett, Assistant Professor of Paintings Conservation

Jiuan Jiuan Chen, Associate Professor of Conservation Imaging, Technical Examination and Documentation

Emily S. Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Objects Conservation

Anne M. Hoehn, Administrative Assistant

Meredeth A. Lavelle, Program Manager

Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, Visiting Professor of Conservation Imaging, Technical Examination and Documentation

Aprille Nace, Librarian/Archivist

Rebecca Ploeger, Associate Professor of Conservation Science

Patrick C. Ravines, Director and Associate Professor

Aaron N. Shugar, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Conservation Science

Theresa J. Smith, Assistant Professor of Paper Conservation

Our department, and the larger Buffalo State College community, stand in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter and those fig...
06/01/2020

Our department, and the larger Buffalo State College community, stand in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter and those fighting racial injustice across the country through nonviolent protest. This letter from @buffalostate President, Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner offers perspective on the necessity to reflect on our privileges and positions within our communities to enact change. We wish everyone health and safety during this time.

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The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Paper Conservation! https://famsf.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=qCFQ7
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News alert! Conservator Carolyn Riccardelli, a graduate of the Buffalo State Conservation Program, was recently interviewed by correspondent Dana Jacobson for a segment that will air on CBS This Morning Saturday on June 23 at about 8:12am. Carolyn discusses the 12-year conservation project that brought Tullio Lombardo’s life-size marble statue “Adam” back into public view following an accident. The project was mentioned in Noah Charney’s new book “The Museum of Lost Art” as an example of the impressive work undertaken by conservators to save such works of art from oblivion. This masterpiece can be viewed with other Renaissance Venetian sculptures in Gallery 504. Follow this link for related videos including a time lapse of this multidisciplinary project: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/tullio-lombardo-adam Image: Jennifer Isakowitz #AdamRestored #artconservation @metmuseum @cbsthismorning @danajacobsontv @carolynriccardelli