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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Camille Ferrer (class of 2023) is working on local paint consolidation of this painting depicting a boxing match, from t...
05/03/2021

Camille Ferrer (class of 2023) is working on local paint consolidation of this painting depicting a boxing match, from the 1930s. The painting is off its stretcher and on a heated table under vacuum. This helps Camille spread the consolidating adhesive under the lifting and flaking paint layers.
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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffStateArtConservation #BuffaloState #ArtConservation #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

A huge thank you to all of the speakers, moderators, and organizers for making ANAGPIC 2021 a huge success! While we had...
04/17/2021

A huge thank you to all of the speakers, moderators, and organizers for making ANAGPIC 2021 a huge success! While we had to meet virtually, the conference provided a window into the fascinating research our graduate conservation students are undertaking. Many speakers overcame incredible obstacles while completing their research because of COVID and in spite of this, found creative ways to forge ahead and also manage to give incredible presentations. Congrats to all and looking forward to everyone being together next year in Delaware for 2022!
https://artconservation.buffalostate.edu/anagpic-2021

A huge thank you to all of the speakers, moderators, and organizers for making ANAGPIC 2021 a huge success! While we had to meet virtually, the conference provided a window into the fascinating research our graduate conservation students are undertaking. Many speakers overcame incredible obstacles while completing their research because of COVID and in spite of this, found creative ways to forge ahead and also manage to give incredible presentations. Congrats to all and looking forward to everyone being together next year in Delaware for 2022!
https://artconservation.buffalostate.edu/anagpic-2021

Sometimes conservation requires lots of safety precautions and PPE! Katya Zinsli, a second year objects specialist, is a...
04/14/2021

Sometimes conservation requires lots of safety precautions and PPE! Katya Zinsli, a second year objects specialist, is all suited up for mold remediation on a wooden artifact. The mold growth was found on the underside of the object and Katya is removing it using a HEPA vacuum.

📷1: Katya vacuuming while kneeling on the ground wearing a lab coat, respirator, goggles, and gloves.
📷2: Detail of yellowish mold on underside of a wooden artifact.
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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffStateArtConservation #BuffaloState #ArtConservation #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

Jen Mikes, second year objects specialist, captured in the midst of treating her masters project last week. Jen was usin...
04/09/2021

Jen Mikes, second year objects specialist, captured in the midst of treating her masters project last week. Jen was using a Gore-Tex sandwich to humidify the stem of the canoe and then she was able to close the gap. The canoe is part of the collection at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, NY.

Jen Mikes, second year objects specialist, captured in the midst of treating her masters project last week. Jen was using a Gore-Tex sandwich to humidify the stem of the canoe and then she was able to close the gap. The canoe is part of the collection at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, NY.

04/03/2021

We are proud to be hosting ANAGPIC 2021 virtually in 2 weeks. If any alumni are interested in attending, the conference runs from April 14th - 16th from approximately 12:30-5:30pm EST each day. Please email [email protected] buffalostate.edu no later than 4/9/21 if you would like to receive a Zoom link to attend.

Today is Buffalo State's Day of Giving! Our department is participating and we would love for your support! All funds ra...
03/30/2021
Art Conservation Student Fellowships

Today is Buffalo State's Day of Giving! Our department is participating and we would love for your support! All funds raised directly go to help our graduate students with fellowships and scholarships. Please help us continue to educate the best and brightest conservation graduate students! The campaign is only 24 hours from today (3/30) until tomorrow (3/31)! THANK YOU!!
https://give.communityfunded.com/o/suny-buffalo-state-college-24/i/buffalo-state-gives/s/art-conservation

Help us educate the next generation of art conservation professionals!

Third-year spotlight ✨Steph Guidera! We love to see what the class of 2021 is up to in their 12-month graduate internshi...
03/25/2021

Third-year spotlight ✨Steph Guidera! We love to see what the class of 2021 is up to in their 12-month graduate internships! #Repost @sguiginger
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I’m so grateful and proud of this treatment. This complex object - to say the least - had me up nights but felt incredibly rewarding to work through. These wagon panels from an early 20th century traveling show of Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be on display at @amhistorymuseum in the future as part of a thoughtful exhibit on the history of entertainment in the US.

Hands on activities have been at a minimum this year. While institutions have been putting restrictions in place for all of our safety, we students have been working hard to ensure we get the necessary experience while altering expectations and extending ourselves to additionally actively work towards equity and accessibility in our field. It’s been a lot, at best, equal parts grief and excitement. And while the ugliest parts of humanity are often in the forefront of our minds, I need to remember to share some of the small victories. Like cleaning and consolidating this very fragile, flaking paint.

#artconservation #artcon #buffalostateartcon #buffalostateartconservation #dcconservators #americanhistory #smithsonian #conservators #culturalheritage #history #theater
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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffaloState #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

Third-year spotlight ✨Steph Guidera! We love to see what the class of 2021 is up to in their 12-month graduate internships! #Repost @sguiginger
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I’m so grateful and proud of this treatment. This complex object - to say the least - had me up nights but felt incredibly rewarding to work through. These wagon panels from an early 20th century traveling show of Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be on display at @amhistorymuseum in the future as part of a thoughtful exhibit on the history of entertainment in the US.

Hands on activities have been at a minimum this year. While institutions have been putting restrictions in place for all of our safety, we students have been working hard to ensure we get the necessary experience while altering expectations and extending ourselves to additionally actively work towards equity and accessibility in our field. It’s been a lot, at best, equal parts grief and excitement. And while the ugliest parts of humanity are often in the forefront of our minds, I need to remember to share some of the small victories. Like cleaning and consolidating this very fragile, flaking paint.

#artconservation #artcon #buffalostateartcon #buffalostateartconservation #dcconservators #americanhistory #smithsonian #conservators #culturalheritage #history #theater
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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffaloState #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

Check out this amazing video where current third-year graduate student, Allison Slenker, shares some of her projects and...
03/22/2021
Conservator's Corner: Allison Slenker

Check out this amazing video where current third-year graduate student, Allison Slenker, shares some of her projects and experiences at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In the video, Allison highlights the current exhibition “Experience & Expression” that is on view now! Allison is completing her 12-month graduate internship in the objects conservation department at the DIA.
https://youtu.be/1HWBGZP2ZuA

Conservator's Corner is a new series devoted to exploring the care and research of the Detroit Institute of Art's collection. Allison Slenker, Third-year Gra...

First alumni meet and greet in the books! A huge thank you to the 50+ alumni who joined us last night and kudos to the A...
03/19/2021

First alumni meet and greet in the books! A huge thank you to the 50+ alumni who joined us last night and kudos to the Alumni Board for organizing this event! Lots of questions and great ideas were brought up for the future. We are hoping to do more in the near future so stay tuned!

Kate Aguirre, second year paintings specialist, is inpainting using Gamblin Conservation Colors. This oil on wood painti...
03/17/2021

Kate Aguirre, second year paintings specialist, is inpainting using Gamblin Conservation Colors. This oil on wood painting is an undated copy of a Dutch artwork representing, the deadly sin of greed.

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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffStateArtConservation #BuffaloState #ArtConservation #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

Just a reminder that the Spring Alumni Event is happening tomorrow night - Thursday, March 18th. Zoom link invites were ...
03/17/2021

Just a reminder that the Spring Alumni Event is happening tomorrow night - Thursday, March 18th. Zoom link invites were sent to your email earlier today if you responded that you wanted to attend. Please send an email to: [email protected] if you did not get your link or check your spam folder. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the Spring Alumni Event is happening tomorrow night - Thursday, March 18th. Zoom link invites were sent to your email earlier today if you responded that you wanted to attend. Please send an email to: [email protected] if you did not get your link or check your spam folder. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Check out this great post that recent alum, Elizabeth Robson (2019), is featured in!
03/15/2021

Check out this great post that recent alum, Elizabeth Robson (2019), is featured in!

If you haven't already RSVP'd for the upcoming Alumni event next week make sure to do so by Monday, March 15th! Send you...
03/12/2021

If you haven't already RSVP'd for the upcoming Alumni event next week make sure to do so by Monday, March 15th! Send your response to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlZi-LQY5ieWElxid-P7vzIYagygxXou32YL8KVZ40Mrn6nw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you haven't already RSVP'd for the upcoming Alumni event next week make sure to do so by Monday, March 15th! Send your response to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlZi-LQY5ieWElxid-P7vzIYagygxXou32YL8KVZ40Mrn6nw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Yesterday students involved with the department’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program went around replacing the blu...
03/11/2021

Yesterday students involved with the department’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program went around replacing the blunder traps. They we will identify the pests in the coming weeks and plan to discuss a few specific insects at our upcoming IPM workshop with Pat Kelley (Insects Limited, Inc.).

📷1: Jen Mikes (2022) holds up a used blunder trap
📷2: Meredith French (2023) and Jen get new traps ready
📷3: image of a used blunder trap with pests

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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffStateArtConservation #BuffaloState #ArtConservation #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

Announcing our first spring alumni event hosted by our Alumni Steering Board. We are hoping to see as many alumni at thi...
03/08/2021

Announcing our first spring alumni event hosted by our Alumni Steering Board. We are hoping to see as many alumni at this event as possible! Please RSVP to our google form at: https://forms.gle/xGfmcvHn1ibWx1q59 by March 15th.

Announcing our first spring alumni event hosted by our Alumni Steering Board. We are hoping to see as many alumni at this event as possible! Please RSVP to our google form at: https://forms.gle/xGfmcvHn1ibWx1q59 by March 15th.

Current third-year, Steph Guidera (‘21), will be sharing her talk at this great event on Thursday, March 4!
03/01/2021

Current third-year, Steph Guidera (‘21), will be sharing her talk at this great event on Thursday, March 4!

Second year object specialist, Liatte Dotan, is treating a leaded glass bowl that had previously been repaired. The old ...
02/23/2021

Second year object specialist, Liatte Dotan, is treating a leaded glass bowl that had previously been repaired. The old adhesive yellowed and so the old repairs needed to be undone. She is in the process of re-joining the glass pieces using a conservation grade epoxy.

Second year object specialist, Liatte Dotan, is treating a leaded glass bowl that had previously been repaired. The old adhesive yellowed and so the old repairs needed to be undone. She is in the process of re-joining the glass pieces using a conservation grade epoxy.

Second year student Kathryn Kenney is inpainting areas of loss on this poster from World War I advertising the Third Lib...
02/16/2021

Second year student Kathryn Kenney is inpainting areas of loss on this poster from World War I advertising the Third Liberty Loan. She is using watercolor on a barrier layer of methyl cellulose. Kathryn is in the last stages of the treatment - swipe to see where it started!

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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffStateArtConservation #BuffaloState #ArtConservation #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

Check out Elena Mars (class of 2021) in her third year internship placement at the Cleveland Museum of Art #Repost @clev...
02/10/2021

Check out Elena Mars (class of 2021) in her third year internship placement at the Cleveland Museum of Art #Repost @clevelandmuseumofart with @make_repost
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#CMAconservation Here’s an inside look – literally! – at Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well by Giovanni della Robbia, now on view in our Stories from Storage exhibition. A small original hole in the terracotta on top of Christ’s head may have once held a halo.

Graduate intern in #cmaconservation Elena Mars took the opportunity to peek inside the hollow figure with a borescope. The borescope is a fiber optic cable with a tiny camera and light, controlled by a joystick. It has a handheld LED screen and can capture images and video. The parallel finger marks in the interior surface were left by the 16th century artisan who hollowed out the soft clay, allowing the large figure to be safely fired. Elena also noticed that the head is separate from the torso, and found small broken wooden sticks inside the neck, though we’re still not sure what those were for.

Check out the ArtLens app for more from Elena and curator Cory Korkow on this sculpture and visit it in-person in Stories from Storage! cma.org/art/1922.210

1. Elena using the borescope
2. Finger marks on interior of head
3. Wooden sticks visible inside head

#artconservation #objectsconservation #dellaRobbia #terracotta #borescope #ndt
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Spring semester started with the reveal of Class of 2023’s completed panel paintings! The first year students worked on ...
02/09/2021

Spring semester started with the reveal of Class of 2023’s completed panel paintings! The first year students worked on these pieces throughout the fall semester. Check out our earlier post to see where they started!
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#GarmanArtConservation #BuffStateArtConservation #BuffaloState #ArtConservation #GraduateSchool #Buffalo #BSCArtConservation @buffalostate @conservators

If you haven't already gotten your copy of the 50th Anniversary yearbook, make sure to get one today! They are still ava...
02/04/2021
50 Years of Art Conservation

If you haven't already gotten your copy of the 50th Anniversary yearbook, make sure to get one today! They are still available on blurb.com for $12.99 with $5 of the proceeds going to the department to support the education of our graduate students. These will only be available for a limited time so get your copy today!
https://www.blurb.com/b/10365255-50-years-of-art-conservation

This yearbook tracks the 50 years of the art conservation program at SUNY Buffalo State College (formerly at Cooperstown)!

Check out this festive post featuring Buffalo 3rd year fellow Colleen Watkins’ cat!
12/25/2020

Check out this festive post featuring Buffalo 3rd year fellow Colleen Watkins’ cat!

Jett the cat, owned by Colleen Watkins from the Whitney's Conservation Department, blew the audience away at this year's holiday party virtual pet costume contest with her Whitney Mewseum of Ameowican Art.

Colleen said: "For the holiday pet costume contest, I wanted to celebrate the Whitney and have fun with puns. So, I came up with the Whitney Mewseum of Ameowican Art. Jett's favorite exhibition was the 7th floor purrmanent collection. Renzo Piano's building was re-created with foam board, paper, tape, and hot melt glue using a cat tree as an armature."

Warmest holiday wishes from the Garman Art Conservation Department!
12/21/2020

Warmest holiday wishes from the Garman Art Conservation Department!

Just a reminder that we are accepting applications for new graduate students until January 4, 2021. We have also updated...
11/30/2020
Admissions | Art Conservation Department | SUNY Buffalo State College

Just a reminder that we are accepting applications for new graduate students until January 4, 2021. We have also updated our admission requirements that can be read here:
https://artconservation.buffalostate.edu/admissions

The Art Conservation Department offers a three-year graduate program preparing students for careers as professional conservators in museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions, as well as in private business. At the end of the program, every student is awarded a Master of....

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https://www.facebook.com/donate/966002890553377/ Those who knew Noelle are experiencing a loss like no other. Buffalo art conservators are mourning the passing of a dear friend and colleague who left a mark in the field and an immeasurable void in the many hearts she touched. One of her coworkers at the North Carolina Museum of Art created this Memorial to remember this exceptional woman who left this world way too early and unexpectedly. Please contribute in Noelle's honor if you can. R.I.P., dear Noelle Ocon.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!! All your presentations were fantastic and I'm glad to call you colleagues.
Buffalo students, some inspiration for your costumes for the annual department Halloween parties! https://www.facebook.com/groups/224247218846890/
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Paper Conservation! https://famsf.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=qCFQ7
Help needed for flood recovery in the UP of Michigan!
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