Wednesday, May 30 • 8:30am - 4:15pm
(Pre-session Symposium) Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy? FILLING

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Be part of AIC’s first Symposium on diversity, equity, inclusion and access in cultural heritage preservation. The Symposium will be divided into two parts. Part one will focus on the changing ways that museums and conservators are engaging with the diverse communities from which their collections originate. This program will be highly interactive as all as informative. 

Sessions include:
  • A panel focusing on new resources to assist conservators and collection care specialists in working collaboratively with Native American communities. The panel will also focus on collaborative conservation case studies from the National Museum of the American Indian 
  • A discussion of a recent survey on the effectiveness of Australian museums outreach efforts to the Aboriginal community.
  • A Case Study Lighting Round – hear how four different organizations engaged with diverse communities
  • Part Two will focus on what are the barriers to promoting a more diverse workforce in cultural heritage conservation and how can they be overcome. What success stories are out there and how can they be reproduced. Sessions include:
  • A review of the findings of the July – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey which confirms a lack of diversity within the conservation field. Learn about some of the programs designed to foster diversity within the field
  • A discussion of the WUDPAC research study to assess the WUDPAC curriculum content and delivery through a multicultural lens 
  •  A panel of colleagues shares their individual journeys and discusses the obstacles they faced in becoming part of the conservation community.

Download a complete listing of talks with abstracts below. Lunch is included.

avatar for Anisha Gupta

Anisha Gupta

Assistant Conservator, American Philosophical Society
Anisha Gupta is the Assistant Conservator for Archival Materials at the American Philosophical Society. She is a graduate of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation where she specialized in works on paper with a minor concentration in photographic materials... Read More →
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Kimi Taira

Assistant Conservator, Works on Paper, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
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Jennifer Hain Teper

Head of Preservation, University of Illinois
Jennifer Hain Teper is Head of Preservation, University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MSLIS and CAS in the conservation of library and archive materials in 2000. She oversaw the construction of the... Read More →

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Dr. Renee S. Anderson

Collection Manager/Registrar, National Museum of African American History & Culture
Dr. Reneé S. Anderson is the Head of Collections at the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution. She coordinates and oversees program activities related to collections management. Dr. Anderson serves as the Principal Investigator for grants... Read More →
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Thomas J. Braun

Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator, Minnesota Historical Society
Thomas J. Braun is the Head of Conservation and the Senior Objects Conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Tom holds a BA in Art History from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Art History from Tufts University, and an MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University... Read More →
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Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham

Photograph Conservator, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian
Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham is the photograph and paper conservator at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). She obtained her MS from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation where she specialized in photograph conservation with minor concentrations... Read More →
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Martina Dawley

Assistant Curator for American Indian Relations, Arizona State Museum
My research is primarily focused on the intersection of American Indians and museums, specifically in conservation. I am working on a book based on my dissertation "An Analysis of Diversifying Museum Studies: American Indians in Conservation." I will speak on this topic during AIC's... Read More →
avatar for Susanne Gänsicke-[PA]

Susanne Gänsicke-[PA]

Head of Antiquities Conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum
Susanne Gänsicke is the Senior Conservator of Antiquities at the Getty Villa in Malibu, starting mid-July. Since 1990, she was employed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, most recently as Conservator in Objects Conservation. She has worked on active excavations in Egypt and Sudan... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Adams Hebard

Barbara Adams Hebard

Conservator, Boston College Library
Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College, is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program. Ms. Hebard is a member of the Guild of Book Workers and the Ticknor Society. She is a Professional member of The American Institute... Read More →
avatar for Casey Mallinckrodt

Casey Mallinckrodt

Head Conservator, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Casey Mallinckrodt received a MA in conservation at the UCLA/Getty Program in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials and previously received a MFA from Yale University. She has been a Kress Fellow in Object Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and worked... Read More →
avatar for Caryl McFarlane

Caryl McFarlane

Consultant, HBCU Alliance of Museums and Galleries
avatar for Kelly McHugh

Kelly McHugh

Supervisory Collections Manager, Cultural Resources Center. The National Museum of the American Indian. Smithsonian Institution
Kelly McHugh recently became the Supervisory Collections Manager at the National Museum of the American Indian. Prior she served as an object conservator, when she began working for the museum in 1996 in New York, based at the museum’s former storage facility in the Bronx. There... Read More →
avatar for Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy

Assistant Conservator, The Field Museum
Erin is an Assistant Conservator at The Field Museum. There she is working on the redevelopment of the Native North American hall and joined the Field Museum’s staff in August 2018. She recently served as the Marshall Steel Senior Conservation Intern, Archaeological Collections... Read More →
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Yoshiyuki "Yoshi" Nishio

Conservator and President, Nishio Conservation Studio
Yoshiyuki Nishio is President of the Nishio Conservation Studio, and one of the leading conservators of Asian scroll and screen paintings. His background combines traditional apprenticeship and academic training. Mr. Nishio was born in downtown Tokyo and began his art education... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hess Norris-[Fellow]

Debbie Hess Norris-[Fellow]

Chair/Professor, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware
Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation. She graduated magna cum laude with an interdisciplinary BA degree in chemistry, art history, and studio art (1977) and MS in conservation (1980) from... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Payaqui

Sheila Payaqui

Conservator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
avatar for Ellen Pearlstein

Ellen Pearlstein

Professor, UCLA
Ellen Pearlstein is a founding faculty member in the graduate UCLA/Getty Conservation Program, where she incorporates Indigenous instruction into the understanding and care of California basketry and featherwork. Her publications include edited volumes Conservation of Featherwork... Read More →
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Landis Smith

Project Conservator, State Museums and Monuments of New Mexico
Landis Smith is Projects Conservator at the Museums of New Mexico Conservation Unit, working primarily with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. She is also Collaborative Conservation Programs Consultant at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, and... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Tedone-[PA]

Melissa Tedone-[PA]

Book & Library Conservator, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Melissa Tedone is Book & Library Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. She holds a PhD in Slavic literary history from Yale University, and an MSIS with a Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from UT Austin. In addition... Read More →
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Lalena A. Vellanoweth

Conservator, Private Practice

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Sirma Americas

Sirma Americas
MuseumSpace is a comprehensive Museum Management Software Suite. Use the platform’s semantic functionalities to organize records, gather cultural objects, plan and manage upcoming exhibitions, work with crucial documents, simplify image management, create reports, and more. MuseumSpace... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 8:30am - 4:15pm MDT
Texas Ballroom A Marriott Marquis Houston
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