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Christine Conniff-O'Shea

The Art Institute of Chicago
Assistant Conservator for Preparation and Framing
Chicago, Illinois
Christine (Chris) Conniff-O'Shea holds a B.A in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico where she studied drawing and printmaking. Chris is known for her specialized knowledge of historic mounting practices and modes for works of art on paper and the creative adaption of the same to meet current preservation standards. Employed at the Art Institute of Chicago for over 30 years, Chris is the Assistant Conservator for Preparation and Framing in the Department of Prints and Drawings. Her most recent publication co-authorship is "Part of the Picture," an essay for John Marin's Watercolors a Medium for Modernism, a 2011 exhibition. Outside of the museum but not divorced from the museum world, Chris is the instructor for the Specialized Matting Techniques for Paper Artifacts course at the International Preservation Studies Center in Mount Carroll, Illinois.