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Dale P. Kronkright

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Research Center
Head of Conservation
Santa Fe, NM
Dale Kronkright is presently the Head of Conservation at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and has been the head conservator for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum since it’s inception in 1997.  Dale's current research focuses on vibration-induced damage to art in transit and quantitative imaging and remote sensing to detect and monitor deterioration. In 2000 Dale began research into O’Keeffe’s painting techniques with scientists and conservators at the National Gallery of Art, resulting in the exhibition and catalog “Color and Conservation” which was the summer exhibition here at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in 2006.

Also in 2000, Dale developed micro-environmental framing systems for the preservation of O’Keeffe’s paintings, pastels and watercolors that help mitigate vibration- and humidity induced deterioration. In 2007, Dale began a collaborative project with the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and the University of Texas at El Paso for the preservation of O’Keeffe’s light sensitive watercolors and pastels.

Dale earned his BA in American Culture Studies from the University of California at Davis (1978) and his postgraduate certificate in Conservation at the Peabody Museum, at Harvard in 1983. He has served as adjunct faculty at the Art Conservation Graduate Program at SUNY Buffalo since 1991. Dale holds numerous advanced certificates in scientific analytical methods and has received numerous national and state preservation awards.

Prior to coming to work for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Dale was Senior Conservator for the Museum of New Mexico, in Santa Fe for seven years and was Senior Conservator at the Regional Conservation Center, Bishop Museum, Honolulu from 1985 to 1991. He has also served as an instructor and author for the Getty Conservation Institute since 1985.