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Kirsten Moffitt-[PA]

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Conservator & Materials Analyst
Williamsburg, VA
Kirsten Travers Moffitt is a conservator of painted surfaces with a specialty in the microscopy and analysis of historic finishes. She received her B.F.A. in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1997, and spent the next eleven years working as a decorative painter and conservation technician responsible for preserving historic interiors, easel paintings, wallpapers, large industrial artifacts and outdoor sculpture, both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2011, she received her M.Sc. from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program (WUDPAC) in Art Conservation, where she specialized in the conservation and analysis of painted surfaces. As a graduate fellow, Moffitt completed projects with the architectural paint research team at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) in Oslo, the historic interiors conservation department at Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in the Netherlands, and historic paint analyst and scholar Patrick Baty, in London. She came to Colonial Williamsburg in 2010, and since then her projects have included the inpainting phase of the Carolina Room in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and conducting architectural paint research for original buildings in the historic area. In 2014 she was promoted to Materials Analyst and Associate Conservator, and now carries out analysis of a wide range of collection materials including metals, ceramics, and textiles, as well as furniture and architectural finishes in the Foundation's newly established Materials Analysis Laboratory. She lectures widely on the subject of paint analysis, and teaches 'Intro to Polarizing Light Microscopy' to first-year students in the WUDPAC program. In 2015 she established a home laboratory where she conducts paint analysis on a freelance basis.