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Lauren M. Gottschlich

National Air and Space Museum
Herndon, VA
Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012 from the University of Mary Washington, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; she completed majors in Art History, Studio Art, and Historic Preservation. Her classes fostered a keen interest in traditional art materials and techniques that continue to fascinate her today. In the summer of 2011 and the year following graduation, she worked at the conservation department of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  Under the direction of conservator Pam Young she began with paper conservation and worked on projects including folk art pieces, prints, and historic documents. After gaining a foundation in paper conservation and preservation practices, Lauren worked for half of a year in the painting conservation lab with Paintings Conservator Shelley Svoboda. While at Colonial Williamsburg she contributed to the opening of two exhibitions, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South and American Folk Portraits, including assisting in the treatment of a rare painting by William Dering, among others. Under the guidance of Furniture Conservator Chris Swan, she also worked on the treatment of the frames for both exhibitions. Lauren enjoys reading, drawing, hiking, and visiting historic landmarks.