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Melissa Gardner

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Conservator
Houston, TX
Melissa Gardner is the Associate Conservator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where she has worked for the past seven years in various roles.She is a graduate of the Conservation Center, IFA NYU primarily specializing in Old Master easel paintings. During her time at NYU Melissa completed internships in Samothrace, Greece, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Galleria degli Uffizi. Immediately prior to joining the MFAH, she completed a year-long internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. At the MFAH Melissa works closely with several museum departments and enjoys the atmosphere of a large institution. She maintains a strong interest in Conservation Science and technical art history and is always interested in the research opportunities provided by her projects. Melissa is a native Texan, and although she first left to attend college at Florida State University (and remains an avid Seminole fan), she spent the entirety of her subsequent years of education plotting to return.