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Supporting the next, more diverse conservation community: The Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

A group of participants trying their hand for the first time at inpainting, supervised by conservator Suzanne Morris. Photo by Ellen Pearlstein.

By Ellen Pearlstein and Bianca Martinez Garcia

The pilot program of The Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation, completing its third year in 2019, confirms that underrepresentation in conservation is the result of both a lack of familiarity with the field among many whose skills and interests could qualify them and the lengthy and expensive process of earning a place in graduate programs.

Princeton Art Museum Partners with Historically Black Colleges in Art Leadership Program

Students and faculty from HBCUs participated in the inaugural Curation, Leadership, Artistry, and Practice Program designed to help increase diversity in the art leadership field. This story captures their reflections on the experience. Pictured: Curator Mitra Abbaspour (foreground right) and I discussed the challenging yet rewarding responsibility of shaping art experiences that build community. Exhibitions cannot tell all of our stories at one time. Abbaspour’s exhibition “The Figure Abstracted” examines

How does a curator create a museum exhibition? What does a day in the life of a working artist look like? How do science and technology help conserve art? How do issues of diversity and representation affect artists and professionals in the field?

In July, twelve students and seven faculty members from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country addressed these questions and more in an inaugural partnership between the Princeton University Art Museum and the HBCU Alliance of Museums and Art Galleries, held on the Princeton campus.

ICAR-International Journal of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art: A Journal for Students and Emerging Professionals

Logo courtesy of the International Journal of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art

In the field of conservation-restoration of works of art and care of cultural heritage, the publication of peer-reviewed and scientific papers can be an influencing factor in deciding which candidate to select for internships, exchanges, work placements, for positions in the private sector as well as at prestigious public institutions like scientific research centres, museums, galleries, universities or for disposing research grants.

CAC-ACRR Reconciliation Working Group

Emilie Demers, Alexander Ranger, and Holly Aubichon working on an intricately beaded textile from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s Aboriginal Studies Collection.

CAC-ACCR's ad hoc Advocacy Committee is developing a new initiative to address the way in which conservators care for Indigenous belongings held in public and private collections in Canada.

Ask a Conservator Day

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Conservators around the world are participating in Ask a Conservator Day, which will take place on November 4th, 2019. This is a significant day: on November 4th, 1966, the Arno river flooded Florence, damaging priceless cultural heritage. However, in response to the catastrophe, incredible efforts were made—and are still being undertaken—to conserve the items impacted by the flood.

4 Nov 2019


(Image: Sharra Grow at her 2009 graduate summer internship with the Getty Conservation Institute.)

Here at "News in Conservation" we are now calling for students and recent graduates to share their latest internships and fellowships with us. Inspire our readers with your favorite projects, lessons learned, and of course, images of your cultural heritage adventures from around the globe this past year.

Send stories and pictures to NiC Editor Sharra Grow at

Preventive Conservation Engineer (maternity cover) to support the ‘One Gallery Accommodation Hub’ project

The National Gallery seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual to join the team delivering the One Gallery Accommodation Hub project who will have specific responsibility for ensuring the safety of the collection (paintings and archival material) at the National Gallery for the duration of this major building project in the heart of the Gallery. The jobholder will assist with monitoring shock and vibration, dust levels and any other environmental factors posing a risk to the collection.

Application deadline: 
24 Oct 2019

Getty Graduate Internship

Graduate Internships at the Getty support full-time positions for students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. The Getty Conservation Institute offers 12 month residencies in Buildings and Sites, Collections, Science, and the GCI’s Conservation Collection. Graduate internships at the Getty are open to applicants of all nationalities who are either currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying, or who have recently completed a relevant graduate degree.

Application deadline: 
1 Nov 2019


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