Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, I moved to Washington D.C. to attend American University. In May 2011, I received two degrees in art history and history with additional coursework in studio art and chemistry. After studying painting conservation for a summer in Florence, Italy, my next step was to pursue a career in art conservation. Numerous internships throughout the Smithsonian Institution and the DC area confirmed my desired career choice. These sites included the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum Conservation Institute, Alexandria Conservation LLC/Historic St Marys City, MD, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Olin Conservation Inc. In September of 2013 I began study in an 18 month program at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. This work culminates in a master of arts in fine art conservation of easel paintings. I’m excited to finally become a painting conservator!
I shared my application to art conservation graduate school rather publicly on Facebook. Many people were interested (I’m choosing to believe this was real and not simply polite…) in the application process all three times I went though it. Based on that, I have decided to share my schooling process as well! This blog chronicles my preparation moving to Newcastle upon Tyne, 18 months (!) of schooling at Northumbria University, and my life as a painting conservator.
So… thanks for joining me on this ride and here we go!