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Careers in Art and Object Conservation



James Branch Cabell Library, Second Floor Multipurpose Room
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284


The VCU Libraries Preservation and Inventory Management Department, in cooperation with the Virginia Conservation Association, presents a special seminar on "Careers in Art and Object Conservation." Speakers represent specialization in paintings, architecture, sculpture, chemistry, archaeological objects, textiles and art on paper/books, as well as the various educational and internship programs both in the US and abroad.

Meet the professionals who:

  • conserve Thomas Jefferson's books
  • restore outdoor sculpture on Monument Ave and Capitol Square
  • clean and repair paintings at the Richmond Capitol
  • conserve recovered artifacts from archaeological sites
  • fix furniture and architectural details at Monticello
  • analyze historical objects using chemistry
  • preserve the works of Shakespeare

Explore career opportunities and become a hero for our National Treasures!

Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to April 15.


Registration is now closed.


Andrew BaxterPresident, Bronze et al, Ltd.
non-traditional background (foundry), sculpture conservation

Adrienne BellBook Conservator, Folger Shakespeare Library
University of Pittsburgh Library and Information Science program, book internships and training programs

Jill Deiss—Book Conservator, Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding
Syracuse University Library and Information Science program, book internships and training programs

Lauren Fly—Conservator, The Fly Arts Initiative
NYU Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, paintings conservation

Scott Nolley—Owner, Fine Art Conservation of Virginia
SUNYBuffalo Art Conservation, paintings and objects conservation

Bob Self—Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration, Monticello
serendipitous path to conservation, architecture and furniture conservation

Kirsten Travers—Materials Analyst and Associate Conservator of Painted SurfacesThe Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Winterthur Museum/University of Deleware Program in Art Conservation, paint conservation

Emily Williams—Conservator of Archaeological Materials, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Durham University (UK) MA in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects program, archaeological conservation

About Preservation Week

This event is held is association with the nationwide Preservation Week initiative. This year's Preservation Week falls on April 27 through May 3. Preservation Week was begun in 2010 to promote the role of libraries and other institutions in preserving public and personal collections and treasures.

Some 630 million items in collecting institutions in the United States require immediate attention and care. 80 percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care, and 22 percent have no collections-care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk. Preservation Week is sponsored by the ALA, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Society of American Archivists, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and Heritage Preservation: The National Institute for Conservation.

To read more, see the official Preservation Week website.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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