Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

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Sara Bardovagni, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 16sb93@queensu.ca

Biography: After having completed her two-year Natural Sciences CEGEP degree at Bois-de-Boulogne College in Montreal, Sara pursued her studies in the arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. It was there she had gained an eclectic experience and understanding of the artistic domain with a three-year cumulative Bachelor of Arts comprising of subjects in the fine arts, museum studies and art history. Italy, a classic source of art history and conservation teachings, was where Sara had the opportunity to attend the 56th Art Biennale in Venice for her contemporary art studies. Her courses in Italy also featured on-site analyses of traditional Italian art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance in cities such as Florence, Siena, Rome and Padua. Regarding conservation, she has attended a summer class in Florence at the Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro Palazzo Spinelli in paper objects and photograph conservation.  

Areas of Interest: Intaglio; Japanese woodblock prints; water color paintings and maps; ink drawings; “Green museums”/sustainable development in conservation practice; digitization of collections.

Bronwyn Bond, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 15bb11@queensu.ca

Research Project: A Technical Investigation of Christiane Pflug’s Works of Art on Paper

Biography: Bronwyn Bond received her B.A from the University of Toronto in 2013 with a major in anthropology and double minor in history and religion. Upon graduation, she received the St. Michael’s College Silver Medal for high distinction. She is now in her second year in the Queen’s University Master of Arts Conservation Program, paper stream. Through her studies she has grown increasing interests in the history of conservation, conservation of works of art on paper, as well as new imaging methods used in technical examinations. She spent her 2017 summer internship at the New Brunswick Museum, treating many works of art on paper created by talented Maritime artists. This year Bronwyn was awarded the R. Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship and hopes to continue learning about new treatments in conservation practice. In addition, she is thrilled to embark on the technical studies of the talented artist, Christiane Pflug, as part of her research project.

Areas of Interest: works of art on paper; photographs; new imaging methods; technical studies; history of conservation 

Courtney Books, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: c.books@queensu.ca

Research Project: Fluid retention in cellulose-based Bioart: keeping the formerly living life-like

Additional collaborator/supervisor: WhiteFeather Hunter, Speculative Life Lab at the Milieux Institute (Concordia University, Montreal)

Biography: Courtney received an M.A. in Art History from McGill University in 2013 (Montreal, QC), a B.S. in Fine Art, and a B.S. in Spanish from University of Wisconsin in 2008 (Madison, WI). During the summer of 2017 she interned at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, where she learned from a large staff of experts to treat European paintings dating from the 17th to the 19th century. Curiosity driven, she also pursued the opportunity to create lake-pigments in the Prado’s scientific laboratory, to learn gilding in the museum’s frame lab, and enrolled in an 8-week course on support transfers. Before entering the Queen’s curriculum, Courtney spent two years as a conservation intern and assistant at Parma Conservation, Ltd (Chicago, IL), participating in projects that spanned from restoring outdoor statuary of aliens in rural Georgia to working on 3-story high scaffolding conserving murals in the Minnesota State Capitol. She also participated in the three-week, 2016 FAIC Preventative Conservation Workshop held in the Hudson River Valley, NY. A former stint as a florist continues to inspire her interests in applied botany and biology within the field of conservation.

Areas of Interest: conservation of painted surfaces; mural and public/architectural painted forms; biodeterioration and bioremediation of art works; regionalism and art: Spanish and Basque paintings pre-1940s

Julia Campbell-Such, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: julia.campbellsuch@queensu.ca

Research Project:

Biography:  Julia is a student in the Artifacts specialty.  Her interests include the conservation of painted wooden objects, outdoor sculpture, and contemporary art.  She is also interested in the preservation of craft traditions, the role of intangibles in the preservation of material culture, and conservation ethics.  Her current research is on the conservation of totem poles.  Julia is a trained cabinetmaker and worked for over five years as a furniture-maker in small studios in Toronto.  Her furniture work has been exhibited at the International Design Show and the Toronto Offsite Design Festival, and her sculptural work has been exhibited at Harbourfront Center, the Worker’s Arts and Heritage Center in Hamilton, Ontario, and the Art Gallery of Windsor.  Before coming to Queen’s, Julia completed pre-program work in the Decorative Arts Conservation lab at the Royal Ontario Museum, and this past summer she was the Conservation Intern at the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.  Julia also holds a Master’s Degree in the History and Philosophy of Religions (2010).  She is a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016/2017) and the Canada Graduate Scholarship (2017/2018).  

Bitzy Couling  M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 12eec2@queensu.ca

Biography: Bitzy Couling graduated from Queen’s University (Class of 2017) in Kingston with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors), having majored in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies. Before beginning Queen’s Art Conservation Program, she spent time in Italy at San Gemini Preservation Studies, exploring practical techniques for traditional painting, alongside study of the related chemistry and conservation ethics. By way of this program, she had the opportunity to visit some of Italy’s foremost Art Conservation laboratories. She volunteered both as a student docent and within the Collections Department at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, gaining valuable experience regarding the handling and documentation of artifacts. Her courses focused primarily on art and architecture of the 17th-century French and Italian Baroque and the 18th-century French Rococo, as well as early- to mid-Renaissance painting, both Italian and Northern. Those courses taken in Classical Studies centered around Archaeology, to more specifically tailor her degree. By her second year, she held a position on the Departmental Student Council, until elected to Co-President in her fourth. In this final year, she received the Queen’s Graduate Award, the Graduate Entrance Tuition Award, and was placed on the Dean’s Honour List for high academic achievement.

Areas of Interest: Oil and acrylic painting conservation; modern painting techniques and materials; the application and conservation of gilding (particularly early Italian Renaissance works); reintegration techniques for lost pictorial layers; Art History (particularly 17th-c. French and Italian Baroque, 18th-c. French Rococo, and early- to mid-Renaissance works). 

Sarah Duffy, M.A.C. Candidate

Research Project: Technical Examination of Three Photo transfer etchings by the Montreal artist Wendy Simon in collaboration with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper, Photography, and New Media

Email: 16scd@queensu.ca

Biography:

Ms. Duffy obtained her Honours Bachelor of arts at the University of Toronto in 2015. There, she received a Specialist in Arts Management, Major in Art History and Minor in Studio Art. Prior to her time at Queens, Sarah interned in institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, Doris McCarthy Gallery and City of Toronto, creating databases and cataloguing objects for a variety of collections. At the City of Toronto, she ran an eight-month geo-spatial mapping project for the Public Art Department to create an interactive map of The City’s Public Art and Monuments Collection. Sarah’s additional work experience as a custom picture framer, as well as her work as a practicing artist, helped develop her hand skills and object handling experience. Through these varied projects, Sarah was exposed to a variety of material including, letters, prints, photographs, prints, posters, paintings, pins, pillow cases, CD’s, and ceramic tiles. 

Areas of Interest:

Works of art on paper, archival documents, vellum and parchment, conservation ethics and administration

Brandon Finney, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: brandon.finney@queensu.ca

Research Project: Ionic Liquids as Alternatives for Organic ‘Super’ Solvents in the Cleaning of Paint Surfaces 

Biography: Brandon has an honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto (graduated 2016), where he studied Art History, Environmental Chemistry and Evolutionary Biology and Ecology. During his undergraduate degree Brandon was awarded the William Crichton Webster Scholarship for academic excellence, and nominated for Louis and Lisa Cheng Scholarship in Art History, for outstanding academic performance and involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Before starting his studies at Queen’s M.A.C., Brandon gathered pre-program experience from a number of Toronto institutions. At the Royal Ontario Museum, he volunteered in the Biodiversity gallery, working with natural history specimens. He later interned in the conservation department under Helen Coxon, head of preventative conservation. He has also spent time working with Toronto Art Restoration Inc., where he was first exposed to hands-on easel painting conservation. Additionally, Brandon has interned at the University of Toronto Art center, cataloging objects and condition reporting outgoing museum loans.

This summer Brandon interned with Legris Fine Art Conservation in Ottawa under the supervision of David, John and Pat Legris. He also had the chance to work with the Walker House Museum (Kincardine), as their conservation advisor.

Areas of Interest: 19th century painting, 19th century paint mediums, cleaning varnish from sensitive oil paint films

Martha Barron Griffith, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 9mbg@queensu.ca

Biography: Martha Barron Griffith studied traditional animation at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada, 2001), and holds an MFA from OCAD University (Toronto, Canada, 2014). Her process-intensive art practice investigates hidden and marginalized narratives, and has received support from The National Film Board of Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts, and The Ontario Arts Council. Martha is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (BEd, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2005). Her experience teaching at the secondary-level advanced a keen interest in school-wide interdisciplinary art projects. Her pre-program art conservation experience includes an internship at the Royal Ontario Museum where she collaborated on the research and design of a didactic display of historic pigments.

Areas of Interest: Conservation in Public and Education outreach; Value-Led Conservation Theory; Pigment histories and behaviours

Sally Gunhee Kim, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: 16sgk4@queensu.ca

Biography: Sally was born in Seoul, South Korea but lived Vancouver, BC, Canada, for more than a decade. In 2012, she obtained a diploma with honour in Classical/2D Animation at Vancouver Film School. Three years later, Sally completed her studies in physical chemistry and visual arts with honours at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. In the same year, she was a volunteer intern at the Museum of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for three months under the supervision of Ingrid Neuman, the conservator. At Neuman’s suggestion, to expand my horizon, Sally temporarily moved to Paris, France. For one and half years, she was immersed in French language and culture at Institut Catholique Paris where Sally obtained a B2 level certificate in 2017.

Aside from her academic career, she creates art dolls, which can be seen at her portfolio website: http://www.sallygun-heekim.com/. They touch upon the subject of gender issues. Several works were exhibited at Sarah Doyle Gallery in Providence, RI, in 2015, the year when Sally was the recipient of Ann Belsky Moranis Award for her artworks.

Areas of Interest: Iznik potteries; Blue and White porcelain of Yuan and Ming Dynasties; Masks of Marka and Dogon tribes of Mali; Hopi Kachina dolls

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Jessica Lau, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 17jswl@queensu.ca

Biography: Jessica attended Concordia University (Montreal, QC) and graduated in 2011 with a BFA in painting and drawing.  After a few years of working as an artist, she decided to pursue a career in conservation, and completed the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program at Fleming College (Peterborough, ON) in 2016. She has interned at the conservation labs of the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, QC) and worked as a collections assistant in the archives at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto, ON).

Areas of Interest: paper conservation; East Asian art; silk paintings; dyes and pigments 

Marissa Monette, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: 1mtm4@queensu.ca

Research Project: Integrating 2-D and 3-D models for Documenting a Third Intermediate Period Egyptian (White Type) Coffin

Biography: Marissa Monette finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, with a minor in Classical Studies at Queen’s University in 2016. During her undergraduate degree she gained experience working with Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry through experiential learning opportunities with graduate students and course work. Marissa first became interested in the standardization, preservation, and accessibility of 3-D digital models in the field of art conservation while working on her undergraduate thesis titled Diniacopoulos Collection: Exploring Best Practices for Virtual Galleries, under the supervision of Dr. George Bevan. Marissa gained pre-program conservation experience with San Gemini Preservation Studies in Italy, where she completed the four-week course Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics, Archaeological Ceramic Conservation Workshop in 2014. During her time with the Art Conservation program she has also gained experience in conservation by completing a three-month curriculum internship with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in the Decorative Arts Conservation Lab under the supervision of Nathalie Richard, Decorative Arts Conservator, and Richard Gagnier, Head Conservator. 

Areas of Interest: inorganic material objects; archaeological objects; photogrammetry; Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI); standardization and preservation of 3-D digital data; digital surrogate preservation

Valerie Moscato, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: valerie.moscato@queensu.ca

Research Project Title: Coveting Coughtry: A Technical Analysis of Constituent Binders in Three Graham Coughtry Paintings

Biography: Valerie Moscato obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art History (major) and Chemistry (minor) from McGill University (2015), and a Diploma of College Studies in Visual Arts from Dawson College (2011) in Montreal, Quebec. Apart from her work as a print designer, archivist, and exhibition assistant, Valerie interned as a collection's assistant at the McGill University Visual ARts Collection (2015), and completed pre-program work at the conservation studios of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2016). In 2017, Valerie immersed herself in New York City's modern and contemporary art scene during an internship at Modern Art Conservation, a private conservation studio specializing in the conservation of modern and contemporary painted surfaces. The experience helped to ground her larger professional interests, including the conservation of synthetic and contemporary oil paints, Canadian and American modern art, the voice of the artist in contemporary art conservation, and the ethics of contemporary art conservation more broadly. Valerie's research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2017-2018). 

Areas of Interest: Modern and contemporary painting conservation; synthetic paints; Canadian modern art; ethics of contemporary art conservation.

Lauren Osmond, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: lauren.osmond@queensu.ca

Research Project: Light-Induced Change in the Structural Colour of Jewel Beetle Elytra on Textiles

In collaboration with Dr. Tomasz Goral, Natural History Museum (London, UK) and Joanne Hackett, Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK).

Biography:  Lauren Osmond is a Master’s candidate in the Art Conservation program at Queen’s University in Kingston. She holds a BFA in Fibres and Material Practices (major) and Theatre (minor) from Concordia University in Montreal (2013), and a Fashion Design diploma from Blanche MacDonald in Vancouver (2007). In 2015, Lauren completed pre-program conservation work at the McCord Museum in Montreal, and in 2017 she was awarded the Isabel Bader Bursary in Textile Conservation and the CGS-Michael Smith Foreign Study Scholarship to undertake a full-time research-orientated graduate work placement in the Textile and Fashion Conservation Lab at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Lauren’s Master’s research examines the colour change of Sternocera aequisignata beetle elytra embroidered on 19th century Victorian fashion items, and investigates the use of confocal microscopy as a viable tool for the examination of iridescent microstructures. She is a recipient of the Academic Excellence Award from Queen’s University (2016) and her research project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016), the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (2017), and the Duncan & Urlla Carmichael Fellowship (2017). In addition to her conservation experience, Lauren has exhibited textile and performance-based artwork in Canada and abroad, which feeds into her broader professional interests around the conservation of new media-based textile objects, and the ethics of exhibiting and caring for interactive objects.

Major Fields of Interest: textile and fashion conservation; new media art; interactive objects; museum practices; research-creation; bio-textiles; decorative arts; preservation; intangible materiality; costume mounting 

Charlotte Parent, M.A.C Candidate 

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: c.parent@queensu.ca

Biography: Charlotte Parent completed a double major in Studio Art and Liberal Arts at Concordia University, Montreal (2017). During the final semester of her undergraduate studies, she pursued a pre-program internship in the Decorative Arts lab of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under the supervision of Nathalie Richard. The following summer, she spent a month and a half on the archaeological site of Argilos in Northern Greece, working both on the dig and at the museum (in Amphipolis). She has published a few articles during her undergraduate degree, including “Israeli Archaeology in Jerusalem: National Heritage, Identity, and Partiality” in the Jerusalem Art History Journal and “The Still-Lifes of Juan Sánchez Cotán Through the Lens of Spanish Picaresque Literature” in the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH). She exhibited her drawings in different galleries in Montreal (POPOP Gallery, Gallery X, Espace Cercle Carré, VAV Gallery). She is a recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, a Master’s Research Scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) and a Master’s Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award (TARRA) from Queen’s University.

Areas of Interest: archaeological conservation; polychrome wood sculpture; folk art; ethical issues in conservation. 

Colette Peavy, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 16cnhp@queensu.ca

Research Project: The Use of Gellan Gum on Albumen Photographs (working title)

Biography: Colette Peavy earned her Bachelor’s in Studio Art with a concentration in photography from The University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) in 2010. Since then, she has worked professionally in the performing arts, as a scenic painter and lighting technician.  She worked for Opera Southwest as a photographer, and has exhibited her work in several galleries throughout Albuquerque.

Areas of Interest: Primarily photographs with a special interest in digital photographs and inkjet prints.   

Carina Profir, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: 17cp7@queensu.ca

Biography: Carina Profir obtained her Bachelors in Biomedical Science from the University of Ottawa in 2011, and her Diploma in Fine Arts from the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) in 2014. She remained active in her school and local art community, participating in collaborative projects, group shows and other art-oriented events. She also served as the darkroom technician at the OSA from September 2013 - September 2017. In the summer of 2015, Carina began working for a local architectural restoration firm, where she was involved in the rehabilitation of windows on the Confederation and West Block Buildings of Parliament Hill. She contributed to numerous other government-funded projects around Ottawa, performing wood repairs, wood finishing, and metal faux finishing. It was this work that motivated her to pursue studies in art conservation, so as to expand her breadth of working knowledge and hands-on experience with other materials and objects of different sizes and context. 

Areas of Interest: large sculpture; public monuments; architectural ornamentation; ecclesiastical buildings; composite imaging 

Raphael Shea, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 17rs10@queensu.ca

Biography: Shea graduated from SUNY Brockport, Brockport New York, in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art / Minor in Art History, winning two departmental awards: the Departmental Scholar in Art History Award, April 1995, and the Ambrose L. Corcoran Art Award, April 1994.

Shea comes to Art Conservation with a varied and unique background. For over a decade, Shea worked as an Art Assistant helping with illustration and book design for children’s books, then moving into children’s toy design, designing both 2D and 3D toys sold by Target Stores in the US, and later through the Melissa & Doug brand. Shea then worked two harvests as a Harvest Intern in the New York Finger Lakes wine industry and several years for an architectural design/build firm building high end modern homes in Central New York. Before Queen’s, Shea spent almost two full years as a pre-program Intern with the private firm West Lake Conservators in Central NY, gaining experience with Paper and Paintings Conservation.

Areas of Interest: Historical paintings, their supports, and frames. 

Paige Van Tassel, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: 12tpv@queensu.ca

Research Project: Material Characterization and Provenance study of pre contact lithics donated by Archibald E. Malloch at the Agnes Etherington Art Center.

In collaboration with: Mark Badham, Miller Museum of Geology, Department of Geology at Queen’s University, and Norman Vorano, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Art, Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s

Biography: Paige has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Art History and Classical Studies at Queen’s University. Paige completed a workshop in Summer 2014 for the conservation of late Roman Mosaics and Frescoes and her third year abroad in Leeds, United Kingdom at the University of Leeds. Paige also completed an internship during summer 2017 at the Royal Ontario Museum in the glass, ceramics, and stone lab.  Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career at Queen’s, she has been attending cultural workshops such as medicine wheel teachings, drum making, beading and moccasin making at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Center to further understand indigenous cultural material and traditional practices.

Areas of Interest: Sculpture, Stone, Decorative arts, Indigenous material culture, inorganic material 

Emily White, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: e.white@queensu.ca

Biography: Emily graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts (with High Distinction) where she majored in French linguistics, fine art, and art history. She also holds an Ontario College Advanced Diploma (with High Honours) from her study in the joint Art & Art History program held between U of T and Sheridan College. She worked as a research assistant to Professor Evonne Levy for a number of years and volunteered at Toronto Art Restoration Inc. before coming to Queen’s University.

Areas of Interest: works of art on paper, duplication processes, contemporary art conservation

Alexandra (Ally) Zmijowskyj, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 12akz2@queensu.ca

Biography: Ally earned her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Art History and Classical Studies from Queen's University in June 2017. Under the supervision of Professor Ron Spronk she was selected as an Undergraduate Summer Student Research Fellow in the Art History Department and researched the role of the technical analysis of art in museums and galleries. Ally also completed an internship at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections Library at Queen's University during which she researched the history, manufacture and collection of the tinsel prints in the Robertson Davies collection. In the summer of 2017 she was employed as a collections intern at the Art Gallery of Sudbury in her hometown of Sudbury, Ontario. Ally was awarded the Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Areas of Interest: Library and archives, book conservation, medieval manuscripts, development and adaptation of technology for use in paper conservation