Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

First Year

Antonia Mappin-Kasirer, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Artifacts


Antonia is a graduate of the University of Toronto in the History of Art (2014-2018). At Toronto, she combined her study of art objects with involvement in the Hart House Art Collection as docent and student chair of acquisitions. In 2019, she completed a Master of Studies in Gender Studies at the University of Oxford specializing in feminist perspectives on visual arts and theatre, with support from the Robson Graduate Scholarship. In 2019, Antonia received a grant to conduct research in the Simone de Beauvoir fonds at Bibliothèque nationale de France archives. She wrote her dissertation on Beauvoir and mounted her play, Les bouches inutiles, at New College. Antonia has a personal art practice in pottery and studied ceramics with Quebec potter Kinya Ishikawa in 2020-2021.

Areas of interest: ceramic objects, sculpture, conservation ethics, public engagement and conservation, artist techniques.

Caroline Longo, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Artifacts


Caroline graduated from the University of Chicago in 2021 with a BA in Art History and a minor in Chemistry. During her undergraduate degree, she held various roles at the Smart Museum of Art on the University of Chicago campus in the conservation, collections management, and curatorial departments. Caroline was fortunate to gain other institutional experience as a pre-program conservation intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and the University of Chicago Library. She also completed a year-long pre-program internship with the private practice L.Liparini Studio & Third Coast Conservation, LLC., where she worked to support conservation efforts in both private collections and institutions throughout the greater Chicago area, including the Chicago History Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 

Areas of interest: Modern and contemporary materials, metals, gels, conservation ethics. 

Hélène Sirois, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Paper


Hélène Sirois has maintained an artistic practice (soft pastel, watercolor, Indian ink) for many years. In 2015, she completed her bachelor’s degree in art history at the University of Bologna in Italy. Her master’s degree in art history analyzes the Victorian architecture of Montreal through the engravings of John Henry Walker which were produced and published in Montreal between 1849 and 1886. Since her research interest links Montreal/Canada and Italy, after her master’s degree she obtained a BA Italian Major at Concordia University in Montreal with High Distinction. Then, she completed a minor in Arts and Sciences at the Université de Montréal. Since 2015, Hélène has been a volunteering for the Musée de l’imprimerie du Québec, and since 2017, she attends workshops in bookbinding. In 2019, Hélène was awarded the Carmine di Michele Scholarship by Concordia University. 

Areas of interests: calligraphy, iron gall inks, authentication of ancient documents and drawings, bookbinding and illuminated manuscripts. 

Jonah Halili

Jonah Halili, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Conservation Science         Specialization: Artifacts


Jonah completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster University, graduating in 2018 with a BSc in Chemistry, and in 2019 with a BA in Classics. In the summer of 2017, Jonah worked in the Vargas-Baca group at McMaster, studying the properties of organotellurium compounds. His undergraduate thesis in the Kruse group examined the applications of surface science in the detection of metal ions in water. In the summers of 2018 and 2019, Jonah participated in the Villa di Tito Archaeological Project, working with archaeologists to help excavate a Roman villa. He graduated with an MA in Classics from McMaster University in 2021, completing a thesis on hunting scenes in late-antique art under Dr. Michele George. As a graduate student, Jonah worked as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses including first-year Classical literature and first-year art history courses.

Areas of interest: material science, metal ion chemistry, Classical archaeology, late antique art.

Katharyn Hernandez, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Paintings


Katharyn Hernández graduated from Rice University in 2020 with a BS in Chemistry, a BA in Art History, and a certificate in Italian. As an undergraduate, she interned at a house museum, taking inventory, relocating artifacts, and updating databases. She was introduced to some conservation skills under Dr. Zahira Véliz Bomford at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Additionally, Katharyn did research with the Martí Group from 2018 to 2020 and co-authored two papers on the functionalization of nanomaterials. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she presented research at conferences in 2018 and 2019 and was published in the 2019 MMUF Undergraduate Journal. Following her graduation, she did research with Rice’s Art History department compiling knowledge about the motifs and locations of Campana reliefs.

Interests: Dutch and Italian Baroque art, Treatment histories and object alterations, Public outreach in museums.

Kristen Fader, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Paper


Kristen Fader obtained her B.A. (honours) in Political Science from Saint Mary’s University in 2019 and her Masters in Classics and Ancient History at Exeter University in 2020, focusing on Roman visual culture and mythology. During this degree she volunteered as a conservation assistant at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Devon, UK, working on ethnographic books, natural collections, and lace. During the year before joining the program, Kristen took chemistry classes and completed a Visual Arts Certificate in General Studio Practice at NSCAD, while doing a pre-program internship at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. During this internship, she worked on maps, photographs, textiles, and maquettes, gaining invaluable experience. The summer before moving to Kingston, she also worked as an Archive Assistant at the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, cataloguing, documenting, and researching the Dawson Wood Shop wood type collection. 

Areas of interest: Japanese and Chinese wood block prints, lithographic prints, papyrus, sustainability in conservation.

Rebecca Clendinen, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Paper


Rebecca received a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Italian and French studies in 2020 from Florida State University. In 2017, she interned for the City of Westminster Archive Centre in London, England where she contributed to and taught that year’s main outreach projects: the centennial of World War I and the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo. In 2019, she worked for FSU’s Department of Modern Languages organizing and attending the 45th Annual 19th-Century French Studies Colloquium. From May 2020, Rebecca worked for an international award-winning dairy making and aging artisanal cheeses in South Georgia. Working in affinage provided her with an intimate understanding of proteins, fats, moulds, pH, and the effects of temperature and humidity on organic/inorganic materials. During this time, she volunteered at the Florida State Textile and Apparel Collection where she performed textile repair, cleaning, and general maintenance of clothing and accessories from 1810-1930.

Areas of interests: works of art on paper, paper advertisements, maps, and photographic materials.

Robin Langmuir, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Artifacts


Robin Langmuir completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Classical Studies with a minor in Political Studies at Queen’s University in 2015. In the final year of her undergrad, she took part in the Caere archaeological excavation in Italy and worked as a teaching assistant for an introductory archaeology class at Queen’s University. She then completed an MA at the University of Ottawa in Classical Studies with a focus on Late Antiquity. During her graduate studies she completed a thesis that evaluated the use of XRF on corroded Roman coins.

After graduating, Robin volunteered in the conservation labs at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and Burnaby Village Museum and worked as a museum assistant at PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives. 

Areas of interest: conservation of archaeological and historic artifacts, metal corrosion, preventative conservation. 

Rose Émond-Gagnon, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Paintings


Rose completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) in History at Cégep Garneau in Quebec City in 2017. The following year she participated in a summer archeological dig with l’Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR). She graduated from Université Laval with a B.A in Art History in 2021. During her last semester she worked as a teaching auxiliary for the introductory class to 20th century art.

From 2019 to 2021, Rose worked at the Pôle culturel du Musée des Ursulines as a guide. Through the summer, she interned as a museum technician where she photographed and catalogued pigments found in the Ursulines’ collections. Her work also involved assisting with preventive conservation and authenticating relics in collaboration with the archives department. Rose received the Senator Frank Carrell Fellowship Award (2021-2022).

Areas of interests: Technical art analysis, history of materials and techniques, conservation ethics.

Tirza Harris, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment               Specialization: Paintings


Tirza obtained her Honours B.A in Classical Studies from Bishop’s University in 2016. In her second year she received funding to attend a mosaic school in Ravenna, Italy to make mosaics with Byzantine materials and techniques. She then earned her M.A in History and Philosophy of Religion from Concordia University in 2018. For her thesis, she examined the ways New Materialism could provide novel ontological foundations for a Christian eco-theology. Upon graduation, Tirza worked at Mosaika Art & Design in Montreal, fabricating mosaics with smalti, ceramic, and stained glass. Tirza completed an internship at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, where she focused her learning on conservation ethics and panel paintings. Tirza is a recipient of the OGS and the Robert Sutherland Fellowship (2021-2022).

Areas of interest: Paintings on Solid Supports; Historic Materials and Techniques; Pigment Analysis; Conservation Ethics

Second Year

Camille Turner-Hehlen, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                Specialization: Paintings


Camille Turner-Hehlen obtained her BA in Art History with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Zurich in 2020. For her bachelor’s thesis she analyzed the materials and techniques Vincent van Gogh used in drawings in a particular sketchbook, which she then attempted to reconstruct. She travelled to Amsterdam, London, and the USA to examine 23 of the 27 known drawings. Camille was part of a team of students who curated an exhibition on Italian drawings on display at the Zurich Kunsthaus in 2020. In 2017, she undertook a preprogram internship, alongside her studies, at the private practice of Daniel Fabian and Joan Samuels in Stäfa, Switzerland. This past summer, she worked alongside Wendy Crawford in London, Ontario, for her summer internship where she further developed her conservation skills.

Areas of interests: Technical Analysis; history of materials and techniques; sustainability in conservation.

Emma Griffiths, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                      Specialization: Artifacts


Emma graduated from the University of Kent in 2010 with a combined bachelor’s degree in Classical & Archaeological Studies and History & Philosophy of Art. In her final year of study, she interned with English Heritage, where she cleaned and catalogued archaeological objects at Dover Castle. Upon graduation, Emma volunteered at the Bristol City Archives, cataloguing historical photographs of the city for an online public database, and at the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Prior to joining the Master of Art Conservation program at Queen’s University, Emma worked towards a Fine Art Foundation Diploma at George Brown College, and completed courses in general and organic chemistry with Athabasca University. She also volunteered at Casa Loma monitoring the level of soiling and relative humidity of the collections on permanent display, and this past summer she completed an internship at the New Brunswick Museum.

Areas of interest – archaeological conservation, ancient glass and ceramics, preventive conservation.

Jocelyn Hillier, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment           Specialization: Paintings


Jocelyn Hillier completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History from Queen’s University in 2020. During her studies at Queen’s, Jocelyn co-curated the exhibition “Quest for Colour: Five Centuries of Innovation in Printmaking” at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the online exhibition “Locating the Materials of Italian Renaissance Sculpture”. In addition to her undergraduate studies at Queen’s, in 2019 Jocelyn completed art conservation coursework at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy where she focused on the restoration of 15th century frescoes and the reproduction of frescoes using traditional techniques. Jocelyn pursued fine art training through Thompson Rivers University focusing on colour theory, woodcuts, and oil painting techniques.

Areas of Interest: Tüchlein, Early Flemish paintings, Traditional Italian Renaissance materials and techniques.


Pui Yee Lam, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment          Specialization: Paintings


Pui Yee Lam completed her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Conservation with a minor in Art History at the University of Hong Kong in 2020. During her undergraduate studies, Pui Yee specialized in technical analysis in architectural decorations and mural grounds by stereomicroscope and SEM for her thesis. In 2018 and 2019, Pui Yee did her internships at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and the Architectural Conservation Laboratory, allowing her to become familiar with museum curatorial practise and conservation science. In 2019, she completed the program, “Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Restoration techniques”, held by the San Gemini Preservation Studies in Italy, gaining experience working with traditional painting materials, in particular, gilding and fresco. She also gained a wide range of experience with Chinese ink paintings and oil paintings when she worked and learning with an artist in a Hong Kong local studio.

Interests: Microscopy, pigments analysis, preventative conservation and Chinese murals.

Laura Jacobs, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment              Specialization: Artifacts 


Laura Jacobs was at the Quebec Music Conservatory in 2016 when she discovered the art of violin making with the advice and help of luthier Guillaume Schönau. Later, in 2020, she graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry at Université Laval, Quebec City. During her studies, she worked as a laboratory research assistant for different professors. In 2018, Laura spent four months in Australia at Griffith University as a research assistant for Dr. Jillian Huntley, focusing on provenance studies using pXRF analysis on rock art in remote locations. From 2017 to 2020, she also worked to create a database inventory of chemical products at the Centre de Conservation du Québec, as well as participated in the implementation of WHMIS. This past summer, Laura completed an internship at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, working in the decorative arts with Nathalie Richard.

Areas of interest: Ethnographic Objects; Musical Instruments; Contemporary Objects; Polymers; Contemporary Art. 

Melissa Allen, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment          Specialization: Artifacts


Melissa Allen completed her Bachelor of Fine Art with Great Distinction in Art History and Studio Art at Concordia University in 2018. This past spring and summer she worked under the supervision of Andrea Bowes as a public art conservation intern with the Edmonton Arts Council. This gave her the opportunity to develop her skills in the conservation of outdoor sculpture, particularly steel and bronze works.  Previously Melissa spent two months in southern Italy as an intern for Messors where she worked on the conservation of a c. 17th century oil painting and assisted in preventative conservation work at the Fornello archeological site.  During her final year of her undergraduate studies, Melissa undertook an independent study in Paris, France that involved research into the practice of copyists at the Louvre Museum. Her personal art practice has included painting using ancient techniques of egg tempera and oil as well as some experimentation with gilding and printmaking.  

Areas of interest: Organic materials, archaeological conservation, conservation ethics and preventative conservation. 

Miriam Bowen, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream : Conservation Science             Specialization : Paintings

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Miriam graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with an Honours BSc in Chemistry. During her degree, her research focused on the photophysical and inclusion complexes of inorganic pigments and organic dyes. Besides her passion for science and research, Miriam has been an active volunteer in many community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Kiwanis club. She also volunteered at the New Brunswick Archives Museum conservation laboratory. She looks forward to many volunteer opportunities here in Kingston and the area. Miriam’s research will be focusing on metal ion migration in oil paints (MIMO), for more information on her topic please send her an email.

Interesting: Analytical Instrumentation; Chemical and Mechanical Properties of Pigments; Degradation Mechanism of Oil Paints; Metal Soaps.

Rachel Stark, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                  Specialization: Paintings


Rachel obtained a BFA from OCAD University in 2008, majoring in studio art. She completed the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program at Fleming College in 2015, with a focus on the conservation of organic objects. She has since travelled across Canada and internationally, where contracts at the Royal BC Museum, the Reynolds Alberta Museum, and the Royal Ontario Museum provided invaluable experience practicing conservation on a wide array of museum objects. She spent the summers of 2015- 2019 in Italy, leading the conservation lab for the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project in Sicily, an underwater archeological excavation run jointly by Stanford University and the Sicilian Soprintendenza del Mare, and in Bodrum, Turkey where she was a conservation technician focusing on the reassembly and gap filling of ancient Roman amphoras. Most recently, Rachel has been gainfully employed at Toronto Art Restoration, working on the conservation of both paintings and objects.

Interests: Archeological conservation, conservation of painted surfaces, conservation ethics.

Robin Canham, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Paper


Robin Canham is a second-year paper conservation student. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) from the University of Regina and a Master of Information Studies, with a focus in Library Studies, from the University of Toronto. Robin has interned at the Queen’s University Archives and is the current Preservation/Conservation Graduate Assistant at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections working under Natasa Krsmanović. She has been actively involved with the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) since 2005 and has held positions within CBBAG on the provincial and national level. Robin was the recipient of a 2021/22 Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research project on nanocellulose. 
Areas of interest: nanocellulose, paper history, felt-tip pens, works of art on paper, and non-adhesive book structures. 

Sandrine Blais, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Paper


Sandrine Blais completed in 2014 her two-year college degree at Cégep de Sainte-Foy (Quebec City) in social and natural sciences. She obtained a certificate in 2015 from Université Laval studying western literary masterpieces. She graduated from her B.A. in Ancient Studies at Université Laval in 2020, where she focused on ancient languages.

She worked on the interpretation of multiple heritage sites from 2014 to 2020. In Quebec city, she spent the summers of 2014 and 2015 in the following catholic churches : La Nativité de Notre-Dame, Notre-Dame de Québec and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. She worked in 2016, 2019 and 2020 in Ottawa at the Senate of Canada Building and on Parliament Hill in Center Block, West Block and East Block.

Areas of interests: papyri, parchments, vellums, illuminated manuscripts, iron gall ink.