Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

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First Year

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Winnifred Daley, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 18wjd@queensu.ca

Biography: Winnifred Daley graduated in 2016 from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in history and a minor in fine arts history. The topic of her honours thesis was British eighteenth-century celebrity portraiture. She then studied studio arts at Concordia University in Montreal, where she focussed on acrylic painting and mixed-media collage. She has pursued many interests outside of academia, including horseback riding, and volunteering and working for the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. She spent six summers as a glider pilot instructor, including teaching others how to instruct, and recently helped test and develop a new teaching curriculum.

Areas of Interest: Modern and contemporary painting, mixed media, conservation ethics

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Annick Tremblay, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 17at47@queensu.ca

Annick Tremblay completed her two-year Studio Art degree at CEGEP de Jonquière (2009). In 2014, she obtained her B.A. in Art History and, a year later, a Certificate in Archival Studies, both from Laval University. While completing her Certificate, she undertook a M.A. in Art History. Her thesis will be available online by the end of 2018. Her name is on the Laval Honor Roll.

During her studies, Annick was a volunteer at the Québec Museum of Fine Art. She also organized art exhibitions in Saguenay (Arvida Public Library and Café Cambio) and published a few articles in the Historical Society of Québec’s Journal and Calendar and book reviews in the Cap-aux-Diamants Journal.

During her graduate studies, Annick was a Research Assistant gathering data for the publication of a peer-reviewed book. She also worked as an Archivist at Québec Augustine Monastery doing preventive conservation and digitalizing documents that were up to 380 years old. She also worked as a Student Curator at the Civilization Museum of Québec, condition reporting and documenting ethnological and painting collections.

Annick is a recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), a Leadership and Sustainability Scholarship and a Denis St-Jacques scholarship (Laval University), and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Queen’s University).

Areas of Interest: preventive conservation; painting conservation; British restorer J. Purves Carter (1862-1937); mid-19th century Canadian paintings.

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Corrine Long, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 18cl10@queensu.ca

Biography: Corrine Long received her Bachelor or Arts in Art History and Studio Art from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. She held a two-year internship with Gianfranco Pocobene Studio from 2013-2015 before working as a decorative paintings restorer at John Canning Studios where she gained experience working on large scale team projects. Corrine immersed herself in paintings and mural conservation as an assistant conservator at Gianfranco Pocobene Studio in Boston MA from 2016-2018. Here she worked on a wide variety of easel paintings and murals. She is also a trained production potter and ceramic artist. Corrine is currently undertaking her graduate studies in the Master of Art Conservation Program at Queen’s University – Class of 2020.

Areas of Interest: Conservation of painted surfaces; murals, public art, large scale canvas and panel paintings and their support systems.    

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Marina Chedrina, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: marina.chedrina@queensu.ca

Marina received her undergraduate degree in studio art, specializing in egg-tempera techniques and Russian iconography, from the Humanitarian University in Moscow, Russia in 2009. Under the guidance of her paintings’ professor who was also a well-known conservator, she studied conservation of icons (egg-tempera on wood). After graduation she painted and conserved icons for the churches in Russia and also for the Holy Trinity monastery in Jordanville, NY and for the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto. Prior to joining the art conservation program at Queen’s University, Marina volunteered at the Gardiner museum in Toronto and did a pre-program internship at the Royal Ontario Museum at the painting’s conservation lab where under the supervision of Heidi Sobol she completed a restoration of the Canadian historical portrait of Mrs. Eliza Small.

Areas of interest: Historical oil and egg-tempera paintings, Canadian paintings, acrylic paint film.

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Kyna Biggs, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Conservation Research

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 12kmb8@queensu.ca

Kyna graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BSc in Biology, specializing in Molecular/Cellular Biology, and a Minor in Art History (2018). During her degree, her research focused on the development of nuclear markers within the Cyperaceae family to be used for building more accurate phylogenetic reconstructions. During the final year of her undergraduate studies, Kyna became involved in an integrated pest management project within the Invertebrate Type Fossil collection at the Geological Survey of Canada. 

Before coming to Queen's, Kyna has been involved with various galleries, art centers, and heritage organizations within the Ottawa area. Over the years, she has worked as a free-lance artist. Her work has been used at promotional events and has been featured in some charitable art exhibitions. 

Kyna's Master's research focuses on the fungicidal properties of silver nanoparticles and their potential use for short- and long-term mould mitigation on acrylic emulsion paintings. 

Areas of Interest: Modern paint materials; mould mitigation on acrylic paintings; biodeterioration of artworks; pigment history and analysis; scientific education for conservation professionals; sustainability in conservation practices.   

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Cailin Cser, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 17cbmd2@queensu.ca

Biography: Cser graduated from OCAD University (Toronto, Canada, 2015) with a B.F.A in studio art, focusing on photographic and motion picture film. This led her to the art department in Toronto’s film industry, where she worked as an art director and set dresser for commercials, independent projects, and feature films. Cser has interned with photographer Edward Gajdel, artist Kent Monkman, and paper conservator John Slavin. Slavin introduced her to artworks on paper, archival materials, and conservation of photographic prints. Additionally, she has assisted Restorart Inc. with administration, production of conservation materials, and the treatment of paintings.

Areas of interest: photographic materials, works of art on paper, conservation ethics

 

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Lindsay Sisson, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 18lans@queensu.ca

Biography: Lindsay Sisson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS), with specializations in Studio Art, Art History and Chemistry from the University of Guelph (2016). During her undergraduate degree, Lindsay had the opportunity to participate in a self-directed study class where she partnered with the C.A.V. Barker Museum of Canadian Veterinary History at the Ontario Veterinary College (Guelph) to research storage and display concerns for the collection of over 10,000 veterinarian artifacts ranging from metals to books to textiles. Her two unpublished papers and annotated bibliography helped inform changes in the collection’s management and preservation. After completing her BAS, Lindsay completed a post graduate certificate in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management at Fleming College (Peterborough, 2018), where she was introduced to artifact conservation and collections management. She interned at the conservation lab at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in contemporary art as part of this certificate (2017) and went on to complete a Young Canada Works contract surveying the Rare Book Folio Oversized collection in the AGO’s Library & Archives (2018).

Research interests: Contemporary art; Time-based media; Electronic art; Deterioration of polymers and plastics.

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Sydney Schaffer, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: 13ss85@queensu.ca

Biography: Sydney graduated with her BA from Northern Arizona University in Art History in 2010 and completed an internship at the Salisbury House & Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa before pursuing a second BA at New Mexico State University in Museum Conservation. She participated in an internship at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum and a summer archaeological dig on the Jornada Range while at NMSU. After moving to Portland Oregon in 2014, Sydney assisted in the creation of an object conservation lab at the Portland Art Museum and held a three-year internship. In 2017, Sydny completed an additional internship with a private conservator at Art Conservation Northwest while working as an art framer at Northwest Framing.

Areas of Interests: works of art on paper, old master prints, metal point, gels

 

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Emilee Lawrence, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts 

Email:18enkl@queensu.ca

Biography: Biography: Emilee attended Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON) and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology.  In 2016, she completed her Master of Arts in Near Eastern Archaeology, from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.  Emilee participated in the Khirbet al-Mukhayyat archaeological project from 2014 to 2016. In her final year of her undergraduate degree, she was a Lab Assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Near Eastern Archaeology Lab, under the supervisor of Dr. Debra Foran and Dr. Michèle Daviau.  This past summer, Emilee worked with conservator Julie Unruh in Antayka, Turkey with the Tell Tayinat Archaeological Project where she aided in the reconstruction of a monumental basalt statue.

Interests: archaeological site conservation; inorganic materials; ceramics

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Marianne LeBel, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: 18ml23@queensu.ca

Biography: 

Marianne LeBel studied studio arts at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit (Longueuil, QC) and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with great distinction, in Art History from Concordia University (Montréal, QC) in 2017. During the winter of 2018, she completed a pre-program internship at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the objects conservator Nathalie Richard, where she performed and assisted in different treatments and aided in the set up and dismantling of exhibitions. Marianne was awarded a Senator Frank Carrel Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Areas of interest: Decorative arts; tapestries; folk art; conservation ethics; Indigenous material culture; intangible cultural heritage.

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Kaoru Yui, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: 18ky4@queensu.ca

Biography: Kaoru Yui is an international student from Chiba, Japan. After graduating from high school in Tokyo, she moved to Canada. She completed a double major in Art History and Classics at Mount Allison University in 2017. In the summer of 2016, she participated in the Workshop for Conservation of Roman Mosaics and Mural Paintings in Macedonia, where she was introduced to archaeological conservation. Prior to starting at Queen’s, she worked both as a student Conservation Intern at the Owens Art Gallery, Canada’s oldest university gallery, for two years under the supervision of Jane Tisdale. In the summer of 2017 and 2018, she worked as a pottery laboratory assistant for the Mount Allison University’s collaborative archaeological field school, the Venus Pompeiana Project in Pompeii, Italy. Kaoru also volunteered at the costume shop for the university’s drama department. During the final year of her undergraduate studies, she served as a head costume designer for two student-directed theatrical plays.

Areas of interests: archaeological conservation, preventive conservation, interdisciplinary education art conservation

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Hope La Farge, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Artifacts

Email: lafarge.hope@queensu.ca

Biography: Hope La Farge received her BFA from the University of British Columbia with a major in Visual Fine Arts and Theory and a minor in Art History. Upon graduation, she participated in various art exhibitions through Vancouver’s artists collectives. While in Vancouver, she was an archival intern with the Vancouver Police Museum focusing on preventative and digitization initiatives. After moving back to Washington DC, she co-founded HxH - a pop-up art gallery, while working at The Phillips Collection as a museum assistant and interning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) as a conservation intern. She was soon hired on as USHMM’s conservation technician, focusing on their entire collections move both in preventative and treatment measures. During the interim she participated in SCIART, a program that focuses on the interface between science and art within art conservation at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in conjunction with the Walters Art Museum and Johns Hopkins University as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Chemistry.

Areas of Interest: Modern, Contemporary and Archaeological artifacts; Organic materials: wood and paper artifacts

Second Year

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.

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Bitzy Couling  M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paintings

Email: 12eec2@queensu.ca

Research Project: Bioactive Essential Oils as Fungicidal Agents on Acrylic Emulsion Paint Films: Implications and Suitability

Biography: Bitzy Couling obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History (major) and Classical Studies (minor) from Queen’s University in 2017. During her undergraduate degree, she volunteered as a collection’s assistant and docent at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and was elected to Co-President on the Department Student Council for Art History. For high academic achievement, she was awarded the Queen’s University Excellence Scholarship, the Queen’s Graduate Award, the Graduate Entrance Tuition Award, and was placed on the Dean’s Honour List. In 2016, she completed a certificate at San Gemini Preservation Studies in Italy, gaining experience in traditional Italian painting technique alongside study of the related chemistry and conservation ethics. In the Master of Art Conservation program, her paintings treatments range from modern to historic, while her research investigates the implications of bioactive essential oils applied to acrylic emulsion paint films as potential fungicidal agents. She was awarded the Canada Graduate Scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2018-2019) to provide funding for her research. During the summer of 2018, she completed an internship at Fraser / Spafford-Ricci Art & Archival Conservation in South Surrey, British Columbia, where she worked on a wide variety of project types and developed strong treatment skills. 

Areas of Interest: Conservation of painted surfaces; bioactivity of essential oils and mold remediation in modern paintings; French and Italian Baroque painting (17th-18th century); Early Italian Renaissance gilding and painting.

 

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 Gunhee Kim is a Master’s student from the Artifacts Stream at the Art Conservation Department in Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. She has previously completed her bachelor’s degrees in physical / inorganic chemistry and visual arts with honors at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA in 2015. She was recipient of Ann Belsky Moranis Award. The same year, she was a pre-program intern at Rhode Island School of Design Museum under the guidance of Ingrid Neuman.

In 2018, Sally was awarded the Isabel Bader Bursary for a graduate internship at McCord Museum, Montreal, QC, where she not only enriched her infilling and inpainting skills through mentorship by Anne Mackay, Sara Serban and Sonia Kata but also fostered her research interest in materials science. Her long-term goal is to research materials with the potential to be new substitutes for use in the field conservation, in particular for infilling. Aside from her academic career, she creates art dolls, which can be seen at her portfolio website: http://www.sallygun-heekim.com/.

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.  

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.

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: Raphael graduated from SUNY Brockport in New York State (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.

Raphael brings a varied and unique background into the conservation field. For over a decade he worked with children’s toy design and book illustration, and later worked two harvests in the Finger Lakes wine industry. Raphael then spent several years doing high end carpentry for a design/build firm building modern, hand crafted homes in Central New York. Before Queen’s, Raphael 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. While at Queen’s, Raphael spent his 2018 summer internship at the National Gallery of Canada under the supervision of Stephen Gritt. There he carried out documentation, technical analysis, condition reporting, and full treatment of two 16th century Northern European devotional oil paintings on panel and an 18th century English genre painting on canvas.

Areas of Interest: Historical paintings, their supports, and frames. Paint layer cross section analysis and characterization. Photo-documentation techniques to characterize paintings using the various visible, infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray radiations.

Research Project: “A Technical Examination of an Autographed Berthe Des Clayes Painting Compared to an Unsigned Painting of Possibly the Same Authorship.”

Emily White, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment

Specialization: Paper

Email: e.white@queensu.ca

Emily graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction where she studied 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 completed her first year internship at the Provincial Archives of Alberta under the supervision of Textual Records Conservator, Alison Freake. Emily has a special interest in the technical analysis of works of art on paper and is looking forward to pursuing technical imaging of coloured prints for her second year research project. Emily is the recipient of the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2018/2019), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Research Interests: works of art on paper; printmaking; contemporary art conservation; technical analysis

Research Topic: The Characterization of Early Hand-Coloured Woodcuts Using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)

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