Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

First Year

Emily Joyce, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                Specialization: Paintings


Emily Joyce completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) with a minor in Art History at Queen’s University in 2019. In her honour’s thesis year of her BFA, Emily specialized in oil painting, studying the techniques and materials of Master painters such as Caravaggio, Bosch and Rembrandt. During her studies, Emily volunteered as a docent at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, gaining experience in gallery programming. In 2018, she completed a certificate in Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Restoration techniques through San Gemini Preservation Studies in Italy, gaining experience working with traditional painting materials and learning about restoration ethics. Emily has worked as a studio and painting assistant for two Toronto-based artists working in acrylics, Dani Cooperman and Samara Shuter. For high academic achievement, she was awarded the Queen’s Graduate Award and the Graduate Entrance Tuition Award.

Areas of interest: Conservation of painted surfaces, Cennino Cenini and traditional Italian materials and methods of painting, historical reconstructions, preventative conservation and conservation ethics.

Kristy Corcoran, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                      Specialization: Paintings


Kristy Corcoran completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2019. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Art History. She also received an Ontario College Diploma from the joint Art and Art History program offered by Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga. In her studio courses, Kristy pursued photography and sculpture, and generated artworks inspired by conservation concerns. In her Art History specialism, she pursued the study of Renaissance and Baroque paintings with a focus on mobility studies. Kristy worked with the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga as a Work-Study student, assisting in collections handling and giving tours of the gallery spaces. Before starting this program, Kristy also worked with Alicia Coutts at Toronto Art Restoration on the treatment of painted objects.

Areas of Interest: Renaissance and Baroque oil painting, gilded framing, preventive conservation.

Emily McClain, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment           Specialization: Artifacts 


Emily McClain is an international student from the United States. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Missouri State University, while also studying Museum Studies, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. Her undergraduate research focused on the chemical composition and synthesis of historic pigments alizarin and purpurin and was published in Acta Crystallographica with Dr. Eric Bosch (2017), as well as the conservation of cast iron stove parts, presented at the 2018 Annual Missouri Archaeological Society Conference. She is currently a Board of Directors member of the Bonniebrook Museum, Gallery, and Rose O’Neill Homestead in Walnut Shade, Missouri, where she was previously a conservation intern.  Emily assisted in the exhibition design and installation of the Fine Arts Gallery at Bonniebrook for the 2019 season.

Areas of Interest: ancient stone and ceramic objects, metals, indigenous Central and South American cultures, preventative conservation.

Michael Galardi, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment          Specialization: Artifacts


Michael Galardi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in Art History and Studio Art in 2015. Before his final year as an undergraduate, he interned at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, Rhode Island in objects conservation where he gained experience in treatments, preventive conservation and museum ethics. After receiving his undergraduate degree he completed courses in general and organic chemistry at Boston University, while volunteering in the Paper Conservation Lab at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. From 2018 to 2019 Michael completed postgraduate courses at Harvard University and earned a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.

Interests: Archaeological conservation, organic materials, ceramics and glass objects

Lavina Li, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment              Specialization: Artifacts 


Lavina Li graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Chemistry and a minor in Visual Art. During her undergraduate degree, she worked as a research assistant in the Gobero archaeology lab at UChicago and interned in artifacts conservation at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. After graduating, Lavina held an Emerging Art Leaders internship in the Conservation and Science department of the Art Institute of Chicago and a pre-program internship in the Ceramics, Stone, and Glass Conservation lab at the Royal Ontario Museum. Lavina has also had the opportunity to participate in two field seasons of the Corral Redondo Archaeological Project in Peru, first as a conservation student in the summer of 2018 and then returning as a conservation intern and teaching assistant in the summer of 2019.

Areas of Interest: archaeological conservation, conservation ethics, organic materials

Marissa Bartz, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment          Specialization: Paper


Marissa Bartz graduated with a BA in Chemical Microscopy and a minor in Art History from North Central College in 2015. She was the first in the United States to graduate with this degree. She used her microscopy knowledge to complete an honors thesis analyzing a contemporary painting using a variety of techniques. Her paper was published on the McCrone Group website. Bartz also received an MA in Art History from Syracuse University in 2018. Her thesis focused on the conservation of an oil painted photograph in combination with the history of painted photographs. Bartz’s spectroscopy findings were presented at the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) conference with Abbott Nixon and Luisa Casella in 2018. During her studies, Bartz had several conservation internships including a conservation field school in Peru, the paper lab at West Lake Conservators and Special Collections at Syracuse University to name a few.

Research Interests: Library and archive materials, books, and photographs

Gabriela Rosas, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream : Treatment             Specialization : Paper

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Gabriela Rosas completed her three-year Museology Studies program at Collège Montmorency in 2011, which culminated with an internship at the Château Royal de Blois, in France. In 2014, she obtained her B.A. in Art History and a certificate in Archives Management in 2015 at the Université de Montréal. During her 10 years of experience as a museum-collections technician, she worked in Montreal at the Écomusée du Fier Monde, the Fashion Museum, the Dorval Museum, the Bell Telephone Historical Collection, and the Cinemathèque Québécoise. She attended three workshops given by the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Centre de Conservation du Québec: Care and Handling of Photographic Material; Preventive Conservation of Objects Made of Wood, Leather, Metal and Composites; and Digital Photodocumentation of Museum Objects.  Gabriela also did an internship in paper conservation at the Canadian Centre of Architecture under Karen Potje in 2017, as well as an internship in ceramic conservation at Pointe-à-Callière Montreal Archeology Museum under Louise Pothier during the summer of 2019. 

Areas of Interests: Old Master prints, underwater paper, library and archives, iron gall Ink.

Grace McLean, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                  Specialization: Paper


Grace McLean received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Fine Arts, with a focus in darkroom photography, from Mount Allison University in 2019. For her senior studio project, Grace undertook to make a hand-sewn Irish chain quilt comprised of contact printed cyanotypes from 35mm negatives. During her undergraduate degree, from 2016-2019, she interned in the conservation lab at the Owens Art Gallery, under the guidance of paintings conservator Jane Tisdale. Here she was able to gain experience documenting and treating works of art on paper. Grace also worked in the university’s archives, primarily on the fonds of Canadian artist Mary Pratt. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, Grace was a conservation assistant to conservator Dean Lund in the lab at the New Brunswick Provincial Archives, treating archival materials, and preparing objects for display.

Her interests include: alternate process photography, works of art on paper, and late 19th to early 20th century scrapbooks.

Jerome Paquet, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Paper


Jérôme Paquet completed his two-year college degree in Visual Arts in Quebec City in 2008. He obtained a Bachelor in Art History from Laval University (Quebec) in 2016. Prior to his undergraduate degree, he completed a three-year studio training in fine arts and classical techniques at a private art school in Quebec (2010-2013) where he focused on the chemical properties of oil painting, dry pastels and graphite and their historical use and production. He also pursued studies and research between 2015-2016 (Laval University) on historical and modern paint techniques such as watercolour, tempera, encaustic, casein and acrylic, but also on intaglio print techniques such as aquatint and soft ground etching. Last summer (2019), Jérôme volunteered at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and did a pre-program internship where he assisted the chief conservator with preventive conservation, collection administration, condition examination for museum-to-museum loan and surface cleaning of collection’s objects.

Areas of interest: Techniques and materials used throughout art history, pigments’ chemistry, and intaglio prints.


Second Year

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Winnifred Daley, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Paintings


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


Research Project: A Technical Analysis of a Painting Possibly Painted by Guido Reni

Annick Tremblay completed her two-year Studio Art degree at CEGEP de Jonquière (2009). She obtained her B.A. in Art History (2014) and a Certificate in Archival Studies (2015) from Laval University. While completing her Certificate, she undertook a M.A. in Art History (2018; thesis available online). Prior to her graduate studies at Queen’s, Annick worked as a student curator at the Civilization Museum of Quebec and as an archivist at the Québec Augustine Monastery. She is currently volunteering for the Canadian Association for Conservation’s Emerging Conservator Council.

In 2018, she was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Isabel Bader Bursary for Textile Conservation which allowed her to complete two summer internships: one that focussed on traditional methods of conservation at the Centre de recherche et de restauration des Musées de France; and one that focussed on 20th-century paintings at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She was recently awarded the Frank Carrel Fellowship award.

Areas of Interest: preventive conservation; traditional painting conservation; historical paintings; history of pigments; microscopy; photo-documentation.

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Corrine Long, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Paintings


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


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


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 more accurate phylogenetic reconstructions. Before coming to Queen’s, Kyna was involved with various galleries and heritage organizations within the Ottawa area and she also contributed to an integrated pest management project within the Invertebrate Type Fossil collection at the Geological Survey of Canada. Following her first year at Queen’s, she completed an internship in the Conservation Science Division of the Canadian Conservation Institute. Kyna's research focuses on the biodeterioration of modern paints caused by mould. She was awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship in support of her thesis research.

Areas of Interest: Modern paints; biodeterioration of artworks; pigment history; scientific education for conservation professionals; sustainability in conservation practices.


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Cailin Cser, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Paper


Cailin Cser graduated from OCAD University (Toronto 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. Cailin has interned with photographer Edward Gajdel, artist Kent Monkman, and paper conservator John Slavin. Additionally, she has assisted Restorart Inc. (Toronto) with administration, production of conservation materials, and the treatment of paintings. During the summer of 2019, Cailin completed an internship in Ottawa at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) under the supervision of Greg Hill and Crystal Maitland. Cailin’s research topic at Queen’s stems from her preliminary studies at CCI, where she is interested in the potential of chemical gels for removing ink on the surface of photographs.

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


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


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

Emilee Lawrence attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology.  In 2017, 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 interned at the Royal Ontario Museum with conservator Laura Lipcsei, and in Antayka, Turkey with the Tell Tayinat Archaeological Project, interning with conservator Julie Unruh.

 Interests: archaeological conservation; archaeological site conservation; inorganic materials.

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Marianne LeBel, M.A.C. Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Artifacts 


Marianne LeBel studied studio arts at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from Concordia University (Montreal) in 2017. She completed a pre-program internship at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with objects conservator Nathalie Richard and a summer internship at the McCord Museum in Montreal under the supervision of Anne MacKay, where she furthered her interests in the conservation of textiles, Indigenous artifacts, and decorative arts. For her second-year research project, Marianne is undertaking the characterization of materials used in a large nineteenth-century needlepoint (“Berlin work”) embroidery. Marianne was awarded the Senator Frank Carrel Fellowship (2018-2019), the Isabel Bader Bursary in Textile Conservation (2019), and the Canada Graduate Scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2019-2020).

Areas of interest: Textiles, decorative arts; Indigenous material culture; conservation ethics.

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Kaoru Yui, M.A.C Candidate

Stream: Treatment                       Specialization: Artifacts


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


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. Her professional experiences encompass working at the Vancouver Police Museum in preventative and digitization intiatives, working at The Phillips Collection as a museum assistant and interning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) as a conservation intern, later to be hired on as the conservation technician. Hope has also participated as an Andrew W. Mellon Chemistry Fellow 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. This past summer she spent her internship with the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria BC, focusing on plastics and pesticides research as well as preventative and remedial treatment of the natural and human history collections.

Areas of Interest: Wood, ivory, wet-site, stone, plastic, metals; archaeology, ethnographic, natural history, modern, contemporary