Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

First 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 analysed 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 and examined 23 of the 27 known drawings. Camille was part of a team of students curating an exhibition on Italian drawings on display at the Zurich Kunsthaus in 2020. From January to September, 2017, she undertook an internship in paintings conservation, alongside her studies, at the private studio of Daniel Fabian and Joan Samuels in Stäfa, Switzerland. This allowed her to learn some conservation techniques and processes and bring together her interests in art and science.

Areas of interests: 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. Through this internship she visited a number of sites in South East England and based her major research project on religion change at Lullingstone Roman Villa. During her time at Kent, she also took part in a print collection and curation program, culminating in an exhibition of contemporary prints at the university. She wrote the catalogue entry for the artist Ana Maria Pacheco for this exhibit. 

Upon graduation, Emma volunteered at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the Bristol City Archives, cataloguing historical photographs of the city for an online public database.  Prior to joining the Masters 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. For two years she has been volunteering at Casa Loma monitoring the level of soiling and relative humidity of the collections on permanent display.

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 finished her Quebec Music Conservatory in 2016 during which she completed a long-term project of building a violin under luthier Guillaume Schönau. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry at Université Laval in Quebec City in 2020. During her studies, she worked as a laboratory research assistant for different professors. In 2018, she spent four months in Australia as a research assistant under Jillian Huntley at Griffith University’s PERAHU, focusing on provenance studies using pXRF technology on rock art in remote locations as well as accompanied scientific outreach with Aboriginal communities. From 2017 to 2020, Laura started as an intern at the Centre de Conservation du Québec, and later to be hired as a consultant where she created a database inventory of their chemical products and instigated the WHMIS transition.

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

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. During her final year of studies, she 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 printmaking. In spring 2019 Melissa attended the gilding workshop taught by Sacha Marie Levay at Queen’s University. That summer she 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.   

Areas of interest: Ceramic and wood materials, gilded objects, textiles, conservation ethics, 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 received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Regina in 2005 and subsequently completed a Master of Information Studies, with a focus in Library Studies, from the University of Toronto in 2007. She worked full-time as the Digital Resources Librarian at Saskatchewan Polytechnic between 2007 and 2020 while pursing training opportunities in bookbinding and book arts, mostly under the guidance of Martha Cole and Kathy Hamre. 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 has taught several workshops on handmade books and her work has been included in multiple group exhibitions. 

Areas of interest: non-adhesive book structures, traditional bookbinding design elements, and photographic films

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.

Second 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. For her BFA thesis, she 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, where she worked with traditional painting materials and learned about conservation ethics. This past summer, she worked as a research assistant for the Bader Paint Project under the supervision of Patricia Smithen in the Queen’s Painting Conservation lab. Emily was awarded the Queen’s Graduate Award (2019-2020) and the Canadian Graduate Scholarship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2020-2021).

Areas of interest: Conservation of Painted surfaces, Modern paints, Technical analysis of paintings, preventative conservation.

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 simultaneously 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. This past summer, Kristy completed an internship with Anita Henry in Montreal, working on the conservation of a collection of 18th century church paintings. 

Areas of Interest: Renaissance and Baroque oil painting, Painted Replicas, Adhesives for tear repair 

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 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. Her ten years of experience working in museums and private collections have given her many skills related to preservation, exhibition, cataloguing, documentation, and imaging. Gabriela also did an internship in paper conservation at Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), as well as an internship in ceramic conservation at the Archeology Museum, Pointe-à-Callière (PAC).  This past summer, she spent her internship at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) in Montreal, focusing on book conservation. Gabriela’s second-year research topic will be about non-invasive technical analysis of illuminated manuscripts leaves of the 13th and 15th centuries.

Areas of Interests: Illuminated manuscripts, Library and archives; Books and works of art on paper. 

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 hand-stitched and tied an Irish chain quilt comprised of contact printed cyanotypes. From 2016-2019 she interned in the conservation lab at the Owens Art Gallery on the Mount Allison campus. Here she was able to gain experience documenting and treating works of art on paper. For the summers of 2018 and 2019 Grace was a conservation assistant at the New Brunswick Provincial Archives, preparing objects for exhibition and storage, and treating archival materials. During the summer of 2020 she aided the New Brunswick Museum with several collections assessments.

Areas of interests: alternate process and colour photographs, works of art on paper, and paper textiles.

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.