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