Art Conservation Program
Areas of Interest: Paintings on Solid Supports; Historic Materials and Techniques; Pigment Analysis; Conservation Ethics
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).