Art Conservation Program
Areas of Interest: paintings on solid supports; mural paintings; conservation ethics; technical art history
Tirza obtained her B.A. (Honours) in Classical Studies from Bishop’s University in 2016. While there, she received funding to attend a mosaic school in Ravenna, Italy to make Byzantine mosaics. In 2018, she earned her M.A in History and Philosophy of Religion from Concordia University. 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, making mosaics using smalti, ceramic, and stained glass. She completed a pre-program internship at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. This past summer she interned under Anita Henry in Montreal, conserving acrylic and oil paintings, and worked under Michelle Gallinger on the St. Ninian Cathedral Restoration Project in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, conserving murals painted by Ozias Leduc in 1902.