Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Conservation Internship The Chinati Foundation

Conservation internship
The Chinati Foundation
Marfa, Texas

The Chinati Foundation is a
contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald
Judd. The specific intention of Chinati is to preserve and present
to the public permanent large-scale installations by a limited
number of artists. The emphasis is on works in which art and the
surrounding landscape are inextricably linked. The Chinati
Foundation offers a conservation internship starting July or August,
2010. The intern will work under the supervision of the conservator.
Conservation intern responsibilities include: assisting the
conservator with routine maintenance of the collection, condition
assessments, environmental monitoring, art installation, research
and treatment of objects, report writing and photography. The intern
will gather insight into a wide variety of materials and conditions.

Conservation internships typically last from 3 months to a year. A
minimum of 1 year experience in a conservation studio or the current
enrollment in a Conservation Training Program is preferred.

As compensation, the Museum offers interns a modest stipend of $ 100
per week and a furnished apartment on the Chinati grounds. To apply
for these or later dates please send your statement of interest,
resume, one letter of recommendation and your dates available for
the internship directly to:

Bettina Landgrebe
The Chinati Foundation
1 Cavalry Row
PO Box 1135
Marfa, TX 79843
landgrebe [at] chinati__org

Phone: 432 729 4742
Fax: 432 729 4597

~ On a personal note: I was an intern at the Chinati Foundation in 2004 and I absolutely loved working there, I know the stipend doesn't seem like much but you really don't spend a lot of money, since housing and furnishing is completely covered I was really comfortable there. I would highly recommend going, especially as you really understand Judd's vision when you have some time to be there and think about his sculptures.

Please contact me if you have any concerns about living in West Texas ~ Rose Daly.

Conservation Technician Position Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens

Conservation Technician (State job title – Museum Specialist)
Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens
New Bern, NC
Deadline: May 12th, 2010

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is seeking a Conservation Technician
This is a permanent full-time state position.

Description of Work
The position assists the Museum Conservator in providing conservation
of the buildings & objects of the Tryon Palace decorative arts &
utilitarian collection. Conservation includes individual object
treatment conservation, preventive conservation, educating the public
and staff about the importance of conservation, and increasing public
and staff awareness of conservation. Collection objects providing
conservation for include: furniture, upholstered objects, glass,
ceramics, books, paper, paintings, metal objects, textiles &
ethnographic objects. Duties include object condition surveys,
performing condition reports, organizing treatment schedules,
transporting objects, examining & documenting objects with photos &
written descriptions, performing research & analysis to develop
conservation steps and completing conservation treatment. Assists in
promoting conservation awareness to staff & outside organizations.
Works closely with collections, education & exhibits staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The conservation technician must possess knowledge of period
cabinetmaking & finishing techniques, & the materials & techniques of
construction of several period decorative art objects. The technician
must have the skills & abilities to reproduce these techniques. The
technician must have the knowledge of the most recent preservation
safe materials, and ability in performing the most recent conservation
techniques. This requires knowledge of chemistry & art history, &
ability in studio art. The conservation technician must be well
versed in the theory & practice of preventive conservation including
environmental monitoring & control, integrated pest management &
visitor traffic. The conservation technician must be able to identify
problems & propose solutions to supervisor. Must have ability to
effectively use Microsoft Office software; store and retrieve digital
images; use a digital camera & familiarity with collection data base.
Valid N.C. driver's license is needed.

Training and Experience Requirements

Graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a
major in history, art/history, museology, or closely related field and
one year of experience in progressively responsible museum work in
specific area assigned; or an equivalent combination of education and
experience; management prefers a master's degree in a conservation
program and experience with further treatment and preventative
conservation with a similar institution or with a private conservator;
experience in inorganic and physical chemistry; and experience with
digital cameras and Photo Shop or similar software. Degrees must be
from appropriately accredited institutions.

About Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens:

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens’ mission is to engage present and future
Generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development
of statehood through the mid twentieth century by collecting, interpreting and
preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding
of the making of our state and nation.

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is an accredited museum, which includes
the reconstructed 18th-century Palace of a Colonial royal governor, five house museums,
1 gallery museum with permanent exhibits, 11 period gardens and a visitation of 100,000
visitors annually. It is located on 22 acres on the waterfront in downtown New Bern,
North Carolina, a historic coastal town founded in 1710. The site is expanding with the addition
of the North Carolina History Center, a 60,000 square foot visitor services and museum building
scheduled to open in the summer of 2010. The Center contains two interactive museums,
timeline gallery, rotating exhibits gallery, gift shop, orientation theaters, classroom,
performance hall and cafe. The Center is designed to revolutionize the historic site experience.

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is part of the State of North Carolina, Department
of Cultural Resources, Office of Archives & History. There are currently 53 permanent
employees, with the staff anticipated to expand to 90 upon the opening of the North Carolina
History Center. In addition many temporary employees and volunteers staff our operations.

Salary Range: $32,796 - $51,446
Hiring Range: $32,796-$32,796
To Apply: For detailed instructions on how to apply go to or .
Look under Vacancy Listings: Agency: Department of Cultural Resources.
Application Deadline: All applications must be received by May 12, 2010.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Rose Daly, the co-chair of the ECPN, spoke recently at the 2010 ANAGPIC conference about the importance of the network. Here is a summary of what she said, "Think of the ECPN as a party you have been invited to join. As good party hosts we provide a location, invite guests, and offers party games. These games include: an emerging conservator blog where you can post your research to an international audience and seek feedback. You can also post casually about your ideas and inspirations, and the blog is also a source for information about internships and post-graduate funding.

Other party games include a Flickr site where you can post or download pictures. We have a Facebook page, and we just started a Twitter ID that will be updated from the 2010 AIC Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.

The ECPN will have opportunities for you to meet conservators offline at the upcoming AIC Annual Meeting. On Tuesday, May 11th there will be a business meeting from 4-6 PM in the Crystal Ballroom followed by a happy hour from 6 PM to 8PM at Buck Bradley’s in downtown Milwaukee. The ECPN is coordinating the Angels Project on Saturday after the meeting, which will be at the Milwaukee Historical Society, the project is a survey of it’s photographic collection. Angels Project are great to meet other conservators and give back to the community.

We would really love it if you joined our party, and I hope as good party guests you might bring a gift – like a blog post about your research, some photos for the flickr site, a wall post on the facebook page, or your time for an Angels Project.
We hope you enjoy the party, meet people, make friends, get involved on a project, and continue to build our network of professional contacts."

Thursday, April 22, 2010



The Sheridan Libraries’ Department of Conservation and Preservation is pleased to announce a one-year advanced fellowship in book and paper conservation. Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Kress Fellow will have a unique opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary conservation program which incorporates advanced book and paper conservation bench work, collaborations with the Homewood Museum, and with the department’s heritage science for conservation project. The Kress Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a wide array of rare books and manuscript materials from the Sheridan Libraries which includes the George Peabody Library, the Garrett Library Collection, and the collections at Homewood Museum. This unique environment will provide the Kress Fellow with a scope of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional engagement fundamental to professional effectiveness and growth.

Since its inception in 1974, the Department of Conservation and Preservation at Johns Hopkins has played a leadership role in providing both conservation educational opportunities and innovation in conservation practice. In addition to working on rare books and manuscripts from the rich collections, the Department is engaged in an active materials science research agenda for book and paper-based collections through its heritage science lab and in collaborations with the Homewood House museum, the Whiting School of Materials Science and Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, as well as industry partners.

The Sheridan Libraries Kress Conservation Fellowship aims to broaden the experience of post-graduate-level fellow through practical training that introduces state of the art analytical techniques, advanced bench experience, collaboration with curators, and awareness of the historic and philosophical issues concerning the conservation of book and paper collections. The Fellow has have access to an extraordinary array of resources, including the Baltimore Museum of Art (adjacent to the Hopkins campus) and the renowned libraries and museums in the Baltimore/Washington area.


June 15, 2010: Deadline for receipt of all application materials; incomplete applications will not be considered after this date.
July 1, 2010: Interview of selected candidates.
July 15, 2010: Notification of successful candidate
August 30, 2010: Program begins

Stipend: $25,000 year, includes benefits, health insurance, and $1,500 for travel to conference.

Eligibility: Completion of graduate-level training in conservation; additional courses in material sciences is desirable. Preference is given to those who have completed graduate-level training in conservation, but third year graduate students will also be considered.

Application Procedure: A complete application includes curriculum vitae, a one page single spaced statement summarizing the applicant's interests and intent in this fellowship and chosen specialization, official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies, and three letters of recommendation. Submission of a portfolio of conservation treatments including photo documentation, condition reports, and treatment reports is mandatory. All materials must be submitted in English and electronically.

Please send application materials and supporting documents to:

Sonja K. Jordan-Mowery
Joseph Ruzicka & Marie Ruzicka Feldman
Director of Library Conservation and Preservation
PI, Heritage Science for Conservation
Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blogging at the 2010 AIC Annual Meeting

Will you be attending AIC’s annual meeting next month? Do you like sharing information with your colleagues? Do you take good notes? Are you always online? If so – then we have a job for you!

We are looking for candidates to post on the AIC blog about the content of talks given at the meeting. We are ideally looking for two individuals to share the coverage of talks at each specialty group session. Bloggers will be trained on a short conference call prior to the meeting on how to access and post to the Blog. If you are interested in being considered, please contact the AIC E-editor Rachael Arenstein at

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ECPN on Facebook

Recently, the ECPN has expanded their social media network to include a Facebook group. In the survey sent out by AIC asking what members wanted from the ECPN; the vast majority stated that the original Ning site was outdated and they would prefer a Facebook page. Ask and you shall receive.. Emerging Conservation Professionals Network.

The group page is open to anyone who would like to join and there are currently 83 members. The page is also open to allow anyone that wishes to post to the wall, start discussions, post events, and pictures.

The hope is that the Facebook group will give AIC and ECPN members, prospective members, and those just interested in conservation a place to openly and informally chat about events, programs, projects, etc. This is the place to through out questions like; "Does anyone want to share a hotel room at AIC?" or "Who has gone through the graduate program at X and did you have professor X?".

Remember this is your social media so it only works if you use it. So invite your classmates and friends and start connecting.

Monday, April 12, 2010

"500 Words or Less."

"500 Words or Less." A workshop about writing abstracts or short proposals. 20 April 2010 . 11am US Eastern time (GMT -5) 90 minutes.

More information at or

Members of the Emerging Conservation Professionals can claim the discount by noting "ECPN" in the discount code section of the online form.

If 5 or more get together to join, I'll drop the price further -- just email me.