E1: Lisa Duncan
Lisa Duncan is the chief conservator and owner of Lisa Duncan, Art Conservator, LLC in Seattle. Her private practice specializes in the consultation, treatment, and assessment for photographic materials and works on paper. She started her own private practice shortly after graduating from the prestigious Master’s program in Art Conservation at the Winterthur/ University of Delaware. She is also a Professional Associate (PA) of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) and a certified assessor for the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). In this episode, we discuss the challenges of starting her business in the Northwest region, balancing work and home life, how to deal with emotions when you’re working by yourself, and what to expect in the early stages of the practice.
E2: Jonathan Stevens
Jonathan Stevens is a conservator in private practice based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He specializes in the conservation of furniture, wooden artifacts, picture frames, and architectural woodwork. Jonathan earned his BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. He has worked extensively as a decorative artist in Philadelphia and has held positions in the conservation labs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Barnes Foundation. In this episode, we discuss his unconventional graduate school and fellowship experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape of furniture conservation, and a review of his first year in the private sector.
E3: Jenny Mathiasson
Jenny Mathiasson is the owner of Kuriosa Conservation and is an objects conservator based in west Wales. She has a background in heritage management from Bournemouth University and a conservation degree from Cardiff University. For over ten years, she has worked with archeological units, parish churches, theater companies, as well as private collectors, artists, and organizations, such as the University of Cambridge Museums. When she’s not at her workbench, she can be found crafting or creating something, or in her podcast studio producing The C Word: The Conservator’s Podcast. On a personal note, Jenny’s show was an inspiration to me in creating my own podcast. I cannot recommend it enough and there is a link to her podcast in this episode description. In this interview, Jenny and I discuss the landscape of conservation and the logistics of opening her business in the United Kingdom. We also talk about negotiating with private clients and discovering how far they truly wish to restore their beloved objects.
E4: Kris Cnossen
Kris Cnossen is a Junior Fellow at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They graduated with an MS in textile conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2022. They have interned at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, where they assisted in the preparation and completed treatment for the 2022 Stephen Sprouse exhibition. Prior to that, they interned at the St. Louis Museum of Art, where they performed research on the use of digitally printed reproduction textiles as visual compensation in collaboration with Associate Textile Conservator, Miriam Murphy. Pre-program, Kris interned at Toledo Museum of Art, Mountain States Art Conservation, and the Maryland Center for History and Culture; previously the Maryland Historical Society. Kris has a deep passion for the ethics surrounding documentation and conservation, especially of modern materials and art. In their free time, they knit, read fantasy, and befriend stray cats. In this episode, we discusses Kris’s pre-program experience, tips for applying to graduate school, how Kris tailored their time in the WUDPAC program to prepare for private practice, their vision for their future business, and some ethics in costume conservation. This conversation will be of special interest to pre-program professionals and those interested in textile conservation.
E5: Dr. Kristin deGhetaldi
Dr. Kristin deGhetaldi is a private practice, painting conservator who graduated in 2008 with a Master of Science degree from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program in Art Conservation. She obtained her PhD in Preservation Studies from the University of Delaware and completed a three-year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Painting Conservation at the National Gallery of Art working on the treatment of Old Master easel paintings. Under the guidance of scientists and conservators at the National Gallery of Art, Kristin was given the opportunity to use a variety of analytical techniques focusing on questions specifically relating to media analysis. She has also participated in internships and conservation positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the RISD Museum. Kristin earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in conservation in 2004 at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and a BA (2003) in Chemistry from Grinnell College. She is the current Project Leader for MITRA (Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists), a forum dedicated to connecting artists with conservators, scientists, and experts working in the art manufacturing industry. She is also co-leading a group of art conservators who are investigating hidden, fluorescent inscriptions on works by Jean Michel-Basquiat. In this episode, we discuss Kristin’s path to conservation, how she started her private practice during her third-year fellowship, how she grew her business while earning a PhD, and more!
E8: Peter Mustardo
A native of Rochester, New York, Peter Mustardo began his career at the then International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in 1978. After getting a Masters degree from Columbia University in Preservation Administration, he took a position as conservator with the NYC Municipal Archives where he became responsible for their Preservation Section, overseeing the conservation laboratory and the photographic division of the largest municipal archive in the USA. From that position he moved to the National Archives in Washington DC where he worked as their Preservation Coordinator, disseminating official preservation policy nationwide, across the country from NYC to Texas, California to Alaska. In 1991 with Nora Kennedy he formed The Better Image® a private practice devoted to the Conservation and Preservation of Art and Historic Photographs. The Better Image® serves the conservation treatment needs of a diverse clientele and focuses on institutional,corporate and individual collectors. Peter has authored a number of articles on photograph conservation and has taught and lectured on the topic in the USA and abroad. In January 2023 The Better Image® celebrated it’s thirty-third year in continuous operation.
E11: Elizabeth Nunan
Elizabeth Nunan is the owner and lead conservator at Flux Art Conservation Corp. Working in private practice for over a decade, she has gained experience restoring an incredible variety of damages on increasingly unique media and large format artworks. As the former President of Alliance for Response New York City, Beth gained additional expertise in the area of disaster planning for collecting institutions, and provides disaster response coaching for major art museums across the country. Prior to relocating to Philadelphia, Beth worked with the talented conservators of Luca Bonetti, Corp. preserving and restoring modern and contemporary art collections, and as part of the impressive conservation team at the American Museum of Natural History. Her previous conservation experiences also include internships at the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the American Philosophical Society Library, and the Denver Art Museum. Beth is a graduate of the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Program, where she received a Masters in Art Conservation with a Certificate of Advanced Study.
E12: Rosa Lowinger
Rosa Lowinger is a conservator of sculpture and architecture with over 35 years of experience. She is the founder and current co-chief conservator of RLA Conservation of Art + Architecture, a firm with offices in Miami and L.A., a graduate of the NYU Conservation Program, and a Fellow of AIC and the Association for Preservation Technology. Rosa was the 2008-09 Rome Prize Fellow in Conservation at the American Academy in Rome where she researched the history of vandalism and iconoclasm. In addition to practicing conservation, Rosa is a published author whose books include Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub, and the upcoming Dwell Time: A Memoir of Art, Exile and Repair. Rosa’s upcoming memoir about conservation and her Cuban family was the recipient of a Kress Publication Fellow from AIC and is available for pre-order at your favorite local bookstore or wherever you buy your books.