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Art Conservation Department Wins Grants to Continue Excellence

BY NANETTE TRAMONT

The Art Conservation Department has won three major grants to continue its prestigious program--one of only three such degree-granting graduate programs in the nation. The funds will be used to improve and update the department's scientific equipment and support visiting faculty, as well as to provide fellowships for students in the program.

Mellon Foundation Grant

A $995,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable the department to substantially enhance its instruction and research in conservation science.

Part of the funding from the six-year grant will be used to establish the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Conservation Science, to be held by an established scientist with research and teaching experience in art conservation or an allied field. F. Christopher Tahk, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and program director, said the appointee would be fully involved in department teaching and student and faculty research with Anikˇ Bez˙r, assistant professor of art conservation.

"The Mellon Foundation has been tremendous in their support of our art conservation program," said President Muriel A. Howard. "They have enabled us to offer one of the most prestigious programs in the nation, and with this award, they help take us to the next level of academic excellence."

The Mellon Foundation grant also will help the department upgrade its scientific equipment, Tahk said, and acquire new equipment to meet its growing educational and research needs. The award reflects the Mellon Foundation's recognition of the importance of the continuing advances of science in conservation to the efforts of conservators in providing optimal care for the nation's art and historic objects.

Purchases will include equipment for identifying and analyzing materials, documenting the substructure of painted surfaces and other applications, and evaluating new conservation materials and treatment methods.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The two-year, $221,000 award is the latest in a series of NEH grants to the department to provide fellowships for students specializing in ethnographic and archaeological material conservation. The new grant will continue the previous NEH grant's support of a visiting conservator, Ruth Norton, chief conservator of the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Norton will teach cultural material conservation during three weeklong visits to the department each year. The grant also will support a visiting archaeological conservator, Harriet Beaubien, objects conservator and archaeological conservation program manager of the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education at the Smithsonian Institution. Both Norton and Beaubien will work in collaboration with the department's objects conservator, Professor Jonathan Thornton.

Gutmann Foundation Grant

This one-year, $235,000 award for the 2004-05 academic year--the department's third--continues the Leo and Karen Gutmann Foundation's support to help resident students cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and housing during their first two years of the three-year program.

Students first study the traditional areas of objects, paper, and paintings conservation. They later specialize either in one of these three areas or in one of the more recently established areas of photograph, book, and ethnographic and archaeological material conservation. Their program years conclude with a final 12-month internship in their chosen specialty.

The majority of the department's 300 graduates are employed in museum conservation laboratories in the United States and abroad, many of them holding senior posts. Employers include the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Gallery of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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