It’s near end of the quarter and tomorrow the class of 2018 returns to our conservation training labs at the Getty Villa to give their final presentations as graduate students in our program. They will be presenting on their 3rd year internships, as well as discussing the work they did for their MA thesis projects. The day will end with a small reception to celebrate the completion of their conservation degree and graduation.
This year we also have our first alumni reunion organized around the presentation and graduation event. Alumni will not only be in attendance tomorrow , but have organized a reunion day on Saturday that includes lightning round presentations highlighting their current work and/or research.
A list of the class of 2018 3rd year internship placements can be found on this previous post. Here is a list of the M.A. thesis research they will be sharing with us:
Morgan Burgess – Digitizing Conservation: An Approach to Reconstruction and Loss Compensation using Digital 3D Technologies
Marci Burton – A Technical Study of a Pre-Columbian Chilean Child Mummy Bundle from Arica, Chile
Mari Hagemeyer – Exploratory Investigations into the Effectiveness of a Novel Treatment for Denatured Leather and Skin Materials
Hayley Monroe – Conditioning Basketry Elements with Water and Ethanol: An Investigation into the Effects of Existing Conservation Methods
Lindsay Ocal – Materials, Technology and Conservation of Ceramic Vessels from the Site of Amapa in Nayarit, Mexico
Michaela Paulson – The Visible Effects of Adhesives and Pressure on Color in Kingfisher Feathers
Congratulations to the class of 2018! We look forward to celebrating with them, and our alumni, and hearing about all the wonderful work all the current and past UCLA/Getty grads have been doing!
Hayley Monroe shows Julia Parker (Miwok-Kashaya Pomo weaver) the treatment she undertook on a Yosemite Museum basket attributed to Lucy Telles (Mono Lake Paiute – Kucadikadi and Southern Sierra Miwok basket weaver)
It’s finals week and the students are getting ready to head off (or some have already left) for their summer internships and 3rd year placements. Here’s a list of all the exciting places they’ll be working at:
The latest issue of the Arctic Studies Center Newsletter, published by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, features an article written by program alum Molly Gleeson (’08) on a project she did during her 3rd year internship at NMNH’s Anthropology Conservation Lab. In the article Molly discusses the treatment of a Yup’ik ground squirrel parka which is part of the exhibit Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska opening at the Anchorage Museum in May 2010. Also make sure to check out the rest of the newsletter for more articles on the work the conservators are doing in preparing about 600 Alaska Native objects for their return to Alaska for exhibition and future study.
For the first part of her third year internship, Lauren Horelick (’10) is working at the Alaska State Museums under the supervision of conservator Ellen Carrlee. Lauren will be carrying out treatments of several objects in addition to helping to develop an Alaskan Fur Id project, the aim of which is to aid in the characterization of various furs seen in Alaskan cultural objects. One of the objects Lauren has treated, a pair of Aleut/Alutiiq child’s knee boots, was featured as the Sheldon Jackson Museum’s artifact of the month. The boots, reportedly made from sea lion esophagus and sealskin, underwent examination and treatment that involved adhesive testing, cleaning, humidification, tear mending and loss compensation. To learn more about the boots, you can read the museum’s press release.
Lauren Horelick (left) treats a pair of Aleut/Alutiiq boots with help from her supervisor, conservator Ellen Carrllee (right)