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Mellon Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation

From: Douglas Nishimura <dwnpph>
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2003
The Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation (ARP) at
the George Eastman House, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and the Getty Grant Program, announces the appointment of Ms.
Jiuan-jiuan Chen to the newly created position of Assistant Director
for Conservation Education. Ms. Chen has an M. A. and certificate of
Advanced Studies in Art Conservation from the State University
College of New York at Buffalo, an M. A. in Art History from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a B. A. in English from
the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. Her
experience in photograph conservation includes completion of the
two-year Advanced Residency Program at the GEH, internships at
several major museums in the USA and Canada, and employment in the
conservation laboratory of the Frederick Law Olmsted National
Historic Site in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The ARP offers advanced training in the form of two-year fellowships
for conservators with a declared and demonstrated commitment to
photograph conservation. The program represents a collaboration
between George Eastman House and the Image Permanence Institute at
Rochester Institute of Technology. It combines the learning
opportunities offered by a major collecting and exhibiting
institution with access to the staff and research facilities of the
Image Permanence Institute.

The ARP was extensively reorganized this year and will begin its 3rd
cycle of operation in September 2003 with eight incoming fellows.
Changes in the ARP are designed to enhance the education of the
fellows and also to strengthen the field of photograph conservation
through research, publishing, and direct exchange of information
with visiting professionals. Fellows will all take a common core
curriculum taught by program faculty and staff for their first nine
months, and then be free to individually pursue research or
treatment experience. Guided by the Assistant Director for
Conservation Education, the fellows will also gain treatment and
preventive experience by serving the collections of the George
Eastman House.

The Assistant Director for Conservation Education oversees the
intellectual content of the core curriculum, conceived as a shared
set of ideas and skills that define the photograph conservation
profession today. Ms. Chen will also be the instructor for the
treatment aspects of the core, and she will then mentor and
individually guide those fellows who wish to pursue treatment
projects and treatment research. She will also take the lead in
building relationships with the conservation profession by
representing the program to the profession, and the profession to
the fellows. Ms. Chen's training in education as well as
conservation, will serve her well in this regard.

The ARP also announces the appointment of Ms. Stacey VanDenburgh as
Program Manager, a position created in the recent reorganization.
Ms. VanDenburgh, a graduate of Smith College in Northampton,
Massachusetts, with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School for
American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology, brings an
extensive background in museum work and organizational
accomplishments to her new role as program manager. For the last
seven years she has served as assistant registrar of the George
Eastman House, and prior to that was the archivist and registrar for
sculptor Albert Paley and worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York as a conservation technician.

Douglas Nishimura
Faculty, ARP
for Carole Troufleau


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