OFFICIAL CURRICULUM VITAE

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Education

●        Master in Arts, Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials,
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Getty, 2008.

●        Bachelors in Fine Arts, UCLA, 1995.

●        Chemistry and Archeology courses at UCLA, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles City College and University of California, Berkeley, 2003-2005.

 

Summary of Experience

Inorganic Objects Conservation Skills: Materials include mixed media, metals, ceramics, glass, stone and painted objects; Expertise in treatments involving cleaning, desalination, structural repair, consolidation, infilling, inpainting, corrosion inhibition, application of coatings and preventative measures.

Organic Objects Conservation Skills: Materials include wood, textiles, plant fibers, paper, bone, ivory and other organic materials; Proficiency in material identification; Expertise in treatments involving loss compensation, inpainting, structural repair, reshaping using humidification, coatings removal, wet and dry cleaning and preventative measures.

Historical, Modern and Contemporary Art Conservation Skills: Artworks consisting of plastics, prints, textiles, canvas paintings, polychrome objects, mixed media,  modern paints, repurposed materials,  and installation pieces; Expertise in treatments including structural repair and reintegration, consolidation, inpainting, wet and dry cleaning, mounting strategies for large or multi-faceted works; Experience working with artists and cultural representatives to determine conservation strategies.

Archaeological Conservation Skills: Materials include stone structures and sculpture, mud brick, wall paintings, mosaics, human remains, funerary artifacts and other in situ objects; Expertise in treatments involving block lifting and other removal techniques, consolidation, desalination, cleaning, grouting, stabilization, housing and preventative measures.

Museum Conservation skills:  Expertise in the monitoring and mitigating of environmental agents such as temperature, relative humidity (RH), pollutants, light and pests using a variety of devices and passive treatments;  Creation of microclimates in display vitrines and storerooms; Ability to work with Facilities departments on environmental mitigation strategies; Creation and oversight of mounts for objects, paintings, prints, sculptures, and textiles.

Analytical Techniques: Knowledge and experience with Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), ion chromatography, x-ray fluorescence (XRF), x-radiography, CT-scanning, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmitted and reflected light microscopy, polarized light microscopy (PLM), Fiber Optic Reflectance Spectroscopy (FORS), Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), spot testing for materials identification, stone porosimetry and Equilibrium Moisture Content analysis of both organic and inorganic materials.

Management Experience: Management of conservation labs at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, including orchestrating conservation efforts for exhibitions and loans, implementing new methodologies, and purchasing and updating of equipment; Oversight of travelling exhibition installations as a courier; Hiring and training of conservation pre-program interns, graduate students and post-graduate part time conservation employees at the Fowler Museum; Training of field school undergraduate students at archaeological sites in Peru and conservators in Mexico; Recurring lecturer for the UCLA/Getty Masters Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials; Developed management and long-term maintenance plans for mosaic sites in Tunisia; 10 years overseeing contractors and employers while running a non-conservation related business.

Documentation Skills: Proficient in digital photography, lighting, archival photography, color correction, photo processing software, reflectance transformation imaging (RTI); basic knowledge photogrammetry and 3D laser scanning.

 

Professional Experience

Fowler Museum of UCLA, Los Angeles

Assistant Conservator/Assistant Collections Manager, 2010 – 2011
Head of Conservation, 2011 - present

Examination, condition reporting and treatment of all objects and textiles for exhibitions, incoming and outgoing loans, and acquisitions.  The exhibitions and collections consist of a large variety of ethnographic and archaeological materials, as well as contemporary cultural artworks and crafts.  Other duties include packing and unpacking of artworks/artifacts for loans and travelling exhibitions.  Pest inspection and mitigation for all incoming objects is also performed, as well as environmental monitoring of galleries and storage spaces.  Exhibition staff and preparators are also routinely consulted on exhibition mount making and object handling. 

As Head of Conservation, additional responsibilities include organizing and supervising all conservation related tasks within the museum, managing a department budget, and updating and modernizing lab materials and equipment.  Other duties include hiring, training and managing all interns, couriering high-valued traveling exhibitions, establishing conservation protocols for the museum as a whole, such as visitor/object interaction, and working closely with Facilities of UCLA on environmental controls within the museum.  Synergistic activities have also been established with the UCLA/Getty Masters Conservation Program, the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and the Materials Sciences department at UCLA, consisting of course loans, lectures and theses projects facilitation and support.  Responsibilities also include assisting in conservation efforts for artworks throughout the UCLA campus such as consulting on the conservation of the recently exposed Black Experience Mural.  Teaching experiences consist of a recurring lecturer role at the UCLA/Getty Masters Conservation Program, course professor (sabbatical replacement) for graduate conservation course on the conservation of wall paintings, mosaics and rock art, presentations at conservation conferences and Museum Studies courses, and regular consultations and presentations on conservation and artifact analysis at the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) regional centers in Tepic, Nayarit and Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Research efforts past and present have focused on archaeological ceramics analysis of Mixteca polychrome ceramics, Jaina polychrome figurines and West Mexican vessels, materials identification, genus and species identification for CITES reports, analysis of pesticides in the Fowler Museum collections, long term protection of repurposed materials used in art such as pharmaceuticals, creation of inexpensive microclimate cases, and the study of rare earth magnets as a mounting device.

Supervised by Rachel Raynor, Director of Registration and Collections Management. 

UCLA/ Getty Interdepartmental Program, Los Angeles
Lecturer, 2017
Taught the course “Conservation of Wall Paintings, Mosaics and Rock Art" to Conservation and Material Science graduate students.  Lectures and coursework included the current state of preservation of Roman mosaics, the history and condition of Los Angeles contemporary murals, the creation of fresco replicas and mosaics from various cultures, case study presentations of ancient wall paintings from diverse civilizations, condition assessments of murals in west Los Angeles with student suggested improvements, treatment of flaking paint and damaged mortar, and a site visit with the conservators of the David Alfaro Siqueros mural "America Tropical" on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Supervised by Professor John Papadopoulos, Chair of Archaeology and past Interim Chair of Conservation

Vitor Archaeology Project, Peru
Lead Conservator, 2009 – 2011
Initiated and managed the conservation team of an archaeological project at sites in the Vitor valley in Southern Peru.  The project consisted of 5 weeks of summer field work, with the rest of the year dedicated to writing reports and grants, and handling all logistics.  A conservation laboratory and appropriate, environmentally stable storage facilities were created in the field and Peruvian vendors of archival housing and conservation materials were established.  All objects found through excavations and surface finds were treated and housed. Lectures and training on the basics of conservation and handling were given to all of the students.  Directors of the project are Maria Cecilia Lozada, University of Chicago, and Ran Boytner, UCLA.

Private Conservator, Los Angeles

Contract conservation, 2008 - 2011

Projects included the treatment and exhibition mounting of Pre-Columbian ceramic vessels from the collection of the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College; the training of Paiute Shoshone tribal members in the long-term care of their privately held baskets and leather objects; the de-installation, treatment, storage and installation of 60+ modern artworks for a large move; the research, appraisal and conservation of a private collection of 19th-20th century Hungarian paintings located in San Jose; the treatment of an large ebony Makunde sculpture; cleaning of contemporary canvas paintings and mixed media pieces, and the examination and treatment of an Art Deco mosaic fountain.  Past projects have also included the examination and analysis of paint layers and decorative elements of a 1880s Victorian farmhouse in the historic district of West Adams in Los Angeles, and the conservation of a 1856 French painting and Asian sculptures in a private collection in San Francisco.

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles

Contract exhibitions and conservation, 2008 - 2010

Design and creation of custom mounts for display and storage of objects such as Columbian ceramics, Sri Lankan masks and costumes, and Mexican paintings on paper.  The mounts had to consider the objects’ condition and weight, and had to account for the exhibitions’ aesthetics, possible seismic activity and re-use at future venues.  A storage mount was also created for a Chilean mummy for housing and transportation off the museum grounds for CT-scanning.  Other projects included the installation and de-installation of painting, prints, sculptures, video and mixed-media artworks for most exhibits.  Design of several exhibits was also performed.  Supervised by Jo Hill, Director of Conservation, and Sebastian Clough, Director of Exhibitions. 

Getty Center, Los Angeles

12-month Getty Graduate Internship and post-graduate contract work, “Mosaics in situ” project, Field Projects department, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), 2007 – present

Researching and creating long-term maintenance and management plans for Roman sites containing mosaics in Tunisia.  The work requires visiting the sites to determine the appropriate activities and needed resources for the successful completion of maintenance as a preventative conservation effort.  Maintenance activities consist of both periodic inspections and minor treatments.  The plans also include financial and labor projections.  The maintenance projects are part of the broader management plan and are both site-specific and regional in scope.  On-site training in maintenance and general site management is also performed.  Much of the research is being applied to the development of maintenance plans for other GCI projects involving public art and the creation of a web-based bibliography on maintenance.  The contract work involves editing, designing and updating for publication literature reviews of mosaic deterioration and treatment, and a training manual for mosaic conservation in the Mediterranean.  Supervised by Tom Roby, Senior Project Specialist, GCI and Martha Demas, Project Manager, Special Projects, GCI. 

Tarapacá Valley, Chile

Summer conservation internships, UCLA Tarapacá field school archaeological site, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile, 2006, 2007 

Excavated materials consisted of mummy bundles containing human remains, textiles, plant fiber cordage and loose threads.   Other associated artifacts included ceramics, metal objects, gourds and cactus needles. Conservation efforts consisted of final lifting and stabilization of excavated objects, housing, creation of a conservation lab and storage facility, CT-scanning and x-radiography of mummy bundles, condition reporting and photo-documentation, environmental monitoring, cleaning, and structural repair and desalination of ceramics.  Supervised by Ran Boytner, UCLA, and Ioanna Kakoulli and Ellen Pearlstein, both of the UCLA/Getty Graduate Conservation Program. 

Southwest Museum, Los Angeles

Summer and fall conservation internship, 2006

Conserved and housed objects for a large move to an off-site storage facility.  Treatments included the cleaning and housing of glass-beaded moccasins, matte paint consolidation on a large wooden Katsina doll, and structural repair and inpainting of a large, conical Pomo basket.  Supervised by Angie McGrew, Associate Conservator, and Linda Strauss, Director of Conservation, The Autry Center

Old Master Drawing Project, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles

Contract illustration/conservation, GCI Science, 2006

Created reproductions of 10 Old Master Drawings from the Getty collections using traditional methods and materials.  The drawings were used to study light degradation of materials and the effects on drawings from altering UV, visible and IR spectrums in museum light sources.  Supervised by Jim Druzik, Senior Scientist, and paid for by the Getty Trust. 

The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture, Los Angeles 

Contract collections management/conservation, 2005

Work involved the photo-documentation, examination, condition reporting and registration of the entire permanent collection housed in an offsite storeroom.  Advice was also given on environmental agents and monitoring equipment for a new museum space.

University of California, Los Angeles
Research Assistant to David Scott, Chair of the UCLA/Getty Masters Program on the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials, 2004-2005

Assisted with conservation research and analysis, and preparation of conservation classes, such as “Characterization of Archaeological Materials”, “Conservation Principles and Decisions” and “Ancient Metals”.  Preparation of these classes involved subject research, creation of lecture presentations, development of course readers and related handouts, assistance with class exercises, grading of papers, and facilitation of guest speakers.  Also assisted in preparing graduate conservation courses for the UCLA/Getty Masters Program.  Other projects involved photo-documentation, FTIR and XRF analysis of bronze and iron sculptures for use in published articles and books.  Supervised by David Scott and paid for by a grant from the Getty Trust.

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles

8-month pre-program conservation internship, 2003-2004

Conserved a variety of materials, assisting in exhibition installation and environmental monitoring.  Conservation projects included dry and wet cleaning of mold, salt efflorescence and soiling on paper, wood, leather, gourds and other organic materials, reintegration of delaminated paper objects, structural repair of bases and frames of artifacts, and de-infestation of pests in objects using anoxic treatments.  Also assisted in unpacking and condition reporting of all incoming loan and acquired objects.  Condition reports were also written for all exhibition and treated objects.  Other lab work included construction of storage mounts for various types and sizes of objects, creation of weights for display and storage, and completion of a chemical inventory of all materials in the lab.  Supervised by Jo Hill, Director of Conservation. 

Trifecta Content Group, Inc., West Hollywood

Owner/Art Director, 1995-2004

Operated a design and content collection studio focused on computer based design, and content creation using photography, videography and text.  Primary media were CD-ROM, DVD, web and print.  Tasks included management of employees and contractors (30+ at one time) both in and out of Los Angeles, client interaction, art direction, and accounting and budgeting.  Clients included Warner Bros., Columbia Tristar, Universal Studios, Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, Hughes Satellite Division, Ewanli Online Travel and Karuna Yoga. 

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), Los Angeles

Mural Painter, 1994

Painted 2 murals for SPARC, one commemorating the 1994 World Cup and one for the World Arts and Cultures Department of UCLA.  Supervised by Judy Baca, Director of SPARC. 

 

Publications

“Principles of conservation of ethnographic materials at the Fowler Museum at UCLA” in Ethics and Practice of Conservation, Musei Vaticani, 2017

“Interpreting Bromine in XRF Data from Organic Museum Collections", submitted to Studies in Conservation, forthcoming; Poster presented at IIC biennial conference in September 2016.

“Using Magnets to Display Barkcloths and Textiles”, submitted to Western Association for Art Conservation Newsletter, forthcoming

“The darkening of lapis lazuli containing-paint layers in the Wall paintings from the Bamiyan caves in Afghanistan” in Recent Cultural Heritage Issues in Afghanistan, Japan Centre for International Cooperation in Conservation, forthcoming.

“The Deterioration of the Chinchorro mummies of Arica, Chile”, in Backdirt: Annual Review, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 2008.

“An Examination of Plant Elements used for Cahuilla Baskets from Southern California” (co-author) in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, volume 47, American Institute for Conservation, fall/winter 2008. 

 

Lectures

Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia lecture series
Centro INAH Nayarit, Tepic, Nayarit, México 

July 2016 - present

Lecture – “Investigaciones del arte cerámico mesoamericano en la colección de la Universidad de California en Los Angeles (Investigations of Mesoamerican ceramic vessels in the UCLA collection)” (presented in Spanish); additional lectures have focused on examinations and analytical data that compares and contrasts INAH and UCLA collections.

Fowler Museum at UCLA Culture Fix (lunchtime presentations)
University of California, Los Angeles, CA

October 18, 2017

Lecture – “Conservation of Daoist scrolls in the exhibition How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of Priests and Shamans from Vietnam and Southern China"

Department of Homeland Security training workshop
University of California, Los Angeles, CA

September 7, 2017

Lecture and practicals – “Documentation, Handling and Care of Looted Antiquities”

Museum Studies course – Special Topics in Art
Cal State University Los Angeles

January 26, 2015

Lecture – “The Role of Conservation in a Museum”

Sharing Conservation III: The Social Impact of Conservation. A mission for the development of marginalized societies and cultures
Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

November 18, 2014

Lecture – “Principles of conservation of ethnographic materials at the Fowler Museum at UCLA with a case study of the conservation and display of Maori cloaks from the collection”

Western Association for Art Conservation Annual Meeting & Conference
Palm Springs Art Museum

October 22-25, 2012

Lecture with Lily Doan, Siska Genbrugge, Dawn Lohnas, Robin O'hern, and Ellen Pearlstein – “A Basket by Basket Case: Collaborating with Communities in Conservation Education”

Vitor Archaeology Project

Vitor Valley, southern Peru

July 8th, 2009

Lecture - “Archaeological Conservation Principles and the Conservation of the Artifacts of the Vitor Valley”

Storage Symposium: Preservation and Access to Archaeological Materials

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, CA

June 6-8, 2008

Lecture with Molly Gleeson - “Storage, Handling, and Access to Human Mummy Bundles, Tarapacá Valley Archaeological Project, Chile”

Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites (CMAS) workshop

Dougga archeological site, Dougga, Tunisia

May 20th, 2008

Lecture - “Maintenance at Archaeological Sites Containing Mosaics” (presented in French)

Society for American Archaeology 73rd Annual Meeting

Vancouver, BC

March 26-30, 2008

Session - Identity and Ideology at the Frontier: Perspectives from Tarapacá, Northern Chile 

Presenter - “Delicate Tasks - Housing mummy bundles and other excavated artifacts from the Tarapacá Valley, Chile”

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles, CA

October 18th, 2007

Lecture - “The Deterioration of the Chinchorro mummies in Arica, Chile”

 

Professional Affiliations and Accolades

Member of the Admissions Committee for UCLA/Getty Masters Program on the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC)

Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

Awarded UC-MEXUS CONACYT grant for the project “Química variabilidad y procedencia de las figurillas de Jaina: un acercamiento multiescala y multianalítico”

Awarded Ethnic Arts Council (EAC) grant for West Mexican ceramics and shaft tombs research project

 

Computer Software Knowledge

Adobe Photoshop           Adobe Illustrator              Adobe Indesign               
Microsoft Powerpoint      Microsoft Excel                 Microsoft Word               
Quickbooks                    Macromedia Director        Macromedia Flash
Agisoft                          RTI builder                       HOBOware (dataloggers)           
Web programming          Microsoft and Apple operating systems

 

Database and Collection Management Knowledge

Microsoft Access             Filemaker Pro                    Argus
Mimsy                            Past Perfect                      Central Desktop
The Museum System (TMS)

 

Languages

French (fluent)                 Spanish (fluent)