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Sunday
Jun092013

Promoted to Head of Conservation

In February 2012, I was promoted as Head of Conservation for the Fowler Museum at UCLA after 6 months as interim Head.  This is an absolute dream job of mine as I get to work with an amazing collection of 160,000 non-western artworks and artifacts.  During my interim time, I began modernizing the lab and updating the condition and treatment report process.  A digital photography studio area was created in one section of the lab and reports are now heavily image based with conditions annotated and easily revisable.  I also began bringing in more interns to help.  I have also been working hard on forging a strong symbiotic relationship with the UCLA/Getty Masters Program in Conservation.  The program borrows objects for the students to perform analysis and treatments, often presenting the results.  The student work helps out my department and the presentations showcase the collection of the Fowler Museum to a wider conservation and museum community.  A recent UC/Mexus grant was awarded to the Chair of the UCLA/Getty program to study objects in the Fowler Museum's collection.

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