Conservation Staff

Marian A. Kaminitz
Head of Conservation. MS in objects (major) and textiles (minor) (1984), Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program; BA in art history and BS in home economics (1981), University of Tennessee; BFA with a certificate in gallery management (1979), California College of Arts and Crafts. Areas of interest: ethics and first-person voice, and collaboration in conservation decision-making.

Susan Heald
Textile Conservator. MS in textiles (major) and objects (minor) (1990), Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program; BA in chemistry/anthropology (1985), George Washington University. Areas of interest: Native American textiles and clothing; analysis and mitigation of organic pesticide residues found on collections; new treatments and storage techniques; and fiber analysis.

Emily Kaplan
Objects Conservator. MA (1993), Queen's University Art Conservation Program; BA in art history/studio art (1984), University of Massachusetts, Boston. Areas of interest: preventative conservation, collections storage and moving; Latin American collections; and the history and technology of plant resins and mineral and organic colorants used in the Andean region during pre-Hispanic and colonial eras.

Kelly McHugh
Objects Conservator. MA Art History/Certificate in Conservation (2000), New York University, Institute of Fine Arts; BA in art history/peace and global policy studies (1990), New York University. Areas of interest: collaborative work with north, central, south American Native communities, contemporary art, materials and technology of ethnographic objects.

Shelly Uhlir
Exhibition Specialist/Mount-Maker. BA in studio arts/photography (major) and art history, French/Chinese (minor) (1983), Northern Illinois University. Areas of interest: design, fabrication, and installation of mounts for both exhibition and photography; technical expertise on mount-making standards and design review, mannequin-making.

Conservation staff L to R: Emily Kaplan, Kelly McHugh, Shelly Uhlir, Susan Heald, Marian Kaminitz, (not shown: Christina Davidson) in Conservation Lab with Tucano mask outfits selected for Circle of Dance Exhibit: 22/5251
(Photo: R.A. Whiteside)

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