Affiliated Alliance Institution/Partner: University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum
June 20 – August 2, 2023
The Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries, in partnership with the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum, Library, and Garden, offered a six-week introduction to practical conservation for ten students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The first two weeks included an overview and introduction to conservation for the full cohort of students. For the month of July, the students divided into pairs to intern at the Brooklyn Museum, Fisk University, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Winterthur Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery where they participated in a variety of hands-on conservation experiences. The students reconvened at Winterthur to present their work and celebrate their accomplishments.This program was generously funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Photo Credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Affiliated Alliance Institution/Partner: Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery
June 3-10, 2023
Mark Aronson co director of SMITAH Students and Mentors Institute in Technical Art History at Yale and Deputy Director and Chief Conservator of the Yale Center for British Art shared this with the Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries.
HBCU SMITAH 2023 was a one-week introduction to conservation and technical art history in 2023. With the overarching theme of “light,” students went behind the scenes at these museums to explore topics related to the materiality of art materials. Students tried their hand at conservation treatments and attended a keynote event by an artist in conversation with a conservator.