The Emerging Conservation Professional Network (ECPN) organized the first graduate student portfolio session ever sponsored at an AIC Annual Meeting. Graduate students in conservation programs from the University of Delaware, New York University, University of California Los Angeles, and Buffalo State College presented their portfolios to a packed house of attendees during both the morning and afternoon sessions. In all, over 80 individuals attended the two sessions.
The graduate students volunteered to exhibit portfolios representing their cumulated experience as either a first-year, mid-term, or graduating student in art conservation. The portfolios highlighted their treatment experience and professional training; including reports, photographs, and research projects. The participating students were available to address any questions attendees had and to offer advice and information to those interested in pursuing a graduate education in art conservation. Attendees included pre-program students, current graduate students, emerging professionals, and AIC professional members and conference attendees who were curious about the work graduate students are doing.
The portfolio sessions were a tremendous success and we look forward to the opportunity to make this an annual event at the AIC meetings. ECPN would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the following students for participating in this initiative and making it such a wonder experience for all:
Buffalo State College – Genevieve Bieniosek, Kari Kipper, and Rebecca Summerour
New York University – Julia Sybalsky and Maggie Wessling
UCLA/Getty Conservation Program – Tessa de Alarcon and Dawn Lohnas
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation – Sarah Gowen, Laura Hartman, Gwen Manthey, Carrie McNeal, and Elena Torok