All Together Now: Working with External Stakeholders - What to Expect When Working with a Conservator


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Cost: Free

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the William Penn Foundation and Independence Foundation.

Topics in this webinar will include a close-up look at what professional conservators do, what to expect during the conservation assessment and treatment process, the benefits of a condition report, and tips for finding and selecting a specialized conservator.

About the Series:

This program is the third session in CCAHA's series All Together Now: Working with External Stakeholders. 

An object may have many hands involved in its placement and lifecycle within an archive, library, or museum. The working relationships between external stakeholders and cultural institutions form an integral part of collections management and care, especially for small to mid-size organizations. This four-part webinar series will examine best practices and important guidelines to consider when working with four specific external stakeholders: artifact donors, fine art service companies, professional conservators, and digitization vendors. Each thirty-minute session will spotlight one important partner, from the donor who provides an object’s initial care and context, to the fine art service company that offers custom packing and transportation, to conservator whose treatment skills repair and conserve, to a digitization vendor that helps process and preserve collections for digital spaces.

Each live 30-minute webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with the instructor.

About the Speakers:

Emilia Boehm EmigPreservation Specialist, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

In her position as Preservation Specialist, Emilia Boehm Emig conducts onsite preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation and emergency planning at cultural heritage organizations across the country.

Emilia has worked with diverse museum collections and exhibitions. She has held roles in collections management, registration, and curation at the Marblehead Museum, The Frick Pittsburgh, and the Senator John Heinz History Center. Before joining CCAHA, Emilia worked as a Senior Project Manager for Crozier Fine Arts.

Emilia received a graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from The George Washington University, an MA in Archival, Museum, and Editing Studies from Duquesne University, and a BA in History and German from Mount Union College.

Chloe Houseman, Paper Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

As Paper Conservator, Chloe meets with clients, assesses condition and treatment needs, documents findings in reports, and treats a wide range of objects, including art on paper and archival materials. 

Chloe is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Prior to joining the staff of CCAHA in 2018, Chloe worked as a paper conservator at Harvard University Libraries’ Weissman Preservation Center, after having previously interned there. She also completed a conservation internship at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. Chloe received an MA in Art Conservation, specializing in Paper Conservation, from Queen’s University in Canada. She received her BA in Art History from the University at Albany.