Work Experiences

 

Assistant to a Paintings Conservator in Private Practice
Portland, OR: May 2017 - present

Conservation treatments performed on easel paintings, murals, and frames.

 

Guest Lecturer
Boise Art Museum in Boise, ID:  May 2018

Part of the “Drawing Parallels” Discussion Series. I presented on various ways pigments are analyzed in conservation, and artist Darren Waterston presented on his painting technique.

 

Contract Paintings Conservator
Foulke Fine Art Conservation, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA:  2016

I assisted with infilling, retouching, and was contracted to clean a painting of mixed media on masonite, with repairs done to three damaged corners in my conservation studio.

 

Plaster Statuary Restorer
Used Church Items, Pittsburgh, PA:  2016

I have cleaned statues, repaired/sculpted both superficial and large shape losses, and I have performed retouchings.

 

Assistant Conservator
Saint Alphonsus Art and Culture Center, New Orleans, LA:  August 2015 – January 2016

            I assisted in the conservation of ornamental plaster by removing layers of paint and identifying areas where the plaster had failed.

 

Master of Preservation Studies
Tulane
University, School of Architecture, New Orleans, LA:  August 2014 – December 2015

            Courses included building preservation, architectural history, preservation law, field studies and advocacy, preservation technology, international practice, and     economics and business of preservation.  The final term was a practicum in the field.
 

Murals Conservator (Graduate Preservation Practicum)
Grenier Conservation, New Orleans, LA:  July 2015 – November 2015

The Lakefront Airport is a living museum for the 1930s marouflage murals by Xavier Gonzalez.  The eight murals had suffered a variety of damages (including damages from the natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina).  My contribution was during the early stages of the project.


Conservation of Historic Wallpaper (Graduate Internship)
Cypress Building Conservation, New Orleans, LA:  June 2015 – August 2015

The wallpaper from the historic Seignouret Brulatour House in the French Quarter is a layered accumulation of flocked, stenciled, and hand-painted samples       representative of the finishes in the house over decades.  The Historic New Orleans Collection commissioned their cleaning and stabilization consisting of their removal from the walls, dry cleaning, solvent cleaning, and archival housing.  My main roles in this project were methodology development and cleaning.


Assistant to Damp-proofing Prototype at Madame John’s Legacy
Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA: December 2014 – 2015

This project was a grant-funded effort to address the problem of rising damp in historic foundations.  The project involved the National Center for Preservation           Technology and Training, the Getty Conservation Institute, Building Conservation Associates, Watson and Henry Associates, Cypress Building Conservation, and the Louisiana State Museum.  My role was to follow and record the preservation efforts, from conference calls to methodology, and create reports on the progress.  I have also co-authored an article on the subject for a local preservation magazine.
 

Decorative Wall Finishing of Private Residence
Diane Killeen Painting Studio, New Orleans, LA:  June – July 2015

This job provided an opportunity to increase my understanding of wall finishes including plaster decorations, painting techniques, decorative panel installation, and various ways to gild and tone.  
 

Conservation of Margaret Haugherty Monument
Monumental Task Committee with Ivan Myjer, Building and Monuments Conservator, New Orleans, LA:  March 2015

This monument is comprised of brick, granite, and marble.  We removed the biological growth, red lichens, and sulphation crust from the monument.  Afterwards we repaired the losses, and finally, retouched those areas.    
 

Application of Wax Treatment to Avery Alexander Monument
Monumental Task Committee, New Orleans, LA:  March 2015

I assisted in the application of a wax treatment on this bronze monument using brushes, wax, and blowtorch.  
 

Creation of Online Conditions Assessment Form
Monumental Task Committee conjunct with Preservation Technology Course, New Orleans, LA:  March – April 2015

A class project was to survey and complete condition assessment reports on monuments throughout New Orleans.  I designed a form that could be accessed from a smart phone with relevant dropdown glossaries on subjects like probable conditions and places to upload photos and comments.  The forms were sent to a database where they could be exported to both Excel and Word documents for Monumental Task Committee’s record keeping.
 

Pre-program Conservation Intern
Nina Olsson Art Conservation, LLC, Portland, OR:  March 2014 – August 2014

Projects included photo documentation; the deinstallation, cleaning, restoration and reinstallation of a mural painting; and cleaning, consolidation, flattening planar deformations, attaching a backing board, and strip lining of easel paintings of various media including egg tempera on masonite, oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas.
 

Post-Baccalaureate Work in Art Conservation
Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy: September 2012 – April 2013

I received hands-on training restoring paintings and artifacts that are part of Italy’s recognized cultural heritage. Classes were taught by Italy’s top conservators, with whom approaches and diagnostic systems for the conservation of paintings, drawing, sculpture, frescoes, textiles, wood, paper, and archaeological artifacts were explored. Additional classes also covered conservation laws and business practices.
 

Pre-program Conservation Intern
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA: February 2012-July 2012

I built a humidification chamber, handled friable objects including textiles and film, cleaned articulated animal skeletons, and worked under a microscope.  
 

Librarian Assistant for the Conservation, Preservation and Access Department
Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh, PA: March 2010 – August 2011

I stabilized fragile items, performed dry cleaning, mends and encapsulation, created custom storage boxes, and provided conservation treatment to books, maps and other documents. 
 

Docent
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA: 2008 – 2009

I researched the museum’s large campus layout and designed a tour of the grounds with reference to the architecture, materials used, the architect, and philosophy behind the design. 
 

Assistant Archivist
Courtright Memorial Library, Westerville, OH: 2001-2004

This was an undergraduate work-study where I assisted the head archivist in conservation and organization efforts involving varying materials. 

 

 

Professional Affiliations

The American Institute for the Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)

Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI)

          I attended the October 2014 Conference in Quebec City, Canada.


Publications

Krotzer, Dorothy S. & Howard, Rachel.  "Salts of the Earth:  Conservation of Historic Masonry at Madame John's Legacy."  Preservation in Print  February 2016:  32-33.  Print.


Education  

2015:  Masters Degree in Preservation Studies

           Tulane University, School of Architecture, New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Study Abroad in Panama City, Panama in 2015

2013:  Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Art Conservation from SACI (Studio Arts College International)     

Florence, Italy.  Thesis: Non-Toxic Cleaning Solutions for Art Restorers

2012:  Continuing Education Courses in Art History and Spanish

2010:  Continuing Education Course in Chemistry

2004:  BA in Art with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History from Otterbein College

Departmental Honors: 3.9 in major and 4.0 in minor

Study abroad in Barcelona, Spain in 2002, and Sanskriti, India in 2003

 

Additional Skills

2016:  Attended the Modular Cleaning Program (MCP) workshop at Stanford University
2015: Performed historic paint analysis for the former Marine Hospital in New Orleans
2014-2015:  InDesign, AutoCAD, Photoshop
2014:  Helped restore an early painting by Chuck Close
2014:  Helped restore three paintings for The Saward Art Collection at Kaiser Permanente
2013:  Cleaning and retouching on Filippino Lippi’s Madonna and Child panel painting
2013:  Reconstructing artifacts from the Picenian Warrior Tomb
2013:  Painting independent study with Bianchi Dipinti in Florence, Italy
2012-2013:  Retouching detached frescoes from the Palazzo Pitti Deposits in Florence, Italy
2010-2011:  Participation in Alliance for Response – Pittsburgh – Heritage Preservation meetings
2007:  Trained in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
Language skills in Spanish and Italian

 

Volunteer Experiences

Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA)
Rebuilding New Orleans
CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project)
Intern for The Worldly web magazine
Successful Americorps completion
Earth Day at Frick Park
Rock the Arts
Goods for Guns
UMOJA: Afrikan Arts Festival
Sprout Fund
Project Prom
Peace Corps Nominee
Otterbein College’s Campus Programming Board’s Chair of Publicity
Member of Otterbein College’s International Students Association

 

References

Available Upon Request