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Objects conservator Robert Price working on the French marble sculptures in the West Building East Sculpture Hall, 2019

Conserving Collections Now for Future Generations

Celebrating Conservation

Celebrating Conservation: A Series of Conversations on Its Past, Present, and Future

  • Monday, November 21, 2022
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Join us for the second session of Celebrating Conservation: A Series of Conversations on Its Past, Present, and Future.

Over the past 50 years, art conservation has developed dramatically, owing to targeted funding and the collaboration of allied fields in museums, archives, libraries, historical societies, and preservation of the built environment. This discussion looks back at the field’s recent history as well as its current approach, which focuses on collections care, improvements in environment and storage, sustainable practices, and respect for all cultural and documentary heritage.


Steven Nelson
Dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts


Anne-Imelda Radice
Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Endowment for the Humanities
Prerecorded talk: “Collection Conservation: Preparing for the Future While Not Forgetting Lessons in the Past”

Anne-Imelda Radice is the senior advisor to the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and management analyst in the Office of the Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), having previously served as the director of the Division of Public Programs at the NEH. Prior to joining NEH in 2018, she served as executive director of the American Folk Art Museum. From 2006 to 2010, Radice was the director of the IMLS. Radice is a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, Forbes Medal, and NEA Chairman’s Medal. She holds an MBA from American University; a PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; an MA from Villa Schifanoia in Florence; and an AB from Wheaton College.

Jane E. Klinger
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Prerecorded talk: “The Future Is Linked to the Here and Now”

Jane E. Klinger is special advisor and senior research conservator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, previously serving as the chief conservator. She is a coeditor and contributor to the forthcoming book The Material Culture of Difficult Histories (2023), serves as the chair of the Research and Technical Studies group for the American Institute for Conservation, and is the chair of the International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes. Her dissertation work is on the identification, interpretation, public perception, and preservation of the material culture of trauma.

Jennifer Jae Gutierrez
Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology
Prerecorded talk: “Sustainable Environmental Management Research at the Image Permanence Institute: Past, Present, and Future”

Jennifer Jae Gutierrez is executive director of the Image Permanence Institute, a preservation research center at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Prior to her appointment at RIT, Jae was the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator at the Center for Creative Photography, where she established the institution’s conservation department. Before that, she held a faculty appointment in the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in preventive conservation, conservation ethics, and the conservation of photographic materials.


Sarah S. Wagner
Senior Conservator and Department Head
Photograph Conservation, National Gallery of Art